What do you get when you cross Twisted Metal with Quake deathmatch? You get Jak X. Lately, I spent a little time with the new Jak and Daxter game, Jak X: Combat Racing, and it's shaping up to be a pretty good ride. This time around, you take Jak through a series of races that quite literally can be the death of him.
Being forced into a race by a dead guy is always a bad time, but knowing that the dead guy can make you join him is definitely a turn for the worse. So, given the choice of racing, where he could die, or not racing, where he will die for sure, Jak chooses the former and our game begins. Now, on to the races.
There are a few different game modes that I got to play around with and which we can expect in the full game. First up is Circuit racing. In this one, you rocket around the track firing weapons and crashing in to anyone you can in order to finish first in the race. This mode is fairly straight forward.
Death race is very reminiscent of Burnout in that you have to kill as many cars as possible in a certain amount of time. Artifact mode is a race to see who can grab the most artifacts that pop up at random on a map in a certain amount of time. Finally there's Deathmatch, the old stand by. This mode closely resembles Twisted Metal, but manages to inject something fresh into the formula.
The maps that I've had a chance to play around with have all been well designed. Jak X is an overall nice looking game that has a very polished feel to it. The graphical look and feel of the game is pretty nice overall and the effects are all flashy enough to be pleasing. On that end, the music and sound design is also very good.
Jak X: Combat Racing is definitely something to look forward to. It combines high-speed combat with a sense of humor to create a game that will surely have some nice replay value. Seriously though, how much more entertaining can you get than driving around at dangerous speeds and shooting stuff? Check back soon for our full review!
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