A fan team has ported Naughty Dog’s first Jack and Daxter game to PC, and it’s currently fully playable from start to finish.
bad dog Jax and Daxter first released on PS2 in 2001, and many gamers remember it fondly to this day. While it spawned a few sequels and a few spin-offs that took the game in a grittier direction, the first game is celebrated as a quintessential platformer and collectathon experience. Nowadays, aside from a re-release of the trilogy on PS4, the Jack and Daxter IP has been mostly overlooked by Naughty Dog in favor of more grounded and gritty games like The last of us.
While its original developers focused their attention on other projects, fans haven’t forgotten about this classic IP. Some Jack and Daxter The fan base is still holding out hope that this iconic PlayStation franchise can make a comeback, while others are taking matters into their own hands. This includes a group of fans who port the entire trilogy to modern PC platforms.
This project was made by a group of fans, all of whom had the goal of wearing the first Jack and Daxter game on the PC. According to the project’s GitHub page, this was a daunting task given that the game’s original code was written in a custom programming language created by Naughty Dog. This required the team to create its own decompiler that could break down the code into something that could be read by PCs, extract its assets, and then put it into a native application that could run on Linux and Windows.
The latest update noted that the team decompiled the majority of the game, and now fans can play all of them. Jack and Daxter from beginning to end. Even in this state, players can also complete the game with 100% completion. Gamers rejoiced that they can now play the original game natively on PC, with this port even adding some quality of life improvements. This includes a 16×9 aspect ratio, HD resolution, subtitles, and Ultra widescreen support.
As for the next step for the team behind this port, even though the game is fully playable, there are bug tests that need to be done in order to smooth out the experience. There are also plans to refine the code and add more QOL features like a scene skip button. As mentioned earlier, the team also plans to port the sequels to the Jack and Daxter trilogy, James 2 and 3. This port is exciting for many fans of the franchise, as it gives them easy access to the original game if they’re looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The Jack and Daxter The unofficial PC port is now available.
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