Just how old is Keira anyway? Certainly rather younger than Jak, barring adoption...which of course begs the question of how old Jak is. The Jakverse seems to rely upon the characters being essentially human except for the pointy ears ( "Stay away from any wumpbee nests on your tenth birthday, OK?")... Answers of "Jak is minus who-knows-how-long because of his Stable Time Loop will not be accepted.
Ages are given in Jak X, and though I can't recall exactly what they were, I think Jak was a year or two older than Keira.
Assuming that Kiera was 15 in Jak 2, and Errol is most likely in his 20's - 30's, I think it's safe to say that Errol's a creep.
Two years, which makes things even more confusing. Only thing I could come up with is that Keira was with the Young Samos when he left Haven, and just was never shown, perhaps hidden out of fear of her being used to get to him? (Borrowed from a fanfic, but it makes sense)
Actually, she's only a year younger. Keira is 18 as of Jak X while Jak himself is 19. Also maybe she's just adopted (from Sandover Village) and the series never bothered to elaborate on it.
Speaking of Jak X, where the hell did Kras City come from? My memory isn't exactly what it used to be, but Jak said in the third game that there shouldn't be any cities outside of Haven. Admittedly, this was while he was in Spargus, a city outside of Haven, but the point I'm getting at is that Kras City shouldn't really have come into existence until recently. So how come Krew knew about the racing tournaments they held?
One theory is that for the most part, communication between cities was little to nonexistent, seeing as the Metal Head Army was besieging Haven since long before Praxis got in power. Kras could have easily existed, and Krew, being the Don of one of the larger crime organizations in the world, could have had some form of communication. Remember, he had a daughter that no one knew of until X anyway. Besides, Jak's knowledge of the world is rather slim, as he just arrived, so to speak, three years ago.
The random implied romance between Ashelin and Jak bugged me in the third game, not just because it comes out of nowhere but because it then proceeds to GO nowehere in Jak X. Speaking of which...
There was some tension between them in 2 and 3. It went nowhere in X because of fan outrage over the kiss at the end of 3.
I didn't take it as "romance" so much as they were just close friends by that point.
Jak X bugged me because it finally continued the storyline from the second and third games but required a genre switch to a racing game with a fairly steep difficulty curve.
Can't justify it in-universe, but as for the genre shift, Naughty Dog did the same thing for the Crash Bandicoot series with Crash Team Racing''. Maybe they're starting up a tradition? Uncharted could be next...
Why wasn't Daxter included in the HD Collection? I realize it wasn't made by the original developers, but it was a worthy midquel and the game would have been small enough to fit on the disc just fine.
Pretty sure Daxter was made by another game company. Another explanation is that Daxter uses a different engine / different console, so porting it would have been tedious.
The head Precursor ripped Tess off! She never got those pants she asked for! Yes, this is unbelievably minor compared to turning her into an Ottsel in the first place. What of it?
So all Eco apparently contains the Precursor essence, their code. Eco is an abundant source of fuel throughout the universe, in fact, it's everywhere. People exposed to too much Eco will become Precursors. Yet the Precursors are basically extinct, most of the survivors in hiding from the Dark Makers. And no one knows of the ultimate effect of Eco, even though people use it for their purposes all the time? Is Daxter really the ONLY time someone has fallen into an Eco Silo? Why is this not a super-common occurrence?
Given that Jak falling into Dark Eco leads to death, not Ottselisation, I guess that Dark Eco doesn't always turn people into Precursors; just Daxter through chance/luck/fate/pixie dust.
Probably because so many people (compare populations betweeen the first and all other games) use so much Eco for fuel (and ammo?) that there's never really enough left for over-exposure. Plus, Daxter fell into Dark Eco, and that supply seems to be limited to genetic experimentation after the first game. Sure, there are occasional pools of it out in the wild, but how often do you think anyone leaves Haven City or Spargus if they don't absolutely have to?
Green Rocks: They do what the plot wants them to do. As for in-universe justification, well, maybe Daxter was special and one of the lucky few who could escape the Dark Eco alive? Doesn't explain why he vanishes along with Jak in-game, but of course that never really happened in Canon, so we can safely ignore that. See Anthropic Principle, specifically the fourth bullet point. If not, I invoke Gameplay and Story Segregation here.
On a related note, I also don't understand the existence of the Dark Makers in the first place. Eco, again, contains Precursor essence. So when Daxter is submerged in Dark Eco, he becomes a Precursor, as that's the only thing absorption of Eco can ultimately lead to. The Dark Makers are ex-Precursors who became twisted, changed by Dark Eco (you know, that very thing that also includes pure, untwisted Precursor DNA by its very nature and can turn people into normal Precursors?). Surely I don't have to explain the logical problems with this. Eco, even Dark Eco, can turn people into Precursors. But a Precursor exposed to their own essence becomes something different than their own essence?
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE A) EXPLAINS BOTH PREVIOUS JBMS AND B) CONTAINS MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF FANWANK. Possibly Daxter is unusually susceptible to the Precursor essence in the Dark Eco, meaning that when his system suffered massive Dark Eco shock it grabbed the special flashy Precursor code in the hope of surviving. The Dark Makers are exposed to smaller amounts over a longer period. Instead of undergoing a drastic change to avoid destruction, it slowly seeped into their systems and corrupted them.
The head precursor says that all eco contain their essence. He doesn't say anything about containing only their essance.
And of course, if it was only their essence it would only be one colour. It could just have easily turned Daxter into a full blown Dark maker monster when he fell in at the start, or vaporised him. He got RIDICULOUSLY lucky.
This troper always assumed that the "normal—>Precursor" thing was basically a kind of First Step. Anything after would be considered over-exposure, resulting into horrible mutations that ultimately turn one into a Dark Maker.
Of course, this has now been somewhat jossed by Dark Daxter.
Really? I thought that was more of a confirmation, since the Dark Eco did, in fact, mutate Daxter into monster. Of course, they then went on to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with it, but that's beside the point.
I agree with the above. Daxter's dark form was effectively a very chaotic, uncontrolled and unrefined temporary Dark maker form. Why it looks so different is Fridge brilliance: the Precursors were masters of using Eco. The Dark Makers clearly have a similar degree of intelligence despite their corruption. The Dark Makers of Jak three used dark eco to control their evolution, and made their soldier's bodies into perfect killing machines (very effectively, based on how the ground troopers performed...)
See, what I figured is that it's a combination of getting lucky to not die, and a theory of mine: Jak is going to be Samos' successor as the Green Sage in Jak 1 (i don't remember where it said this, I'm playing the HD collection and it doesn't seem to be in the game. maybe it was in the manual?) because of his talent for channeling Eco. Maybe DAXTER can also channel eco, and if not for the time loop, would have been the successor? WMG indeed
How about Jak's non-reaction to Daxter's Superpowered Evil Side? Especially considering how pissed he was when he found out that Skyheed was doing to the Aeropans wht Praxis did to him, his calm acceptance just threw me for a loop.
There's actually a good reason for that. Remember when Jak and Dax first met Tym? The first thing Tym points out about Jak is that he's been tainted with dark eco. He could sense the eco inside of others. Maybe Jak can do the same. This would also explain why Jak stopped Daxter everytime he tried to bring his new powers up. If Daxter mentioned his powers in front of Skyheed they may have tried to experiment on Daxter. Sure, Jak didn't know that at the time, but what he did know was that Skyheed had an interest in him because of his powers. He protected Dax by keeping him out of Skyheed's interests. Then there was the time at the hangar when Jak found that kick ass jet(this troper's favorite plane). Jak was probably concerned about any survailance that was in the hangar and anyone who might report Dax's condition to Skyheed. This also explains how Jak knows exactly where to be when Daxter changes back and tumbles out of the elevators he comes back out of at the end of the Dark Daxter sequences. When Dax finally changes in front of him Jak was unsuprised because he knew from the get go and only offered his support with that "Chew before you swallow" line because he knew what Daxter was going through.
Confirmed, mostly. Jak can feel his own Dark Eco, and his body naturally attracts the stuff in low enough concentrations. and he imediately recognised Dark Maker relics as being Dark eco based (although that wasn't too difficult anyway so..). Him being aware of his best friend's dark side is not too hard to figure out
So if Jak is Mar, the person who supposedly built Haven City, when the hell is he supposed to have built it? Jak creates a Stable Time Loop where he is sent back in time as a child so that he can go find the Rift Gate and jump forward through time to end up in Haven City. So if Mar built Haven City, when is he supposed to have built it in the first place? The Rift Gate took him directly to Haven City AFTER it was already built, and so he could not have possibly built it since he wasn't present at the time of it's construction or to even design the thing. Any ideas?
He travels back in time again at some point in the future. Not that hard to believe when he's got the Precursors around to help him with that.
Didn't they leave to help other planets fight off the Dark Makers?
Yes, but Jak went with them and then reappeared out of nowhere not ten seconds later; more time travel, perhaps?
Is Jak the original Mar, or just named after him? I don't recall any proof to the first, Ashlin only vaguely raised the possibility of it, and her remark was ignored.
Ashelin says that in response to a comment of the Ottsel Leader about... something traveling in the past, I don't remember it perfectly.
So, in Jak 2, walk past Dark Eco and Jak absorbs it, even from relatively far away. Take out your hoverboard and fly over a vat of it and... nothing happens. Worse, if you fall in, you still die. (Faster than it takes you to die from molten lava. Shouldn't Jak have some resistance to a substance he handles all the time and absorbs into his own body? If it's just too much... why doesn't he change into Dark Jak? Not that it would necessarily save him, but it seems logical to try it. Besides, it ought to be reflexive, anyway.
I don't know for sure, but it could be because the tiny globs Jak absorbs are just miniscule ammounts of less-concentrated Dark Eco. The giant pools are dense enough for a liquid/plasma-like state, so maybe the higher concentration of molecules is more dangerous to Jak when it comes to physical exposure? As for flying so close over it, same rule as lava.
Maybe there are different allotropes for Eco, in the same way that some Real Life substances can be different in their properties yet come from identical elements, like diamond and graphite from carbon. This would account for all the different types of Eco, especially Dark Eco (blobs, vents, vats, electric arcs, ammo etc.), but to be honest this is all speculation.
I always assumed that he only drew in ambient Dark Eco when he actually needed it. If you look, he only attracts it when he doesn't have enough to change. After that, he has to actually touch it to absorb it. Maybe he doesn't absorb from the vats because the danger of getting too much is too risky. Too much is deadly, as evidenced by his dying when he falls in vats. I mean, human beings can eat salt, but if you eat sixty pounds of salt in one sitting, you'll die.
Why is the color of eco (besides green, light and dark) completely ignored after the first game? I liked that mechanic. Why doesn't it matter what color eco Praxis was mining, or was it all dark, or... what?
Well, it was kind of carried on in the different types of ammo, which I assumed were made of eco. Blue eco (super speed) was rapid fire, yellow eco (the only ranged attack in the first game) was long-range, red eco (super strength) was the most powerful at close range, and dark/purple eco was the most destructive.
Maybe colored Eco does exist, but it's mixed up heavily with dark / other colors that in order to get pure colors one would have to refine it. Also, they probably use eco in various appliances / technology. So, red would be used for weapons, dark for fuel / experimental/, blue for computers, yellow for precision, and green for medical kits / healing.
It's shown at the end of the first game that Light Eco is made of red, blue, yellow, and green combined. This follows the basic rules of colored light (all colors combined make white). And yet in The Lost Frontier, it's stated right after the training mission that Dark Eco can be split into the four colors. Did I miss something somewhere? Sure, it follows the rules of pigmental colors, but how can the two complete opposite forms of Eco be made of the exact same blend?
They said that Dark Eco can be converted into the other colors, not split into the other colors.
Okay, then explain this. If each form of colored Eco is a variation of refined Dark, why would mixing the four back together not produce more Dark Eco?
It's possible that Dark Eco is made up of more than just the four colored ones; Perhaps Light Eco is Dark Eco with some part (evilness?) removed.
Or that each colour is just a different flavour or the same thing (well that goes without saying..) and his effectively the same stuff, but with more of specific things than others? alternatively, white light is all the different kinds of light at once, but black is actually the mix of all the colours if you use paint or similar. Dark eco is Light eco, only charged negatively, which makes it more inclined to be bad for people somehow? and Light Eco is when it get's a positive spin on it instead? This raises the questions of what the heck Light Eco could do to people instead of dark, for instance? or for that matter, if there is a "colourless" eco...
So, with the "The Precursors are ottels" reveal from Jak 3 in mind...what was the deal with the Precursor Stone/Egg(?) from Jak 2? Do ottsels/precursors lay eggs? Was the "egg" thing just a (presumably incorrect) assumption that Metal Kor made, and the Stone was something else entirely? If so, what was it?
The most popular theory I've heard is that it was an artifact made to "fluff up the myth". What I don't get is how Kor didn't know what the Precursors actually were, considering that the Metal Heads all but wiped out their civilization.
Well, considering Metal Kor is responsible for killing the Precursors, it's fair to assume he'd know a Precursor egg when he saw one. Perhaps the egg hatched a second time, after Jak and company had left the nest, into a true Precursor - an Ottsel. It would explain why all the statues in Jak 3 are suddenly active.
Hold on, didn't Kor say it contained "the last Precursor life force"? How does that fit in with Jak 3? At least three Precursors were found to be still alive then, fighting a war against the Dark Makers. On their own, you have to ask? Ha, at least that explains why the Leader "needs heroes" like Jak; Kor probably reduced their numbers with his Metal Head armies. Anyway, that egg can't really be an egg. It's probably just a jewel the Precursors inhabited where they could lie dormant or otherwise hidden from Kor, "egg" being a figurative rather than a literal name. And what's with the spirit - is it a holographic projection, living Light Eco or a form the Precursors can transform into? At least Kor didn't live long enough to point out that it looked nothing like an Ottsel. Besides, it went through the rift gate back to the past, so it probably inhabited those statues Jak encountered in the first and second games and probably even the statues in the third game in which those three Precur...oh.
It's possible the egg wasn't actually an egg itself, just some sort of precursor incubator or something.
It's also possible that the ottsels are lying when they say they are precursors.
Near the end, just before The Reveal, The Precursors are about to give Jak the right to become "one of them", but what is the point of that in a time of extreme emergency, when a giant alien spaceship is about to destroy the planet? If Veger hadn't been there and if Jak had been transformed into an Ottsel, he probably wouldn't have been physically able to get to Errol and save the world.
It's possible the Precursors offered this gift knowing Veger was nearby and that he would be the one to take "the honor" instead. Note that Veger doesn't step into the light and "steal" it from Jak; the Precursors actually grant him the gift instead. By doing so, Veger gets his comeuppance; it's probably the worst thing that could happen to him and the ultimate "be careful what you wish for". So the Precursors never intended to actually turn Jak into one of them — even though they could easily do so. This is underlined by the fact that Jak is never granted his "gift" later on, either, not even after he has defeated Erol. And Jak never asks for it again.
Then again, it's possible that if JAK had recieved the gift, he could have recieved the power of the precursors. Don't forget, Jak is a decendant of Mar and an amazing eco sage. If he'd beome a precursor he may have been capable of using the Precursor's legendary power unlike Veger (who just thinks he's God) and Daxter (who's...Daxter). The extent of the Precursors abilities can only be guessed at, most of it seeming to draw from their technology, but perhaps the remainder of the Precursors were weakened by the metal heads and Jak could have pulled them out the gutter. It's a possibility.
The arena battle against mutant skyheed felt REALLY half-assed. Instead of justifying Dark Daxter's entire existence and beating the snot out of Skyheed or at least letting the player get good ol' dark Jak back, we get to run around in circles. Which leads to my next beef.,
...The mooks get dark mutant powers but Jak and the player don't. I was willing to tolerate the whole thing until the dark mutants . After that there just was no real in-story excuse.
Why was Ottsel Tess's design done to make her look more like a human with fur than an ottsel? The anatomy of those humanoid-looking legs just looks...weird and borderline deformed, compared to the other ottsels. Furry Fandom aside, I don't anyone would still consider her a Ms. Fanservice after she was turned into an animal - it seems like they could have ditched the long, shapely legs and overall humanoid shape and just made her look like an ottsel without trying to keep the fanservice-y flavor.
I, dear sir, happen to find that tappable.
And I do not...
Only Female Otsel. They're always like that normally? or maybe The precursor transformation was controlled to leave her as close to her original form as possible, to avoid causing trouble?
What's the timeline on the entire metal head invasion, anyway? The implication was that Metal Kor stuck his head through the rift gate from wherever he was in the future (as there wasn't any mention of metal heads in TPL) and ushered in the waves of metal heads that destroyed Haven City's past/Sandover Village, as he was aware of Jak then. Which should have created a Stable Time Loop: Kor enters the past along with bazillions of metal heads, goes through time the long way as Mar builds Haven City, goes back to the past again... but then where does Jak killing him play into this? He's been laying siege to Haven for a long long time too...
It could still be a Stable Time Loop as long as Kor himself never entered the past. He just peeked through the portal and sent a bunch of Metal Heads in. Kor himself was born/hatched sometime between then and the time Jak & friends arrive in Haven City, and rose to power in whatever way Metal heads do.
The rift gate isn't just a time machine. Assuming this is the case, it's fair to say Kor simply emerged from an alternative dimension where the Metal Heads had been contained - Sealed Evil in a Can, essentially - and then began their long assault on humanity for the next few centuries, Kor included. This is one way of interpreting Kor's "We've met before, remember?" just before his Reveal in Act Three. Unfortunately, this is all Wild Mass Guessing until Word of God clears it up, because I have no idea how the Metal Heads would have been 'contained' in the first place if they destroyed the Precursor civilisation, the only one powerful enough to resist them.
How do we know the Metal Heads were from the future? It seems more likely that the Metal Heads came from the past to the present. It explains why there are no Metal Heads in the first game; they disappeared about the time the Precursors would have. And while Kor said, "You cannot hide from me, boy!" he didn't have to be talking about Jak. He could be talking about the young Precursor next to Jak, Daxter! Assuming there is no age difference between Daxter the human and Daxter the Ottsel, he's still a young'n. When Jak & Co. reach the future, Kor knew who they were on sight (how many people have a Precursor on their shoulder?) but was too busy doing... something... with Young Jak to care about Old Jak.
When Jak and Daxter arrive in the future, Baron Praxis and Erol somehow seem to have known that they'd come judging by Erol's line: "The Baron wants him! We've been waiting for you.". This ends up never being explained. How did they know they were coming? Granted, there are a few throwaway lines that suggest Onin may have told them, but it's never elaborated on at all.
Well, in responce to the previous IJBM, here's something else to think about; Why did Kor seem so intent on getting Jak's attention once he busted out of prison? Because he knew Jak was coming. And the Rift Gate to the past was in the Metal Head nest in the room you fight Kor. It's possible he just poked his head through, then got knocked back into it when Jak hit the start button on the timeship thingie. It's also possible that, after that incident, he stuck his head through again to tell his past self WHEN Jak shows up, then he passes the info onto Praxis(or something) so as to set the events of the game into motion. Granted there's pretty much no way to know for sure if this is the case, but that's because we're dealing with freaking Time Travel. This crap never makes sence, even in a Stable Time Loop.
Keep in mind, Erol had just seen Jak fall from the sky in a spectacular light display. He's also probably been given instructions by Baron Praxis to look for any of Damas' relatives who show an unusual tendency to harness colourful Eco. Older Jak just happened to be the poor sap who'd fit the bill - it's not like the Baron was going to complain if it meant getting his Dark Warrior ready in two years. Here's some food for thought: when Praxis tells Erol to "find that CHILD" instead of "flirting with that mechanic girl", is he referring to Young Jak...or Older Jak? As for how Praxis could get their ages mixed up, well, perhaps he took no interest in Damas' family life? A bit of a stretch, but since Veger was the one who took Jak away, not Praxis, then perhaps Praxis never found out enough to clarify it. Or else this is just me Wild Mass Guessing.
If you'll remember though, he goes on to say "we would have pinned his royal ass to the wall long ago!" Since it's known that the kid is the heir, Praxis is most likely talking about him since Onin, Kor and possibly Samos are the only ones who know that Jak and the kid are the same person. Plus since Vegar was an important figure (he was shown in the palace arguing with Errol in Daxter) it's likely that Praxis knew what Vegar had planned. Vegar's experiments if not included than probably led to the Dark Warrior program. Praxis probably decided after losing the kid that it was less trouble to just kill him than trying to capture and hold him again to train him as a dark warrior, especially since he had another one on hand that wasn't showing any promise and the Metal Heads were getting ready to move in for the kill soon.
So, at the beginning of the first game, Jak and Daxter set off on a quest to find Gol and ask him to turn Daxter back into a human... because Samos told them that he's the only person who can change him back. But in the second game, the past version of Samos sees Daxter still in his Ottsel form, and therefore knows that Daxter doesn't get changed back before they return to the future... so why did he send them off to find Gol if he knows that he won't change Daxter back? Does he figure out that there must be a reason that Gol never turned Daxter back and send them off just to check up on him? Did his future self tell him that he has to make sure they go and see Gol? Or has he just completely forgotten about meeting Daxter in his past/their future or doesn't realize what it means?
Just another example of how all the time travel craziness was nowhere near planned out by that point.
Presumably Samos Senior gave him hints. Not the whole script, but enough. He claimed he'd warned Gol about dark corruption in TPL, so he probably sent Jak and Daxter knowing full well they'd end up having to stop some insane scheme (and one comment he makes in Sandover about Life as we know it being at stake proves this!)
In the first game, Samos can fly/float (he seems to lose this ability later on, though). Why doesn't he just float across the Fire Canyon instead of sending Jak on a quest? Also, Samos's eyebrows aren't connected to his face and float around by themselves. Why doesn't he just send his disembodied eyebrows over the Fire Canyon instead?
Because the Fire Canyon is HOT! Consider that Jak had to go get several power cells which only protected him for up to five hundred degrees. Exactly, how is Samos supposed to float across 500+ degrees of heat? Especially with those wooden shoes. They'd probably have caught fire once he started crossing. Also, Samos is old. I doubt he would have the energy (or the desire) to float across when he can send an able-bodied boy and his ottsel to go across instead. So it's probably a combination of self-preservation and laziness.
It's not a major one, but how does Onin move her hut from the Bazaar to the back of the Fortress between, or possibly during, 3 with all her artifacts and such?
Maybe Samos or the Freedom League helped her. She was an important person and being right outside the fortress probably offered some degree of protection.
Why exactly didn't anyone think to explore the catacombs beneath the palace a little sooner after the attack?
The only way in was through a section of the city controlled by Metal Heads. None of the Freedom League knew or cared of the importance since there were Metal Heads and KG in other, more strategically important areas of the city.
plus, Samos's reaction reveals they never even knew they were there...
True, but here's the confusing part: When Jak gets to the catacombs that get him back into Haven City, he says, "These look just like the catacombs beneath Haven City" (or something to that degree). If they never went into the catacombs at all, how would he know that?
He and Samos were floating right over the ruins. They probably got a good look, then got shot at and had to escape.
Forget all of the migraine-inducing time travel issues. This is what's really bothering me: aside from the dramatic Stab the Sky gesture, why the heck did Praxis bring asword to confront the Metal Head Leader? Yes, it was very nice and glowy (which doesn't make sense, either) but... why? The guards all had guns (and a fat lot of good that did them), and they meant to set off a bomb. There was absolutely no reason for Praxis to have a melee weapon with him. And here's the kicker— you only see it for one scene. Not an entire cutscene. Just part of one. The Baron doesn't have it when he dies.
Mar's statue has a very similar looking sword. For all we know, it was an unstoppable precursor weapon which would have utterly destroyed our metal-headed enemy if he'd managed to hit him with it. And the Baron never leaves the palace without the sword, as shown in the fortress right at the start of the game...
Alternatively, it's a dress sword - you know, like officers in a lot of modern militaries still have - and part of the official regalia. The destruction of the Metal Head leader being a major event, of course he'd be in full dress uniform for it. So, in essence, it really is just for the dramatic gesture.
Here's a kicker: when you finally reach Freedom League HQ in 3, Veger shows up after you repel an assault from the KG bots. And after trying to make An Offer You Can't Refuse, which of course gets refused, Ashelin then steps up and tells Veger that she hereby disbands the council and strips him of his power. Two problems with this little development. 1) Why didn't she do it before the council banished Jak to the Wasteland? And 2) How does she even have such power anyway? At the end of II, she became the new leader of the Krimzon Guard, but we all know how that deal turned out by 3. I suppose she leads the Freedom League along with Torn now, but still, it's questionable how she can disband the council and why she didn't do it earlier.
Because enough of the other members just took a vote? Because Veger had let slip that he was responsible for the palace? Because he was mouthing off about the guy the whole town saw decimate a KG legion (five carriers single handedly must count for something) and save the guard? He did swing from a particularly nasty obstructive bureaucrat into an outright big bad. That may be involved.
They said Veger was growing mad with power earlier on. My headcanon is that by this stage the council were only supporting Veger at all because they had no idea who else could solve their problems (Veger was making a big show of having a plan, whereas Jak was apparently still out in the desert dying). If Ashelin had been broadcasting footage of Jak tearing through carriers like they were nothing all the while he was actually doing it, I expect Veger's support would be long gone by the time Jak had finished off the invaders.
Minor query rather than a plothole, but where's the Eco Mine in Jak 3 supposed to be? It's not on any of the official maps and it's not visible in any of the overhead shots of the city. But it seems to be right up against the city walls, even though most of them just border the open ocean. So where is it?
Maybe near Haven forest but further north or south? It's the only real option.
Why doesn't Samos ever fly again? In TPL he was always floating, even in Gol and Maia's citadel. Then he's just walking again. And he stays that way, even in the intro to Jak 3 when the palace is collapsing.
Samos connection to nature isn't as strong as it was in the first game since so much of it is gone by Jak 2. If you look out from the top of the palace, the only spot with green around the city is Haven Forest, the rest of it is gray wasteland. Haven city too is mostly devoid of plant life (besides the big farmish areas near the bazaar).
The whole sequence from the beginning of Jak activating the Light Tower to when he breaks his friends out of prison in Jak 2 has too many problems:
As soon as the tomb was revealed, which it was with a giant beam of light shooting over the city from a precursor ruin that also happened to destroy a statue of the Baron within spitting distance of the palace itself, why wasn't the entire area closed off and fortified by the Krimzon Guard until the Baron got there?
Underground agents could have secured the place, and the Baron's power is limited to a city. He doesn't have a huge Military empire where he could nuke a town if he wanted to.
But how? I'm pretty sure the Baron has more Krimzon Guards than the resistance has agents. Shit, he probably has more vehicles than they have agents. He has jet bikes, hellcats, tanks and who knows what else. Also I don't see how other settlements are relevant, I was talking about closing off the plaza around the Tomb.
Well, the KG is an organized military force, while the Underground is a group of ex - KG members and smugglers. It's safe to say that the Underground has numerous people who were Criminals / dealt with law enforcement one way or another. They probably know how to stay hidden and have connections with some influential people. Also, guerilla tactics.
It's possible the Baron knew that only the Heir of Mar could find the stone and he let them enter the tomb before springing his trap. Remember, the Baron told Jak that he led him right to the stone. He was probably hiding in wait until the final chamber opened.
When they were building that statue of the Baron how did nobody realize that the tomb was right there? Was the base already there and hidden and they just decided to stick a statue on top?
I think that the statue was of Mar, not of the Baron, and it had probably been there for as long as the tomb had been.
Concept art shows the Baron, not Mar◊. I checked in the game and the statue is definitely the Baron.
In fact why was the tomb hidden in the first place?
Answer to both: it was probably hidden by Mar, along with the Precursor Stone, so that the metal heads wouldn't find it.
How did the Shadow, the man at the top of the KG's most wanted list for probably years, just walk into the tomb? The same tomb that was, again, right in front of the Baron's palace?
The Baron wanted the Precursor stone more than he wanted to destroy the underground. He let them walk into the tomb, then captured him so that he could have a shot at the stone.
When Kor was arrested with the others how did he make it away? We see later in the prison that he wasn't there so what happened?
For that matter, why didn't anyone notice that Kor wasn't there? Why didn't this bother anyone? Later on Kor shows up and nobody seems to even care that he vanished from the KG's clutches when even the Shadow couldn't escape.
Why was Tess arrested? She wasn't even there when the KG arrested the Shadow, Kor and the kid. What did she do?
Still part of the Underground. I guess it was a fullscale crackdown.
Why was she allowed to keep working at the Hip Hog then as opposed to having to go into hiding?
Did Krew notice that Tess was away/arrested by KG? Tess was working for the underground spying on Krew but he didn't notice that she disappeared after the tomb was opened?
He might've been out meeting with the metal heads or something.
How did the Baron get word to Torn that he was going to kill Ashelin if he didn't tell the Baron when the crew was going to move in for the stone?
The Baron used those propaganda speakers to speak directly to Jak from time to time. It's possible he set all the ones in the underground to broadcast the ultimatum to Torn.
For that matter, how did Torn get work back to the Baron? They can't have met face to face, the Baron would have had Torn captured/killed. If the Baron knew where to find Torn why did he wait? If there was a spy, and the Baron KNEW that the spy was a spy, he probably would've had him killed as opposed to letting him live on the off chance he wants to chat with the underground.
Maybe he had an agent leave a message outside the palace.
If the Baron knew that Torn and Ashelin were close, did it really never occur to him to use her to get at him after that? Or threaten to have her killed if Torn didn't turn himself in?
Probably only came out recently.
Considering Ashelin thought Jak was a traitor just before he went to the Weapons Factory, the Baron probably wanted to keep her on his side and was lying to her. His earlier threat to kill her might've been an empty threat.
If the Baron managed to capture the Shadow, why stick him in prison instead of just killing him immediately and hanging his head on the wall outside the fortress? I can't think of any way to capture someone but not then have the means to kill them, especially since it was just some KG that managed to capture everyone in the tomb entrance.
Public Execution most likely. He wanted to have him be killed in front of everyone to send a message.
Also, if the programmers / devs added a execution scene, then that would change the rating of the game from T to M. Jak 2 may have darker themes, but it never goes overboard with adult topics (Poverty, Rape, Child Soldiers). Also, this would destroy the plot, and ruin the story.
For all we know, the shadow could have Beams of death or tazers under that vest of his.
Which reinforces the point: If they could capture him and stick him in prison, which they did, why didn't they just kill him? Why would the Shadow willingly go to jail? Unless the KG threatened to kill his friends unless he turned himself in, then they threw him in jail anyway. Perhaps the KG knew they could contain him but weren't certain if the could kill him.
We know the Baron knows where the underground hideout is because a later mission used KG Blast Bots that were homing in on the hideout. Why didn't the Baron roll some of those tanks he's got kept in the fortress that you can see in the beginning of the game? Why didn't he just shoot a rocket at it? Or pump nerve gas in? Or anything besides just throw a handful of bots at it?
And why didn't the underground move their HQ after this?
Answer for both of you: There's so much going on in the plot at that point, that the designers either thought no one would care enough to analyze or that they didn't want to over complicate things by giving them a new hideout out of nowhere.
Well, the point of Headscratchers is to question things and try to justify the unexplained. You're not helping much.
How did Errol get to the Dark Makers? It was implied in Jak 2 that he was blown to bits. Kindasorta confirmed when we see in Jak 3 he's got just a small sliver of flesh on his face and the rest of him is, in his own words, pure metal. How did he survived getting blown up in Jak 2? Did the Baron take him back and put him in a hospital? And if that's the case, how did the Dark Makers take him, when and why?
How he survived is hand waved as the Krimzon Guard deathbots nursed him back to health. Whether or not the Baron knew is unknown. But they got into contact with him not long after he became a cyborg because Errol says his "digital self" can communicate with them quite well.
He could have had supporters who re - built him. Errol is a military commander who is popular with the city and is considered a "war hero" by his fellow comrades. It's not impossible to say that he had followers / elite guards who helped fix him.
What happened to the Ecosystem and Surrounding landscapes in Jak 2? Did Radiation or pollution wipe out life outside haven city? Why is the landscape so drab and Post-apocalyptic?
Presumably it was ravaged by metal heads.
What if it was because the Metal Heads and Humans were in a Cold War?
How would a cold war turn the land for miles around into flat grey wastes?
What about Nuclear Weapons?There are Warheads in the Ammo Dump Jak Blew Up in the Beginning of the Game. And the Piercer Bomb does looks like a Nuclear Weapon (It looks like a nuke).
The metal heads don't seem to have nukes or any tech for that matter. How do we know that the warheads are nukes and not just large bombs? The computer said warhead detonation imminent and besides the forgivable fact that nukes don't in fact go off just by shooting at them, the city was still there after it exploded so it was probably just a large bomb. Plus the Piercer Bomb looks more like something that's designed to break the Precursor Stone. You know, the whole purpose of the device. I can't find any pictures of nuclear weaponry that looks like the piercer bomb. More likely they were both eco devices of some sort.
Could Daxter have turned back into a human if he had touched the light eco at the end of the first game or not? He seemed to think it would, and Samos and the other sages, who knew a lot more about eco than Daxter, didn't deny it. But then when light eco appears in the third game, nobody brings up the possibility of using it on Daxter, and he can sit on Jak's shoulder while Jak uses his light eco powers and walks through light eco vents without it having any effect on him.
Probably not. They didn't know that eco contains the Precursors genetic code. They probably just thought that Daxter was cursed by dark eco and that light eco would, being its opposite, naturally change him back.
It should be noted that at the time of Jak 1, the story wasn't as developed and certain plot points weren't even thought of yet by Naughty Dog (like the time travelling arc), so at the time, it really was a curse until being Retconned into a blessing for later plot convenience.
How long had Baron Praxis been the ruler of Haven City before Jak and the others arrived? In Jak II, it's implied that he'd been the leader for a long time (Ashelin mentions in one cutscene that she lived in the palace when she was a kid, and if she's supposed to be in her early twenties, then it would mean that her father had been in power for at least a decade, probably more), but the introduction of Damas in the third game makes things a lot more confusing. He was the leader of Haven City before Praxis, but was banished to the Wasteland when Praxis took over and was presumed dead because most people in Haven City didn't know about Spargus. However, since his son was still in Haven City in the second game, and it's seems to be common knowledge that he is the true heir to the city (or at least that there is a young heir somewhere in the city), he was probably born when Damas was the ruler of Haven City, and since the kid can't be any older than about two or three, which would mean that Baron Praxis came to power not long before Jak & Co came through the rift gate.
The Baron had probably been a part of Damos' court or military beforehand so him and Ashelin lived in the palace. The Baron probably sprung the coup on him in the few years between Damas' exile and Jak's arrival. It's possible that Haven City was in a severe state of disrepair due to the metal head wars and the Baron used this as an excuse to depose him.
In Haven City, there are three basic models of citizen NPCs: thin young men, fat old men, and women. The only ones that are ever seen driving are the thin young men. What's the deal with that? When I first noticed it, I thought that perhaps it had something to do with the Krimzon Guard, as with the exception of Ashelin, all of the Krimzon Guards in the game are male, and it makes sense that the Guard would only recruit those who are young and able-bodied, so perhaps one had to join the Guard to be eligible for a driver's licence. However, the Krimzon Guard all of facial tattoos that the regular citizens don't, so that can't be the answer.
For the fat ones, there were probably clipping issues and they were thinking players wouldn't notice. I'm not sure about the women though.
Maybe Praxis wants all women in the kitchen.
Couldn't Jak figure out that Damas is his father because of clues in the plot BEFORE the reveal? First of all, Damas is a king of a settlement called Spargus, there has to be a reason why he is established king (Because the exiled citizens of Haven would have realized his Diplomatic skills). Secondly, Jak already knows about his family's position as royalty, therefore, he would have made connections at the beginning of Jak 3. Sig aludes that his mission was to essentially find "somebody" in Haven that Damas wanted. That person was the kid. Damas also mentions that he lost a child & wife in Haven, he indicates his position of power in Haven before Praxis essentially wiped him out of the history books. Therefore, Jak most likely knew that Damas was his son. Lol, JK it's father instead.
Damas was the king, yes, but that doesn't mean he had to be royalty. For all Jak (and us) knows, Damas might've become king because he was the most badass warrior or just naturally good at leading people, both of which would be more valuable assets in the wasteland over simply being a diplomat. And while Jak probably knew that the kid and by extension he himself was royalty, he didn't know if Praxis had killed his father or simply banished him. Remember his line from the opening of Jak 3: "Wait, nobody lives outside Havens walls." Plus, Sig said that Damas lost "something" in the city. He doesn't say it's any one person, just something. Damas does mention that he lost his son but he doesn't say it was in Haven. Until the reveal it was open to guessing. If Jak thought about it at all he probably assumed he was lost to marauders or died in a sandstorm or something.
Why does Haven City have a closed port? In Daxter there was a Big Ass tanker we saw moored to the docks. In Jak 2, the port is closed, and has no Big Ass ships. I do know that they're submarine boats in Jak 2, but why's the port closed? Shouldn't it be open for supplies?
Leaving the port open would be an open invitation for the Metal Heads to attack. Plus the only resources that we see coming into the city are aboard flying tankers and as far as the average citizen of Haven City knows there aren't any other cities to trade with. (At least before Jak X of course.)
Since there are people who can channel certain Eco and use it for various uses, why didn't the Baron recruit these individuals into the KG? Surely having a Green Eco sage / healer would do well during a battle, and having somebody who can use Eco to fix machinery would definitely work.
It's possible that such a talent is so rare that it's more trouble than it's worth to find these people, recruit them, train them, and put them into service. Plus Eco is used to power the city, the shield wall, weaponry that can be used by anyone, healthpacks, etc, whereas Jak could only channel it for 30 seconds at most.