YMMV / Jak 3: Wastelander

  • Big Lipped Alligator Mission: There's a mission where Daxter gets sucked into a computer and has to play a Pac-Man style game to find a MacGuffin. It evidently wasn't supposed to be that much of a stretch, since the character who put him into the computer was one with the computer himself, but Daxter's whole body getting sucked through the screen?
  • Broken Base: The cutscene where Jak refuses the chance to return to Haven City out of anger for being a Hero with Bad Publicity. Many fans, even those who didn't like the game's pairing of them, found him being a jerkass towards Ashelin was just too harsh. Fortunately, he gets better almost right away.
  • Cliché Storm: Some of the lines of dialogue.
  • Game Breaker: The Beam Reflexor upgrade for the Blaster. The shots bounce off walls and home in on enemies and it can be fired fairly frequently, allowing it to easily clear even very large rooms in under a minute. It's also one of the very first upgrades you get in the game.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the adverts for the game parodied Luke, I Am Your Father, with Daxter attempting to convince Jak he was his father and the announcer assuring the audience that the game wouldn't "end like this". He's right. In the game proper, Jak does meet his father, but it ends tragically, with Damas dying before he would ever know that Jak was his son.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When exactly Count Veger crossed it is up for debate, but it's widely accepted that he crossed it. Many point to his gloating to Jak immediately after Damas' death as one.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The charging noise of the Wave Concussor, the sound of the Mass Inverter waves, and the Nuke 'em Super Nova blast.
    • Light Jak's regeneration invokes this with a high-pitched crystaline humming noise as your health fills back up.
  • Narm: The battles between the Freedom League and the Metal Heads/KG bots become hard to take seriously, especially after the War Factory is destroyed. The entire city sans the port consists of endlessly respawning soldiers and enemies killing each other over and over. You can't even help effectively because the FL troops are just Palette Swaps of the original guards, so your weapons will automatically target them too.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Dark Makers aren't pretty.
  • Player Punch: Damas's death makes you want to Kill Veger With Fire.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The Hellcrap Cruiser went from being useless in Jak II to being instrumental in a certain mission.
  • Scrappy Level: The Nintendo Hard Pac-Man esque minigame in the power station. It becomes a lot easier though once you realize that you can speed up Daxter's movement.
  • Shocking Swerve: There are quite a few in this game such as the Precursors actually being ottsels like Daxter with highly advanced technology or Jak possibly being The Mar.
  • Strangled by the Red String: This game has Jak and Ashelin become a couple, despite the previous entries of the series has Keira and Torn as Jak's and Ashelin's respective love interestsnote . Jak X and The Lost Frontier would ignore this and restore Jak and Keira's relationship.
  • Tear Jerker: Damas's death. He dies in Jak's arms, never knowing that Jak is really his son, Mar. All Damas says was that it was an honor to fight with Jak and that the people need him.
  • Underused Game Mechanic: One new feature that many fans felt was disappointing was the implementation of Jak's new Dark Eco ability of Invisibility. Aside from an once-visited volcano level, it could only be used at the Monk's Precursor Temple monastery, thus meaning any use of it this for any stealth based tactics (or for that matter any sort of stealth-based missions) outside that location is denied to players. Granted while there is an unlockable ability to turn invisible by pressing the triangle button in Dark Jak form, but that only becomes available after completing the game (though it is somewhat subverted if someone buys it from the Secrets menu and then starts a New Game on Hero Mode).
  • Win Back the Crowd: For those who were unhappy with the drastic Genre Shift Naughty Dog made between Jak 1 and 2, Jak 3 offered more of a happy medium between the two.