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A Vehicular Combat game set in the world of Jak and Daxter. Jak and friends receive invites to the distant Kras City to hear the reading of Krew's last will and testament. The will includes a request that all present, including his daughter Rayn, toast his memory with a "special vintage" he's prepared before starting the video will proper. Surprise! Turns out that vintage was spiked with a slow acting poison and the only way to get the antidote is to compete in and win the Kras City Grand Championship, the deadliest and most popular sporting event on the planet! Krew had a bet with rival Kras City crime lord Mizo that the winner will inherit all of the other's dirty business and Krew is determined to win even if it's from beyond the grave. Now Jak, Daxter, Torn, Ashelin, Rayn, Keira, and Samos must race like their lives depend on it...

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Tropes Used In This Game:

  • Almost Kiss: Lampshaded by Daxter in when referring to Keira: "Would ya kiss her already?! Sheesh!"
  • Announcer Chatter: G.T. Blitz (and later, Pecker).
  • Badass Driver: Every (playable) character.
  • Bald of Evil: Mizo.
  • Big Bad: Krew (albeit posthumously and through Rayn) and Mizo (which is the alias of G.T. Blitz).
  • Blood Sport: Combat Racing.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Beating Hero Mode gets you green turbo online.
  • City of Canals: Haven City. It's pretty polluted, though, but it improves by at least this game.
  • Constructed World: While the games have a handful of settings and locations, it's very clear that the games take place in a world that's distinctly not ours, with its own alphabet, mythology, history, and wildlife.
  • Continuity Nod: The Power Cells from the first game and Jak 3 make a reappearance as an artifact.
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  • Crapsack World: Things get much better for Haven City, as the slums and industrial areas are once again free, but the newly introduced Kras City is far more sleazy and corrupt than Haven City ever used to be, and the frosty Icelands seem even more desolate than the Wasteland.
  • Deflector Shields: Appeared in the form of a Red Eco pickup.
  • Dope Slap: Daxter, in turn, slaps Jak at least twice.
  • Easter Egg: Most things that can be unlocked with the Precursor Orbs.
  • Engineered Public Confession: This was done to Mizo at the end.
  • Excuse Plot: Sure, there is an attempt at a full story, but its really just an excuse to get Jak and co. into a racing game.
  • Flipping the Bird: Pecker to G.T. Blitz, this time censored through camera effects as they're on live TV.
  • Forced Tutorial: There is one narrated by Keira.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Early copies of the game would erase your saves randomly.
  • Genre Savvy: Jak, attending the will-reading of the man he essentially killed, waits for the dead man's daughter to drink before tasting his own wine. Doesn't help much, as it turns out Krew doesn't care much for family. Apparently.
  • Guest Fighter: Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank.
  • Hot Coffee Minigame: Parodied/lampshaded. Since the game came out in 2005, the same year as the infamous "Hot Coffee" GTA scandal, Naughty Dog threw together a joke unlockable. A 30-second video entitled "Hot Coffee" which shows Daxter and Tess flirting... and drinking coffee. Daxter notices the player watching them near the end and indignantly yells "What?!" while Tess smiles coyly.
  • It Gets Easier: Well, "You get used to it" anyway.
  • Jerkass: Pecker, at times. G.T. Blitz as well, until the end, when he's revealed as the bad guy.
  • Karma Houdini: Rayn, the true antagonist, gets away with poisoning the heroes scot-free. The only semi-form of comeuppance she gets is a sliver of regret that her newfound friends likely all hate her now.
  • Meaningful Name: G.T. Blitz has two meanings: "Blitz" is German for lightning, which is fast and dangerous, not unlike Combat Racing. "G.T." stands for "grand tourer" (or, in Italian, gran turismo), which is a kind of high-performance car built for long-distance driving.
  • Nintendo Hard: Jak X is this to racing games.
  • Nitro Boost: Blue Eco can be used to boost the vehicle.
  • Official Couple:
    • Jak and Keira as of now.
    • Torn and Ashelin.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Jak (and the player) realizes that Jak's weapons have been sabotaged. In the middle of the race. One can only imagine Daxter's reaction...
  • Oh My Gods!: Averted, when Jak famously says "Oh my God."
  • Ojou: Ashelin is the Baron's daughter and a high-ranking member of the Guard before becoming Governor of Haven City.
  • Old Save Bonus: The first three iterations of Jak, Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank and several Daxter characters get unlocked from save files of the first three Jak games, Ratchet: Deadlocked and Daxter. For the PS4 port, Ratchet was unlocked from Ratchet & Clank (2016). The Daxter content was unlocked from the Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: To ensure that Jak and co. participate in the Kras City Championship on his behalf, and knowing they wouldn't help Rayn otherwise, Krew reveals in his will that the wine they toasted him with was spiked with Black Shade, a slow-acting poison. Essentially, Jak and his friends have to participate in the race as his team and receive the antidote when they win, or die.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: G.T. Blitz.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: An exchange between Jak and G.T. Blitz.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Torn and Sig have sleeveless shirts.
  • The Speechless: Jak One.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Samos essentially says this to Keira, when he finds out that she wants to be a racer and not just the mechanic. The exact wording was "a woman's place is in the garage fixing cars!" Good thing Ashelin wasn't around to hear that...
  • Theme Naming: Every member of Mizo's gang is named after a sharp object: Razer (razor), Cutter and Edje (edgy) are the obvious ones; a shiv is any type of improvised, bladed weapon (common in prisons), and a mizo is a type of Bowie knife. Kleiver (cleaver), though not originally a gang member, also fits in.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Rayn is Krew's (KREW'S?!?!?) daughter.
  • Unflinching Walk: The end.
  • Video Wills / The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Krew's holographic will.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: It's confirmed that Jak and Keira are only one year apart. Keria had to have been born after the clearly older than one Jack traveled back in time.

Alternative Title(s): Jak X Combat Racing

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