A great platformer with solid roots, focused game-play, and a dedication to quality, not quantity.
ebbderelict wrote this review on .
What was good:
It's fun! It's sometimes hard to explain why something is fun, but this game just is. Almost everything works well, and works well with each other. J&D is filled with great platforming action that for the most part sticks to it's roots. It's evident that Naughty Dog set out to make an enjoyable experience for a wide range of players, that focused on great game-play instead of gimmicks.
The controls are straight forward and very tight.
The Eco power-ups found throughout the world add to the strategy of the game. Some speed you up and allow you to activate certain switches and platforms, while others add to your defensive and offensive moves.
How you complete the missions. There aren't really levels in this game. It's more about progressing to new areas of the world by completing objectives in the areas you can access. You can however complete the objectives in an area in any order, and you don't need to complete all objectives before moving on to new areas, so you can come back and finish them later. I'm some cases you don't have to complete them at all to see the end of the game.
There's lots to do and lots to explore in each new area. The environments are varied, and serve the game well.
What could have been better:
Although the controls were great, the camera had it's problems. Occasionally getting stuck or moving behind objects making it impossible to see what you're doing.
The game was also quite short. This didn't bother me really. Naughty Dog obviously focus on quality, not quantity, but some people may be disappointed by the length.
An excellent game, and worthy of a recommendation to a wide range of game lovers.