Jak 2, known as Jak 2: Renegade in Europe/Australia is now on PC! The OpenGOAL team noted that they feel that Jak 2 is now in a good enough state to release as an open beta on the launcher. As of now, the game can be 100% completed with few major glitches.
OpenGOAL is not emulation; it’s a fully-fledged, native x86-64 port, guaranteeing superior performance, precision, and compatibility. The project’s primary aim is to recreate the original game experience, making it feel and, ideally, look just like the original. So far, Jak & Daxter and Jak 2 have been ported. Jak 3 will be ported later.
OpenGOAL is meticulously constructed from scratch to mirror Naughty Dog’s original GOAL language. Facilitating modifications to the original game is another key objective. The project isn’t hesitant to introduce features that enhance the quality of life and accessibility for players, too! Officially launched in 2020, the project has continuously expanded its scope, becoming increasingly ambitious and there are many new features that were not in the original games such as “speedrunner mode”, full widescreen support, higher framerates etc.
CrystalFissure posted the following video talking about the newly released Jak 2 on OpenGOAL:
Beta version means there are still bugs:
According to the team, here are some of the bigger gameplay issues they are presently aware of:
- Camera Options and a few other menu options are not implmented yet.
- Occasionally, some sound effects can cut off abruptly. This is particularly an issue in the gun course and when playing at higher frame rates.
- This is an original game bug, but there are some sounds (such as Sig’s Peace Maker charging sound) that always play at max volume regardless of audio settings and also play even if the game is paused.
- The texture for the ocean is still a bit wrong.
- Some HUD Elements might not line up correctly.
Make sure to check out OpenGOAL’s website for more information. And happy playing!
About Jak 2:
Jak II, released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, is an action-adventure video game by Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment. A part of the Jak and Daxter series, it serves as both a sequel and prequel to Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, with Jak 3 following in 2004.
The game introduces new weaponry, locations, and continues the storyline from its predecessor, allowing players to control both Jak and Daxter.
While Jak II earned critical acclaim for its overall excellence, some critics noted issues with checkpoints, a darker tone, and high difficulty, making it renowned for its challenging gameplay on the PlayStation 2.
Check out CrystalFissure’s let’s play of the game by clicking the button below: