Jak II Trophy Guide. Difficulty: ** A sequel to the original Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and a revamp from the 2003 title released on the PlayStation 2. The game and its Platinum is significantly more challenging and time-consuming than the previous installment.
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Jak II HD
Jak II HD, also known as Jak II: Renegade in Europe, is a third-person action platformer, and a sequel to Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2003, then revamped in HD for the PlayStation 3 in 2012.
Taking place in the same fictional location as its prequel, Daxter manages to break Jak out of prison after being locked away by Baron Praxis for two years. Together, they join the Underground, a rebel organisation to take down the Baron and stop his tyranny.
The original Jak II on the PlayStation 2 met with positive reviews, scoring an average of 91%, for its fun adventure, interesting characters, and departure from the prequel's more linear gameplay.
This game is significantly more frustrating and time consuming than its prequel, hence the 2-star difficulty rating. At least one playthrough is required, with mopping-up and some grinding afterwards. However, there is a trick - commonly known as the Orb Glitch - which can shave a good 15-20 hours off your gameplay, thereby bringing this difficulty score to a high 1-star.
Legitimately, the Platinum could take between 30-40 hours.
NOTE: The trophies on the PS4 have a separate list from those on the PS3 and PS Vita.
For the most part, you can start simply by playing the game from beginning to end. Depending on whether you chose to use the Orb Glitch or not, however, will decide how careful you are during your initial playthrough.
There are a total of 286 Precursor Orbs in the game, and you'll need to collect all of them for The Collectionator trophy. If you're going after this trophy legitimately, then you'll need to worry about the 7 located in the Metal Head Nest which can only be reached at the end of the story, and not after. This means, if you miss these 7 Orbs, then The Collectionator trophy can become missable.
Once you finish the story, you should have the vast majority of the trophies. Most likely, you will still need to find the remaining Precursor Orbs, which involves quite a lot of searching and grinding. Also, the game doesn't list in which areas you've already collected the Orbs, making this rather frustrating.
However, there is the famous Orb Glitch. Simply load up an Orb Hunt side mission, race to the Precursor Orb, and leap over it. In mid-air, pause the game and select Restart Mission. Jak will fall on the Orb during the load, and you can restart the mission to collect it again. Though it will take awhile to reach 286 Orbs, this method is far faster than searching on your own.
IGN has a Walkthrough, here:
And a text-based Walkthrough by Coheed and Cambria:
Darth_Krid & MsFuruba have a great Trophy Guide, here:
And a detailed Trophy Guide here, by Digitalman123:
Another useful Trophy Guide, this one by infavol:
SandeProElite has a Precursor Orb Locations Guide, here:
Here's a video by starkiller1138thx, demonstrating the Orb Glitch:
Finally, here's a basic Trophy List: