You know, even Jak defeats enemies. In the second and third entries, the Jak and Daxter franchise was transformed into a Grand Theft Auto-like clone with a larger world to explore, hoverjet vehicles gliding all around to grab, and guns to upgrade and utilize. Jak's franchise is certainly a less violent game than say a Resident Evil, but there's definitely cartoon violence emanating from the product.
If you haven't played a game in seven years, how are you so dissuaded by the crop of games over this past generation? Well, I can see if you're just not interested in killing games. But, that doesn't mean all games released over the course of the PlayStation 3 generation have been massively bloody. There's inspired titles like Journey, Portal 2, Flower, and Plants vs. Zombies that come to mind when thinking about games that don't feature killing sprees by the player. Naughty Dog's Uncharted series definitely had a bit more of a mature theme than the Jak series does, although the games were still very fun to play.
The question being though whether we'll see Naughty Dog return to the Jak franchise is up in the air. There's been talk of Naughty Dog having scraps of progress they made in designing a potential Jak 4 at one time, but that never came to be. Right now Naughty Dog is hashing out their upcoming release of The Last of Us, which like Uncharted will have a more mature grip on players compared to their earlier Crash and Jak days. What Naughty Dog could be working on for the PlayStation 4 isn't known just yet. With the studio split up now, could that mean they'll be taking time to delve into rejuvenating former projects? Who knows.
I loved Jak 2 and 3, to see it get replaced by uncharted disappointed me greatly. I'm not saying I dislike the uncharted series because I don't, but the Jak series had a decent story, fun combat and interesting characters. I feel with 4 they have room to keep the humor, but also add a more mature story to appeal to its ps2 generation fans. I'm just befuddled, Rachet and Clank and Sly Cooper stayed alive, yet one of the best platforming games of its time was scrapped by Naughty Dog.
I still have hope for Jak. It would be a BEYOND stupid descision to scrap Jak and Daxter forever. I think they should give it another try, and I think they will. If they're in it for the money, I can guarantee you they'll get it, because we fans want it bad.
I thoroughly agree with you. It seems there's only bloody, racing and kiddie available out now and these don't give me an incentive to purchase a new system. Call me old-fashioned, but I like platformer games with hilarious cut-scenes that haven't been made for kids 9 and under. I'm 36, female and a working professional ... platformer games were my stress outlet (and likely saved some lives in my old office) but I haven't found a game in long time that I've enjoyed as much as the original Jak and Daxter series (other than Ratchet and Clank). Come on Naughty Dog . . . what gives?!?