Getting Started - Jak 1 Speedrunning

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Getting Started - Jak 1 Speedrunning

Post by Ruh » 26 Nov 2019, 16:10

This will be a list of everything you need to get started speedrunning Jak 1 on PS2. I'm assuming you already have a PS2 and controller so I'm going to skip over that part.

When purchasing a Jak 1 disc, there are a few different types you can buy. The numbers represent the number located on the bottom of the disc. Black Label refers to the original release copies with a black PS2 label on the case art. Red Label refers to the Greatest Hits release with the red PS2 Greatest Hits label on the case art. Platinum Label refers to the platinum release of the game with the silver PS2 label on the case art.

NTSC-U/C
  • Black Label 1 (BL1) - Has citadel skip.
  • Black Label 2 (BL2) - Has citadel skip.
  • Black Label 3 (BL3) - Does not have citadel skip (Patched).
  • Red Label 3 (RL3) - Does not have citadel skip (Patched).
  • Red Label 4 (RL4) - Does not have citadel skip (Patched).
PAL
  • Black Label 27 (BL27) - Has citadel skip.
  • Platinum Label 27 (PL27) - Has citadel skip.
  • Platinum Label 246 (PL246) - Has citadel skip.
NTSC-J
  • Black Label 5 (BL5) - Has citadel skip.
You want to make sure that your disc version has citadel skip, otherwise you will be extremely disadvantaged in runs and will only be able to compete competitively in the No Major Skips category.

Every copy of Jak 1, including the later console ports, has a built in debug mode that can be activated via controller inputs. This debug mode is an extremely useful and convenient tool for both new and experienced runners. More info can be found on it here.

It is also optimal to run PS2 Jak 1 on a Cathode-ray Tube (CRT) television. For the equipment needed to stream on a CRT television using PS2 composite and/or S-Video cables, click here for more info.

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