I don't play a lot of video games anymore but every now and then I come across a game that really holds my attention to the end. One of those games was Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. I don't play many games through to the end but did this one, even playing through a second time to collect all that you could. Naughty Dog (the creators of the game, as well as Crash Bandicoot and more recently the Uncharted series) decided that Jak and Daxter (along with its two sequels) were popular enough to warrant an HD, collection rerelease. I finished the first, got through about 90% of the second but never played the 3rd. Since I still loved the game I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick it up again so I bought a copy.
It originally came out on the Playstation 2 several years ago and I picked it up because it was eventually being sold as a classic so it was inexpensive. It's a platform game with lots of sense of humor and a cool story. It also didn't require you to do things in any particular order so it never really got boring. Each area of the game has a handful of levels. In each level you have to complete certain tasks to collect power cells. Collecting enough power cells will allow you to move to the next area of the game.
The levels are varied and the visuals are great. There are also a handful of mini-games sprinkled throughout to keep things fresh.
I started playing the first (HD) game again recently and it's been difficult to put it down (again). I'm about 85% and as soon as I'm done I'll be playing through the entirety of the second and third games as well.
If you never played the games on the Playstation 2 I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the trilogy for the Playstation 3 and giving it a shot. It's a lot of fun and doesn't require hours commitment, though you'll probably find yourself playing longer than you need to because it's so much fun.