• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2006
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
  1. It feels, moves and looks like a "Jak" title, and any fan of the series will have a blast taking this new title on the road.
  2. If I had to hold one thing against Daxter (and Ready at Dawn) it’s that they raised the bar so high that it’s probably going to be a while before there is another PSP title that reaches this level of quality.
  3. This is it, the first truly great game for the PSP. The entire game is just so polished, well-designed, and implemented that it could stand as an example of great gaming on any platform.
  4. Put simply, Daxter is not only a great game for the PSP, it would make a great game on any platform.
  5. Aside from looking great, the gameplay is very cohesive and tight, and though it doesn’t venture too far from the typical Jak and Daxter formula, it’s hard to complain when the game is this good.
  6. 95
    Almost effortlessly, the game provides a wonderful offshoot of the established "Jak and Daxter" world, serving up scores of original content and gameplay mechanics while maintaining the franchise's charm and fun.
  7. So far, Daxter is the most fun I've had on my PSP this year, and Daxter is a sure in for PSP game of the year.
  8. From the gorgeous graphics, solid control scheme to the writing and sound production, this one has "BUY ME" stamped all over it in big gold letters.
  9. Not only do the graphics look outstanding, but the developers went even further by having some of the best audio I have heard for a PSP game.
  10. Daxter continues to prove that the PSP is the best handheld system out there and the closest thing you can get to a home console experience. I’d certainly stack this game up against anything in the genre on the PS2.
  11. Daxter is one of the best experiences to be had on the PSP, and an excellent platformer on any system.
  12. It's just a really, really well-made platformer and probably one of the best to come along in quite some time.
  13. The best platformer on the PSP and almost the best title period on the console.
  14. Tremendously fun title to say the least.
  15. The pint-sized Daxter is every bit as good as its console counterparts, bringing all the best elements of the action-platformer Jak games fluidly to the PSP.
  16. Daxter isn't just a great platformer with amazing graphics and sound, it's one of the best playing games you can get on the PSP. You can look around all you want, but there's no reason to; Daxter is the new king of 3D portable platforming games.
  17. It takes a rich universe and focuses it on a very popular character, and didn't just throw him into some clone of Jak 3, but instead designed a game around Daxter and the PSP.
  18. With the non-existent load times and simple, but rewarding controls, this game feels like it’s been made with the idea of what handheld games need while not ignoring the presentation that the console-like power can provide
  19. A smooth, portable platformer that looks gorgeous. It is very traditional, but the playability is flawless and the levels are top notch. Hilarious minigames are a nice bonus. [June 2006]
  20. Daxter is the most technically impressive game on the PSP and delivers and extremely fun platforming experience that could be the best in Naughty Dog’s history.
  21. In short, Daxter is a highly polished game that, for once, really does set a new standard in terms of what we can expect from future PSP titles.
  22. Only the issues of its periodically dodgy camera and short lifespan - along with the rock-paper-scissors-esque two player bug fighting game, which is frankly not much cop and not really worth a mention - even come close to bringing it down, and even with those minor faults, you really should make sure you pick up Daxter as soon as possible.
  23. Lush visuals, solid gameplay and tight controls makes this one of PSP's best thus far.
  24. It looks almost as good as its PS2 siblings and has full voice acting for all the characters, all without the excruciatingly long loading that seems to plague most other PSP games on the market.
  25. This makes you realise how much Jak has been holding Daxter back all these years. It also shows just how good PSP gaming can get. [May 2006, p.84]
  26. With great graphics, great sound and a fun multiplayer game the simply titled Daxter is a hit on the PSP.
  27. 90
    Sure, its story is kind of ridiculous and even a little boring, but the events that said story lead into are fantastic. From the great level design to the ultra-refined controls to the excellent production values, Daxter is a game every PSP gamer should check out.
  28. Daxter makes a much better lead than he ever did a sidekick. As a lead critter, he's everything I look for and then some. [Apr 2006, p.71]
  29. It’s got everything; humor, excellent cutscenes, great graphics and strong gameplay. What more can you ask for?
  30. 90
    Daxter is a game designed from the ground up for the PSP and it shows. The handy save anywhere feature allows for gaming on the go while the length of each of Daxter's levels is suitable for a bus ride to school or work. Daxter’s graphics and gameplay are unmatched on the PSP and contribute to what is a truly exceptional game.
  31. Daxter is an amazing looking creature. He's loaded with personality and his animated movements are fluid and well detailed as he slinks around with tail wagging and ears flapping.
  32. 90
    As the first game to truly establish the balance between a console game and portability, Daxter is arguably the best game on the PSP.
  33. Even without the compelling multiplayer, Daxter is the best platformer available on the PSP, and a fantastic extra chapter for the series.
  34. 90
    This is the action/platformer we've pined for on PSP. With amazing graphics, an entertaining story and uber-accurate control, it's virtually flawless and its appeal knows no bounds.
  35. Daxter is a superb platform adventure that I highly recommend, and Ready at Dawn is to be commended for coming to bat for the PSP and filling the void that's plagued the system for almost a year. Purchase it immediately.
  36. With such deep variety of familiar but accomplished gameplay, and visuals that are always immersive and frequently arresting, Daxter easily leaps ahead of the PSP platformer pack to put such concerns to rest.
  37. One of the best platformers we've played in years. This handheld treat is a minor classic. [June 2006, p.73]
  38. Daxter, developed by Ready at Dawn Studios, is far closer in spirit to the original game than "Jak II" or "Jak 3," with wacky humor and imaginative puzzles and action that are challenging without being torturous.
  39. Honestly, I'd have to say that this title actually manages to not only meet but exceed my expectations. [Apr 2006, p.135]
  40. A brilliant piece of crafted platforming that has the power to draw you in for an age. While not perfect, it's now the game by which all other PSP titles of its ilk will be judged. [May 2006, p.72]
  41. More important, however, is that this game serves as a prime example of how platformers should be designed for the PSP. [Jun 2006, p.80]
  42. Sure, the story's nothing to call home about, but this is still the finest platformer to grace the PSP yet.
  43. Every aspect of Daxter screams quality, and Ready At Dawn studios deserve an ovation for putting together such a masterful platforming experience.
  44. The formula from the original series has been transplanted to near perfection and the Ready at Dawn crew has added a few gems that will keep you coming back for more.
  45. If Daxter can be accused of anything it’s playing it too safe. It’s a title never feels anything less than solid, but outside the impeccable presentation Daxter is rarely inspired; it’s enjoyable rather than exhilarating.
  46. A very good platformer - It's not kid's stuff, yet kids will love it just as much as the 20-somethings who wistfully look back to a time when all platformers were as much fun as this.
  47. A fairly predictable but enjoyable platformer with some great parody mini-games.
  48. 80
    Completely skip the multiplayer aspect of Daxter, and you'll be pleasantly surprised to the game's accessibility and simple ways it draws you in for an all-around enjoyable adventure. Daxter finally proves that he can hold his own without Jak.
  49. 80
    This is a full-on game that delivers a rich, beautiful, detailed gaming experience on a small, portable screen, which all makes sense when you consider some of the key development staff are former Naughty Dog employees.
  50. One of the better games you'll find for your PSP, and a must-play for die-hard fans of the series. [May 2006, p.90]
  51. The developers have really put an effort into getting an original game and storyline on the system and it has really paid off.
  52. Although the platform-leaping action is easily criticised for lacking originality, levels are inventive and varied.
  53. 80
    Along with the great controls and the involving adventure that will keep you playing for hours at a time, the game also benefits from beautiful visuals that really bring out the best in the PSP.
  54. Daxter isn't the best platformer you'll ever play, but on a system where the genre is so often done poorly, it manages to stand out. Definitely worth a play, whether you're a fan of the series or not.
  55. Ready At Dawn has successfully maintained its focus, making its debut game a standout title on a platform lacking in must-haves. [May 2006, p.91]
  56. Handheld gaming is designed for brief sessions and, in bite-sized chunks, Daxter is a very tasty proposition. [May 2006, p.116]
  57. 60
    Daxter’s failing, despite it being a solid and entertaining platformer, is that it does feel a bit short and a bit lacking.
  58. When you first take a gander at Daxter, you see a beautifully recreated Jak & Daxter game on the portable Playstation. Some thousand bug squishings later, you’ll realise that looks can be extremely deceiving.
  59. In Daxter, you get great graphics and not much else. [Jun 2006, p.91]
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Sheppard
    Feb 21, 2009
    9
    Daxter is the best game Ive played for the PSP.Not only are the graphics good but the gameplay is too. The controls are great and are realDaxter is the best game Ive played for the PSP.Not only are the graphics good but the gameplay is too. The controls are great and are real easy to get into. And it only cost 5 bucks! I just wished the storyline was a little better but its still a great game Full Review »
  2. Sep 23, 2013
    10
    Lovely graphics, memorable characters, intriguing level designs, laugh out loud humor, and the fact it is all portable.

    Simply put, if you
    Lovely graphics, memorable characters, intriguing level designs, laugh out loud humor, and the fact it is all portable.

    Simply put, if you own a PSP, you SHOULD have Daxter
    Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    6
    Um game de plataforma simples e bonito. Com um personagem carismatico e jogabilidade adequada ao portatil da Sony, Daxter é um bom jogo naUm game de plataforma simples e bonito. Com um personagem carismatico e jogabilidade adequada ao portatil da Sony, Daxter é um bom jogo na biblioteca do PSP. Full Review »