This week's Critical Reception takes a look a spinoff for Jak's sidekick in Daxter
for the PSP, developed by Ready At Dawn Studios and published by Sony. While many have voiced criticisms over a bulk of PSP platformers as lesser retreads of their PS2 counterparts, Daxter delivers on the PSP's promise, giving a console experience in a portable package and earning it an average 90% rating
on review compilation website GameTab.com.
With little to say in the negative column, reviewers hail Daxter as a welcomed return to classic platforming as IGN's Chris Roper opines
"One thing about Daxter that I welcome with open arms is its strong adherence to old-school platform gaming. While Sony's own Jak, Ratchet and Sly franchises have inched more and more toward straight-up action games with each release, Daxter's gameplay is almost wholly based on platforming. Sure, there's quite a bit of fighting, but it plays a second, drowned-out fiddle compared to the game's platforming aspects."
You can read the full Gamasutra column
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