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Column: 'Critical Reception: Sony's/Ready at Dawn's Daxter'

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 man...
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, including reception of the game from Yahoo! Games and GameSpy (no registration required, please feel free to link to this column from external websites).

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