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Daxter (PSP)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (22 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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100
Gaming Age
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.
97
GamingTrend
This should be the cornerstone disc in your collection. The one that you pull out anytime someone wants to see what the PSP is all about.
95
Gamers' Temple, The
The variety of levels always keeps things interesting and players will appreciate all of the extras packed into the game. The trademark Jak and Daxter humor fills the game, from the dream sequences to the cutscenes and even within the levels themselves. Put simply, Daxter is not only a great game for the PSP, it would make a great game on any platform.
95
PGNx Media
Daxter will be known for being the first PSP game to really set the bar for visuals. 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.
95
Kombo.com
This is the best PSP game out on the market today. No other platformer on the PSP is this much fun, this good looking, or sounds this good. Buy this game now.
95
Deeko
To put it simply, Daxter is a near perfect game: it retains the wonderful graphics, animation and sound of its PS2 forefathers while spicing up the gameplay with some awesome new play mechanics and scenarios. It's been fine-tuned for portability, which actually increases the fun of the game ten-fold. It controls gracefully, putting to shame many of the other games that opted out for a "blame it on the system design" approach. And most importantly of all, it's great fun. If you like series, you need this game. If you like platforming in general, you need this game. Heck, if you like games in general, you'll probably do no better than playing Daxter. It's just that fun.
95
Game Vortex
After a long drought, Daxter is finally something for PSP owners to get excited about. Even if you’ve managed to avoid the Jak series, Daxter makes for a fine starting point that may even get you to try other games in the series.
95
Extreme Gamer
Gamers who enjoyed the previous Jak games will find a lot to love within Daxter. Actually, any gamer will probably find plenty to love in Daxter. Daxter is the sort of action game that leads you in and holds you because of the excellent level of production, gameplay values, and story. 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.
93
Digital Entertainment News (den)
As a fan of the Jak titles, you’ll definately find a lot of nostalgic content in Daxter and marvel at the broad range of abilities this seemingly slapstick sidekick possesses. If you’ve never played a Jak title, this is a solid platforming title on a handheld that many wouldn’t think it possible on and might even elicit some interest in the Jak titles. One of the best titles to grace the PSP, Daxter is well worth your time.
93
GameZone
Go purchase this game immediately. If you are a fan of the series or someone who enjoys good games, then this is the game for you. Daxter is one of the best games that I have played on my PlayStation Portable and one of the most original (i.e. non port) of a game either. So if you are hankering for a good game then look no further than Daxter, as you will not regret this purchase.
93
PSX Extreme
The PSP seems to be handy platform for reviving down-trodden series like Syphon Filter. Daxter does the same thing for the Jak franchise. It's just a really, really well-made platformer and probably one of the best to come along in quite some time. Ready at Dawn has some talent as a developer and it'll be interesting to see if they ever tackle a game of their own design, but for now they can be commended for their excellent work on Daxter. Fans of the genre really need to pick this game up. Even if you aren't, the accessibility and fun factor make it worthy of anyone's money.
93
Game Chronicles
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. The graphics and gameplay are second to none, and fans of the franchise will love the special insight into those missing years in the Jak trilogy, as told through the comical genius of what is easily one of the best sidekicks in gaming history. Whether you are a fan of the franchise or just love platform games with a touch of action and combat, Daxter is a must-have title for anyone who owns a PSP.
92
Mobile Tech Review
If you like action/adventure games (and who doesn’t?), Daxter for PSP will not disappoint. Gameplay is varied and includes polished graphics and sound effects that successfully create a world of their own. The storyline has only one linear path and is a little short, but even if the game doesn’t last as long as you may have wanted, the time that you do spend playing will be exciting and thoroughly entertaining.
92
Futuregamez.net
Daxter is without a doubt one of the best PSP games to date. Technically stunning this game is just as impressive in terms of gameplay. If you miss this one you should question why you bought your PSP to start with.
92
JustPressPlay
If you're a fan of platforming games and you want to see it done right on the PSP you should give Daxter a look. You shouldn't be disappointed unless you are really picky. It has good music, funny dialogue, and great graphics. It also has this bug combat multi-player mode that I didn't touch.
91
The Video Game Critic
Daxter's gorgeous graphics look clean and crisp, sporting color combinations that are oh-so pleasing to the eyes. The audio is equally outstanding, thanks to its elegant orchestrated music soundtrack. It's usually quite easy to determine where to go next (look for the spotlight), checkpoints are spaced appropriately, and you can save your place at any time. There are some minor camera issues, and a few "what to do now" moments, but overall Daxter delivers outstanding 3D platform action.
91
Gaming Nexus
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!
91
UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
As a single player game, Daxter is one of the strongest on the PSP, offering an epic storyline with great controls and console-quality graphics. There is a multiplayer portion, which is basically a Pokemon-esque bug battling mode, but that probably won't keep your attention for very long, as it amounts to a rock/paper/scissors battle. Nice extra, but don't expect too much from it. But if you're in the market for a third-person platformer on the go, there isn't a better game around.
91
GamingExcellence
In the end, it’s hard to find any real fault with Daxter. While some cynics may claim that it’s a carefully planned game that takes few risks and simply gives gamers what they really want, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. From its perfect gameplay and fun story to its also complete elimination of loading times, Daxter raises itself to the top of the PSP library and seems to do so effortlessly. This is what PSP owners have been waiting impatiently for and it’s finally here. A brilliant game that not only justifies the PSP’s purchase, but one that also raises the bar for all other PSP titles and console platformers. A must own and reason enough to buy a PSP.
91
Gamer 2.0
Like the original Jak and Daxter did for the PS2, Daxter brings a great a platformer to a handheld that could use more. 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. The great pacing to the missions keeps you hooked on the game long after you intended to stop at first, but expect around 12-15 hours of gameplay here to get hooked on. There’s little reason to not pick up this beautiful gem if you’ve got a PSP, especially if you’re a tickler for handheld-friendly games.
91
Defunct Games
It's easy to come away from Daxter impressed, this is one of the best playing games on the PSP and easily the best 3D platformer on any portable game system. With its air tight controls, stunning visuals and ever-evolving game play, you can't help but love a game like Daxter. Regardless of whether you're a fan of 3D platformers or not, there's enough in this game to warrant a look. This is the type of game PSP owners have been waiting for, and a great show piece for anybody who doesn't already see the system's potential. Let's hope this is just the beginning of a whole series of great portable platforming adventures.
91
Gaming Target
The Jak series on PS2 was famed for its extremely high quality animations, and such is the case with Daxter as well. The little ottsel is loaded with fluid movements and visual design; his movie parody dream sequences hit the mark with charm and authenticity as well. The move to PSP has generally done little to hurt the overall technology of the series either; though the city is a smaller chunk this time around with less people and Crimzon Guard, it looks really sharp on the PSP's screen. Much of the stages in the game are a bit dreary and depressing, but this is Haven City after all. Returning to voice Daxter is Max Kasella, and once again his work is fantastic and gives Dax his great persona. Basically every important returning character also has their familiar voice actor as well. The music is pretty subdued in the game but what's there is comparable to the stuff you've heard in the previous games.
91
GameSpot
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.
90
Retroage
Podsumowując Daxter to jedna z najlepszych, o ile nie najlepsza gra platformowa dostępna na konsolę PSP. Doskonała grafika połączona ze świetnym gameplayem oraz porządną oprawą dźwiękową okraszone świetnym klimatem sprawiają, że jest to pozycja obowiązkowa dla każdego posiadacza przenośnego Playstation.
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Softpedia
"All right everything with more than 2 legs start trembling!" This is the first line of the game. This production doesn't feel like a PSP game at all. It really feels like PS 2 all the way, if not more. This may just be the most famous light-weight hero that consoles have ever known (Crash Bandicoot eat your heart out and start losing weight!). I must admit it is the best game I have ever played on the portable console and I hope we'll see a sequel to match this masterpiece soon.
90
GameTrailers
Refines the platforming genre while packing the punch of its PS2 siblings.
90
Gameplanet
The game package is rounded out with a selection of arena battles that put you head to head with your mates using the WiFi capability of the PSP. There is some very amusing dialogue and a great audio track that fits very neatly into the game as a whole. Overall Daxter is a game with some very high production values and the end result delivers a highly enjoyable experience. Move over, Jak, there's a new hero in town.
90
PlayStation Lifestyle
Everything about this title is well done, from character development to lighting, from vehicle implementation to voice acting. Even the simple mini-games that revolve around Daxter’s dreams end up being enjoyable, in addition to upgrading his health bar and giving him new abilities. This is probably one of the strongest debuts I’ve ever seen, and the fact that PSP owners get an exclusive chance to try it out is just awesome. Daxter is currently in the Greatest Hits lineup for $19.99. If you have a PSP, you owe it to yourself to buy this game.
90
Armchair Empire, The
Fans of the Jak series will be right at home with Daxter. Going back to its origins is a nice reminder of where the series started and for anybody that owns a PSP, this is a must have game. It’s got everything; humor, excellent cutscenes, great graphics and strong gameplay. What more can you ask for?
90
AceGamez
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.
90
Netjak
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.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Daxter is platforming at its best; it's a game that stays true to the genre's roots and doesn't muck about with vehicular combat, gritty urban environments, baddies called Tyrone Cokedealer or any of that nonsense. If you're a fan of the other J&D games, or even just platformers in general, you won't be disappointed.
90
Games Radar
But without question, Daxter is great. It takes some of the Jak formula and shrinks it down to delicious PSP bites. It even adds an entertaining, Pokémon-inspired rock-paper-scissors minigame called Bug Combat, which can be played wirelessly with a friend. More than that, 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.
90
Da Gameboyz
I have to say that Daxter's first starring role in his own game was a successful venture. With great graphics, great sound and a fun multiplayer game the simply titled Daxter is a hit on the PSP and no one should be without this game in their gaming library.
90
Portable Gaming Revolution (PGR)
This game receives a coveted PGR Must Buy award. You should do yourself a favour and pick this title up.
90
Video Game City
Fluid controls, excellent animations, charming humor and great platforming action make Daxter a must buy for almost any PSP owner, fan of the genre or not. For those of you feeling a little let down by your purchase of the PSP, now is the time to dust it off and have a little fun.
90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
As the first game to truly establish the balance between a console game and portability, Daxter is arguably the best game on the PSP.
90
Cheat Code Central
Platforming is still a great genre but it's been overdone to death in the last 10 years with very little innovation. But when a game like Daxter comes along and claims the genre for its own, it's time to sit up and take notice.
90
Christ Centered Game Reviews
Overall, though it’s slightly on the shorter side of games (15-20 hours) Daxter ranks very high on my list of games, and I’d say is one of the best games released on the PSP.
90
Yahoo! Games
No premise is as useful for a spin-off game as a good flashback. For the debut PSP appearance from Sony's first-party character stable, Ready At Dawn has gone back in time to the lost days that took place between the first two Jak games. The result, simply dubbed Daxter, is a hugely entertaining platformer with just enough bonus content to deserve a spot on the top shelf of PSP software.
90
Fragland.net
Now the Jak & Daxter franchise has gone out with a bang, there is still room for spin-offs. Last year, we got the likeable Jak X: Combat Racing, but this year, the franchise goes back to its roots. Daxter for PSP once again is a platform game. And a damned good one, I might add.
90
GameDaily
Sony's PSP had a fantastic 2005 but it didn't have any great platform games, but after a year of boring and played out adventure titles, developer Ready at Dawn has finally ended the drought with Daxter, an imaginative and immensely entertaining videogame that looks gorgeous and plays excellently.
90
IGN
Naughty Dog, Insomniac, and Sucker Punch have become a triple-threat for Sony after having created a trio of trilogies for the PS2. Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter first set the bar for great platform gaming on the system and very few releases have topped it, with almost all of the series' competition coming from sister companies Insomniac and Sucker Punch. While the Jak series has thrived on its excellent design, humor also plays a large part of its success, most of it coming from Jak's sidekick Daxter. The little orange Ottsel has thus far only lent a helping hand to his buddy, but now the little guy gets a starring role in his own game on the PSP, the aptly and simply-named Daxter.
90
Australian GamePro
Daxter has never before been seen without his slightly more humanoid counterpart Jak, but on the quality of his self-titled PSP debut, the pint-sized Ottsel (half otter, half weasel) may be better off without that deadweight.
90
GameSpy
Platformers have been battered and beaten on PlayStation Portable. Blame camera issues, loading, or the analog nub; the simple fact is there hasn't been a good one yet. Daxter comes rising out of the ashes of its peers like a majestic Phoenix -- or at least like a wise-cracking rodent with his tail on fire -- to provide retribution for the beloved genre on this promising platform.
89
Worth Playing
For fans of long-running series, every new installment arrives with some fear that perhaps the time has finally come when a favorite character’s career will hit the skids. 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. It’s an often-thrilling example of what careful attention to level design, world creation and a mostly respectable treatment of your protagonist can do for the most well-worn of genres.
88
Game Informer Magazine
But most of all, this game really solidified for me how much I loved this character. Daxter's antics (and his hilarious "dream" minigames) will keep you in stitches, and the story reveals some interesting revelations for hardcore fans. All in all, this is a great addition to your PSP library.
87
Gamesmania
Nun hat also auch endlich die Nervensäge Daxter sein eigenes Spiel. Das Spin-Off der Jak & Daxter-Reihe begeistert auf der PSP mit einer erstklassigen Präsentation und viel Spielspaß. Vieles wird Fans der beiden ungleichen Helden sicherlich bekannt vorkommen, doch dank Daxters frechen Sprüchen und dem gutem Leveldesign ist das Soloabenteuer des Otsels für mich das bisher beste PSP-Jump´n´Run-Spiel. Eher als Füllwerk sind leider die Traumsequenzen und der Wanzenkampf zu sehen, die das hohe Niveau der Storymissionen nicht halten können, daher ist es auch schade, dass man die Minispiele zum Weiterkommen absolvieren muss. Aber das sind letztlich Kleinigkeiten, das Abenteuer fesselt auch so lange genug an den Bildschirm der PSP. Fortsetzung absolut erwünscht!
87
GameLemon
Aside from a few minor flaws, Daxter is by and large a great title that any PSP owner would do well to pick up and play. The nostalgic platforming, amusing characters, and overall flat-out fun gameplay just go to show that you don't need the biggest and meanest machine to run a great game. Thus far, with two big hits under their belt, Ready at Dawn is proving that anything they touch on the PSP turns to gold. Now then, if I could just get them to touch this 100 lb. bar of lead I have sitting in my living room, maybe I could finally afford to get that anger management medicine the doctors have been bugging me about.
87
4Players.de
Umwerfend! Anders lässt sich Daxters PSP-Auftritt nicht beschreiben. Der vorlaute Draufgänger beschäftigt Augen, Ohren und Zwerchfell mit fantastischen Ansichten, witzigen Sprüchen und seinem Fernseh-tauglichen Auftreten. Dabei geizen die Entwickler mit frischen Ideen, machen beim Altbekannten aber alles richtig: Ihr turnt locker-flockig durch das abwechslungsreiche Abenteuer, erfreut euch an der Kaltschnäuzigkeit des Protagonisten und genießt die Abwesenheit nerviger Ladezeiten. Profizocker könnten eine echte Herausforderung vermissen, werden dafür allerdings hervorragend unterhalten. Schon allein dank der vielen Minispiele sowie des coolen Mehrspieler-Modus’ ist Daxter die Anschaffung wert.
85
Stuff Magazine
Buy. Just cover your ears and hum the Pledge of Allegiance whenever Daxter opens his feral, wiseacre mouth during the game's cut scenes.
85
TotalPlayStation
Sure, the story's nothing to call home about, but this is still the finest platformer to grace the PSP yet.
85
Game Critics
Every aspect of Daxter screams quality, and Ready At Dawn studios deserve an ovation for putting together such a masterful platforming experience. Not only is it solidly enjoyable (and a much better game than Jak II, quite honestly), this project is even more impressive when compared to the PSP's current software—Daxter rockets straight to the top and puts the competition to shame.
85
Game Informer Magazine
As a character and as a game, Daxter can never quite live up to the grand adventures of his best friend. But as an expansion to an already amazing world of characters, Daxter more than holds his own.
83
Game Revolution
What exactly do video game mascots do after they leave their bread and butter? The popular Jak and Daxter trilogy came to an end about a year and a half ago, but the two heroes have been pounding the pavement trying to find a new line of work since. Jak apparently took the hint from Mario and landed a new career in racing, but it didn't quite work out as well as the old gig.
82
Portable Review
You will not be disappointed in Daxter, and may even like it more then the later PS2 counterparts if your preferences are different from mine (not everyone thinks Jak II is a SMB3 level leap for its series). Daxter is one of the best PSP games available, and one of the better portable ones all around. Anyone who has a PSP and likes platformers should buy it.
80
Boomtown
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. Maybe we have been spoilt with too many 3D platformers, but there always a sense of “been there, done that”. Daxter is a very good game and one that's a worthy contender of any home console platformer, but while it may be polished it lacks the spark and spunk that could have made it truly great.
80
PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK)
Yet this really is a minor issue. It doesn't stop Daxter being 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.
80
Modojo
Right now, though, Daxter remains a high-quality product for the PSP well worth your attention. The fact that it's managed to rise above other titles of this sort is great to see, and maybe it's a bit more fun than the previous Jak games as well. I hope there's more adventures where this came from.
80
TTGamer
Daxter is a game that surprised us. It was always on the radar for PSP owners but the fact that it's not just a quick port of J&D surprised us. The developers have really put an effort into getting an original game and storyline on the system and it has really paid off. PSP fans finally have a humorous platform game worthy of play.
80
EL33TONLINE
Like all the best platformers, Daxter provides abilities that expand the world considerably and excitingly. And it all looks incredible – make no mistake, this is a genuine triumph for the PSP. Sure, Daxter doesn’t offer anything new, but it does platforming with such style that it’s impossible to ignore and is one of the best platform handheld games out there and definitely the best the PSP has to offer.
80
UOL Jogos
"Daxter" é, até agora, o jogo mais "sofisticado" do PSP, no sentido de ter uma produção tão rica quanto os jogos para os consoles de mesa. Mas além de beleza gráfica e um som grandioso, o game de plataforma é, acima de tudo, bem coeso, equilibrando bem combates e ação atlética, além de divertir com outros tipos de mecânica e piadas. Assim, o portátil da Sony mostra que possui trunfos que nenhum outro possui e pode até ameaçar os irmãos maiores.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Exclusif à la PSP, cet épisode de la série Jak & Daxter est à la hauteur de ses prédécesseurs. Le renouvellement des phases de jeu est bien dosé, et l'on ne risque pas de s'ennuyer en compagnie de la joyeuse beloutre. Un opus indispensable qui vient compléter avec brio une série déjà très appréciée par les fans de plates-formes.
80
Gamezine
Ce Daxter est un jeu à posséder sur sa PSP. Plus que réussi d’un point de vue technique, ce nouvel opus des aventures de Daxter n’oublie pas l’essentiel : réussir à amuser le joueur. On prend plaisir à manœuvrer la beloutre et on commencerait même à aimer son humour (enfin presque). Bref, que du bon.
80
3DAvenue
Daxter is a game that surprised us. It was always on the radar for PSP owners but the fact that it's not just a quick port of J&D surprised us. The developers have really put an effort into getting an original game and storyline on the system and it has really paid off. PSP fans finally have a humorous platform game worthy of play.
80
GamePro (US)
Playing as Daxter, you must exterminate the spread of deadly bugs plaguing the city. At first glance, quashing bugs isn't really a welcoming theme in a game, and the concept surely doesn't fit the Jak & Daxter fight-the-evil themes from their previous forays, but rest assured, the gameplay fits the duo's action bill mighty fine even though it's just Daxter saving the day.
79
NZGamer
Platform games are always a hit and miss affair on any platform with poor camera angles and a variety of gameplay mechanics issues being enough to break them. Unless you are a hardcore Jak and Daxter fan and must own every game, you may want to give this a pass. There is so much wasted potential here. With any luck Naughty Dog will develop a Daxter title.
75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I usually just assume that a 3D platformer on the PSP is going to be a mess. The system wasn't designed for easy manipulation of a camera in three dimensions. Surprisingly, though, Daxter manages to avoid any major problems of this sort and offers up some rather solid platforming action.
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GamerDad
The main criticism though is that you've seen it all before. Maybe a little extra story would have helped here, rather than being barely more than "go here, kill bugs, repeat". Still, unless you're absolutely sick of 3D action-platform games, Daxter is a worthwhile purchase, and the technical bar has definitely been raised for future PSP releases.
70
Gamestyle
It does nothing to shake off the genre's toony image, and with its disappointingly short lifespan and sometimes awkward controls it may be off-putting to newcomers. It's not worth buying a PSP for, but is definitely worth considering as an addition to your existing games library.
60
Bordersdown
Daxter’s failing, despite it being a solid and entertaining platformer, is that it does feel a bit short and a bit lacking. Having said that, it will certainly be a must-play for fans of the series and anyone looking for a portable platform title to occupy them for a few hours will certainly be diverted sufficiently by this.
40
Thunderbolt Games
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. Daxter is not a simplified version of the duo’s proper escapades, but rather a side-story that focuses too much on something that most of us hate to do in real life, let alone in a game. And while always a pleasure, Daxter’s laugh-out-loud commentary unfortunately can’t save this bug-ger either. For now, stick to the real hero's games.