Daxter

Last updated date: July 3, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Sony PSP Games and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including GameSpot, Push Square, Trusted Reviews, Games Radar, Impulse Gamer, Gaming Excellence, Thunderbolt Games, Game Zone, The Pixel Empire and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sony PSP Game you should buy.

Overall Take

As a sequel to the award-winning "Jax and Daxter," "Daxter" lives up to the crowd-pleasing promise of its predecessor. The graphics and sound design are big highlights here, pushing the PSP to the limits of its potential. Its solid action is also enhanced by a quirky series of weapons that Daxter employs to keep his enemies at bay. In our analysis of 94 expert reviews, the Sony Daxter placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Sony PSP Game for a detailed review of all the top sony psp games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
278 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The sound is equally impressive, not missing a beat (literally) when it comes to detail.
- GameSpot
March 15, 2006 | Full review
Daxter is one of those games that pretty much everyone will enjoy.
- Push Square
February 26, 2012 | Full review
Daxter is possibly the PSP’s finest hour, at its best equalling the first Jak and Daxter – itself a groundbreaking title in the PS2’s early years.
- Trusted Reviews
February 5, 2011 | Full review
The Jak games have always had great characters coupled with tried-and-true platform-hopping gameplay (and a few weapons thrown in for good measure).
- Games Radar
March 15, 2006 | Full review
Graphically, Daxter is the most impressive game on the system at the moment (finally a game made for the PSP) that pushes the system to its full potential, all at the same time of keeping an extremely respectable frame rate without any stuttering or slowdowns.
- Impulse Gamer
Daxter takes the best qualities from past platformers and puts them all on display for us.
- Gaming Excellence
May 1, 2006 | Full review
The opening cutscene not only details how Daxter came into the possession of his new bug-busting toy, but it also serves to demonstrate the impressive graphics that look like they were ripped straight out of the PS2 sequels.
- Thunderbolt Games
July 17, 2007 | Full review
The graphics for this game are some of the best graphics I have seen produced for a PlayStation Portable game.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
It’s packed with great features, and the majority of the time they complement the platforming side of things, and don’t act independently as a distraction.
- The Pixel Empire
August 29, 2012 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The game's most noticeable flaw is that it might take awhile to get used to the control and camera.
- GameSpot
March 15, 2006 | Full review
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.
- Push Square
February 26, 2012 | Full review
As with the graphics, the audio is similarly spectacular and add in some professional voice acting and an awesome atmospheric soundtrack and the gamer will easily be lost in this PSP wonderland.
- Impulse Gamer
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.
- Thunderbolt Games
July 17, 2007 | Full review
One of the more disappointing aspects of this game is that it is on the easy side.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
For as long as 3D platformers exist, the camera is going to be a thorn in the side and unfortunately there are times when it won’t rotate in enclosed spaces, and others when it moves just prior to a jump, leading to the odd ignominious death.
- The Pixel Empire
August 29, 2012 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Daxter gives the co-star of the popular Jak & Daxter games his own adventure! Play from his animal perspective, chronicling his back-story during the two years spent alone in Haven City. As Daxter is an ottsel and not a human, players will have a unique moveset with agile abilities, as Daxter can crawl on all fours, fit in small places and maneuver vehicles. You'll need all those abilities to get through this unique platformer!

Overall Product Rankings

1. PlayStation Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
5. God of War Chains of Olympus
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Daxter
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Toy Story 3
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Sony PSP Games

The last edition of the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) was discontinued back in 2014, so to say that this system is past its heyday would be something of an understatement. But the early generation of PlayStation’s games are still some of its best, and many of them are playable on this handheld game console in some form. In a lot of ways, there’s been no better time to be a PSP gamer! For one thing, both the system and games can be found for just a fraction of what they cost when Sony’s flagship portable was released in the mid-2000s.

Back then, that sticker price was one of the main gripes against the PSP, but it was clearly worth it to the millions of gamers who bought one. The PSP was an early adopter of some the bells and whistles that are now commonplace to handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, like the ability to play it on a television or monitor. And while they’ve stopped making games for it, the graphics hold up well on its 4.3 inch LCD screen.

Those games included nearly every genre there is: Action / adventure (“God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”), role-playing (“Final Fantasy 7,” “Kingdom Hearts”), racing (“Ridge Racer,” “Need for Speed: Underground Rivals”), sports (“NFL Street 2: Unleashed”) and much more. While solo is the primary way most gamers play on the PSP, you can play with a friend on some designated multiplayer titles if they also have a PSP in the same room. Failing that, you can hook up to Wi-Fi through the system’s internet capability and find other players online. Just bear in mind that Sony’s online support for the PSP has been largely phased out, so the community of players you find online may be less than robust.

While we’re on the subject of online support, it’s helpful to know that Sony has also phased out the PlayStation Store on the PSP, where you would originally go to download games. Barring some inventive tech solutions, the only way you can play the PSP’s games now is on the primary media that it launched with: The UMD, or Universal Media Disc. But that’s not to say your options are limited! Over its lifetime, Sony and other big developers put out hundreds of titles for the PSP. They’re still out there for sale, used and new. And as has been said before, they’re still some of the best.

DYWM Fun Fact

Gamers praise the Nintendo Switch these days for its modular setup and versatility. The PSP wasn’t quite as well known for its non-game potential — at least, not officially. Hackers have found several inventive uses for old PSP consoles, modifying them into robot remotes or rudimentary smartphones.

The Sony PSP Game Buying Guide

  • When you’re buying a PSP game, consider the player. If that player is a young child, you might have to do a tiny bit of homework first. With its slick presentation and sharper graphics, the PSP was initially marketed toward an older crowd of gamers than the Nintendo DS, its primary competition at the time. That’s not to say that the PSP didn’t have games for younger kids. Titles like “Daxter” and “Little Big Planet” are not only some of the system’s top-selling games, they’re great fun, no matter what age you are. But there are more mature games whose violence level might be a concern for parents, such as “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” or “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.” When in doubt, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box on the cover of any game. It’ll not only tell you what age range the game is suitable for, but also the reasons the game is rated that way (violence, language, etc.).
  • Do you plan on playing the game with others? Group play is a highlight of the gaming experience for many, but the PSP — being a handheld, portable device — caters slightly more toward the solo player. That’s not to say you can’t play select games with friends, but since online support for the system has been largely discontinued, your options are a bit more limited. For the most part, you’ll need another player physically present in the room with another PSP to connect to. This can be a particular concern if you’re buying sports games or one-on-one fighting games like “Darkstalkers Chronicle,” where multiplayer competition is a primary appeal.
  • A lot of parents buy games to occupy their kids on long car trips or to buy a little quiet time at restaurants. If that’s the case, consider whether the game needs the sound on to be playable. While it’s nice to hear the soundtrack on “Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core,” that game and RPGs like it usually have subtitles for the dialogue. If a game really needs the sound up, maybe consider another option — or just invest in headphones, so your young player won’t bring the whole room into the game.
  • Another factor to consider is repeat playability. It’s great to binge-play an engrossing new game when you first get it out of the box. It’s not so great to be done the next day when you’ve played through the storyline and there’s nowhere else to go.
  • A word on the software: While you used to be able to download games and even movies through the PlayStation Store, that’s no longer the case now that Sony has phased out the PSP in favor of its newer handheld (the PS Vita). You can still play games on their primary physical format, the Universal Media Disc. That “universal” part is not to be taken at face value, though. Keep in mind that UMDs will work only in your PSP, and not in your larger PlayStation consoles or any other device.