Daxter

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Ready At Dawn

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'Daxter' (PSP) Flying Solo Into Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:43 a.m. PST

Daxter takes the Jak and Daxter franchise in a whole new direction, taking place during the two years Daxter searches for Jak, who was imprisoned during the events that led to the start of Jak II. Daxter, now on his own in an unfamiliar place, quickly realizes that being small and furry won't help his chances of survival. To help stamp out a mysterious metalbug infestation, Daxter takes on a job as a pest exterminator, enabling him to explore parts of Haven City in an effort to collect the clues that will lead him to Jak. But Daxter will soon discover that he'll get more excitement from his job than he originally bargained for. Daxter will be one of the first PSP titles to support connectivity with a PS2 title.

Daxter is a true action game, with classic platforming as its core mechanic. A no-compromise platformer with a full-featured move set, seamless level transitions through vibrant environments and incredible animation detail, Daxter takes players on an explosive gameplay thrill ride.

"We are excited that for the first time players will have the opportunity to play a high quality game solely devoted to one of gaming's most memorable characters - Daxter," said Grady Hunt, senior producer, product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Since the Jak and Daxter series debuted in 2001, players have been begging for a dedicated Daxter game. We are happy to fulfill this demand with a tremendously engaging and compelling PSP experience."

Daxter takes place during the two years he searches for Jak, whose imprisonment was shown at the beginning of Jak II. On his own in Haven City, Daxter takes on a job as a pest exterminator to collect clues that will lead him to Jak, but he soon discovers more excitement than he bargained for.

Daxter's feral-like moves provide him with the ability to crawl on all fours, climb walls, creep up on enemies and maneuver through small places. Daxter also possesses unique weapons to help him out, including an electric swatter and bug spray gun, which enable him to crush and blast metal bugs or hover through challenging levels. Another imaginative gameplay mechanic allows players to join Daxter inside dreams levels where he takes the star role and acts out his fantasies of being a full-fledged action hero.

In addition to numerous hours of action, Daxter supports a two-player "Rock Paper Scissors" inspired "Bug Combat" mini-game. Players will be encouraged to collect in-game items to customize their bugs and pit them against others wirelessly via Ad Hoc mode on the PSP. Daxter also features interoperability between the PSP and the PS2 by connecting with Jak X: Combat Racing to unlock secret characters, vehicles and more.


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