North American PlayStation Portable box art
|Developer(s)||Ready at Dawn|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Designer(s)||Michael John (Lead Designer)
William Anderson (Additional Designer)
|Composer(s)||Jamey Scott (also Sound Effects)|
|Series||Jak and Daxter|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Suite|
Daxter is a platform video game developed by Ready at Dawn. Part of the Jak and Daxter series of games, Daxter takes place within the 2-year time-span between Jak II and The Precursor Legacy. It is a platform game starring its protagonist Daxter, a creature known as an “ottsel” (a fictional hybrid of otter and weasel).
As of June 11, 2008, the game has sold 2,300,000 copies, and received critical acclaim from critics.
The game takes place in the final months of the 2-year gap presented in the opening of Jak II (and the aftermath of The Precursor Legacy), between the moment when Jak is taken prisoner by the Krimzon Guard and the time in which Daxter finally rescues him from the Krimzon Guard Fortress. The introduction shows Jak being captured, while Daxter manages to escape. Almost two years later (having no luck with rescuing Jak), Daxter has forgotten all about finding his friend. An old man named Osmo, whom Daxter meets, hires Daxter as an exterminator working in various parts of Haven City, and occasionally its environs, to exterminate bug-like Metal Heads referred to in-game as ‘Metal Bugs’. During his adventures, Daxter meets a mysterious woman named Taryn who, despite being less than impressed by Daxter’s interest in her,
After completing a number of missions for Osmo, Daxter sees Jak in a Prison Zoomer and attempts to chase after it. After being cornered by some Krimzon Guards (who had noticed Daxter’s pursuit), Daxter is rescued by Osmo’s son Ximon, who assists him with several more missions including one to Baron Praxis’ palace where Daxter steals a map of the Fortress, the prison where Jak is being held. After returning to the extermination shop, an arthropod sidekick that Daxter acquired earlier is killed by Kaeden, a bitter man who seemingly wants to steal Osmo’s shop, but, in actuality, is working for Kor, the Metal Head leader.
When Daxter tries to stop Kaeden from escaping the shop, Kaeden suddenly blows up the shop with a bomb he placed in the shop earlier. Daxter and Osmo survive, and Daxter promises to stop Kaeden, but only after he rescues Jak. Daxter infiltrates the Fortress and finds Kaeden, who reveals himself to be a giant Metal Bug. Daxter manages to defeat Kaeden, who tries to warn him that Kor is waiting outside for them, and then uses a hover platform to begin searching for Jak within the Fortress, leading into the opening cutscene from Jak II. After this, the game cuts to a point later in the timeline at Daxter’s Naughty Ottsel Bar, where he is recounting the story to Jak, Keira, Samos, Tess and Taryn…