Knack PlayStation 4

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  • Summary: Knack is an action game for the PlayStation 4 announced by lead system architect Mark Cerny at the PlayStation Meeting. Players take control of a robot named Knack who is created to help neutralize the goblin threat that has taken over the peaceful land.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 83
  2. Negative: 28 out of 83
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    85
    Problems aside, I still had a lot of fun playing the game. If you love Ratchet & Clank or the early Jak & Daxter games you will feel right at home here.
  2. Dec 19, 2013
    70
    Though it fails to live up to the promise of its biggest ideas, Knack is a good game, a solid a challenging old-school adventure for gamers young and old.
  3. Nov 29, 2013
    66
    In spite of its family-friendly aesthetics and its co-op option, Knack ended up being more repetitive and unsatisfactory than we expected from one of PS4's big release titles.
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    55
    Generic level design, a world without magic, technically weak: This is an exclusive disappointment for the new system.
  5. Nov 14, 2013
    50
    The story is also a convoluted mess, going on for much too long. Even worse, its reliance on deus ex machinas is almost comical. The emotional manipulation that Cerny attempts through the story is a bit too brute-forced.
  6. Jan 2, 2014
    40
    As a launch title for a new console Knack will probably not satisfy anyone. It’s not a total disaster but it’s a bad uninspired game, lacking both variety and interesting game design.
  7. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2014
    25
    An awfully boring, repetitive and uninspired game that does absolutely nothing to show PS4’s capabilities but a lot to ruin your day. [01/2014, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 260
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    10
    I was looking forward to this a lot. When the reviews came out, i decided that it couldn't be any good. Having been repeatedly hassled by theI was looking forward to this a lot. When the reviews came out, i decided that it couldn't be any good. Having been repeatedly hassled by the kids, I gave in and bought it anyway.

    Very glad I did yes it can get a bit repetitive after a few hours but it's still great fun, looks beautiful, and is a pleasure for all the family (not many games you can say that about at this stage in the PS4's lifetime).

    Shocked by the 55 metacritic score I've given it a 10 to try and help balance out the low review scores in reality it's a 7-7.5 game I'd say.
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  2. Dec 16, 2013
    10
    If you like old school platformers such as Crash Bandicoot you will love this game. The knack is harder than the graphical presentation wouldIf you like old school platformers such as Crash Bandicoot you will love this game. The knack is harder than the graphical presentation would have you believe and think some users would find it too frustrating. Also admire the game as it seems it is the only PS4 game not to have required patching after release! Definitely a better game than the supposed professional reviews would have you believe. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    This game is a must buy for people who love games like Mario, Jak, Banjo-Kazooie and Ratchet and clank.

    Gameplay: Solid, simple, responsive
    This game is a must buy for people who love games like Mario, Jak, Banjo-Kazooie and Ratchet and clank.

    Gameplay: Solid, simple, responsive and smooth.It has simple and uncomplicated controls to introduce children to console-based gaming. the game is around 10 hours on normal difficulty. You can upgrade Knack’s abilities and sizes.different materials and elements, which supplement Knack’s health and size. Example crystal for stealth ability, Ice and wood.

    Graphics: The graphics are gorgeous, pixel art like. Very colorful and vivid scenery. The physics are awesome, Knack's body is composed of individually rendered relics and you can see each piece connecting.

    Multiplayer: 2-Player Coop Multiplayer and i have to says its extremely FUN in coop!

    I gave this game a 10/10 because i like it and im having a blast playing coop with my kid.
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  4. May 26, 2015
    8
    This game was the first plattformer i ever played and I liked it a lot. Even i dont think that a release on the PS4 was necessary, it would beThis game was the first plattformer i ever played and I liked it a lot. Even i dont think that a release on the PS4 was necessary, it would be the same experience on the PS3. You can get it really cheap right now (under 15€) so you should give it definitely a try! Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2017
    7
    Knack
    Great Potential
    Poor Execution Knack is 9 and a half hr long a hack and slash game that can be played solo or coop where you play as
    Knack
    Great Potential
    Poor Execution
    Knack is 9 and a half hr long a hack and slash game that can be played solo or coop where you play as a character made out of relics named knack setting out to take out a goblin threat taking over the land
    this game has undeservedly got tons of hate from the internet...
    It’s nowhere near as bad as everyone makes out it to be... but it definitely does have it problems...
    Knack is a fairly simple game...
    You attack with square, and dodge with the right stick… these are the main fighting mechanics…
    There are also sunstones around the world for you to collect so you’re able to do one of 3 special attacks to take out enemies…
    However these sunstones hardly fill up your meter… so you’ll rarely get to use these moves, which can definitely have knack feeling like a drag at times…
    I had fun with Knack... its decently enjoyable and I never got bored...
    This game feels very much like a baby’s first god of war game...
    As you go through the game you’ll take different forms to spice up the gameplay just a little bit and it needs it...
    its very linear, where all you really do is go forward and defeat every enemy in your way… and occasionally fight a boss...
    Though commands to take getting used to as they feel a fraction of a second off…
    There are a few platforming sections thrown in here… but they’re all very simple... very rare… and I hardly even count them as platforming…
    Enemies here are pretty varied, and can definitely pose a bit of a threat at times.. Especially the ranged enemies...
    Thankfully for the most part, the checkpoint sections here are very forgiven, though there are a few moments where you’re set way too far back… forcing you to defeat waves of enemies all over again…
    But your health bar is essentially the relic pieces knack picks up... these pieces cause knack to become larger and losing them will cause him to become smaller…
    The larger you are the more damage you do...
    Though this mechanic is a bit of an illusion as the game basically forces you to be a certain size during certain spots of the game… so these relic pieces are your health and shouldn’t be thought of as anything more…
    the biggest disappointment from this game for me though besides the unimpactful delivery of a story that had potential to punch you in the gut all over the place.. Is the collectibles...?
    They’re a joke...
    As you play the game you’ll run into secrets rooms with chests... in these chests are pieces to an upgrade...
    you can choose to take what you found or take what a friend has found as these chests are random…
    Here’s the kicker though…
    After spending the whole game trying to unlock a knack upgrade… 20 yellow crystals to unlock a new form...
    it tells me I can’t even use this new form until I clear the game…
    So if you don’t plan on playing knack more than once... and why would you…
    The collectibles are completely useless…
    Knack overall had potential if it wasn’t so focused on holding you back and stopping the player from having fun..
    Knack upgrades are hidden behind walls, and building up sunstone attacks feel like a chore because of how slow the bar fills up…
    Knack is a good game…
    I just wish it focused more on fun than it did grind...
    I give Knack
    a 7/10
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  6. Apr 19, 2016
    6
    This game doesn't excel at anything or is very original at all, however to me it does have semi-addictive gameplay because of a good challengeThis game doesn't excel at anything or is very original at all, however to me it does have semi-addictive gameplay because of a good challenge (you will die). Other than a good challenge and decent but I've seen this before platforming, the gameplay is literally the same since the first minute of the game, you advance into an insanely linear area and fight two-eight enemies at any time, defeat them, rinse and repeat. You literally learn no new moves and there is only like 5 move set the entire game. The worst part is you don't get any upgrades until the last few chapters of the game, also. Now the story for me kind of carries the game, but not really; there are parts that intrigued me, but the story is generic, especially when you finish the game. I want to point out that this game (or franchise) had or has potential, I feel like the devs of this game just got lazy and used the same formula the entire game with little or no variety in gameplay. It's supposed to be a platformer, where was the imagination and variety of obstacles? No puzzles? Can't even make it a little more open, with more collectibles/ upgrades? More variety of attacks, especially super powers? But to end, this game is a rent/ buy low, with the positives being ok platformer with an semi-addictive challenge. Expand
  7. May 20, 2016
    0
    Horrible..............................................................................................................................................

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