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Mixed or average reviews - based on 81 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
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  1. Sep 5, 2017
    95
    The newly added depth to not only your offensive attacks, but also your defensive options allows battles to feel fresh and rewarding.
  2. 85
    Leaving its predecessors legacy far behind, Knack has seriously grown up and become the platformer we deserved all along.
  3. 85
    Knack 2 is an improvement on the first game in every way possible. Mark Cerny and his team have proven that they can take criticism, iterate on it, and then give players even more for their money than was expected.
  4. Sep 5, 2017
    85
    If Knack’s track record has you worried, I’ll say this; Mark Cerny and company heard the complaints, and this is their response. Knack 2 is all fast-paced action and dramatic plot twists and tight, skillful platforming. It’s not perfect, but it makes a compelling case for the character platformer as a genre. In this era of first-person shooters and gritty action games, that’s a victory unto itself.
  5. Sep 5, 2017
    85
    If you're looking for a great platformer to play on your own or with friends, this is the one for you. It's fun and it looks gorgeous, filled with combat that provides lots of options to defeat the goblins and the robots.
  6. Sep 5, 2017
    83
    Knack II is the sequel no one expected to see, yet everyone should consider playing, especially if they are fond of Ratchet & Clank, Jak and Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot.
  7. Hobby Consolas
    Sep 5, 2017
    82
    Knack II considerably improves the formula of its predecessor by including, among other things, a fun cooperative game system and a greater number of moves to execute with Knack. However, the story it offers is not so original and the game can be repetitive at times.
  8. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    80
    The first Knack was a laughing-stock. The sequel kept the main concept but did everything else differently and surprisingly the result is one of the most enjoyable co-op platformers I’ve ever played. [12/2017, p.44]
  9. Oct 10, 2017
    80
    I got plenty of amusement from Knack 2, especially when I was hopping around and solving puzzles. That's not to say the combat system is bad- it just starts out rather bland and could've been more fleshed out. Strong production values are used in the delivery of a competent story marred by bland characters, but they also benefit the gameplay. And in what's surely a testament to smart design, I was never bored in my 14-hour story playthrough. And that's the best way to describe this package. For 40 bucks, you get many hours of solid, charming fun wrapped in a smartly-made platformer. Far from the archaic dinosaur that its predecessor was, Knack 2 is a worthwhile, modern, and entertaining game.
  10. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    While Knack remains an uninspired protagonist, Knack II’s gameplay more than makes up for his bland character. Vast improvements in combat, visual fidelity, platforming, and the addition of cooperative play realize much of the potential the original Knack was meant to achieve. Knack II is a fine example of how a sequel can improve on its predecessor in nearly every way.
  11. 80
    Knack II completely eclipses its predecessor with a revamped combat system, gorgeous visuals, and a new focus on platforming and puzzles.
  12. Sep 8, 2017
    80
    Forget the previous part and give Knack 2 a chance. It proves capable of making a comeback against all odds. Although some features may remind you of the first game too much or are a little too childish, Knack 2 is a good game for both young and old.
  13. Sep 6, 2017
    80
    Knack 2 makes better use of its protagonist's abilities – and like any good sequel, throws a few more into the mix – but there isn't much story to support the revamped gameplay. Even so, excellent sound and level design get Knack over the line.
  14. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    The voice acting is superb, as is the dialogue. This is a well-written game about a group of heroes trying to fend off archaic robots built by goblin elders. It’s all voiced and performed well, which is important when you’re trying to hook gamers into buying the adventure you are selling. The start of the story is a bit slow moving, but by the second act you’ll find a good story waiting for you.
  15. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    When you get down to brass tacks and scattered relics, Knack 2 is a nostalgic, if somewhat sterile, throwback to the happy-go-lucky titles we were getting in droves during the late ‘90s and early 2000s.
  16. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    The thing that surprised me most about Knack 2 was how the experience got better as I kept going. The first few missions can be slow, but once the story and combat got their hooks in I found myself having a blast with the game.
  17. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    Knack 2 is a bright and breezy action romp that keeps up its breathless pace throughout its runtime. Its well-trodden gameplay beats are far from revolutionary, but it is undoubtedly accomplished, and redeems much of what the first game managed to somehow get so wrong. A surprise and a somewhat guilty delight.
  18. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    Who would have thought it? Knack 2 is a genuinely great game. The huge breadth of combat options on offer make for a far better experience than anything the initial outing could ever offer, and with a much bigger focus on platforming, the title can start to lay claim to the promises of a Crash Bandicoot successor. Even if you were completely turned off by the original adventure, make sure you give Knack 2 a fair shot because what you find may pleasantly surprise you.
  19. 80
    While the original game was more of a showcase of what the PS4 was capable of, Knack 2 is a more thoughtful, well-rounded experience.
  20. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    Knack II fixes many of the problems of its predecessor, delivering a fun action-platformer worthy of giving this series a second chance. The story is still a bit bare-boned, but the gameplay alone will be enough to keep you going until you see the end credits.
  21. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    In the absence of an epic tale, a torrent of doodads to collect, or some time-devouring crafting system — all the fixtures big business gaming says you need to survive today — Knack 2 just works.
  22. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    Knack 2 surpasses the original with fun puzzles, a lot of variety and decent combat. The developers clearly listened to the feedback they received and changed almost every aspect of their game for the better. Hats off.
  23. Oct 19, 2017
    78
    Knack 2 is enjoyable enough, but mostly because there aren't a whole lot of 3D platform games like this, especially not ones that are playable in co-op. Knack 2 is slightly better than its predecessor with okay gameplay, but the rest is barely interesting and and very much focused on children.
  24. Sep 5, 2017
    78
    In contrast to the first part, I can now recommend Knack 2 without any reservations.
  25. Sep 5, 2017
    77
    Knack 2 isn't perfect but it represents a giant improvement when compared with the first entry in the series. The flexibility of the combat system and certain gameplay elements reminded us of the golden age of platformers on PS2, and that is definitely a good starting point to redeem the franchise.
  26. Sep 5, 2017
    76
    Knack 2 has surprised us and entertained us for a considerable number of hours. It is a very solid platform game, with well-designed levels and a combat system. But its history and characters are not very interesting, and its phases become somewhat repetitive.
  27. Oct 23, 2017
    75
    Not a lot has changed here, so if you didn’t like the first game, you’ll probably not feel any more warmth to this one. If you did like the original Knack though, then this is more of the same and chances are you’ll enjoy it. Without the pressure of being a launch title, we can see the game for what it really is: a fun platform title that does plenty of things well, if very little that’s particularly ground-breaking.
  28. Oct 13, 2017
    75
    It still has a lot of miles to go -if Sony wants Knack to become something of a mascot- but we can’t deny that Knack II is a major improvement over the first game in each and every way.
  29. Sep 12, 2017
    75
    Knack 2 is the proper way to do a sequel. The ideas are solid and platform games of this quality are few and far between. I really did not like the first game, and was ready to write this one off as well. After spending some time with it though, it shocked me. It is also quite lengthy. The campaign clocks in at around a meaty 12 hours with the option to return for treasures, challenge mode, and of course co-op. This game is much better than it has any right to be.
  30. Sep 8, 2017
    75
    Long story short, Knack II isn’t the greatest looking game out there, but it does what it needs to and holds its own. Considering the modest $39.99 price tag and the audience it is intended for, it’s difficult not to recommend picking up Knack II for those looking for a fun and family-friendly PS4 adventure. Knack is back!
  31. Sep 6, 2017
    75
    For a game in this day and age, Knack II is too linear and won't give you the freedom or the challenge you may seek, it's still a fun and varied experience though.
  32. Sep 5, 2017
    75
    Knack II is a better game than its predecessor; it has improved gameplay mechanics, nice additions and some corrections that were needed from the previous game. However, it still suffers from many flaws that were present in the past - like little challenge, absurd story or linear levels - that tarnishes most of its improvements. It is fun to play but an inconsequential experience.
  33. Sep 5, 2017
    75
    A really nice adventure with maybe nothing special or different but this time, nothing wrong. After the first one, we don't know what to expect. Now we want and expect Knack 3. If it will grow and upgrade like this one, it could be great.
  34. Sep 5, 2017
    75
    Knack 2 does everything better than it's predecessor. We have now a deeper combat system, more variety, and a good level design. Knack 2 is now the family game that the first chapter could have been.
  35. Sep 5, 2017
    75
    Knack 2 is funny, entertaining and represents a good mix between platform, action and puzzle. It's too bad that it is monotonous and too easy, even at the hardest difficulty.
  36. Sep 5, 2017
    75
    Knack 2 is an entertaining platform game like those of yesteryear. It's been created with due care and attention. Sure, it’s old fashioned, and its story is appalling. But it’s a reminder that the character-led platform combat game is still alive and well. Despite its good looks, it’s more a work of engineering than it is a work of art. But, as my kid said to me after we'd mashed our way through a co-op level, it's kinda fun.
  37. Nov 17, 2017
    72
    Knack 2, one of the least anticipated of Sony’s sequels, is quite spectacular and fun enough to make you forget about its stale, cliche-ridden script.
  38. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 16, 2017
    72
    A good old-fashioned action/platformer with unnecessarily childish looks. [Issue#223, p.66]
  39. "Long waited" superhero Knack is back with some serious action. Even though it was unwanted, Knack 2 surprisingly delivers its charming style with fast paced gameplay but it also need some upgrades to keep itself on the shelves.
  40. Sep 5, 2017
    72
    It still is a game aimed at younger audiences, but that can be played (and enjoyed) by older ones. It isn't the best game ever, and it doesn't want to be that, but it improves every single aspect of the original, and we've had a great time playing it cooperatively.
  41. Sep 5, 2017
    72
    The pacing is spot-on, the combat satisfying and the gameplay varied. Co-op is genuinely good fun too, and most definitely the best way for younger gamers to get into the action. Knack 2 is definitely a step up from the original, then, but until the writing and characterisation improve drastically, it’s not going to be a true first party titan.
  42. Sep 18, 2017
    70
    Knack II is a fun beat 'em up platformer best suited for kids and families and shines best with its seamless co-op and more varied action-combat - the story and hero is still dull as ever, though.
  43. Sep 11, 2017
    70
    The game is most entertaining and least frustrating when playing in co-op, though it lacks online matchmaking options. It manages to deliver a better balance between combat and platforming, but is bogged down by boring puzzles. Knack 2 is an improvement in many ways, but it’s clear that there is still room to make it even better.
  44. Sep 11, 2017
    70
    Knack II is a standard kids' platformer that's safe, simple and enjoyable, but it has little going for it beyond that. It's competent, but it's difficult to recommend it unless you're looking for something to play with a younger gamer. Players will enjoy the title for the duration of the play session but will likely forget about it in a week or two. There's certainly a place for that sort of game, and Knack II does the job well for its budget price tag of $40, but it's disappointing to see a title with so much potential and so little ambition.
  45. Sep 11, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is a solid but uninspired family-friendly action game. This sequel works sometimes with an overall good idea with a not so great execution throughout.
  46. Sep 8, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is an improvement on the original in nearly every way. Constantly changing enemies and environments, a sizeable set of abilities, and seamless co-op are hindered by a mediocre story that’s hard to invest in. Still, it’s safe to say that Knack has been redeemed.
  47. Sep 8, 2017
    70
    During the later stages of Knack II, the titular hero says, “We all make mistakes. What matters is what you do next.” Knack II addresses some of the previous title’s mistakes, pushing forward the combat depth and enhancing the satisfying loop of gradually overpowering the world around the player through size management. Unfortunately too many of the past mistakes remain, including an unapologetically bland story and presentation, to have Knack’s return be justified to anyone but young players or dedicated 3D platformer fans.
  48. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is definitely a holdover from the past, but it manages to surprise with varied combat and the pleasing back and forth between big and little Knack. Where the original game felt, frankly, like a launch title meant to show off the power of a new system, Knack 2 is a more realized version of Knack as a character, and the wonderfully weird world he inhabits.
  49. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 improves on every aspect from the original game, and manages to offer a strong and compelling game this time. Playing co-op is the best way to take advantage of all its beauty. Even so, it still has a lack of charisma and originality that it needs to put Knack in the exclusive club of PlayStation icons when it comes to action, adventure and platforming.
  50. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Far better than the previous chapter but the series still has road ahead to reach the best action-platforms.
  51. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is a game that improves what we saw in its first installment and brings a fun and great experience for all sectors of the public. It aims for diversity and achieves it.
  52. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    It is better to play "small sips", perhaps with someone who is discovering the world of video games.
  53. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 offers a decently enjoyable campaign, with expanded combat options and streamlined gameplay mechanics. It's a fairly typical and accessible modern action/adventure with no big highs or lows, as it makes some improvements over its predecessor. And for some fans, that may just be enough to return for another adventure.
  54. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    It’s hard to deny that Knack 2 looks beautiful and demonstrates that lessons have been learned since the debut of the PS4, but you’ll walk away from a game session feeling that nothing was memorable. Despite its shine, Knack 2 is bland — a well-polished bit of blandness, mind you — but one you could easily skip over.
  55. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is a pleasant surprise that improves upon the majority of its predecessor’s faults. It still lacks in genuine creativity and new ideas, but Japan Studio has crafted a confident platformer that acts as a whimsical spark in the PS4’s exclusive catalogue.
  56. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack II is more engaging than its predecessor, but there's still not much about this franchise that can make it one of Sony's defining original properties. This sequel is an easy game to enjoy, but Knack II fades from memory just as fast as the character can shift between forms.
  57. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    Knack 2 is kind of more of the same, but at the same time it's so much more than what the original ever was. The combat is more diverse, the environments are more varied and the co-op is way more fun. There's still some jank here, including the dull story and lack of true freedom in both skill set and movement.
  58. Sep 5, 2017
    68
    A good family platform that, thanks to its budget price and a bit of kindness from the user, can succeed to close the games’ eye looking to the many flaws.
  59. Sep 28, 2017
    65
    Knack 2 is a bloated experience that no one asked for. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan can be credited with improving over the first game, but that's not saying much.
  60. Sep 7, 2017
    65
    Knack 2 is a lot better than the original, but it still is a shallow, repetitive platformer.
  61. Sep 5, 2017
    65
    Besides some new features, Knack 2 fails to avoid some flaws like the soporific storyline and a sub-par technical aspect. On the other hand, the gameplay is still good and some places offer a decent challenge to the player.
  62. 62
    Knack 2 is a "more of the same" nobody asked for. Despite some good new stuff, the game suffers all the problems its predecessor showed in 2013 (drunk camera, awful platform sessions, etc.). The new co-op mode is enough to let your children enjoy the campaign, but do not expect anything more than this.
  63. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 15, 2017
    60
    A solid improvement over the first game, though it still struggles with an identity problem. Don't play it alone - it's best played in co-op with a small child. [Nov 2017, p.80]
  64. 60
    Knack 2 also outstays its welcome, and the developers didn't seem to know when or how to finish it.
  65. Sep 14, 2017
    60
    Knack 2 just doesn’t do enough to make its existence worthwhile.
  66. Sep 7, 2017
    60
    Knack II falters when it stops reinventing elements from other games and starts cannibalizing itself.
  67. Sep 6, 2017
    60
    Why one of the most uninspired franchises in Sony history gets a sequel, is beyond me. Having said that, Knack 2 improves the formula in almost every aspect. Unfortunately even with that it still is a generic and bland action platformer with no esprit.
  68. 60
    On a technical level this is clearly a better game than its infamous predecessor, but it’s still nowhere near as fun as it should be thanks to its bland design and characters.
  69. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    Knack 2 silences naysayers with innovative puzzle-platforming, even if its combat can’t keep up.
  70. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    An experience that feels thin and repetitive in spite of its length and new additions, Knack 2 feels like a palette cleanser rather than a main course.
  71. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    It's not hard to find things to complain about in Knack 2. The characters look terrible, the level design is overly simple and the graphics are lackluster. Despite all those problems Knack 2 manages to entertain quite a bit thanks to challenging battles, enjoyable platforming and clever puzzles. Knack 2 is far from perfect, but it’s still a fun and family-friendly experience.
  72. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    Knack 2’s fun combat sparkles in its precision and the simple satisfaction of watching and hearing enemies (and yourself) crumble to pieces, though it falters somewhat if you don’t bring a friend along. Its story is beyond laughably bad. If you and a pal go make yourself a snack every time two characters open your mouths, you’ll adore Knack 2 and find it a refreshing improvement on its predecessor.
  73. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    Knack 2 isn't the game of the year we have been waiting for, instead it's just more Knack. Who asked for this?
  74. Games Master UK
    Oct 6, 2017
    56
    In no way is this horrendous - it's better than the first - but it's certainly not worth your time. [Nov 2017, p.68]
  75. Sep 7, 2017
    55
    Knack 2 does not have what it takes to be a good sequel. The fights are shallow, the platform parts are the same thing over and over again and it simply takes up too much time.
  76. Sep 5, 2017
    55
    Knack II has the bones of a good platformer and a hint of charm but it just doesn't execute. I'm not sure what the Knack series attempted to accomplish, but after a sequel, it stands as one of the most missable franchises Sony has ever crafted.
  77. games(TM)
    Oct 6, 2017
    50
    Sadly, the writing, the story, the level scenarios, the pacing, and the characters are apocalyptically awful. At its best, monotonous, and at its worst, infuriatingly rote. [Issue#192, p.77]
  78. Edge Magazine
    Sep 14, 2017
    50
    Knack II improves on its predecessor in just about every department, which is to say it is merely flawed, rather than deeply so. Yet for all its foibles and frustrations, it's all pleasant enough. [Issue#311, p.112]
  79. Sep 5, 2017
    50
    Knack 2 doesn't have exactly the same problems as Knack, it's just moved things into different places and ended up mostly the same. Which is at least emblematic of Knack himself, I suppose.
  80. Sep 10, 2017
    40
    The sequel nobody asked for turns out to be the game nobody needed to play.
  81. Sep 5, 2017
    40
    Of course, Knack 2 adds a few things compared to the first one. But it really lacks fun, visuals that feel PS4, and even humor to touch its target.
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  1. Sep 5, 2017
    There are plenty of better games to spend your time and money on right now. If you absolutely, specifically need an inoffensive couch co-op brawler right now, try it.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    Improvements abound, but Knack's adventures still suffer from a lack of charm.
  3. Sep 5, 2017
    Four years later, what a transformation this new game is. It’s full of combat, but Knack’s arsenal of moves is greatly expanded with a punch flurry move, an extendable-arm power shot and more. This time there’s a 34-node upgrade tree that weaponizes Knack’s dodge, speeds up most of his moves and adds some new ones. [Early Impressions - 1/2 through the game]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 454 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 454
  1. Sep 5, 2017
    10
    Glad they didn't leave this franchise alone. Deserves its place on the release calendar. Just as hard as the original. Sad some people haveGlad they didn't leave this franchise alone. Deserves its place on the release calendar. Just as hard as the original. Sad some people have nothing better to do then give negative reviews to games they haven't played. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    10
    10/10 Knack is back BABY. HERE COMES THE MONEYYYYY! Game of the generation.

    In all seriousness, this game improves on the original in many
    10/10 Knack is back BABY. HERE COMES THE MONEYYYYY! Game of the generation.

    In all seriousness, this game improves on the original in many ways. Better platforming, better co op, better combat, etc. It's worth a buy if you have someone to play with. If you love platformers it may be worth picking up too. It's only $30-40 depending on where you are from.

    Not great, not terrible. I had fun.
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  3. Sep 5, 2017
    10
    KNACK IS BACK
    - Buy this game and play it with your sibling/friend/progeny
    - Be a part of a cultural phenomenon that will have people
    KNACK IS BACK
    - Buy this game and play it with your sibling/friend/progeny
    - Be a part of a cultural phenomenon that will have people talking for years to come
    - Punch things and jump on platforms
    - Knack has it all, and then some. It's fun for the whole family!!!
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