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- Detailed characters and environments, stunning cutscenes, and featuring a unique character that only the PS4 can bring to life
- Collect relics to power up and smash your way through hordes of goblins, robots, tanks and more
- Action-packed gameplay features simple controls but challenging and varied enemy AI
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Knack (PlayStation 4)
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An Unlikely Hero
Mankind must turn to Knack, an unlikely hero, to protect them from a dangerous new threat. The unassuming Knack stands at a mere three feet tall, but thanks to the power of mysterious ancient relics, he can transform into a powerful brute or even a gigantic wrecking machine. Knack is mankind's only hope for turning the tide against the invading goblin army, but trying to harness the true power of the relics could threaten to put the whole world at risk.
From Mark Cerny, one of the greatest minds in video games today, Knack is a fun-filled platforming adventure of colossal proportions that invites players to wield fantastic powers and discover a unique and vibrant world, available exclusively for PlayStation 4.
- Stunning graphics – Detailed characters and environments, 90 minutes of stunning cutscenes, and featuring a unique character that only the PS4 can bring to life.
- Old-school meets next-gen – Collect relics to power up and smash your way through hordes of goblins, robots, tanks and more!
- Fun for everyone – Action-packed gameplay features simple controls but challenging and varied enemy AI.
Top customer reviews
The gameplay can easily be described as "Crash Bandicoot meets God of War meets Katamari Damacy." The Crash Bandicoot and God of War aspects to the gameplay are obvious in that it is a linear 3D platformer with 2.5D sections and a heavy emphasis on combat. As for the Katamari Damacy elements, that's where things get interesting... Knack is a character that can increase his size and health by absorbing these metallic objects that are scattered all over the game's world called "relics". In every chapter, he starts off as small as a human child and by the end of the chapter he'll have absorbed enough relics to have become as big as a small skyscraper!
This particular gameplay mechanic actually does a really good job at showing off the PS4's processing capabilities because unlike most games, Knack's character model is not one single solid object. It is actually made up of a whole bunch of separately rendered individual parts bound to an invisible skeleton and even at his largest sizes, the game still manages to run at a playable framerate with all of said parts on screen at once!
If you're willing to look past the difficulty and underwhelming story and just want to see a unique concept in action, I would definitely recommend picking this one up.
Graphics - the quality of the graphics in this game are more subtle than what you might expect from a next-gen title; they're nothing eye popping at first glance, but as you play the game, you notice the small details that really stand out from a regular PS3 game. The first thing I noticed, was the little blocks that Knack is made of, have really detailed textures. Also, the shininess of the metal and other jewels in the game look so realistic. The rest of the game looks pretty much like a Dreamworks or Pixar animated movie. If you like this type of art style, you're going to enjoy the graphics of this game.
Sound - For the most part, the sound is pretty good. It doesn't use a ton of surround sound like other games, particularly first person shooters or 3rd person shooters. But this is a 3D platformer, so you really don't have a lot of enemies off to your left or right, or behind you to really take advantage of surround. You do have the soundtrack, which isn't anything spectacular, utilizing the surround, but that's about it. The game does utilize the speaker on the DualShock 4 when Knack picks up the small blocks to get bigger. On the whole, I'd say the sound is just so-so, not good, but not bad.
Multi-player - I believe the game has some sort of co-op, but I did not use it, and I do not know for sure. However, it does have an asynchronous multi-player component, when you find treasure boxes, you can swap what you found with treasures that people on your friends list found--sometimes, they found better, more rare treasures than you, and you can take what they got instead of what you got. Also, there is a companion smartphone app for both iOS and Android. The app is nothing special, and kind of mimics Bejeweled; however, it's not as fun as Bejeweled, and quickly becomes boring. I really wish it did a better job of imitating Bejeweled, giving you the power-ups that you get form matching sets of 4 or 5. You basically match sets of 3, 4, or 5 + combos to fill up your crystal gauge. Once the gauge is filled, if you run into trouble, you can swipe down on all 3 crystals and tap any block in the field to remove all those type of block on the screen. As you play, you fill up an experience gauge to increase your level; when you gain a new experience level, you are awarded with a secret treasure, that is synced up with your PS4 version of Knack. This helps you immensely, because there are maybe 3 or 4 chests on each level of Knack, and this app helps you complete the components to gain all of his extra powers.
Story - Overall the story is good. It's nothing too deep or serious, and you don't really get the whole story about the Goblins, and why they're at war with the humans. But on a whole, the story is light and fun.
Gameplay/Fun - The game play mechanics are pretty much the same controls as God of War. Hit 1 button to attack, one button to jump, one button for a special attack, left analog stick to move, and right analog stick to roll or dodge. Overall the controls are pretty good, I don't know for sure, but I don't seem to remember having a block button that was as effective as in God of War (L1 trigger), so if you're not good at dodging, you're going to get hit and die a lot. If you die, not to worry, you generally start back at the last checkpoint with full health. Many times, I'd get to the next checkpoint with very low health, and get killed, only to respawn at the last checkpoint with a full health bar. There are some pretty challenging arena type battles with tanks and such, that can require a lot of skill, but as a God of War fan, I didn't have too much trouble. If you're not good at these types of games, or are getting this game for children, I'd suggest using the easy difficulty setting.
Another slightly annoying thing about the game was that I'd get through a certain chapter or section, and by the end of that section, Knack was so powerful and enormous. It was a lot of fun to be able to kill large goblins, tanks and robots with one or two hits. However, almost without fail, at the end of the chapter, knack would drop all of his power-ups and you'd begin the next chapter as baby knack. I understand what the game designer was trying to do, but I would have liked to just make the enemies maybe slightly harder instead of starting all over again w/Knacks health gauge and power-ups. You can play the game over again after beating it to use the gems you found throughout your first play-through, and from the mobile app, but I didn't feel too compelled to play the game again. You have no control over the items you get from playing the mobile app, so some of the more rare treasures are tough to get, so I wasn't able to play as "Diamond" Knack or anything.
Overall, I give the game about a 4/5, because it was a lot of fun. I personally didn't really feel the need to play through it again, but this is mainly because I have many other games in my backlog, and I just couldn't justify spending more time on it. However if you don't own a lot of games, or are all caught up, the game does have some replay value. The experience is pretty linear, and the enemies all appear in the same place every time, so don't expect to discover much more after your first play-through (not that it's a bad thing, just FYI). So to summarize, it's a very fun 3D platformer, so if that's your type of game, you'll enjoy it--I definitely recommend this game.