Developers: Japan Studio/Mark Cerny
What they say: 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.
What I say: So far Knack has betting a hard way to go. I’ve seen low review scores and a lot of griping that it’s merely a kids game and so on. I honestly think that people are being way too hard on the game. No, it is not the game you will use to show off your shiny new system but it certainly deserves your consideration at this launch. Knack has been created by PS4 architect Mark Cerny and further developed with Japan Studio. Cerny has been around a long time and he definitely knows his way around a controller, and he certainly knows game design. The game offers a very fluid anime style reminiscent of Miyazaki and it looks and plays appropriately. The combat is pretty simple; you use the left stick to move, right stick to dodge, square is punch and x is jump, the o button handles your super abilities. This is hardly sophisticated but it gets the job done. The game plays like a classic Playstation platformer from bygone days, but at the end of the day it’s fun.
You start off fighting off fighting Goblins and move on the robots and more as the game goes on. There also also several forms Knack can take on as the story proceeds and as several different collectables you can collect, thus making new abilities if you can collect complets sets of these artifacts.
The game offers three difficulty levels easy is pretty damn easy and Mark Cerny has been quoted as saying that Knack on easy could be someones first game. Normal is challenging but not hair-pullingly so. But hard, now that is another story. Hard is DAMN hard. You seriously have to be a He-Man gamer to get through that. But overall the game truly is a blast and while is not a system showcase by any means, it does accomplish what all games should and that’s offer a god time while playing it and I certainly had a good time.