Knack Review

Knack

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment

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The Story:

War has been brought against mankind by a resurgent species known as Goblins, led by Gundahar. A human doctor, reveals Knack. The doctor, who studied ancient relics from a long lost civilization for many years, finally found a way to bind them together and give them consciousness. The result was Knack, a creature with mysterious powers. For example, he can incorporate more relics into his body as he finds them, which allows him to transform from a three-foot tall creature into a gigantic wrecking machine. The doctor believes that Knack will be an invaluable asset in the war against the Goblins, until it becomes clear that an even greater danger is posed by elements of the human community.

The Gameplay:

Knack is an action platformer game and has been described by Sony as Crash Bandicoot meets God of War. The game is incredibly simple with the game only utilizing a few buttons which makes it a great game as you can just drop in and play. There is a few decent segments in the game which involves Knack having to use Diamonds to become Stealth Knack in which Knack must go unavoided from all enemies otherwise he dies in about 3 hits which can be a little bit challenging at times. The one big problem I had with Knack was that the campaign was really short which is an incredible shame considering the story was really good. The concept for Knack’s Gameplay is incredible with the idea of it takes platforming back to its roots aswell as adding the fact that Knack can increase size and become more powerful by smashing objects in the world. The boss fights in the game are fun yet challenging at times and the gameplay has numerous replayability with their being numerous gadget pieces & shards to collect in the game by smashing through walls to find hidden passage ways.

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The Sound:

The music of Knack is great with the soundtrack featuring elements of former Sony platformers like Crash Bandicoot aswell as Ratchet & Clank. The voice cast have done a great job bringing life to the colorful characters of the game with Ike Amadi taking on the lead role of Knack with a supporting cast including JB Blanc, Josh Keaton, Travis Willingham, Mark Deakins, Jennifer Hale, Laura Bailey, Matthew Mercer & Fred Tatascoire.

The Graphics:

While Knack is a PlayStation 4 title, You should not expect Battlefield 4 or inFamous Second Son Graphics with the game being designed as a family game. The visuals for the game are obviously less realistic and more CGI animated however the power of the PlayStation 4 definitely shows here as the animation style of the game is perfectly polished and the cutscenes look fantastic especially when the explosions happen in the game.

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Lasting Appeal:

Knack is a highly enjoyable title with a great range of collectibles; So much so that you have to play the game about 2 or 3 times just to collect everything. The game is constant fun with some challenging moments which makes replaying the game on the hardest difficulty all the more enjoyable. In addition to this, Knack is a great title for trophy collectors on PSN with loads of different trophies requiring you to collect everything and replay levels as Knack’s different forms such as Vampire Knack & Sunstone Knack.

Knack proves that Mark Cerny cannot only design a great console but can also still create great Platform games and is easily one of the best PlayStation 4 titles to date.

My Score – 9/10

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The Good:

  • Very Reminiscent of old school Platforming
  • Fantastic Story with great twists
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Challenging at times
  • Plenty of Replayability
  • Nice CGI style graphics

The Bad:

  • Story is really Short

Knack is available now exclusively on PlayStation 4 from all good retailers. Thanks go to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review by Matthew McNamee

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