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GF Rating
6.7

724 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Worth Playing

posted by Freeze17 (KUNA, ID) Nov 27, 2013

Member since Jan 2005

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I feel Knack has had some harsh reviews. People should not be surprised by what they are getting when playing this game. It looks great and plays great. It is a great alternative launch game that is more child appropriate and is not a "shooter." The game is very linear and unforgiving as it only takes a couple of hits to make you start over at the last check point. The story is not too bad either. An interesting concept is being able to swap out the hidden treasure find for one that your friends might have found if you want or need it more.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

An Overall Average Experience

posted by aenderw (GREENSBORO, NC) Feb 12, 2014

Member since Jan 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Of the three titles I took home with my shiny new PS4, 'Knack' was the most disappointing to me. I'd heard early on of bad reviews, so I avoided them and have come to agree with some of them post game credits.

To its credit, 'Knack' is a different game than any other launch title in that it is kid-friendly and a platformer. For that reason alone, it will be worth it for some to give it a shot. I imagine if I was younger I would have found a lot to love about this game. The graphics are good, the character is cute (initially), and the art style resembles some of the more popular animated features/tv shows.

What 'Knack' lacks is execution. The game is very linear and provides nearly no room for exploration beyond a set path. This leaves the concept of a creature that grows and shrinks devoid of creativity and, to this reviewer, all around boring. Whereas games like 'Rayman Origins' and 'Little Big Planet' have provided massive outlets for exploration, creativity, and family-friendly fun, 'Knack' just simply doesn't.

That said, I would recommend this game for those who purchased a PS4 and want something to play with their young ones. I would not, however, recommend buying this game. Once it's done, there is not much left to do. 'Rayman Legends' will be launching soon for the PS4 and should prove a better platforming experience than 'Knack' has provided thus far.

I wanted to love this game. I really did... But 'Knack' didn't do it for me.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Don't Believe the Horrid Reviews, this game ROCKS!

posted by SnootHonk (OROVILLE, CA) Nov 26, 2013

Member since Aug 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

You may have read some bad reviews of Knack by usually reputable sites such as IGN or Gamespot, but I'd argue that the game is much better than they'd have you believe. The attention to detail and a worthwhile demonstration of next-gen capabilities is present here, along with decent voice acting and a compelling story. Sure, the concept is simple, beat up goblins and robots, bosses, etc., but each chapter features new enemies and forces the player to approach each encounter with a different strategy. Given, there's plenty of hidden chests either containing jewels or parts needed to assemble gadgets which aid in your efforts, but it is actually fairly far into the game before you can actually complete a single, simple gadget perk, which is really Knack at its worst. Also, there aren't even any puzzles of any form which would've enhanced the experience tremendously, but taken as a whole, Knack is a noteworthy and ultimately awesome piece of the PS4 launch lineup, and should be played by anyone looking for a lighthearted, immensely satisfying example of a game that deserves a much better critical analysis than Gamespot was willing to give it, (a 4.0 out of 10), and IGN's "mediocre" 5.4. It appears some people don't recognize a great game when they see one. Typically, professional review scores reflect the quality of a game with all aspects of the game taken into account, but I believe the big boys dropped the ball on this one. Play Knack! If you don't like it then there's probably something wrong with you, LOL!

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