Jon of RealGamerNewz writes, "I have many positive things to say about Knack but at the heart of its core one thing must be respected. Knack is a pure 3D Platformer and defines the next-generation of its genre without the need for stealing elements from shooter or action games. Knack accomplishes a complete and fun experience with simply the mechanics of a 3D Platformer and does well to show off the graphical fidelity that can be accomplished with the PlayStation 4. Artistically this game is vibrant and colorful. Story-wise it’s interesting and yet universal for a wide spectrum of ages and personalities to find enjoyable. But most importantly the gameplay of Knack brings back the feel of old school gaming in a new school format of much higher quality than ever before made possible. Japan Studio, Mark Cerny, and Sony have put together what I consider to be the best 3D Platformer out right now." (Knack, PS4)
Probably would be forgotten (or missed) if not for being a launch game. Despite some of the reviews for this game complaining about its difficulty the game was fun and if they can tweak a few things could make for a fun sequel.
I don't think I'd recommend it as a 60$ purchase but is certainly worth a rental.
I think I had higher expectations from a next Gen game. Graphically this could have easily been a PS3 title. Aside from Knack bursting into a million pieces when he dies, there was very little in the form of eye candy.
The game play itself was very simple and straight forward. Have always enjoyed games that implement double-jump. You jump, you dash, you smack things, and you have 3 special abilities that can be used when you build up enough sun crystal energy.
The story was blah and predictable. I was ready for it to be over long before it was. There's no exploring in this game, you go where they want you to go and do what they want you to do. No freedom whatsoever.
I was frustrated by the hidden items. I found tons of them but I was well over half way if not 3/4ths done with the game before I actually completed a set to form a gadget. The special hidden crystals were a complete waste as I'm assuming you have to play through again to even find enough to build a special Knack. I had no desire to replay this game.
It was fine for one time rental as other titles are hard to get at launch, but I won't be looking back on this game with fondness.