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Knack Will Be Hopping onto the PlayStation 4 in Time for Launch

Posted by Sammy Barker

Diamond in the rough

Knack’s struggled to garner the same post-announcement press as its blockbuster peers over the past couple of months. The throwback PlayStation 4 platformer directed by system architect Mark Cerny aims to occupy a similar space to first-party classics such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. There’s some debate over whether there's still a market for those types of titles, though.

Regardless, it’s good that Sony’s next generation system will sport at least one release that doesn’t revolve around guns or race cars. According to a preview in the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, the title depicts the story of, well, ‘Knack’, a small organism created by a scientist out of tiny crystals. As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to absorb these jewels and grow larger, unlocking new abilities along the way.

The title’s gameplay is described as a mix of melee fighting and traditional three-dimensional platforming, a blend that sounds similar to the divisive Sonic Unleashed. Excitingly, the game will supposedly be ready in time for the system’s launch. Will you be scooping up the adventure alongside your shiny new PS4? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via gameinformer.com]

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rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

"Knack’s struggled to garner the same post-announcement press as its blockbuster peers over the past couple of months."

That's b/c every time you do a PS4 article you always leave it out ;-)

"There’s some debate over whether there still a market for those types of titles, though."

If there weren't a market for these types of titles Nintendo would cease to exist, every single one of their games looks like this :-) People would probably even buy it on the Kinectbox as a $15 Kinect game where you smashed stuff moving your body. And Rachet and Clank still sells, I don't see much of a difference. I only wish Insomniac was doing this rather than Fuse so I would feel a lot better about the game.

My biggest concern, it looks like a Pixar movie so it's only 2 hours long, and nobody is going to pay $60 for a 2 hour game. Not one that looks like a cartoon anyway. Still my 2nd most wanted title, after TLG.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@rjejr I think there's a difference between a Mario game and a new property, though.

I really want to like this, but I think the art direction is awful.

JayArr

#3

JayArr said:

Never heard of this before. Now that I've watched the trailer I can say this game looks like complete garbage.

Flop in there making.

Epic

#4

Epic said:

One of the few games with a playable demo on the PS4 press conference it doesn't suprise me that its going to make it in time.

ShogunRokAdmin

#5

ShogunRok said:

Yeah the art direction puts me off, but it does look like it could be quite good. However, this article gives me the excuse to use a brilliant Cerny GIF.

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rawr1234

#9

rawr1234 said:

@JayArr Far from garbage...

Looking forward to knack, its made by a god.. Everything mark cerny touches turns to gold

BornOfEvil

#10

BornOfEvil said:

I feel that Knack will be successful. It's video on YouTube is full of people who plan on buying it, the others will let reviews decide whether or not they buy it.

Sanquine

#11

Sanquine said:

ahhw sammy do you not like it because its not a shooter or a god of war game ? i think there is market for this game . Other negative people about art style. Gameplay >> graphics.. still look beautiful .
You see the difference here between a sony fanboy and normal gamers . Count me in the first section ¡!

get2sammybAdmin

#13

get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine Not at all. I love platformers. I just really don't like the way the characters look in this game. It's a shame, because Japan Studio's other current project Puppeteer has an absolutely tremendous art direction.

irken004

#15

irken004 said:

Idk, I think knack might be good. Maybe they'll have some time to polish and style it more.

hydeks

#16

hydeks said:

sorry Sammy, I have to completely disagree with you, this games is the main one that got me excited about the PS4, and it will be more than likely my first games for the new system :P The other games where great, but something about Knack stood out too me, maybe it's because it's being made by the Ape Escape team and looks kinda like a new generation Ape Escape (btw, I love Ape Escape lol)

Slapshot

#20

Slapshot said:

I'm a big fan of the classic PSone titles, and Knack and Drive Club are the two titles that I will buy a PS4 for on day one. :)

Stuffgamer1

#21

Stuffgamer1 said:

I'd like to know more about Knack before I commit to buy, but it does look interesting. I hope it's good, because I want to support variety of games on the new console.

Cirno

#22

Cirno said:

Knack lacks the same charm Crash had. Crash was nice and simple, offered a good challenge and did something that Nintendo didn't at the time (A 3D linear platformer.). Knack just seems generic and bland.

Anyway, I think if anything more cartoony games are getting a resurgence thanks to nostalgia/what many to consider a stagnant market. But then again I don't really talk to chavvy Fifa/Cod people that much so whatever.

MadchesterManc

#23

MadchesterManc said:

I need to see more about the game before I decide on it, but I am intrigued. Considering Mark Cerny is directing it I could see it becoming the dark horse of the launch lineup

rjejr

#24

rjejr said:

@get2sammyb - "I really want to like this, but I think the art direction is awful."

So says the man who wants Mincecraft on the Vita ;-)

BTW, my kids love Minecraft, but every time my wife sees the kids playing it she's all "arrgh, my eyes". She has a very low tolerance for ugly.

Do people not like the way this looks b/c it's a CG cartoon w/ a World of Warcraft color scheme, or is it more subtle, like how Dreamworks' "Monsters vs. Aliens" looks like a direct-to-DVD version of Pixar's "The Incredibles". The characters do look a bit -off- in that "Clone Wars" way. I've never been able to watch Clone Wars but I've never been able to understand why, it just looks... I don't know.

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