"I give up"

Japan may be receiving a free copy of Knack in order to compensate for the PlayStation 4’s meagre delay, but it can’t seem to buy a good review score at the minute. Fresh from being stomped by much of the Western media, Famitsu magazine has now dubbed it the rotten egg of the next generation console’s Eastern launch lineup, awarding it a score of 28/40.

It may not look terrible on paper, but it’s worth pointing out that it was the only title in the famous publication’s pre-release special to accrue less than 30 points. Yakuza: Ishin was the best performer with 39/40, while both Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends netted 37/40 apiece.

Compared to the PlayStation 3’s day one deployment in Japan, the offering for Sony’s next-gen machine looks absolutely enormous. What’s more, the games appear to have scored better, with Gematsu pointing out that the ageing console’s best release day performer was Ridge Racer 7, which netted just 36/40. That delay was probably worthwhile after all, then.

Famitsu Review Scores

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (PS4) – 9/10/9/9 [37/40]
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Knack (PS4) – 6/7/8/7 [28/40]
NBA 2K14 (PS4) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation (PS4) – 10/9/9/8 [36/40]
Resogun (PS4) – 9/8/9/7 [33/40]
Strider (PS4) – 9/8/8/9 [34/40]
Tomb Raider (PS4) – 9/9/9/10 [37/40]
Yakuza: Ishin (PS4) – 9/10/10/10 [39/40]

[source famitsu.com, via gematsu.com]