Welcome back friends to my esteemed blog. As many of you know, the Playstation 4 console has been released and I have been very busy enjoying all that it has to offer. Look at the image below for the launch line.
I want to start off by reviewing one of it’s launch titles, the new adventure game Knack. Like most new consoles, the launch titles are usually hit or miss. So, does Knack make the cut as a good premiere title? Read on to find out.
Graphics: Knack delivers a very Pixar Studios like world with colorful characters and vibrant worlds. The enemy designs are very well done, and you can’t get over how cute Knack is in his tiny initial form. It all blends in to bring a cute package. Score: 9/10
Sound: The music in this particular title really makes a stand above the crowd. Each scene has a musical track that is fitting in exploration, combat, and story sequences. The voice cast is equally awesome. I was very amazed at the quality of music that was in this title, and I can assure you that you will be too. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: Knack’s story is unique in it’s own ways. War is rampant on humans as a result of Goblins led by their ruthless and cunning leader, Gundahar. A scientist and his assistant, along with the assistant’s uncle try to stop the goblin’s reign of terror with the help of Knack, the three-foot tall protagonist who is blessed with a unique ability. Knack can utilize pieces called relics to attach to his body, causing him to grow anywhere from eight feet to three stories tall. At the same time, Knack’s story tends to divide into fighting the goblins and butting heads with another antagonist Victor, along with his partner in crime Katrina. This is all combined with beat ’em up combat and platforming elements that bring together a fun-filled adventure.
The battles in Knack can range from moderate to very difficult. Some areas require Knack to combat very large enemies in his tiny form, which results in one-hit kills from most foes that attack him. Of course, when Knack is giant-sized, he delivers the same one-hit kill style beat down to his now insect sized foes. There are tanks and combat planes that can knock giant Knack on his big behind, so play your cards carefully. Score: 9.5/10
There have been many critics who have given this game bad reviews, and I still can’t see anything wrong with this game. Don’t be fooled by biased reviews, Knack is an adventure that is definitely worth checking out. I believe critics were expecting too much from Knack, and decided to whine about it when they didn’t get what they wanted. Even though writer Mark Cerny said initially that the game will be a blend of Crash Bandicoot, Katamari Damacy, and God of War. In my opinion, Cerny delivered on his promise.
Final Score: 9/10
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