Knack Aims To Take The Action Platformer To New Heights on Next-Gen
There is no denying it now – the next generation of consoles is almost here and we’re expected to forget about our current consoles and our beloved games. That is something I will not do, until I have my next-gen console in about five years from now. Pessimism aside, we’re here today to witness the first ever next-gen exclusive PS4 preview on eGamer. Would you kindly join us for a brief look at the world of Knack?
Be sure to give our rAge 2013 impressions of Knack a read.
Multiplayer: Single-screen co-op or with PS Vita via Remote Play.
Developers: Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: 13 December 2013 Locally
If one were to look at the exclusive titles for the PlayStation 3, one would clearly see that Sony isn’t a stranger to interesting exclusive IPs and it seems as though they do not consider to stray from this path. inFamous: Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and Knack already shows the potential of new games on the yet to be released PlayStation 4.
In Knack, our story begins with a doctor. This doctor studied mystical relics for years on end and have found a way to bind different elements together and also provide them with their own consciousnesses. As a result – Knack is brought to life. He may take relics he finds along his journey to grant him the ability to transform and prove to be vital in a certain war. A war with Goblins led by Gundahar and these cretins aim to battle it out with mankind. Knack’s task is to rid the world of Goblins and bring peace for this chaotically designed place the innocents live in.
The game’s director, Mark Cerny describes the game to be a mixture of God of War, Crash Bandicoot and Katamari Damacy. I have not played the latter, but it does sound like an interesting mixture/concept.
Knack will be able to use the aforementioned relics to change his size. He may shrink or grow aiding him in different ways to tackle the journey at hand. The larger he becomes, the more damage he can take and deal at the same time. The relics may be found from rummaging through the dirty pockets of no longer breathing enemies or by smashing the destructible objects littered throughout the environments. There are different types of relics for Knack to find. Some may increase or decrease his size while other will fill special meters for him to execute special/powerful moves. Once the game is out and about, you’ll be able to trade these items with online friends players.
Judging from different impressions articles, there seems to be mixed opinions surrounding the game. Some people who had the chance to play it for themselves really enjoyed it while the other folks thought is was nothing extraordinarily special. It goes without saying that this game isn’t for the “hardcore” crowd. I wouldn’t dismiss a game solely for that reason, but it also may appear to be of a “kiddy” nature. The game has been described as a game for everyone and with that I agree. Judging from the gameplay videos on dispay, I can certainly say that it is a game to be tried by any type of gamer.
When looking at screenshots or videos of the gameplay/cutscenes, one might grow skeptical about the “next-gen” ordeal. The game’s graphical traits doesn’t appear to be anything more than something we may find on our current generation of consoles. This may result in people skimming over it and dismiss it without digging a little deeper into the finer details. It certainly looks like my cup of tea, but what does the game offer that entitles it to be on PS4? We’ll have to play it for ourselves to find out if it is entitled to be called a next-gen title.
The game offers a take on co-op via remote play to play alongside someone else with one person taking control of a second Knack on PS Vita. Each person has their own screen to hog for themselves and while this feature has been seen with the PlayStation 3, it should make for an interesting approach to the co-op aspect. The game will also feature a single-screen co-op option.
While Knack may not astound you by its graphical fidelity, it does seem that there is a solid concept backing it all, but to know that for certain, we’ll have to wait for the release of the PlayStation 4 and this launch title. It may not be your number one choice for the PS4, but who knows, it may prove to be a solid game?
Supected Selling Points
- Interesting ideas may lead to a nice, solid platformer.
- The art style looks creative.
- A variety of different, over the top levels may satisfy those who appreciate this sort of thing.
- A great title for the family if you have little kids.
- May result as just another platformer.
- Will be looked over by most “hardcore” gamers.
Knack will be available alongside the launch of the PlayStation 4 and it is something that has gained moderate attention from gamers since its announcement – myself included; I am tremendously interested in this game and I’d love to play it one day. Are you one of these excited guys or gals, or do you plan to give this one a pass?