Submitted by limewax 680d ago | opinion piece

An Overview of Knack and Why It Was Overlooked


I’m sure a number of you will have watched the Playstation Meeting just last month, February 20th, where Sony unveiled the first details for the Playstation 4 and was also the platform where they debuted of a handful of next gen games. But one of the things I found to be slightly bemusing is the absence of coverage for the first game we were all shown... (PS4, Sony, Tag Invalid)

miyamoto  +   680d ago
Crash Bandicoot
Spyro the Dragon
Jak and Daxter
Ratchet and Clank
... Muh, Muh, Muh, My Sharona!
NewMonday  +   680d ago
didn't know Knack is made using the Unreal Engine 4

thought it would be a Sony 1st party Engine
Arai  +   680d ago
Eurogamer reported that it's using UE4, maybe they have a reason for doing so.
Still weird considering that it's a game developed by Sony.

Tbh I never liked UE because of the textures in most games and the plastic look it brings.
Jagsrock  +   680d ago
He still looks kinda Ganondorf like to me.
r21  +   680d ago
When he's blown up and huge, he kinda does but when he's tiny and smaller, not so much.
clintagious650  +   680d ago
This is one of my most anticipated ps4 games. I was wondering why not many ppl was talking about it. Looks fresh & innovative. Cant wait to see more on this game and abilities.
guitarded77  +   680d ago
I don't know that it was necessarily overlooked. When a new console is announced, most people are looking at the most visually stunning titles, and Knack's art style doesn't make it stand out when compared to Killzone or Deep Down. With new consoles, many are looking at "How real can it look". One thing about Knack I found intriguing is how as he grows, each piece of his model is interdependent and moving together. When you look at it from that perspective, it's really impressive tech.
clintagious650  +   680d ago
"One thing about Knack I found intriguing is how as he grows, each piece of his model is interdependent and moving together"

Thats exactly why I liked it was because it look so different yet the potential is huge & is why i want to see more abilities because it looks like alot of fun. I dont just play games to enjoy it, I also write down notes on possibilities u can add to the game that would make the game even better. My dream is to become a developer but one that has so many IDEAS to create that ULTIMATE experience.
talisker  +   680d ago
My thoughts exactly. Playing a character which is entirely based on physics will be much fun. Same applies to Infamous; Second Son. Those particle effects... I hope they utilize the compute units a lot. Superheroes made of particles or liquid not only look awesome but can also introduce new quality into game mechanics.

Mark Cerny, fingers crossed for you and I'll buy it day 1.
raytraceme  +   680d ago
Knack was underlooked because this generation of gamers don't care for platformers. The gaming community is crap now and all most gamers care about nowadays is the the next big POS fps garbage.

I support Playstation and Nintendo because they still support platformers and a huge variety of games.

Microsoft and XBOX played a big role in dumbing down gaming and their fanboys just don't care about variety and platformers like Knack so they are just bringing it down.

I give a big middle finger to MS their fanboys and their payed off media outlets.

People seem to forget that with the ps1, gamecube, and ps2 games were actually hard and the sp of many top games were more than the 5-7 hours of a typical game nowadays. Remember the time when gameplay mattered?

Knack to me reminds me of the good old days when 12 people bought the xbox and everyone else got a ps2. This was when gameplay and story mattered and there were different genres of games.
TheFallenAngel  +   680d ago
I still play Mario games on my niece's DS and they are fun. It reminds me of my childhood. Kudos to Nintendo for making really fun Mario games. I enjoy them a lot. LittleBigPlanet was fun too.
Soldierone  +   680d ago
This is why I personally miss last generation. I had so many different style games, it was great.

This generation its shooter after shooter, and everything has to be "realistic" when it isn't a shooter. What happened to animals and cartoon characters etc?? Creativity? Stuff that wasn't "well its realistic, but not realistic" stuff. They are even making the next Ninja Turtles game "realistic" I mean come on....

Anything that isn't a shooter or a "realistic" game struggles to see a major release. And if it doesn't sell like Call of Duty, then big publishers dump it.
_QQ_  +   680d ago
The question is why should i care about this or any other game when i can play aliens colonial marines?
badz149  +   680d ago
you can actually play it?

back on topic;

I'm looking forward to Knack too! platformers is my favorite genre!
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TheFallenAngel  +   680d ago
Knack looks fun. I really would like to play it. Its sad that everyone just overlooks good platforming games for crappy FPSs
DigitalRaptor  +   680d ago
Every Sony console has had at least one new platforming game that defined it in some way:

PS1 - Crash Bandicoot, Spyro
PS2 - Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, Sly Cooper
PS3 - Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet
PS4 - Knack

It's just logical, but it's not exactly Sony's fault that so many people are no longer interested in quality 3D platformers anymore and would rather play FPS. Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft and Sega are the last publishing bastions of these types of games to be honest. Microsoft don't seem to care anymore, but we'll see how they progress in this field as the next generation continues.

Knack is headed by industry veteran Mark Cerny at Studio Japan who is also PS4's lead architect. He's worked on some of the industry's finest platform games dating back to Marble Madness and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
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jakmckratos  +   680d ago
I have legitimately not shut up about this game...I am SO excited to have an HD platformer on the PS4 so early on..especially when it has Pixar like graphics and such an innovative gameplay feature

Growing up in the 90s it was the 3D platformers like Spyro that got me into games in the first place....makes me sad seeing as how the only decent platformers this gen were Ratchet, LBP and Mario Galaxy
dafegamer  +   680d ago
well said. Thats why i stick to Nintendo and Sony exclusive game, they still care about variety in games, especially platformers
-Gespenst-  +   680d ago
Honestly the idea of replaying any Crash or Spyro game excites me much more than this game, it looks really so-so if you ask me.

It just seems to me to lack a coherent vision, and wants to be a disney-pixar film, which is just boring to me. I know on the surface it seems original (purely because of the protagonist) but something about it whiffs of unoriginality to me. I think it's the overall aesthetic.

Nah, if I get a Ps4 I'm pretty sure I'll give this one a miss.

A platformer to get excited about on the other hand is this: https://twitter.com/MingyJo...

^^^ Some of the old rare staff want to get together and make a proper spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie / Tooie. Even Grant Kirkhope is on board!
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Zha1tan  +   680d ago
It looks like a really cool little game, I love my PS single players they remind me of the good ol days on PS2 and PS1.
WeAreLegion  +   680d ago
It's going to be a fun game. I can guarantee that. However, it won't sell. Killzone, inFamous, Drive Club, and Watch Dogs will sell...and this one should be bundled in with the system, at launch. :)
puamdefokejpn  +   680d ago
Maybe because we don't know much about it,..
mrmancs  +   680d ago
i bet this is one of the more enjoyable titles on ps4, not so wow graphically compared to deep down , but still , no bad lucker , in It's own particular way.

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