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Knack: Mark Cerny's Stepping Stone Into the Future

GS:Mark Cerny is a man who understands the inner workings of the gaming industry, perhaps better than any of his peers. After cutting his teeth on a pair of classic Atari arcade games in the '80s, Major Havok and Marble Madness, he joined forces with Sega to focus on home console development for the Master System. By his own admission, a large part of his work at Sega amounted to the creation of "shovelware," a term that conjures images of cheap cash-grabs and rushed development cycles. However, a few years and a couple of 3DO games later, Cerny found himself in the enviable position of working on the hottest property for the PlayStation, Crash Bandicoot. It was one of the strongest character action games of its time, and both Sony's and Cerny's reputations snowballed with its success.

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ABeastNamedTariq1729d ago

"You actually need to be doing a dodge in, not away, and punch, because on harder difficulty settings the enemy's attacks are so fast, if you walk in they'll hit you before you can reach them. So that's the kind of depth that we have for the core gaming side. For a core gamer, I think the difficulty is rather important. So long as they understand that there is that depth and challenge to the game, that will be a major source of appeal for them."

Sounds like it's going to be tough. Reminds me of my Crash days. :,)

HighResHero1729d ago (Edited 1729d ago )

"For a core gamer, I think the difficulty is rather important. So long as they understand that there is that depth and challenge to the game, that will be a major source of appeal for them."
I'm really starting to like this guy and I'll probably be buying this ASAP.

Godz Kastro1729d ago

I dont understand if Mark Cerny engineered the PS why would he not have put out a title that really shows off the PS4's capabilities. Instead we get... Knack :/

WeAreLegion1729d ago

Sometimes, it's ok to have fun. :)

I have to remind my film critic friends of this all the time...especially when I tell them Pacific Rim is my favorite movie of 2013.

There are plenty of games out there that will show off the PS4. I think Mark just wanted to make something everyone could enjoy. We all grew up with these action/platformers, including Mark. I think this is his way of giving back to the industry.

Qrphe1729d ago

Unlike some, I'm actually very impressed with the Pixar level graphics they've achieved with this game.

sprinterboy1729d ago

Looking fwd to playing knack but I can wait 6 mths till it's a free ps+ game, I think that's where it's problem lies, every gamer I have spoken too kinda thinks it will be a free game pretty quickly and at £50 launch day I am willing to wait

vividi1729d ago

I am waiting to a price drop, but I want to play it

WeAreLegion1729d ago

Have it paid off. :) Can't wait to go through it on Hard!

HighResHero1729d ago

This is becoming a must-buy for me and it's nice to see that Cerny understands the importance of making the core audience happy.
[email protected]: I would rather just buy sweet title like this so that I actually own it and to further support the Developers.