Knack Review | Forbes

The next-generation of console gaming is upon us, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at this game. Knack is a magic title, capable of transporting you back to the bargain bins of the early 2000s, where the disappointing and justifiably obscure game experiences are somehow rendered in a sharpness that you know would have been impossible at the time.

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DigitalRaptor1703d ago

Ah forbes. putting a good game into a category that shares broken and downright terrible games. Wish I could see the logic in that.

minimur121703d ago

For ps4 owners with knack, what do you think of it?

ShinMaster1703d ago

It's fun. And while not excellent, it definitely is not unplayable or broken as a score of 3/10 suggests.

wishingW3L1703d ago

maybe a 5/10 at best. The game's not broken but it is so simplistic even a free to play facebook game seems much more complex but Knack costs $60.

Graphics are cool, story is kind of cool but gameplay is lacking on all fronts. The game's mediocre, there's no other way to say it. And there's no excuse for a family game to be this shallow when we have Mario games with incredible level design and gameplay.

ruefrak1703d ago

It's just a fun game. I can't find anything wrong with it really. It's the one game I keep going back to. 8/10 (if not higher)

GoodnessGreatness1703d ago

It's not really bad if you have played Crash Bandicoot or Spyro back in the day. The only thing I didn't like is the unbalanced story and character development. It's good to play with a friend.

WeAreLegion1703d ago

Awesome game. The further you get into the game, the more challenging and varied the game play and enemies get. It's not as simplistic as it seems. And unlocking everything doesn't feel like a chore. I recommend it.

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Snookies121703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

Agreed, a 4 or below is a broken game. If you give games like this a 3, what would you give a game that doesn't even run properly? There's no point in review scores if you don't reserve the lowest numbers for broken experiences, and the highest numbers for masterpieces.

I have not played Knack yet, so I cannot vouch for its gameplay. From what I've seen though, it's at least worthy of a 6+. Meaning it's a decent game. It may not be for everyone, but anything lower than that is false. It's a good looking game that technically runs well. That alone should keep it above a 5. *sigh* Reviewers these days...

dcj05241703d ago

From what I've played at my friends house it's a solid 7. Nothing special but its a blast to play with friends. Something about it makes me want to play more of it and set certain goals for my self like complet in under 5 minutes or go unharmed.

testerg351703d ago

So if a game is made where you move a dot around and that is with no technical problems, then it deserves at least a 5?

Evil_Abed1703d ago

For starters, it isn't a good game, not nearly. Then there is the fact that it is the reviewers opinion so logic has to bend to that. Finally there is the bias butthurt you are experiencing.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider.

fenome1702d ago

Have you actually played it yourself? I'm not talking about a demo kiosk either, I mean the actual game? I seriously doubt you have, so this also leaves a lot to consider as well..

BTW how is Ryse?

Evil_Abed1702d ago

Most reviewers think it is mediocre, it is their opinion and I accept it.(Ryse) Personally I don't have an opinion since I have not played it. I will let you know how I feel in 3 weeks or so.

As for Knack,I have played enough to know it bombs.

fenome1702d ago

If you've actually played it, then that's your opinion and everybody has their own.

I'll agree to disagree. Personally I find it quite enjoyable in my household and I don't see why people are so cynical of it. It's a keeper in my book though, enjoy your thing whatever that may be.

People take "scores" to seriously anyways, they should be called overviews instead of reviews. It's all in the eye of the beholder after all.

callahan091703d ago

I bought Knack, but I've been so busy with Killzone, Contrast, and Resogun that I haven't even put it into my PS4 yet to try it out, but I expect I will probably enjoy it. But seeing as I haven't played it yet, I have no opinion on the game other than optimism that it looks like the kind of game I will enjoy.

But that all said, I just wanted to say that a 3/10 doesn't have to be reserved just for *broken* games. Why isn't it a sufficient score for a just plain boring or not-fun game? What if the "game" was just a blank screen that tells you to press a single button once per minute. If you get it right, the screen flashes green, if you get it wrong, the screen flashes red. There is no time limit, and there is no variation in timing between the prompts. It just sits there prompting you until you press something, and once you press something, it then gives you your visual feedback whether you were right or wrong, then moves on to the next prompt.

That's it.

Does that game sound fun? Is there even any point to playing it? No, absolutely not. But it isn't "broken". It's just a pointless, boring, useless waste of time that does what it says it's going to do on the box, so to speak. I'd give it a 1 out of 10.

Now, obviously I'm not saying Knack is a boring, useless waste of time, I'm just saying that the premise that a very bad score should only be used for broken experiences doesn't really make sense to me, considering that the point of the review is to tell people whether the game is worth playing, and just because it works as described doesn't mean it would ever be something anyone would actually enjoy playing, you know what I mean?

fenome1702d ago (Edited 1702d ago )

Games can suck, there's no denying that. I've played A LOT of horrible games that also get great reviews. Just take reviews with a grain of salt. They're all opinions, and I don't even think they should solid stamp numbers or FINAL JUDGMENTS on them. Just give an over-view and if you think it's worth peoples time. What you find positive and what you found lacking.

In my opinion there is no such thing as a 10/10 game because that leaves no room for improvement. Give too many perfect scores to the same kind of games and it leads to stagnation and copy/paste ripoffs of things that they think will sell. All the originality goes away. One of the things that made the PS2 era so magical was the shear diversity.

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XboxFun1703d ago

"Knack is a magic title, capable of transporting you back to the bargain bins of the early 2000s, where the disappointing and justifiably obscure game experiences are somehow rendered in a sharpness .."

Geez, tell us how you really feel. Lol, that was pretty funny though.

I bet if they ever do a part 2, it will be done with a vengeance.

gusgusjr1703d ago

I think this is unfair, these scores should be reserved for games that are a technical mess. The game is playable, if you don't find it fun ok, but not that low of a score. I personally give it a 6.5, still somewhat enjoying it. Not bad has it's issues but it's launch I expected this. To me it's good enough.

Shadonic1703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

I was actually imagining a sort of Mature open world take on knack kind of where you could use broken pieces of the environment like in the City and make that become part of you wearing it as armor and morphing it into weapons and stuff.

lastofgen1703d ago

I have to agree with you on that.
Having played knack at a friend's place, the game is polished and really doesn't warrant anything less than 7/10.
Sames goes for Sess's Ryse review. Pretty much all previews of the game have shown that ryse is polished, playable without any hitches, has a decent story, and tight gameplay (even if it may become repetitive). Now, a game like that and Knack definitely do not warrant such low scores.
These low scores should only be reserved for games that are an unplayable and broken mess with a ton of glitches and technical issues.

Snookies121703d ago

No, a chicken crossing the road is a joke, a horse walking into a bar is a joke, even a knock knock is a joke... Forbes is just a fail.

GentlemenRUs1703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

Known as a M$ shill site... Nothing to see here peeps!

EDIT: Don't believe me? GOOGLES your friend!

Snookies121703d ago (Edited 1703d ago )

No worries man, the trolls are out in full force disagreeing with any comment on this article that tries to point out valid issues with the review.

Notice how none of these comments that have a lot of disagrees have nothing contesting what they've said in a reply? That's trolling. Simply clicking disagree because you don't like a console/game mentioned. If you're going to do that at least leave a comment explaining why people... -_- Unless there are already comments explaining.

Ausbo1703d ago

I'll reply to you. I have not played the game.
But every single bad review of a playstation game is commented on saying stuff like "this is impossible" or "They are on Microsoft's payroll".

Did it ever occur to you guys that maybe sony made a game that isn't really that good?

You guys do know that a review is one person's OPINION. You don't have to agree with it.

LightofDarkness1703d ago

They're not MS shills, they used to be a reputable and high-brow magazine for investors businessmen. Now, they host 100s of unmoderated, unedited blogs from just about anyone. They're often just unpaid writers who used to work for other blogs. In fact, you could write for them if you wanted to.

Notice the "contributor" status under the author's name? He might as well be submitting a blog or review to N4G. They use the same contributor model as the Daily Mail and it even closely resembles N4G (you can write blogs, reviews etc.). That's why you should never take anything from Forbes seriously unless it comes from their actual writing or editorial staff. I would venture to say that nothing submitted to N4G from Forbes fits that bill.

I would also like people to request that submissions like these (Forbes/Daily Mail bloggers) be removed from the site. They aren't news, they may as well be N4G user blogs or reviews or forum posts.

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