Community... WAKE UP! I bought Knack today as I completed KZSF twice on and didn't have much to do. I always loved old skool platformers like j&d, sly and crash bandicoot. I was hoping Knack would follow in the same footsteps with the challenging gameplay, gorgeous visuals and plain out fun, but then when it was released the reviews were, lets say abysmal. Knack has been slated in reviews as 'falling to pieces' and its negative factors consist of 'artificial enviroments', 'Tiresome combat' and 'meager move set'. I played 3 hours straight of the game today on hard difficulty and thought "WHAT ARE THESE REVIEWS TALKING ABOUT?"
Users are comparing the game to Super Mario 3D World as if KNACK is nothing in comparison. Now don't get me wrong, I love Mario platform games to pieces, however I have yet to play Mario's latest platformer which looks incredible and innovative. The thing is Super Mario 3D World got a '9' and Knack got a '4'. Here are factors why Super Mario 3D World got that high score compared with Knack:
3D World - 'Gorgeous, colourful visuals'
Knack - 'Artificial environments'
3D World - 'Effortless controls'
Knack - 'Tiresome combat with a meager move set'
I'm sorry but its a bit obvious that Knack on the PS4 is much more beautiful and easy on the eye compared to Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Yet Knack was put down in visuals as 'Artificial'? This to me, (your opinion may differ for some reason) is completely absurd.
In terms of gameplay, yes Knack is not overly complicated in controls like most games nowadays but that is how the game was meant to be made, thats one of its key points which make it so addictive and 'effortless' in my opinion. The combat is only 'tiresome' if you are not good at the game, but there is no point to give if it is simply your own fault.
Knack to me is one of the best 3D platformers I've played in the last 5 years and a real charm so far to this generation. The difficulty on 'hard mode' is similar to Dark souls which is where the ability is needed in order to play the game. Mark Cerny did an amazing job with this title and the if your thinking of getting this game one bit, don't think twice, or waiting for it to drop in price. We need more games like Knack with a challenge instead of boring but 'Amazing story' games which all suck, If I wanted that I would go and watch a movie! I am so dissapointed with the reviews as we probably won't get a 'Knack 2' or anything similar now.
I would like anyone's opinion on this because the game deserves so much more credit...