Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:31

REVIEW: Knack 2 (Playstation 4)

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And out of nowhere comes Knack 2! Announced at last year’s PlayStation Experience, no-one was expecting a Knack 2. The Original Knack was released as a PS4 launch title and wasn’t totally well received to say the least.

I think most of us can agree that Knack was basically built to showcase the graphical advances of the PS4. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad game, it just wasn’t a good one either. Especially when compared to other platformers such as Crash Bandicoot or Jak & Daxter.

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So here we are with Knack 2. Fans of the original will be very happy to know that Knack 2 has taken the base of Knack, added some steroids, done some heavy lifting and created a much better platforming experience this time around.

Gameplay has come a long way with a better balance between platforming and brawling. No longer is it just a “button basher”, but a proper platformer now. As you move through the game, the ability to switch between Knack’s large and small forms makes for some clever puzzle solving and platform sequences.

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Combat has stepped it up a notch too. As I said, it is not so much button bashing anymore. Nope, you also need to use strategy in most of the bigger fights. Trust me, after my controller almost took a “hard fall” on the tiled floor, I had to take a breath and actually think about the fight. Mind you I was playing on hard, but with a little bit of patience and strategy, I got there.

Combine that with all new skills and a skill tree further deepens the combat element of the game. You will need to utilise these new skills to take down the new enemies that are gradually introduced over the course of the game also.

Graphically Knack 2 hasn’t really changed a lot since the original, but then I didn’t really expect it would. After all, it is on the same console as the original and the original Knack was meant to be a title to show off the PS4’s graphical prowess at launch.

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While Knack 2 may never garner as much praise as Crash or Jak & Daxter, it has certainly taken a massive step forward from the original. Some of the puzzles may be a little flat at times, but playing co-op also makes it a lot more fun and engaging especially with tag-team attacks.

I was never a huge fan of the original Knack and truth be told, I didn’t hold high hopes for its sequel either, but I am happily proven wrong with Knack 2.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Platform: PS4
  • Age Rating: ESRB E10+
  • Content: Fantasy Violence
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Action / Adventure