31 August 2018 | ravs05
An ok attempt!!
So, I liked the first Knack game, it was a decent attempt trying to bring back the nostalgia of platform gaming and an option for third-person gaming style lovers like me. In the first game, you play right from the conception of tiny Knack and learn to grow into this huge thing as the game progresses, whilst hulk-smashing everything on your way. It was immensely satisfying playing as the giant Knack.
This new one, I didn't even knew it existed. Knack 1 was heavily promoted as it was one of the launch title's of PS4 but not sure why Sony didn't make a huge deal out of this second installment, maybe even they knew it was an average affair.
I mean don't get me wrong, this game still is entertaining but only in parts. The whole learn and grow thing is out of the window, you begin the game as giant Knack and you Hulk smash your way through everything. For the entire first 8 chapters, this game feels boringly repetitive. Similar moves, similar enemies and similar worlds with not much in the story-line department, it felt boring to play. Especially coming from playing God Of War, this game felt very, very lame and tame. I played on entry level difficulty and nothing was challenging and the same enemies kept appearing over and over again. It's only after chapter 8, things get a bit interesting and the game adds a bit of variety.
The supporting cast are simply there and most of the time do not offer any help. Knack makes his way through obstacles, ledges, holes, boulders and what not and his team just magically appear. Its like they have off-screen teleporters.
Another annoying thing is that this game goes on and on. There were soo many times I felt this is the end and then it goes on for a few more chapters. Stretching the end in 2 additional chapters (14 & 15) was really pointless and done in an unconvincing way. However, the final battle with the Armageddon machine was well-done.
Another annoying thing was, as soon as I started the game, I tried to use the right joystick so I can control the camera and get a better view (just coming off from God Of War), only to be reminded that you don't have that option here. The game controls the camera view for you. Sometimes this is really frustrating as you don't get a better view of surroundings and ledges which you have to leap over to get through. This was the same with the first game and the second game, it only becomes more evident.
Now the positives, giant knack is always fun to control. The hulk-smash bit is awesome, you can just about crush anything in your way. The cinematic battle scenes with inter-active on-screen button-push suggestions is cool and immensely satisfying. The way the game allows you to control various guns, vehicles and robots is really awesome and provides that much needed variety even though it's in small doses.
So final verdict, you can give this game a try if you like the first one. It is a good filler until you wait for the next amazing PS4 release (for me it is Shadow of Tomb Raider). And comparing it with other platform games on PS4, think Rayman and Ratchet & Clank are waaayyyy better.