Knack was Sony’s flagship title in showcasing the PlayStation 4 pre-launch, which meant the console-warring Internet had a field day when it turned out to be a flop. Knack’s now back, but is it better than ever? Wade on through that sea of memes and join us for a quickie.
Knack 2 really feels like the globe-trotting adventure the original was intended to be.
The game’s a decent looker - pretty good, actually, we’ve just been spoilt by Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - with HDR available to all PS4 owners and 4K an option for Pro users. There’s also a 1080p/60FPS mode available to the latter group that trades in the higher resolution for a more consistent technical performance (this is how we’d recommend playing).
A varied and orchestral OST complements the action, succeeding in rousing some enthusiasm for events where the narrative fails.
Is it worth picking up, despite the weak story?
Oh yeah, the gameplay really shines and that’s what’s important. Knack 2’s a budget release that doesn’t feel like one, boasting numerous significant improvements over its predecessor, a lengthy campaign, collectables and challenges to keep you coming back, and local co-op that adds unique new abilities to the mix.
Knack’s turnaround is admirable, and Sony should be commended for sticking with the series so that it could make good on its promise.