Knack

PS4 / Platform / Release: Nov 15, 2013 / ESRB: U

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Sony challenges players with First to Greatness campaign

Sony challenges players with First to Greatness campaign

Greatness Awaits! But who will be the first to reach it? Sony has laid down the gauntlet and is challenging players to complete up to 64 challenges, ranging through many of the PS4's launch games, like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and NBA 2K14.

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Weekend Confirmed 192 - PS4 and Xbox One

Weekend Confirmed 192 - PS4 and Xbox One

The next generation of consoles have all arrived and Weekend Confirmed is ready to celebrate with you. Join hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata, as they welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to break down both the PS4 and the Xbox One. The show re-visits some major titles from the PS4 launch, like Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Resogun, and Need For Speed: Rivals. To help move the Xbox One discussion, Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia joins in the final segment to briefly talk about Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct before "Indie" Jeff Mattas talks some Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and State of Decay. To send you into your weekend, the crew reels off a new round of Finishing Moves before the post-show Tailgate.

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Weekend Confirmed 191 - PS4 launch, Super Mario 3D World

Weekend Confirmed 191 - PS4 launch, Super Mario 3D World

The PS4 launches today and it's time to celebrate with Weekend Confirmed. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and The Escapist's Andrea Rene to usher in a new generation of consoles, but first, they discuss this past weekend's Blizzcon and all of the exciting news to come out of that event. Then the topic turns to next-generation consoles, where everyone discusses the PS4 launch lineup, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Need For Speed: Rivals, and more. They also talk about what to expect from next week's Xbox One release and discuss why Nintendo may be a real force to be reckoned with this holiday season, thanks to the upcoming Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The show sends you to your shiny new PS4's with new Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

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Knack review: crash and burn

Knack review: crash and burn

Mark Cerny is not only the lead system architect of PlayStation 4, he's also a game designer, having worked on games like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Jak & Daxter, and Ratchet & Clank. With a legacy of great PlayStation mascots on his resume, it seemed like Knack was primed to continue the tradition on PS4. However, Japan Studio's next-gen debut never aspires to be more than a PS2-era game--and falters in achieving even such a modest goal.

In terms of design, Knack is a simple brawler at its core. You can press Square to attack and access a variety of special attacks with Circle. Perhaps the most advanced skill is the dodge, which uses the right analog stick. It doesn't get any more complicated than that.

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Knack's Quest for iOS lets you send items to the PS4 game

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Knack's Quest for iOS lets you send items to the PS4 game

Knack's Quest begins PlayStation's foray into making games for iOS devices. Now available on the App Store, the free-to-play game is part of Sony's new strategy to use mobile devices as a way to advertise and promote their console games.

The iOS spin-off is a match-three game that has you using super powers to clear the screen within the time limit. You'll be able to collect items in the app that you can send to the PS4 game. (This feature isn't available right now, given that the game won't be out until November 15th.)

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Knack allows co-op across PlayStation 4 and Vita via Remote Play

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Knack allows co-op across PlayStation 4 and Vita via Remote Play

Knack lets you play co-op. But what if you want your very own scren? Through the power of Remote Play, that's entirely possible.

Taking the stage at Brazil Game Show, Sony showcased a new demo in which one of the two co-op players had his own Vita screen for local play. It's a feature that only Wii U could tout--until now. Could we see more PS4 games take advantage of this feature, especially given Vita implementation is mandatory for most PS4 games?

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PlayStation making games for iOS and Android, represents 'total shift' in thinking

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PlayStation making games for iOS and Android, represents 'total shift' in thinking

Earlier this year, Sony released a game for iOS and Android called "PlayStation All-Stars Island." Unrelated to the similarly-named fighting game, it was a free-to-play app that was co-marketed by Coke Zero. However, that was just a sign of things to come.

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained that Sony has "totally shifted our way of thinking." Whereas the notion of an official PlayStation-branded app would've been impossible not too long ago, Yoshida says that the company is now actively developing games for mobile platforms.

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Taco Bell giving away PlayStation 4s now too

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Taco Bell giving away PlayStation 4s now too

You may not have $400 to drop on a PlayStation 4, but chances are you have five bucks to spend on questionable Tex-Mex cuisine. Sony has announced a promotion with Taco Bell to give away PS4s before they're available on store shelves, giving you the chance to finally be the envy of people who refuse to eat at Taco Bell.

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Knack's harder difficulties reminiscent of classic PlayStation platformers

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Knack's harder difficulties reminiscent of classic PlayStation platformers

Knack creative director Mark Cerny has an affinity for old-school 3D platformers, having worked on games like Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. It's a feeling Japan Studio is trying to capture for their upcoming PS4 game.

"So there's really two types of target users for Knack," said Cerny on the PlayStation.Blog. "One is people who enjoyed playing Crash Bandicoot or Jak & Daxter back in the day and are looking for that kind of challenge again. And those games were very difficult, so when you play Knack on a hard difficulty setting, it is a tough game."

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Knack preview: a 'purposefully simple' PS4 launch game

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Knack preview: a 'purposefully simple' PS4 launch game

Some may be tempted to dismiss Knack for its cartoonish appearance and seeming simplicity, but don't be fooled. These would-be flaws are Knack's strengths--offering instantly immersive gameplay, polished visuals, and a social element that lets you customize your experience.

Knack's world runs on an energy source called relics, which are excavated from the ground and used to power all of the motors in society. As you navigate as Knack in this 10-hour adventure, you encounter different motors, which you can destroy to collect relics from. As you collect, Knack accumulates special moves and his size alters as you play--from three feet tall at his smallest to three stories tall at his largest.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall set for PS4 launch, Infamous: Second Son coming Q1 2014

Killzone: Shadow Fall set for PS4 launch, Infamous: Second Son coming Q1 2014

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida took the stage at Sony's E3 press event to follow up on some of the titles revealed back during PS4's February reveal event. Notably, Killzone: Shadow Fall will be ready in time for the console's launch.

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Sony would 'hate to see all PS4 games being FPS or very photorealistic'

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Sony would 'hate to see all PS4 games being FPS or very photorealistic'

The first officially revealed PS4 exclusive was Knack, a cartoony adventure from Sony's Japan Studio. While Sony could have opted to debut their new console with a bombastic graphics showcase (like they later did with Killzone and DriveClub), their decision to start with Knack was very intentional.

"We were like yeah we hate to see all the PS4 games being FPS or action-adventure or very photorealistic, you know big-budget blockbuster games," Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said. "You know people like these games but these are not the only kinds of games that people can have fun with."

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Knack first game for unveiled PlayStation 4

Knack first game for unveiled PlayStation 4

A little robot will be one of the first new characters for Sony's just unveiled PlayStation 4 in a title called Knack, directed by Mark Cerny and coming from Japan Studio.

A trailer, which resembled an animated movie, showed the robot as "one of the best the planet has to offer" joining a team to save the planet in an upcoming war against the Goblins. The robot appears to have been created for just that purpose, with scenes showing him capable of growing in size and having a pretty mean punch.

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