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Quick Look: Knack

Jeff samples Knack's punching and platforming but wonders if having "My Sharona" on loop is a step too far.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Nov. 14 2013

Cast: Jeff, Brad, Vinny

Posted by: Drew

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Knack

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jeff youre the worst knack player in the world

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This looks ok. Solid and functional. Certainly not as offensively bad as some have reviewed it to be. I reckon it will be on PS+ before March.

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What is Brad talking about? Past launches have always had showcases for what the console could do.

SNES had Super Mario World and FZero.

Saturn had Virtua Fighter and Daytona and the PlayStation had Ridge Racer

Super Mario 64 sure looked amazing at launch.

The Dreamcast had the best looking lineup with Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive, NFL 2k

The PS2 didn't have amazing games but Tekken Tag and Madden sure as hell blew me away while the Gamecube had Rogue Squadron 2 and the Xbox had Halo.

Just saying that we have had where launch games, even the bad ones were noticeably better looking and this looks like it could have been out on the PS3 as Vinny says. Battlefield 4 looks great and so does NBA2k14. It is not that it is a launch game, this just doesn't look good.

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I could play this.

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RON PERLMAN IS BIG KNACK?

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Heh, I was expecting wayyyy worse after reading these reviews.

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Love many of Cerny's games, but this just looks boring. Looks like it'll get boring really fast with little variation: go from small to big with bigger enemies, repeat. Worst of all, from this it doesn't seem to have much character. The Lego games aren't that different from this, but those games survive on the humor.

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Brad keeps saying that you shouldn't expect innovation from a launch game and that you shouldn't fault Knack for that. Does he know that Super Mario 64 was a launch game?

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RIP in pieces headphone users @34min

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I don't want "Knack is the Dark Souls of action platformers" to become a cliche or a joke, but dear lord it IS.

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Wow. All of the physics objects disappear in like 1 second.

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I don't know why the guys were so down on this game. I thought it seemed pretty good.

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Holy bland boring brainless bullshit.

With social hooks, no less!

Did the team get a design doc labeled "a game" with the just the words "make a game" in it?

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Brad keeps saying that you shouldn't expect innovation from a launch game and that you shouldn't fault Knack for that. Does he know that Super Mario 64 was a launch game?

Yes Super Mario 64 was an amazing game... but if you weren't into it you were boned for the N64. That and Pilotwings were the only games at launch, people seem to forget.

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@thehbk said:

What is Brad talking about? Past launches have always had showcases for what the console could do.

SNES had Super Mario World and FZero.

Saturn had Virtua Fighter and Daytona and the PlayStation had Ridge Racer

Super Mario 64 sure looked amazing at launch.

The Dreamcast had the best looking lineup with Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive, NFL 2k

The PS2 didn't have amazing games but Tekken Tag and Madden sure as hell blew me away while the Gamecube had Rogue Squadron 2 and the Xbox had Halo.

Just saying that we have had where launch games, even the bad ones were noticeably better looking and this looks like it could have been out on the PS3 as Vinny says. Battlefield 4 looks great and so does NBA2k14. It is not that it is a launch game, this just doesn't look good.

And to add, Xbox 360 had Condemned: Criminal Origins (one of the best horror games of all time), Kameo (definitely a showcase), Call of Duty 2, and Project Gotham Racing 3. Perfect Dark Zero looked weird with its overly shiny graphics, though.

Maybe Brad's cynical justification took over his memory.

Now, if Brad was making the comment about Playstation launches, I'd agree. PS3 had Resistance 1 and the "hit weak point for massive damage" game.

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This really is dark souls. I think the difficultly is the best thing about this game, can't believe people are complaining about it. WIthout it the game would a lego game without the lego brand.

Brad needs to stop with the 'launch game' excuse. Plenty of amazing games were launch games (Mario 64, Condemned, Soul Caliber etc).

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like every launch title other than Resogun, Knack looks brutally awful. Sony hasn't given anyone a reason to buy a playstation. Resogun looks to be the most fun, and it's free. Contrast looks to be the most interesting, and it's free. all the paid games, just not good.

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@assinass: I thought Resistance FoM was fan-tastic. Had a lot of fun playing the campaign in coop, and the multiplayer wasn't too shabby, either.

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Why would you make a game like this and make it so combat focused over platforming? Looks boring.

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@thehbk: Brad is Brad. He should just stick to being the publisher point of contact instead of being in a position to talk absolute nonsense about things he has no clue about.

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that evil purple guy reminds me of brian crecente

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It's really interesting that they decided to make the combat so exacting on 'normal.' This game seems fine. I hope there are more visually impressive levels, though.

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This looked ok in the beginning, but when you get bigger and just run through everything punching (sounds like for hours) I can see that getting pretty tiring. That said, I think I'll still Gamefly this and form my own opinion.

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This looks good. People are just desperate for negativity around these games.

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Okay, how can you not like Knack's voice? I think it's hilarious. Makes me wish he sounded more like Sean Connery.

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I think this would be good as a My First Platinum Games Game. This is the starter that brings you down the long dark road to Bayonetta.

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I have a Knack for being around when these videos go up!

You scamp, you! ;-)

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I want to like this, but it just doesn't seem to have the same charm as the character platformers that it's inspired by.

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I got this cause what the fuck else was I going to buy at launch, and also it looks fine. I never expected anything other than a super simple platformer, seems people are being way too harsh on it.

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wow, an hour for Knack?

okay

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Knackameo

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If you want a lot if innovation then I could see not wanting anything to do with this game. But I personally don't play many 3D platformers anymore and whenever I do I end up having fun with them. I think Knack looks like a nice little platformer that would be fun for a weekend. That's enough for me.

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I like how even when you get to a chest all you do is punch it open.

All you do in this whole game is punch shit with the same three punch combo.

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I don't know, I think this look pretty neat. I mean, I'm not buying a PS4 anytime soon, but if I did I'd probably give this a go... At the very least I'd rather play this than Killzone...

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@supersonic1305: Are people "desperate for negativity", or can it be that the game just doesn't look that good to many people? I *love* many of the games Knack is inspired by, some of them made by Cerny himself, but I just think this looks bland. There's next to no actual platforming and puzzles (if other videos of the game/reviews are to be believed, what we see in this QL is what we'll get later in the game when it comes to platforming/puzzles: nothing), and when the combat doesn't look very varied, you've got yourself a problem: repetition. The only thing I can see saving this game for me is if it has a lot of character, like many Lego games, but this QL doesn't give me that impression.

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why did they hire Lance Reddick to voice Knack

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"Can we skip this part?" Vinny going in.

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@thehbk: Brad is Brad. He should just stick to being the publisher point of contact instead of being in a position to talk absolute nonsense about things he has no clue about.

bit harsh, don't you think?

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I dunno I think this game looks nice. Whether it could've been done on PS3 or not I obviously dont know but I like how it looks all the same. Whether or not I would play it if I was buying a PS4 at launch I'm not sure but it'll probably have its audience all the same!

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WHY DOES HE SOUND LIKE A HUMAN!?

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i nearly fell asleep watching this. man this game has PS+ written all over it and i'm not sure that i'd finish it if i got it that way.

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Wow. All of the physics objects disappear in like 1 second.

That was the worst part of it for me.

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They should've called this game Whack, ya know?

It seems like the fun part is the big part, which lasts all but two minutes in the early parts of the game.

Then again, maybe it's just mindless and too easy at that point.

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This game looks cute, but it definitely doesn't seem to bring anything new to the table. I could see it being a $30 game sometime down the road, but not a $60 launch game. I think that price + launch combo makes it seem worse than it really is.

I'd play it, and I'd probably have fun with it, but it's a game that I would wait to buy used on disk.

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This game seems totally fine! Pretty okay even!

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fps looks reaaally bad?

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The worst part of this is how bad Jeff sucks at this and Killzone.

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What's up with Jeff? He doesn't usually die so much in quick looks. He should let Brad play and he can explain all the things. But, wicked start to the quick look.

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For me Knack is the best looking game graphically of all the next gen games. For me its immediately apparent that this is a next gen game when the other games all look very similar to the current gen offerings at a glance.

The game isn't very good but it looks gorgeous

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why is this so difficult