Developer SIE Japan Studio Publisher SIE Format PS4 Release September 5
Poor Mark Cerny. The chief system architect of PlayStation 4, who helped devise the checkerboard-rendering solution that meant PS4 Pro could achieve 4K on a budget, couldn’t even get his new game on Sony’s E3 stage. For all that PS4 launch title Knack has become a running joke, its sequel is a rare commodity: a firstparty PlayStation game that will be on shelves this year. You’d have thought its publisher might have been able to spare it 90 seconds of stage time, if only out of respect for its creator. Especially because – whisper it – it actually looks OK. Knack II has God Of War’s writer and appears to have borrowed its combat template too, with a super move affording our hero two swords for a spell of Kratos-style whirling combat. Parries, charge moves, and abilities that are only available in co-op further broaden the scope of a game that looks to have more in its locker than its predecessor – even if that’s damning with faint praise.