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Knack review: piece by piece

Though he looks like a tiny robot, Knack's floating body parts are actually made up of relics, remnants of a long-gone civilization. He has been brought to life by the Doctor, a jovial researcher who believes this recovered technology can be used to help end a long-standing conflict between humans and goblins. Knack starts simply and with a light-hearted tone, but twists send it off in numerous directions, fleshing out his odd world. It didn't develop into a world I cared much about, though. The goblins are presented as an intelligent race with some speaking parts, which made the pure hatred for them on the part of all the human characters difficult to parse. A lot of the history of the human-goblin war is implied - cities ransacked, different sides ruling over the other at...

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PS4 launching with these 25 games in Europe

Sony is launching the PlayStation 4 in Europe starting this Friday, Nov. 29, and 25 games will be available for the console that day, the company confirmed today. Just like in North America, Housemarque's Resogun and Compulsion Games' Contrast are free to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Most of the games, but not all of them, will be available in all launch territories. Here's the full list: Angry Birds Star WarsPrice: £32.99/€34.99 Assassin's Creed 4: Black FlagPrice: £54.99/€69.99 Battlefield 4Price: £54.99/€69.99 Call of Duty: GhostsPrice: £54.99/€69.99 Contrast (included in PS Plus)Price: £12.79/€14.99 DC Universe OnlinePrice: Free-to-playAvailability: Not available in Russia, Turkey Escape Plan (cross-buy PS Vita/PS4)Price: £9.99/€12.99 Escape Plan Collection...

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PS4 test pits HDD against SSD against hybrid drives

The hardware tinkerers at Tested installed three different hard drives in a PlayStation 4 to uncover the benefits of each. In the nine-minute video above, you'll see Tested pit the PS4's standard 500 GB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) against a 250 GB Samsung solid state drive (SSD) and a 1 TB Seagate hybrid that combines HDD and SSD technology. Press play above to see videos of each configuration and the speeds at which the system boots and loads launch games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun. Internal differences aside, price is also a factor. The standard HDD costs between $50 and $70, the SSD costs about $175 for half the storage space (500 GB SSDs tend to cost more than $300) and the hybrid costs about $110. Stick around to see how to replace the PS4's hard drive and...

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Knack launch trailer introduces the good guys and bad guys

A launch trailer for Sony Japan Studios' PlayStation 4 launch title Knack introduces the game's scenario. The tiny Knack is a "new kind of hero," a little creature who can absorb relics into his body to increase his size and physical properties. As the protagonists battle nefarious goblins who want to wipe out humanity as well as evil humans with armies of robot minions, Knack has to put his relic-absorbing talent to good use. In Polygon's official review, we found that Knack had moments of genuine joy that were held back by repetitious, surprisingly unforgiving gameplay. The game is out today for PS4.

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PS4 livestream: Sony's first-party games lineup discussion

Join Russ Frushtick, Arthur Gies and Chris Grant as they discuss Sony's first-party titles in the PlayStation 4 lineup like Resogun, Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

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PS4 livestream: Knack gameplay video

Watch over an hour of Knack with commentary from Polygon's Alexa Ray Corriea and Samit Sarkar

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Phil Kollar reviews Sony Japan's Knack. Read the written review here.

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How Mark Cerny fell into the role of Knack's creative director

PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny didn't set out to be the creative director of PS4 launch title Knack, but rather slipped into that role gradually. Speaking with Polygon during a PlayStation 4 press event in New York today, Cerny called his work on Knack as both the overall and creative director an opportunity to do something a little different. However, while Cerny initially expected to work in a producer role, he wound up as the game's creative director. It started with recording in Tokyo and script writing — dialogue that Cerny thought would never be used. "The producer said, 'We're trying to estimate how many minutes it's going to be and how many characters are needed,'" Cerny told us. "'You know the scenarios the best. Can you just write the amount of stuff that you see...

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Knack co-op trailer shows a mode aimed at newbie gamers

A new trailer shows the asymmetric co-op mode in PlayStation 4 launch title Knack in all of its partner-smacking action. Though Knack was designed as a challenging game with old-school sensibilities, writes SCEA's associate project manager Nick Accordino, the co-op mode was created to introduce less-experienced players to the game's world. The co-op is designed to be seamless, he says, with a second player picking up a controller and hopping right in. The trailer shows Knack and his companion Robo Knack in action; Robo Knack can use many of Knack's own moves, and can heal and donate parts to the original. As the end of the trailer demonstrates, Knack and Robo Knack can also spend time smacking each other instead of saving the world. Knack will launch alongside the PS4 on Nov. 15 in...

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Target offering buy two, get one free deal on PS4 games during launch week

Target will allegedly offer a buy two, get one free deal on PlayStation 4 games during the console's launch week, according to leaked materials for the promotion. A Target flyer posted to Reddit by user "Scotty_Supernova" lists the deal as in-store only and notes that it applies to only a handful of PS4 launch games. These eligible games include Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14. All three titles must be different in order for the deal to be eligible, and the lowest-priced game will be the free one. The flyer also notes that the PS4 will be available at Target on Friday, Nov. 15 starting at 8 a.m. The buy two, get one deal on games will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 16. "Scotty_Supernova" also took to the...

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PlayStation 4 demo kiosks rolling out at US retailers today

Sony is rolling out PlayStation 4 demo kiosks at select retailers starting today in the United States, giving players the opportunity to go hands-on with the console in advance of its Nov. 15 launch, the company announced on the PlayStation Blog. Retailers participating in the PS4 demo kiosk program include GameStop, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, with others being added in the coming weeks, Sony says. Those interested in getting hands-on time with the next-gen console and the DualShock 4 controller can search for a participating retailer at Sony's Experience PlayStation 4 website. Currently, the number of participating stores seems small, and mostly at Sony Store locations, but expect more to roll out soon. PS4 games that will be playable on the kiosks include Knack, Octodad: Dadliest...

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