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PlayStation 4 hardware and launch games reviewed

This morning, the embargo lifted on the PlayStation 4 and its launch titles; a list that includes first-party exclusives like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack, as well as indies like Resogun and Contrast.

Which titles stood out as instant classics, and which ones faltered? And how did Sony's new hardware itself fare? Find out in the linked reviews below.

PlayStation 4 review


"That focus has resulted in a console that's better positioned than the PlayStation 3 was in 2006 to compete in an expanding turf war for the living room."

Killzone: Shadow Fall review


"For all the next-gen bluster of its visuals and the repeated blunt-force attempts to ram a message home, Guerilla's first shot on the PS4 retreads shooter cliches, and poorly."

Knack review


"... the moments of payoff come too infrequently to make plodding through another three dozen frustrating enemies any less tedious."

Resogun review


"Resogun is a collision of 1980s shooters, 1990s bullet-hells and 2010s aesthetic. It's as simple or difficult as you want it to be."

Contrast review


"Contrast is rushed, messy, and, just like that, it's done."