Percentile Rank

Knack 2 is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 81 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

37%

Critics Recommend

Based on 81 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 5, 2017

Improvements abound, but Knack's adventures still suffer from a lack of charm.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 5, 2017

Words I didn't expect to type in 2017: I really like the new Knack. So much for the running joke that this PlayStation 4 exclusive is a sequel that no one wanted. Good thing we got it.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 5, 2017

There are plenty of better games to spend your time and money on right now. If you absolutely, specifically need an inoffensive couch co-op brawler right now, try it.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 28, 2017

Maybe a Knack III would elevate the series, but as of right now Knack stands as one of the most aggressively average and forgettable Sony first-party franchises.

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Scored Reviews

NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

This time Mark Cerny has done it. The rule "bigger, better, more effective" puts Knack 2 a few levels above its predecesor, and the low price makes the smaller problems unimportant.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

If Knack's track record has you worried, I'll say this; Mark Cerny and company heard the complaints, and this is their response.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

If you're looking for a great platformer to play on your own or with friends, this is the one for you. It's fun and it looks gorgeous, filled with combat that provides lots of options to defeat the goblins and the robots.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is an improvement on the first game in every way possible. Mark Cerny and his team have proven that they can take criticism, iterate on it, and then give players even more for their money than was expected.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is an excellent game, which turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of this year, overcoming the first game on all aspects. Mark Cerny and Japan Studio deserve praise for sticking with this idea that still has a lot of potential to be explored. Although the story holds a few problems due to the poor development of its characters, it still offers a solid experience, with a good replay factor and is very entertaining. Besides that, it can also be played with a friend. It is definitely one of the best platform games of the year and one of the best exclusive games ever released on PlayStation 4.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Charming, and colorful. Bigger and more robust. Knack 2 is the game we were hoping the first game would be. And better yet, it's a perfect game for the young gamers in your life.

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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Knack is back and has improved himself enough to warrant being played by any 3D platformer fan.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Leaving its predecessors legacy far behind, Knack has seriously grown up and become the platformer we deserved all along.

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Game Informer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Still the same Knack gameplay at its core, but now with greatly needed variety

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Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
82 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II considerably improves the formula of first Knack game including for example a fun cooperative game system and a greater number of moves to execute with Knack. Nevertheless, the story that it offers is not so original and the game it can be repetitive sometimes.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is a bright and breezy action romp that keeps up its breathless pace throughout its runtime. Its well-trodden gameplay beats are far from revolutionary, but it is undoubtedly accomplished, and redeems much of what the first game managed to somehow get so wrong. A surprise and a somewhat guilty delight.

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GamesBeat
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

In the absence of an epic tale, a torrent of doodads to collect, or some time-devouring crafting system—all the fixtures big business gaming says you need to survive today—Knack 2 just works.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2017

The thing that surprised me most about Knack 2 was how the experience got better as I kept going. The first few missions can be slow, but once the story and combat got their hooks in I found myself having a blast with the game.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

It's better adventure than the first and hopefully they make more of these action platformers. Knack certainly deserves it after this release.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II fixes many of the problems of its predecessor, delivering a fun action-platformer worthy of giving this series a second chance. The story is still a bit bare-boned, but the gameplay alone will be enough to keep you going until you see the end credits.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

For all intents and purposes, Mark Cerny's sequel is one of the most 'gamey' video games I've played in recent memory and stands as a reminder of what I still consider to be the Golden Years of this industry. You bought a disc, you popped it in, you pressed 'Power' and damn it, you had fun.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 5, 2017

While the original game was more of a showcase of what the PS4 was capable of, Knack 2 is a more thoughtful, well-rounded experience.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Wizard of Warsaw

Top Critic

Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is great game, executed wonderfully, and highly reminiscent of the fun one might expect from a Disney movie.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Knack 2 makes better use of its protagonist's abilities – and like any good sequel, throws a few more into the mix – but there isn't much story to support the revamped gameplay. Even so, excellent sound and level design get Knack over the line.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Who would have thought it? Knack 2 is a genuinely great game. The huge breadth of combat options on offer make for a far better experience than anything the initial outing could ever offer, and with a much bigger focus on platforming, the title can start to lay claim to the promises of a Crash Bandicoot successor. Even if you were completely turned off by the original adventure, make sure you give Knack 2 a fair shot because what you find may pleasantly surprise you.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 13, 2017

While Knack remains an uninspired protagonist, Knack II's gameplay more than makes up for his bland character. Vast improvements in combat, visual fidelity, platforming, and the addition of cooperative play realize much of the potential the original Knack was meant to achieve. Knack II is a fine example of how a sequel can improve on its predecessor in nearly every way.

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The PlayStation Brahs
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

When it comes down to it, Knack 2 didn't aim to change the action-adventure platforming genre, nor is it perfect, but it did do a damn good job of improving upon what the series has to offer. Some gamers will forever view Knack as a joke, but Knack 2 takes all those jokes and polishes them to a great degree. If you enjoyed the original game, you're going to have a blast with this one. I would recommend it to gamers of all ages and skill levels. Combat is fun, the graphics shine, and co-op is an absolute blast. If you have the time and money, Knack 2 is worth it. Hope you stick around for the inevitable Knack 3!

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2017

The original Knack was troubled, to say the least. A lame story, tedious and simplistic gameplay, and a bizarre difficulty curve. A sequel was an odd choice, but thankfully it seems the mistakes have been learned from and the final product is better in just about every way.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 17, 2017

When I ask my kids what score they'd give Knack 2 out of 10, they say "ten hundred out of ten" but for me the filler and occasional confusing section mean that it falls just short of joining the likes of Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank in the annals of 3D platforming history but it's still a solid, polished and thoroughly entertaining game.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

The original Knack had gamers hoping for so much, but failed to deliver. Thankfully, the little guy from launch has been fleshed out in Knack 2. The game is full of improvements and is a much more enjoyable experience (especially in co-op). It's well worth checking out for platforming fans.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 8, 2017

Knack II completely eclipses its predecessor with a revamped combat system, gorgeous visuals, and a new focus on platforming and puzzles.

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Use a Potion
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

Whilst Knack 2 might not necessarily offer anything that you wouldn’t have already seen before in the genre, it improves upon the prequel in almost every single way. The gameplay is more refined and enjoyable, combat has been expanded upon but still remains accessible, the game world is stunning and slicker than ever, whilst the introduction of co-op play offers a whole new way to play the game. Whilst I’ll admit that I don’t think Knack 2 does enough to really cement Knack’s status as Sony’s platforming mascot, it has certainly improved the reputation of the series and proven that there’s a place on the Playstation 4 for its fun, platforming action. If you were let down by the original game, don’t be put off giving Knack 2 a try – you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the charming adventure on offer.

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GamePro
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

A successor made to measure. Knack 2 clearly outshines the first part thanks to several improvements.

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LevelUp
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 isn't perfect but it represents a giant improvement when compared with the first entry in the series. The flexibility of the combat system and certain gameplay elements reminded us of the golden age of platformers on PS2, and that is definitely a good starting point to redeem the franchise.

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VGN
7.6 / 10.0
Tommaso Stio

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is the "next chapter" that everyone was waiting for, just to give the right value to the IP that Mark Cerny originally imagined. Knack 2 offers an adventurous and complete story that shines if played in coop mode.

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IGN Spain
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 has surprised us and entertained us for a considerable number of hours. It is a very solid platform game, with well-designed levels and a combat system. But its history and characters are not very interesting, and its phases become somewhat repetitive.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is funny, entertaining and represents a good mix between platform, action and puzzle. It's too bad that it is monotonous and too easy, even at the hardest difficulty.

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Polygon
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is an entertaining platform game like those of yesteryear. It's been created with due care and attention. Sure, it's old fashioned, and its story is appalling. But it's a reminder that the character-led platform combat game is still alive and well. Despite its good looks, it's more a work of engineering than it is a work of art. But, as my kid said to me after we'd mashed our way through a co-op level, it's kinda fun.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Knack II is a fun gaming experience and a well done game in general, but it suffers from being too linear and predictable.

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Atomix
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II is a better game than its predecessor; it has improved gameplay mechanics, nice additions and some corrections that were needed from the previous game. However, it still suffers from many flaws that were present in the past - like little challenge, absurd story or linear levels - that tarnishes most of its improvements. It is fun to play but an inconsequential experience.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

A drastic improvement over the original, Knack 2 offers plenty of fun with others, though its weak story and limp characters really let it down.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Knack 2 is the proper way to do a sequel. The ideas are solid and platform games of this quality are few and far between.

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Digiato
75 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

75 / 100
Nov 28, 2017

Knack 2 has learned most of its lessons from the first installment and is a more joyful experience. although it has some serious flaws, it could be a fun game to play with your siblings or friends.

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GameGrin
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

Not a lot has changed here, so if you didn't like the first game, you'll probably not feel any more warmth to this one. If you did like the original Knack though, then this is more of the same and chances are you'll enjoy it. Without the pressure of being a launch title, we can see the game for what it really is: a fun platform title that does plenty of things well, if very little that's particularly ground-breaking.

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IGN
7.2 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.2 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is lacking in a number of areas, but its strengths outweigh its weaknesses. The pacing is spot-on, the combat satisfying and the gameplay varied. Co-op is genuinely good fun too, and most definitely the best way for younger gamers to get into the action. Knack 2 is definitely a step up from the original, then, but until the writing and characterisation improve drastically, it's not going to be a true first party titan.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 offers a decently enjoyable campaign, with expanded combat options and streamlined gameplay mechanics. It's a fairly typical and accessible modern action/adventure with no big highs or lows, as it makes some improvements over its predecessor. And for some fans, that may just be enough to return for another adventure.

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Areajugones
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is a game that improves what we saw in its first installment and brings a fun and great experience for all kinds of public. It aims for diversity and achieves it.

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Stevivor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Despite its shine, Knack 2 is bland — a well-polished bit of blandness, mind you — but one you could easily skip over.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II calls back to the action platformers of Sony's early days, and though it doesn't do anything remarkable or new, it's a simple and enjoyable escape.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is a pleasant surprise that improves upon the majority of its predecessor's faults. It still lacks in genuine creativity and new ideas, but Japan Studio has crafted a confident platformer that acts as a whimsical spark in the PS4's exclusive catalogue.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

An enjoyable experience and a big improvement over the first with decent content and optional co-op make this a great choice. Some technical issues and a lack of character mar an otherwise great experience.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Knack returns in a surprisingly fun sequel that makes great use of its shape-shifting hero.

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Player.One
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 improves on its predecessor but still manages to feel dated due to a cliche story, wonky platforming and uninspired puzzles.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

While Knack 2 is an improvement over the original Knack, it doesn't do anything wildly different either. Rather, it's a textbook example of listening to user feedback and giving fans what they want. It might not be as ambitious as some of the bigger releases of the season, but there's just about enough for fans of the platforming genre to indulge in.

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Easy Allies
Sep 9, 2017
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Daily Mirror
Sep 5, 2017

It is ostensibly still Knack though, bland characters and all, so if you disliked the first game for its weak story, this isn't going to win you over. It's not a must-have, but as a cheap, easy-to-grasp game to entertain you or your kids for a short while, you can't go too wrong with Knack 2.

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Game Rant
Sep 11, 2017

Knack 2 is an improvement on the original game across the board with a better balance between brawling and platforming, though it's not without its flaws.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Knack II is a standard kids' platformer that's safe, simple and enjoyable, but it has little going for it beyond that. It's competent, but it's difficult to recommend it unless you're looking for something to play with a younger gamer. Players will enjoy the title for the duration of the play session but will likely forget about it in a week or two. There's certainly a place for that sort of game, and Knack II does the job well for its budget price tag of $40, but it's disappointing to see a title with so much potential and so little ambition.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

All in all, I found Knack 2 to be a curious experience. It certainly has the ingredients for a successful action-platformer from a production and mechanical perspective. Like a dish that does not quite come out perfectly, however, its various elements don’t mix as well as they should have. The platforming is solid for the most part and certain aspects of the game are definitely impressive on a technical level. That being said, the lack of an emotional connection to its characters made me feel like I was playing an extended technology demo at times.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 17, 2017

Knack II is a fun beat 'em up platformer best suited for kids and families and shines best with its seamless co-op and more varied action-combat - the story and hero is still dull as ever, though.

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PowerPyx
7 / 10.0
PowerPyx
PowerPyx
7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 does little to improve from the first game. There are few combat moves, few enemy types and no combos at all. Even on the highest difficulty the AI is easily exploited. The cutscenes look nice though and it runs smoothly at 60fps with minimal loading times. The $40 price tag is more than fair given the long campaign and bonus challenges.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2017

Knack 2 doesn't want to impress you or put a challenge in your way. Knack 2 is just a fun and meaningless experience that adds nothing to you but you'll be happy with your time spent.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2017

Unfortunately too many of the past mistakes remain, including an unapologetically bland story and presentation, to have Knack's return be justified to anyone but young players or dedicated 3D platformer fans.

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Cerealkillerz
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Knack 2 learns nothing from the mistakes of the first game and offers little to nothing besides some online/couch-coop what plattformer-fans or newcomers could actually enjoy. Because of the monotonous leveldesign and unimaginative story, players just get some enjoyment out of the fact, that you can play the game with some friends.

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IGN Italy
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

A good family platform that, thanks to its budget price and a bit of kindness from the user, can succeed to close the games' eye looking to the many flaws.

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PowerUp!
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

It’s far from perfect, but Knack II is an improvement in every way on Knack. It’s like all your favourite Saturday morning cartoons came to life and you get to be the star.

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Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

Knack 2 is a bloated experience that no one asked for. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan can be credited with improving over the first game, but that's not saying much.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 5, 2017

An experience that feels thin and repetitive in spite of its length and new additions, Knack 2 feels like a palette cleanser rather than a main course.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 isn't the game of the year we have been waiting for, instead it's just more Knack. Who asked for this?

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M3
6 / 10
M3

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 is far from a perfect game. The level design is sometimes a mess and the graphics looks dated. Despite that, the game manage to be fun, especially if you play together with your kid.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

On a technical level this is clearly a better game than its infamous predecessor, but it's still nowhere near as fun as it should be thanks to its bland design and characters.

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Digital Trends
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 silences naysayers with innovative puzzle-platforming, even if its combat can't keep up.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II didn't really need to happen, but it did. There was nothing new to gain from the experience, the story is boring, but the game has a few fun moments here and there.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 6, 2017

Knack II looks and plays better than the original, and some scenes with QTE are really felt epic. But boring and repetitive sections of levels, monotonous platforming and flat plot disappointed us. However, if you plan to play a game in a co-op and you liked the original project, then you can add an extra score to our final rating.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 7, 2017

Knack 2 falters when it stops reinventing elements from other games and starts cannibalizing itself.

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GameSpew
60%
60%
Sep 13, 2017

You might just have some fun playing Knack 2, but at the back of your mind there'll always be a sense of déjà vu alongside the incredulous thought that a sequel to Knack actually exists.

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WellPlayed
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2017

Knack II makes great strides in improving on the gameplay failings of its predecessor, but makes equal missteps in the quality of its characters and storytelling

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 15, 2017

Is it worth picking up? Yes. The dad jokes and the gameplay are great for hours on end, and now we're starting to see the vision for Knack starting to come together.

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Destructoid
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Knack II has the bones of a good platformer and a hint of charm but it just doesn't execute. I'm not sure what the Knack series attempted to accomplish, but after a sequel, it stands as one of the most missable franchises Sony has ever crafted. Maybe one day Sony can combine both of these together on the PS5 as a free PS Plus item and call it the "Knack Pack." That one's free.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Knack 2 doesn't have exactly the same problems as Knack, it's just moved things into different places and ended up mostly the same. Which is at least emblematic of Knack himself, I suppose.

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Gameblog
4 / 10
4 / 10
Sep 5, 2017

Of course, Knack 2 adds a few things compared to the first one. But it really lacks fun, visuals that feel PS4, and even humor to touch its target.

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The Jimquisition
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017
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