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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Knack 2 is a third-person action game in which you -- as a golem-like creature who can grow bigger or smaller by gathering or shedding stone relics -- beat up on a bunch of goblins while solving situational puzzles and running through obstacle course-like areas. But while you spend much of the game smacking your enemies around, and can even shoot them on occasion, it's all very cartoony, and there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content to be found.
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What's it about?
In KNACK 2, you're once again cast as the friendly golem-like creature who's made of stone relics and can become bigger when he finds more of them, or smaller when he needs to shed some extra pounds so that he can explore some nooks and crannies. But he can also punch and kick, which comes in handy when he has to fight goblins who are trying to take over the world.
Is it any good?
By adding more depth to what was already a charming action game, this sequel becomes the cartoony third-person beat-'em-up platformer that the original should've been. In Knack 2, you play as a golem-like creature made of stone relics. But while he gets bigger and more powerful when he gathers more of these items, he can shed them just as easily when he needs to fit into a tight space. Using his fists and feet, players beat up on some nasty goblins and the robots they've built. But players also have to use their brains to run and jump their way through clever obstacle courses.
Where this improves upon the original is, well, in nearly every aspect. Previously, your enemies got big when you did, thus negating your new size and power, but now being big means you can really pound those goblins. Knack also has a shield this time around, one that can deflect incoming projectiles if you time it right. Similarly, the aforementioned platforming parts are more elaborate this time around, and really take advantage of Knack's ability to shrink and grow on command. This is even friendlier to inexperienced gamers: not only does the "Easy" setting skip past the more difficult running and jumping parts, but the game can also show you what to do when you get stuck. Kids can even play this with their parents, which gives both Knacks some special co-op attacks. All of which makes Knack 2 a solid action game for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel different that you're fighting goblins and their robots as opposed to human beings? Why do you think that is?
Talk about cooperation. In this game, a friend can join in your game, and you can work together to defeat your enemies. What does playing like this teach you about cooperation?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: September 4, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
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