Knack is ten hours long
posted on 06.26.13 at 05:27 PM EDT by (@admeady)
PS4 exclusive "a very story driven adventure."

PlayStation 4 exclusive character-action game Knack is ten hours long, director Mark Cerny has said.

“It’s not apparent from the E3 demo, but [Knack] is a very story driven adventure,” Cerny told IGN. “The first time through should take about ten hours, and then we have included a lot of features that make it interesting to play again.”

The game, which looks like a cross between Crash Bandicoot, God of War and Katamari Damcy, will feature “hundreds of secret rooms” full of treasure chests, and other secrets like gadgets and crystal relics designed to power up Knack. The team behind it has worked on games like Shadow of the Colossus, Ape Escape, and God of War III.

Knack will launch alongside PlayStation 4 this holiday.

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  • CirnoTheStrongest

    “10 Hours”…since when is that “very story-driven”?

    • DrForbidden

      Stories can be short. In fact, games that can be stretched to 20 hours or more are actually more likely to NOT be story-driven as they have to insert various side-objectives to pad the length.

      • Elvick

        “A slime stole my cabbage! Go kill 20 slimes and see if you can find it. ):”

        Yay padding.

  • $18114340

    I feel like for any studio to give out estimations of game time is a mistake. That’s exactly all they are: estimations. Your mileage will definitely vary depending on what kind of player you are, but generally most games are in the ballparks of either 6 hours, 15-20 hours, 30 hours, 60+ hours, etc. Eventually the estimations become meaningless to most players who are just looking for a fun time (moreso for the titles that expect you to sink more time in).

    Giving an estimation like 10 hours just undermines the work put into the game itself. There’s a lot that can happen in 10 hours. It could be 10 of the most fulfilling hours you’ve ever put into a game or it could be 10 of the most vapid, meaningless hours you’ve ever experienced. By saying, “our game is X hours long” you’re just putting inaccurate expectations into the minds of people who don’t know what to think of your game.

    • Akimitsu

      Well, most times it is a general estimation for the average gamer. Of course, there will people who finish the game faster or slower than the estimated time. I think they give this estimation just to give a general idea as to the length of the game.

  • TheFoolArcana

    10 hours of shit if the gameplay is anything to go by.

    • Dasher1572

      If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. nobody wants to hear your opinion, besides its disrespectful to all of the people who worked on it to call it shit.

      • TheFoolArcana

        It is shit.

        • DrForbidden

          Correction, YOU think it’s shit. Unfortunately for you, your opinion doesn’t actually matter to anyone.

          I don’t care about Knack. It’s not my sort of game, but calling the gameplay shit based on several minutes of gameplay footage, without actually giving any credence to your claims in the way of exposition and reasoned argument, does nothing to bolster your stance.

          • TheFoolArcana

            If my opinion didn’t matter then you guys wouldn’t reply to me with so much passion.

            • DrForbidden

              I don’t know where you get the idea of ‘passion’, and your idea of how much your opinion matters is over-inflated, I’m afraid. I sometimes attack trolls for the fun of it but that doesn’t mean I give two turds on a stick about what they think. Most trolls are incredibly stupid and ignorant, anyway, so it’s not like there is anything going on in their brain that’s worth knowing or caring about.

              As for my replies to you, I’m just giving you pointers on how you can be taken more seriously. There are ways to express yourself without being so combative and rude. Posting an inflammatory comment without any exposition or reasoned argument doesn’t make you badass. It just makes you a troll, or worse. You can express your strong dislike of the game, sure, but why not put in some effort at making it a discussion? Why not expound on why you think it sucks? (And no, a game doesn’t suck just because it’s not your type of game)

              What exactly does an unflattering hit-and-run comment achieve? Does it convince anyone who actually likes the game to see from your point of view? Does it point out the flaws of the game or the concept or the developers? All it does is score you points from other haters in order to boost your own ego, and that’s partly the behaviour of a troll. I’m sure you can be better than that.

              • TheFoolArcana

                Did you seriously write me an essay? Thanks. Your grade is an F.

                • DrForbidden

                  An F for trying to help you? OK, if you say so, pal.

                  • Kurisu Makise

                    Dr, don’t feed the troll, just let it slide and it’ll be alright.

                • Zero

                  I have to ask…are you really trying to be serious here? Or… are you just in a trollish mood or something?

                  You should have expected some critical responses when you decided to label a game that has yet to be released as “shit.”

                  If you want to criticize something, especially negatively, you should also count on having to explain why.

                  “I think it’s awful because …” etc.

                  I have no problem with you not liking the game. That’s your opinion, your free to express it. The thing is, most of the replies here have simply been trying to ask you why. Why do you think the game is bad?

                  I don’t understand why you continue to reply to those comments the way you are. They just want to discuss this in depth. I don’t see the reasoning behind responding all troll like.

                  Care to explain? And yes, I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt here.

                • HeatPhoenix

                  Aight “your grade is an F” was kinda funny. I like that.

        • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

          Wow. That’s like saying food tastes like shit because it looks like shit. But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re just “trolling” and not clinically retarded.

      • MosquitoLemon

        Yeah, I think ‘shit’ is overboard, but I don’t see where you get disrespectful from. It’s not like he’s going to some independent dude’s kickstarter page and tearing him down. This is a big budget game by a famous developer, and if it doesn’t stand up to previous works, who cares.

    • Raiyu

      The fool arcana indeed.

      • TheFoolArcana

        pls you know you love me

      • DrForbidden

        I’m pretty sure he confused it with TheDumbassArcana.

        • TheFoolArcana

          mad as fuck

          • Charlie

            You truly are a fool.

  • LastBoss

    If it gets the job done, no prob. You don’t want stuff to drag out, and price is another thing.

  • abcmocca .

    doesn’t matter as long is fun.

  • Zackasaur

    Awesome! I’m eager to play this.

  • AdamBoy64

    Out of all the games announced for PS4, this one interests me the most. 10 hours is a good length for speed runs. Looks like it could be quite a speed-runnable game.

    Looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

  • Kurisu Makise

    Knack really does remind of a 3D Film and with the reveal of it being story driven, even more so now. I’ve been waiting to see character action/platforming games go in this direction so I’d like to support Knack as soon as I can. (I pre-ordered a PS4 via amazon but silly me pre-ordered too late and missed the Day 1 edition Q.Q)

  • EspadaKiller

    Might want to try this game…..

  • tubers

    The borderline pre-rendered style looks interesting :)

  • kiziyepi

    Thanks so much for your writing! I also like the picture of Knack so much!