PlayStation 4 reviews embargo lifted, all the scores
posted on 11.13.13 at 09:03 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, and more scored.

Sony has lifted the lid on PlayStation 4’s reviews embargo.

Find all the scores compiled below.

PlayStation 4 Hardware Reviews / Tests

Contrast

Flower

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Knack

Resogun

Sound Shapes

Play-Asia
  • McPoo

    Well that’s quite surprising >_>

    Edit: Apart from the Knack scores, that always looked crap in my opinion.

    • captainhowdy

      Couldn’t agree more. It looked bland to me since the beginning.

      • Arcana Gear

        to me the biggest issue is that it looked… slow, and you had to walk hallway bearing it and having enemies who didnt look very hard and interesitng to beat…. i know that it’s crash inspired, but crash looked so much more fun…. BUT after a price drop i will buy it,i never trust reviews.

        • captainhowdy

          It just looked boring. The characters were bland, the robot very uninspired. There was nothing to draw me in like Crash or Ratchet & Clank. I still trust reviews, there are still a lot of good journalist out there.

  • SuperLuigi

    Lol

  • True Gamer

    holy shit 0_O that really surprised me. Killzone: Shadow Fall……

    • LunarHaven

      Yeah, I guess it’s called Shadow FALL for a reason lol

      • True Gamer

        When i get my copy this weekend I will see if some of these reviews make sense. But still, that E3 footage of Killzone was what got me hyped for the PS4. Oh well. On another note, I want to see that game Ryse reviewed on the Xbox one. Its the reason im getting one sometime in the future.

        • Jay

          It’s tough for a FPS to get high scores anymore, because they usually just get compared to COD. Even if the franchise had some of the features from the beginning, they’ll still take away points for being similar.

          One of the main things I don’t like about COD is how it’s influenced the genre as a whole.

    • http://www.hush404.com hush404

      Depends whom you listen to. The reviews are all over the place.

      • True Gamer

        Whenever I see a game I like, I go for it despite the review. However, I guess its just curiosity to see the review score for that specific game.

        • http://www.hush404.com hush404

          Ditto. Reviews are often skewed in some way. Either the person is looking to love or hate it. I tend to go on what I see, what friends are enjoying etc. ‘Professional’ reviews mean little to me.

          • bldudas

            Agreed. Unless everyone is saying a game is an unplayable, broken mess, I don’t listen to professional reviews.

            • http://www.hush404.com hush404

              Yep, there’s a huge step between an unfinished, broken mess and a game the reviewer simply wasn’t interested in.

              I remember a video review of DOA5+ for Vita in which one of the two reviewers gave it an abysmal score (something like 2/10) because he was ‘Tired of fighting games’ – nothing to do with the actual game, how it was ported, how it played or looked, not just cuz he was tried of fighting games, it got a 2/10. Just stupid.

              • bldudas

                Wow, really? That is a very bad reason for giving a game that low of a score.

          • True Gamer

            Indeed. Well, this Friday, I will be into the next generation. I will take your philosophy to the next generation as well, such as paying more attention to my personal perspective on games, rather than the perspectives of these reviewers. Nowadays, games that I have played that damned well deserved a perfect score gets below average lol. sucks but that’s just what it is now unfortunately.

            • http://www.hush404.com hush404

              You’ll be a happier gamer doing so :)

              It’s interesting that most people will shrug off or not even bother to look up a movie review and instead make up their own mind as to see it or not based on their own personal interests. Same with music and books. But if a game get’s a lower than expected scoring, look out, shits going to hit the fan. Never understood why people care so much about reviews.

    • McPoo

      Has Killzone ever been a really good series? I know the games have got fair reviews for the most part, but personally I’ve always found them to be really dull and clunky. I don’t understand why Sony have pushed it so hard.

      I much preferred Resistance.

      • True Gamer

        I can tell you from experience that the Killzone series is excellent and I have enjoyed it as well as the Resistance series. Sony continues to push the Killzone series “so hard” because the killzone series delivers (you may not agree, but many others will). Killzone shadow Fall is a huge step up from its predecessors and I am glad that it is a launch title. As for Resistance, that is a completely different game on its own and I enjoyed it equally. Since were on the topic, do you think there will be another Resistance title on the PS4?

        • McPoo

          I honestly don’t know. They did one on Vita but it was crap. I really enjoyed 2 and 3 on PS3 though and would happily I play another :)

  • ayb_91

    I was really not interested in Knack :D

    • Budgiecat

      how bout snacks

      • ayb_91

        Hhhhhhhhh. Thanks but no thanks. I will pass.

      • BossTuff

        That made me laugh, good one. :)

  • LunarHaven

    Ouch, harsh beginnings… Well, once the big hitters start arriving a year from now we’ll start talking. I never buy consoles in the beginning of a new generation, too few picks. I’ll probably pick up PS4 on FF XV’s release date.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    i just ignore them. :)

  • Derpazu

    Gotta love Polygon’s blatant MS fanboyism hahaha

    • Karysonson

      How where they being a MS fanboy? did you even look at the review? I’m sorry but the ps4 doesn’t have any good exclusives to warrant a $400 purchase right now.

      • Raiyu

        The reviewer (Gies) is a blatant Xbox fanboy.

        But you are correct in saying that at the moment there aren’t any PS4 exclusives to justify $400.

        • McPoo

          Do you have any examples? I don’t read the site but listen to him on Rebel FM every week and never got that impression really.

          • Raiyu

            Oliver123 posted one such example, he use to post on GAF and if you look through his post history and even his tweets on twitter, it’s pretty telling.

      • Arcana Gear

        the reviewer gies isnt very professional and tends to favour microsoft…. and there are rumours that the site has received $750.000 from microsoft some time ago.

        And you’re right ps4 lineup dont justify a purchase BUT every launch is the same, all games tend to appear at one to two year lifetime.

        • Sevyne

          That isn’t a rumor btw. They’ve openly admited that it’s true.

          • Arcana Gear

            well the rumour is that the documentary didnt spend all the money and this was a way to microsoft win “help” from polygon, but i didnt want to write such details here…..

          • adhesive

            Source?

            • Sevyne

              It was right on Arthur Gies twitter. He openly admitted they were given $750,000 from MS when they were making a documentary for Polygon right before the site even went live. Look it up.

      • MrRobbyM

        True but that’s pretty much how all newly launched consoles go.

      • Elvick

        According to them… and it has better multiplats.

  • syaznifaiq

    da hell ?

  • True Gamer

    Knack never peaked my interest at all to be honest

    • captainhowdy

      Exactly. Knack looked boring and uninspired the first time I saw it. Killzone SF and Infamous are my most anticipated PS4 games.

      • True Gamer

        Hell yea. The game line up for the future next gen consoles are gonna be beast.

        • captainhowdy

          Agreed. This generation is just starting and already I’m hyped for 15 games lol :-) .

      • Budgiecat

        Yay for more run of the mill FPS and action titles. New creative IP’s be damned

    • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

      I hate judging a book by its cover (or by a gameplay video in this case), but the odd time it’s an accurate assumption…

      • True Gamer

        I see what your saying. In this regard, I am sure they will have a Knack demo on the PS4. I will play it for myself and see if my mind changes.

  • McPoo

    Curious to see how the Xbone hardware reviews stack up. Although there’s a difference in power, I much prefer the look of the Xbone’s UI, and the Kinect stuff for Skype and that.

    A few months down the line and it could be the decider for me.

    • Jay

      I’m more interested in my console for gaming than Kinect and Skype, but we all have our preferences. COD running in 720 after being under MS’s thumb for so long was a pretty big shock though.

      • McPoo

        I’ll be taking other things into consideration too. Exclusives, I’ll see what’s announced over the next few months, if it’s anything like this generation though then they’ll be more or less equal in my eyes.

        How multiplats run is another one. At the moment it’s looking like Sony has the edge, but if I’m taking 4 or 5 months to let the dust settle, I can gauge it further down the line.

        That said, if multiplats turn out to consistently run a bit better on PS4, I could still overlook it if the Xbone feels like a nicer console to use. Swings and roundabouts, init.

  • Alkhan

    I remember way back as a kid and a teen before I knew about gaming journalism and I would just buy games that looked like fun without needing some reviewer to tell me whether it’s good or bad.

    Good thing I’m still like that

    Contrast
    Kill Zone SF
    Knack
    are all day 1 buys for me even if they scored 2s and 3s

    • Wolf Star

      I agree dude, it’s all about having fun. Enjoy what you have :) I can’t wait to play Killzone ^^

      • Alkhan

        Right, I can’t even count how many games with 5s and 6s that I loved and how many games with 9s and 10s that I felt were very overrated.

        Even when something I like get’s a 10 I never boast on the reviews because reviews mean absolutely nothing to me at all.

        • Wolf Star

          When IGN gave Beyond Two Souls a 6, I said to myself “this can’t be right” I checked other reviews and there were different numbers. So I bought the game and played it. My god best game ive ever played. The reviewer who did beyond two souls for IGN.. don’t trust :/ I guess she never liked drama to begin with haha

          • ayb_91

            I really don’t depend on the reviewers cuz they seemed to be forced to give a rating asap. Videos are our only best way to figure out which is good and which is not.

    • MrRobbyM

      Yeah, that’s what I’ve learned over the past few years. Reviews have kept me from playing a lot of games or have pointed out flaws that I just couldn’t shake once I started playing that I otherwise wouldn’t have really payed attention to.

      But I think it also has to do with how it’s reviewed. Some reviewers review games a certain way that doesn’t really ruin a game even if it has a bunch of glaring flaws which is why I have less than a handful of reviewers that I trust.

      Sometimes I’ll watch a review on IGN or google it just to see the consensus or just to look up some general information about it. Otherwise, I try to stay away.

    • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

      If a game gets *all* less than 50%’s or C’s, or whatever other low-grade, then I tend to stay away. I’m too poor and too busy half the time to take risks on titles that are more or less unanimously hated or disliked.

    • DarthBrian

      Yeah, IGN’s review of God Hand comes to mind where critics just didn’t understand how purely awesome a game was. Oh well…

    • Gigus

      A bit off topic but isn’t Contrast free? So shouldn’t it be day one digital download instead? XD Aww no Resogun for you? (its free also).

      • Alkhan

        I mean day 1 as in the 1st day that I buy a PS4 which will be in January. I doubt Contrast will still be free all of that time.

        I’m also unsure if I can just “buy it” from the PSN through another device while it’s still free and download it when I actually get the system like a lot of PS3 owners who don’t have Vita have been doing for the free PS Plus Vita games all this time.

        • Elvick

          Just go to the webstore and you can.

        • Gigus

          You can still download them to your account even if you don’t have a ps4 yet. As long as you are a ps+ memember, your are entitled to add those free ps4/ps3/ps vita games to your download list. Just use pc web based version of the psn store to aquire the games once they go live.

  • TheExile285

    Pretty much what I expected with most of these games. Its the hardware reviews that I wanna see.

  • MrRobbyM

    Well, I can say that I expected those scores for Knack. But Shadowfall? I don’t know how that compares to previous KZ games but I remember KZ2 being really fun.

    Still waiting on those hardware reviews

  • Aiddon

    so the verdict as a whole is basically this: “a great piece of technology, but if you want to play good games on it you’d best wait since the launch lineup….is a standard launch lineup.” Sounds about what I predicted

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Just a heads up, the link to Gamespot’s Knack review actually leads to the KZ review.

    Pretty much as I expected: the scores are all over the place. Neither the PS4 nor the X1 has an interesting launch lineup. Standard for launches, I guess.

    Now that things are finally underway, though, I’m looking forward to see what developers decide to do with the consoles.

  • rainelee

    I thought Joystiq rates out of 5? Anyway, a little surprised Knack got some low scores. Was kind of expecting it to do well.

  • shogunknight

    Wow, those are some seriously conflicting reviews. Kotaku says no to killzone SF, seems like polygon doesnt like all the launch titles if not the console itself. Welcome to next gen reviews

    • DarthBrian

      Polygon doesn’t like something by Sony?

      I’m shocked!!! :O

      • ayb_91

        Yeah, no kidding. The rating average ( ps4 ) should be at least 9/10. My opinion though.

    • Gigus

      Don’t let the reviews affect your experience with the ps4 and its launch titles. These reviews are just purely opinion. If I were you, I would just experience the system and the launch titles myself. Fully experiencing these products yourself as a consumer would really decide if your investment was wasted or not. I would also say the same thing about X1 and the wii u.

      • Bobby Jennings

        This. Don’t worry about the reviews. Just play the games for yourself and with that determine how good or bad it is

        • Gigus

          Yup! Should have never listened to that funny man Zero Punctuation and his review about Valkyria Chronicles. Using reviews as a consumer safety guideline can back fire sometimes. OH well!

          • Bobby Jennings

            Yeah you seriously miss out on a lot of good games that way.

            • Gigus

              Missed out, now on huge pile of backlog (over 20 already). The only benefit I got is that sweet, sweet price drop. Picked up for 10 bucks, new.

    • miyamoto

      Brian Crecente is from Kotaku and Polygon so no surprise there!
      These people need to go find another job.

  • BossTuff

    Sad about contrast…it looked like it had some interesting gameplay elements. Also sad about Knack, I was hoping for the comeback of the platformer. Not surprised about Killzone honestly, the game looked amazing from a graphical standpoint, but nothing else really drew me to it.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    Reviewers got paid by M$ give the PS4 games low reviews.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      No.

      • miyamoto

        Polygon is owned and funded by M$ so no surprise there.

        But they sure are asking for thermonuclear war!

        Don’t give them any clicks!

        Not a single one!

        But if you are paid tons of money to spew negative reviews on the competition then that is their way to live.

    • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

      Not likely, especially if something similar happens with Xbox One’s launch games.

  • Elvick

    Ah reviews. So pointless, yet so damaging. Yay consumers of today. So easily swayed by the opinion of someone you’ve never met. So quick to adopt the opinions of others as if it’s their own.

    I understand taking opinions from like minded people, but you need to actually know people for that. So you understand their tastes and how similar they are with yours, plus you trust they aren’t hyperbolic and often times factually wrong. Even if it’s just an online friendship. And most people these days don’t even read reviews, they just go to the score and then adopt that as their own opinion and say a game sucks (if it reviews 7 or less). *looks at people justifying their disinterest in Knack with the reviews*

    Some reviews you read and are like “wat” on all the reasoning given, and then you can easily disregard it.

    I have little doubt I’m going to love Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun. I think I’ll like Contrast. I can usually tell by trailers and gameplay footage how much I’ll enjoy something. I know my tastes well enough.

    • BossTuff

      Reviews are not a new thing, and the whole point is to allow the consumer to see an opinion on a potential product. Granted, reviews are far more damaging now with quick access to them from pretty much anywhere, but that by no means makes it a modern thing. I think review scores are a good way to get a general outline of what the game could potentially be without spending the money on it, though to get the most from that there needs to be a round up of the scores, like this article does. All of this is just opinions that people have from playing the game, and more power to you for sticking to your principles on what you like. There’s been plenty of times where I’ve been all “screw the reviews, I do what I play what I want and will only listen to my echo chamber!” only to get burned by a god awful game (Brink comes to mind instantly). While there are some reviews that appear to have an agenda, Polygon with the KZ one, most seem to be pretty straight forward and are devoid of the next-gen goggles.

      tl;dr

      Reviews serve the purpose of providing multiple opinions for people to read through and make their own educated decisions, I would hardly call them worthless.

      • Elvick

        When did I ever say it was a new thing? Way to have a conversation that has nothing to do with my comment.

        I said CONSUMERS of today. They’re mostly a bunch of people who need to be told what to think and to even know something exists need it to be so seeped into pop culture that there’s no escape. ala; Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Angry Birds, etc.

        People are easily manipulated now.

        And they ARE worthless. Just because Steve doesn’t like something, doesn’t mean any of his reasons for it would apply to me or you, or any of the other 7 billion people on this planet.

        You need to know the person’s tastes and know they’re reliable, and not the type of person who thinks “this is too hard so it sucks”. Which there are reviewers with this way of “reviewing”. (God Hand reviews) Never mind the hypocrisy of many of them. “This game may be more of the same, but it’s great!” “This doesn’t do anything that the previous didn’t already do.” etc.

        Reviewers are useless.

        And consumers are more so because most of them don’t even READ the review to begin with. Never mind them adopting that review as their own view of the game. “This game sucks” reviews. That’s a simple fact. Trusting the opinion of a stranger who could dislike things you love is useless. And you’d never know where they’re coming from in their opinion.

        How many times are niche JRPGs reviewed by people who clearly don’t even LIKE niche JRPGs?

        LBP Karting was trashed on IGN for not being ModNation Racers 2. That’s the whole review, bitching about it not being something else. And most of the comments were, “I knew it’d be a crappy MNR clone”.

        So useful.

    • McPoo

      Well I imagine reading a variety of opinions is going to be quite useful for those of us who don’t want to shell out 400 quid for a console that may or may not be worth it.

      That said, I don’t think a numbered rating is necessary. A simple walk through of all the various aspects of the console itself, as well as some opinions on what works and what doesn’t is good enough.

  • AdamBoy64

    Wow. Knack got slammed.

    I’m not picking up a PS4 on launch, but that was the only game I was interested in.

    Looks like the Polygon team might have a chip on their shoulder. Well, quite possibly.

    Thanks for compiling all of these review scores, Sal.
    Will be interesting to see when the hardware reviews start rolling in.

  • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

    Goodness. The reviews for some of the bigger games are…surprisingly mixed. I didn’t expect Killzone to get a 6.

  • ragingmerifes

    I would trust these reviews, hadn’t God Hand been awarded a 3 at IGN and Dragon’s Crown a 6 at Polygon.
    Really, I doubt early reviews so much it’s not even funny.

  • miyamoto

    Polygon is owned and funded by M$ so no surprise there.
    But they sure are asking for thermonuclear war!
    Don’t give them any clicks!
    Not a single one!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      they are payed by Ms, just google it people :/

  • Shayne McQuillan

    Polygon actually reviewed one of the games higher than others so your points are a bit moot , Also the review of the PS4 was quite good

  • Kobracon

    Oh man those Knack scores are disappointing….Heres hoping those scores are like the scores Godhand got when it first came out.

  • McPoo

    More bad news, a bunch of consoles have broken apparently:

    http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/11/14/broken-playstation-4-systems

    Wonder if the Xbone will be as bad. Surely they’ll have had to be mindful of it after the RROD debacle last gen. Hopefully 6 months down the line all creases will have been ironed out.

  • PissedOffSmoker

    Killzone doesn’t suck, but to me, really doesn’t seem like anything new. Good story sure, but different enough I wouldn’t rather save money and just read the wiki plot? No. Now Titanfall, if that game is even half as good as I hope it is, I’m going to be sooooo happy.