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SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has reacted to the reception of Sony's first-party PS4 launch titles, admitting that he is disappointed to see "some of the low scores" for Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

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"Yeah, it's disappointing to see some of the low scores," Yoshida told "I haven't spent enough time reading reviews, but I would characterize them as mixed."

However, Yoshida suggests that critics may not have spent enough time with the games to come to a fair conclusion.

"And with this launch there are lots of games coming out, so the media must be very busy going through the games quickly," he continued, "and especially since the online functionality wasn't ready until in the last couple days. So we have to look at how much time they spend on what aspect of the games and how that may be contributing to some of the lower scores. It's disappointing but I don't think it's worrisome for the launch of the system.

"I've played through all of our games, Killzone, Knack and Resogun, and I totally enjoyed playing through these games. I'm now on my second run of Knack and Resogun at a higher difficulty - these games really grow on you when you play more. I'm very confident that once you purchase these games and play, you'll be happy that you've done so."

The first wave of PS4 reviews hit the net yesterday, and while the reception to Killzone: Shadow Fall appeared mixed, Knack suffered from multiple low-scoring reviews. The two games currently hold a Metacritic rating of 74 and 59 respectively.

"[Knack] wasn't designed [to meet specific] review scores," Yoshida continued. "I was hoping Knack could score in the mid 70s and last I checked it's around 59-60, so I'm hoping it goes up. The game uses only three buttons to play, so it's not the type of game reviewers would score high for the launch of a next-gen system.

"The game was targeted as what we call a second purchase; you know, people may purchase PS4 for Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed or Killzone, but if they also buy Knack, this is a game that you can play with your family or your significant other."

Resogun, a side-scrolling shoot 'em up from Housemarque, is currently the highest-rated PS4 exclusive, scoring an 82 Metacritic rating.

"At least we have one game that's getting great reviews," added Yoshida.

PlayStation 4 launches in the US tomorrow, November 15 and in the UK on November 29.


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Mekzilla's Avatar


at the end of the day some people will like certain games some people wont..... i love battlefield 4 ... i no alot of people that hate it . point proven.

some people will give knack and killzone a 10/10 .. some will give it 1/10 .. its a matter of opinion
Posted 12:22 on 15 November 2013


Bugger to all the 1st party games (except Second Son)!! Warframe Mo-Fos, Warframe!
Posted 12:42 on 14 November 2013
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If they consider Knack to be a 2nd purchase and not mainstream, then why the hell don't they drop the price? If they feel that the game doesn't have the same substance as other launch titles then surely there isn't the value?
Posted 12:00 on 14 November 2013
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Jesus_Phish@ dav2612

There hasn't been enough fan feedback yet.
Posted 11:36 on 14 November 2013
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dav2612@ Jesus_Phish

Isn't washing machine functionality part of the day 1 patch?
Posted 11:14 on 14 November 2013
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dav2612@ Karlius

That was the original plan but I'm not entirely sure. I've got space for the post-it notes but not really space for another console. It would be much easier if it could just float above the TV.
Posted 11:13 on 14 November 2013
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I'm not worried about this "wobble". Particularly since the "wobble" has only been shown when some mug pushes down on one side of the console. There's been no showing that it "wobbles" when playing a disc. I'm not sure how powerful these people think the disc drives spin the discs, but it's not a washing machine or a tumble dryer.
Posted 11:09 on 14 November 2013
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Karlius@ dav2612

Ha Ha I think second run models will come with an additional rubber foot. You are standing yours on edge anyway aren't you Dav?

I think that what is being said or the concern is that as the disc spins up it could cause the unit to wobble and damage discs but I am 100% sure that Sony have run these consoles to death and not experienced the problem.
Posted 11:00 on 14 November 2013
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FantasyMeister@ Jesus_Phish

Pre-order wobbled.
Posted 11:00 on 14 November 2013
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Jesus_Phish@ FantasyMeister

Only after a system update. It's in 720p and 30fps before then.
Posted 10:58 on 14 November 2013
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FantasyMeister@ dav2612

Is the wobble in 1080p?
Posted 10:57 on 14 November 2013
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dav2612@ Karlius

The Ps4 bundle I've bought comes with 8 Sony branded post-it notes.
Posted 10:55 on 14 November 2013
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Karlius@ dav2612

Very true but concerning none the less and to be fair RROD didn't really slow down 360 sales all that much. But it's interesting first wobble gate now this.

(Not sure if you have seen this but if you put pressure on the glossy edge of PS4 or disc side it wobbles. Kotaku fixed this with 8 post it notes lol)

He is insane if I'm being honest and don't really agree but I see his point and I think he is the typical consumer he is buying the PS4 for the next gen experience and to him Resogun just isn't that it could quite easily of been on PS3.
Posted 10:50 on 14 November 2013
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dav2612@ Karlius

Hmm, not sure R-Type is an accurate comparison, I'd have gone for Defender myself.

I'd be interest to see what this person in the office makes of all launch games as I see very little in the way of completely unique experiences. Across the fence Forza is the one that appeals to me the most but well, 'I played Forza on the Xbox, cheers'. ;)

As for reliability, my 1st Xbox 360 gave me 20 minutes of fun before breaking... it's the modern way!
Posted 10:36 on 14 November 2013
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Karlius@ dav2612

I get that some dedicated fans will feel like yourself Dav. But you are certainly not the masses. Someone in the office just looked at the game and said I played R-Type on the master system cheers. (He is purchasing a PS4 and was hoping on Knack to surprise)

Games are what sells consoles the lack of anything in quality puts the console on the back foot. The next run of AAA games or console sellers are not due till spring so after the launch there will be up to a 6 month lul which is why the PS3 failed to make way.

I expect a massive boom of sales pre-Christmas period (up to January) then two to three months of just ticking over.

Don't get me wrong this isn't exclusive to PS4 if XB1 has similar reviews it too will suffer the same fate and then we are on an equal playing field.

What I would be more worried about is this article on IGN:
Posted 10:28 on 14 November 2013

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Release Date: 29/11/2013
Developer: Guerrilla
Publisher: SCEE
Genre: First Person Shooter
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