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.
"Yeah, it's disappointing to see some of the low scores," Yoshida told GamesIndustry.biz. "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.