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  • Summary: Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruinedHollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery. Expand

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
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  1. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    100
    There's never a low point. Only the desire for more. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 17]
  2. 100
    Hollow Knight’s cryptic lore doled out in pieces leads me to believe I saved Hollownest in my ending, but an after-credits screen shows a 73% completion in 27 hours of play. I may have finished, but I’m far from done. I still have tons of upgrades, optional bosses, a true ending and a mantis to overcome. And I’m itching to jump back in.
  3. Jun 27, 2018
    95
    Hollow Knight won't leave you hollow; quite the opposite. This incredible 'metroidvania', most likely the best example the genre has met in over 20 years, will leave you full with a feeling only a few games have achieved: the feeling of having played a masterpiece.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is a big, beautiful, forbidding Metroidvania that's absolutely thick with detail. From its punchy combat system to its charming art and sound design, this is one of the finest adventures you can have on Nintendo Switch.
  5. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is absolutely a masterpiece. The art style is fantastic, the level designs are outstanding, and battles are challenging and fun. If you enjoy Metroidvania games, don't hesitate trying it.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight confirms on Switch all the good it displayed in its PC version: we're talking about one of the best (if not the best) metroidvania of recent years, graced by gorgeous art direction and a fantastic level of challenge. A must buy if you're not afraid of difficult titles.
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    Dark and beautiful, you’ll come for Hollow Knight’s visual appeal, but you’ll stay for the challenge and responsive combat.

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  1. Negative: 18 out of 143
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    I’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play MetroidI’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play Metroid on the NES while my mom drew the maps by hand, and the then eventually playing Super Metroid SNES. This game expands on every metroidvania experience there has ever been. Great game, worth the wait. Expand
  2. Jul 15, 2018
    10
    A fantastic game in all aspects. A masterpiece. An art statement!

    This game has so much to offer: beautiful art-style and visuals;
    A fantastic game in all aspects. A masterpiece. An art statement!

    This game has so much to offer:

    beautiful art-style and visuals;
    satisfying, tight controls;
    challenging yet fun combat and mechanics;
    fantastic, interesting bosses;
    an incredible soundtrack (check it out online!);
    a vast world with incredibly deep lore;
    numerous, and I mean really numerous different enemies;
    fantastic humor.

    It is clear that Team Cherry was able to focus on aesthetics beyond just gameplay and created something really special to be celebrated for years to come.

    Although it has sold decently and it is now picking more momentum with the Switch release, it is still rather underrated and deserves more publicity and recognition. I rate it above some awesome (if different) games I played in the last year like Zelda BOTW, Super Mario Odyssey, Cuphead, Axiom Verge. Only God of War satisfied me as much, if in different ways.

    Do yourself, Team Cherry and the future of gaming a favor: buy this game and spread the word!
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  3. Jan 11, 2019
    10
    one of the best games I've ever played : good gameplay, good music, good graphics, epic boss fights, more than 40 hours and only 15 dollars
  4. Jun 23, 2018
    10
    Up there with Steamworld Dig 2 as one of the best Indie metroidvanias on the switch.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    9
    Let me preface this review by saying that I've easily spent more than 50 hours on hollow knight; I've finished the core game but still haven'tLet me preface this review by saying that I've easily spent more than 50 hours on hollow knight; I've finished the core game but still haven't done any content from the two major free expansions. There is a game here for the playing, and at a very palatable price.

    Hollow Knight is truly a masterpiece. It is artwork- every environment drawn by hand in a consistent style that has unique flourishes for each local you visit. The music is subtle but effective, drawing you into the game's atmosphere, ever present, never overbearing- it brings to mind the haunting atmospheric music of "Super Metroid". And the game-play: this is a metroidvania to the bone, a refinement of the best entries in the genre, exuding far more personality from it's environments than any other comparable game, motivating me to backtrack and explore every nook and cranny.

    And that leads me into my next point, what hollow knight is not. It is not a souls game, as so many have mistakenly labeled it in a poor attempt to define it's difficulty. It is an exploration-focused metroidvania, and it leans decidedly towards the metroid side of that formula. The bosses are almost all optional, the map is an interconnected maze full of secret doors that lead to new areas and new abilities, many of the challenges come from precise platforming segments and tanky bosses with very learnable attacks.

    Hollow knight is a refinement of the best of the metroidvania genre. But, it still falls in some of the same traps that plauge even the greatest of these games. The controls are notoriously punishing for new players, and while hollow knight is better than the archaic and unintuitive super metroid, it fails it's new players by mysteriously mapping multiple seemingly important abilities to a single button while others are free, only to reveal later that some new ability will slot in there: Also, almost everyone who I have had try this game complains that the jumping feels "wrong" for the first while. this is because there is no momentum when you jump- (a classic metroid control feature, if you jump from a standstill) unlike in mario, where if the stick is released in the air, the player will continue to move forward, in hollow knight, the character must be precisely maneuvered while in the air and will stop dead in the horizontal if the stick is released. This is by no means bad, and it is in fact more precise than the "mario" style jumping, but will leave you frustrated if you don't realize why you keep falling in the spikes.

    Ironically, that frustration is probably hollow knight's biggest weakness. you might have noticed a few reviews or threads in forums that read something like "I PLAYED FOR THREE HOURS AND THIS BOSS IS DUMB AND THIS GAME IS DUMB AND IT'S NOT FAIR". This is indeed somewhat childish bellyaching, but it highlights a sentiment that you're likely to feel: frustrated. the beginning of the game sees you with the fewest abilities: you have yet to acquire the token dash, double jump, wall jump, ect. that are the bread and butter of "metroid" style games. This leaves the character controlling the worst out of the entire experience during the first two or three hours of gameplay. And while hornet, the first real boss, isn't anything next to some of the others in the game- you, the new player, also don't have any "charms" (items you can equip to give you small bonuses), or movement options. This is exacerbated by the "linear" early game. you can't progress without beating this particular boss, so it's easy to get frustrated.

    After that short segment, though, the game opens up with many different routes, largely solving that weakness, and you acquire the "dash" ability, making the player character much more fun to control. if you can be patient with it's steep early learning curve, there is a world of quirky bugs and menacing bosses waiting to be discovered! The game sucked me in, letting me get lost in the deep, winding caverns of hallownest for hours on end. For me, Hollow Knight was without question my favorite game in 2018. And did i mention it's 15CAD$? That's like, amazing. Take a chance on this one, you won't regret it.

    TL;DR:

    Hollow knight is beautiful and brimming with content, but has a steep learning curve, so be patient and you will be rewarded with a gem of a game that is worth every penny.
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  6. Jun 27, 2018
    9
    Simple 2d action platformer with nice style. Metroidvania vibe cannot be resisted, so make yourself a favor and buy it.
  7. Dec 29, 2018
    0
    One of the most beautiful looking games I have seen, the unbalanced fighting system ultimately turned me strongly against it. The game isOne of the most beautiful looking games I have seen, the unbalanced fighting system ultimately turned me strongly against it. The game is hard, but not fair, and you have to learn not to be bad at it, without the chance of ever getting good. That makes it tedious and unpleasant.
    I give it such a low score because of the undeserving high score it has. In truth, it is not that bad: it's a very average game with an above-average look.
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