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  • Summary: Transform the world of Hob! Welcome to a new action-adventure from Runic Games, the award-winning studio behind Torchlight I and II. It’s your chance. Make it home.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 30, 2017
    90
    Hob is an action adventure with a stunning visual style, engrossing world and enjoyable combat. It is a standard bearer for what the genre can achieve at this level.
  2. Oct 6, 2017
    85
    Hob offers a beautiful world where the exposition and the hand-holding take a step back to let an efficient mix of exploration, platforming and environmental puzzles flow at good pace. The combat could be a bit more meaningful, and some technical issues are prevalent, but for the adventure fans it's a trip well worth taking.
  3. Sep 28, 2017
    81
    Hob is a fascinating mix of minimalistic and complex ideas that blend so seamlessly and organically that a coherent overall image emerges, not the least reminiscent of games such as The Legend of Zelda and Ico. The great focus on exploring without any explanation is great - although it is a bit unfortunate that Hob does not tell an interesting story.
  4. Sep 27, 2017
    80
    Hob is a dreamy and dynamic adventure, fun and visually fabulous. The variety of situations it offers makes its platform sessions and puzzle-solving some of the best of the moment.
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    80
    Despite its technical hiccups and frustrating early hours, Hob is a worthwhile experience that rewards ardent explorers and delivers an exciting mystery to unravel. Each conquered dungeon feels like a mini triumph as you watch the desolate and dying world come back to life, and I loved the sense of wonder and each "a-ha" moment of discovery. Even after I finished the main story of Hob, I was excited to jump back in and search for more secrets hidden within the world.
  6. Dec 10, 2017
    70
    Hob is a good game, even if a bit flawed. The platforming is not as good as the combat and the puzzles, and you can sometimes get lost in the world. But even with those problems the beautiful world and good soundtrack does make up for it’s shortcomings. Hob is a good game that PS4 owners with some time on their hand and an itch for a Zelda-like adventure should pick up.
  7. Oct 16, 2017
    65
    There is something about Hob that I really enjoy. I’m not quite sure if it’s the cartoonish art style, clever puzzles, or an amalgamation of the two, but my overall experience was quite pleasant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Dec 10, 2017
    10
    É uma obra de arte! Adorei o jogo, foi um dos melhores que joguei em 2017. É um jogo relaxante e repleto de puzzles que fazem você quererÉ uma obra de arte! Adorei o jogo, foi um dos melhores que joguei em 2017. É um jogo relaxante e repleto de puzzles que fazem você querer jogar cada vez mais para verificar as mudanças que ocorrem no mundo. Lembrou-me um pouco de Zelda misturado com The Witness. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2017
    10
    It’s not often that a game takes the path of no discernible dialogue, and instead relies on you to not only figure out what it’s saying byIt’s not often that a game takes the path of no discernible dialogue, and instead relies on you to not only figure out what it’s saying by body language, but also gives another language to decipher on top of it. That’s not to say games don’t do it – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of the more notable games in recent years to do this. But it’s a bold approach. When a game not only does that, but creates a sense of deep emotions within the first few minutes, and follows it up with deep combat and puzzle-platforming, you know you’re in for something truly special.

    The feeling I get when playing this game is the same I receive from playing something like Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and a number of older Zelda games. Finding items off the beaten path is just as exciting as progressing in the story. Getting into fights with enemies much larger than you and having a little fanfare once you defeat them is rewarding and something to cherish. Gaining new abilities allowing for you to backtrack to puzzle pieces you saw previously that you couldn’t quite figure out feeds the love for metroidvanias. One of the nicer features I found while solving the puzzles the game has to offer is that it doesn’t force you to complete them again if you die. If there’s a timed puzzle that you complete and you end up falling off the ledge right after (very possible with some of the fixed camera angles), you don’t have to worry about rushing through it once again.

    The game offers a lot in terms of content, and the challenges are also quite dubious. While you’ll likely be upgrading your character your first run, subsequent playthroughs challenge you to beat it with less than 5 deaths (Limbo, anyone?) and no optional upgrades. These are certainly doable, as the game offers a few difficulty options, but fun and worthy challenges nonetheless.

    The skills that were learned in the creation of the Torchlight series are evident here. The level creation, the ability to see your character through the environment with the fixed camera (love this so much – I forgot how much I prefer to not have to control the camera in this type of game), and the overall art direction are all reminiscent of my time with their previous games.

    Perhaps my favorite character of the game is the world itself. While many games boast a living, breathing, open world, they still often feel lifeless. In this, you can’t stray too far off from the provided paths, lest you be hurt or killed by the fauna on the walls – be they toxic or not. This may be seen as a cheap tactic, and it can be depending on how it’s implemented, but it’s done so masterfully here. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring part of the game is when the world itself changes by your doing. You’ll see this a bit from the robot at the beginning, but soon you’ll be making much bigger changes to the world you live in. Whether it be a dungeon or simply a wall to walk across, the ever changing world is one of the coolest aspects you’ll find in video games today.

    I’m hoping that this ends up a sleeper hit, as people start seeing and hearing just how solid of a game it is. If you were to ask what my contenders for game of the year are right now, it’d be between Persona 5 and Hob. Yes, I’ve played Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn, and the other heavy hitters from the year. No, I didn’t feel as inspired by them as I did with P5 and this. If you’ve been searching for that game with the special something you can’t find elsewhere, you’ve found it.
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  3. Oct 6, 2017
    9
    This game is really something special. I was a huge fan of the Torchlight series and thought this looked kind of interesting so I bought itThis game is really something special. I was a huge fan of the Torchlight series and thought this looked kind of interesting so I bought it without really knowing what to expect....it's incredible.

    This is just set in such a unique and compelling world that it just sucked me in right off the bat. It's a place you want to spend time in and it's a place you just want to explore.

    If you are a fan of Zelda/Metriodvania's and are at all interested in HoB just go ahead and buy it. This really is a modern game that takes you back to those times as a kid when you played Zelda/Metroid where you had to figure out/learn everything on you own through trial and error and exploration. This little gem has more heart and soul than anything I have played in years.
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  4. Oct 1, 2017
    9
    So often games talk about allowing players to change the world, and very rarely does it happen in a unique way. Much like Hyper Light Drifter,So often games talk about allowing players to change the world, and very rarely does it happen in a unique way. Much like Hyper Light Drifter, Hob gives you a mysterious, wordless world to explore with systems so intuitive that exposition and tutorials become unnecessary. When you succeed at your goals you find the world literally changing around you. While some may scoff at the idea of minimalist adventure games, much like Rime and ICO, Hob is brimming with magic for those willing to lose themselves in the world Runic has masterfully built. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    8
    Imaginative and fun to play, Hob is a solid puzzle platformer that impressed me through most of its lengthy runtime. Its art style, creativeImaginative and fun to play, Hob is a solid puzzle platformer that impressed me through most of its lengthy runtime. Its art style, creative puzzles and creepy monster designs are all worthy of praise. Aside from a few frustrating camera issues, the occasional frame-rate drop and an underwhelming ending, there are not many complaints that I have. Hob is a well constructed game that is very reminiscent of some older classics in the genre, which is never a bad thing. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2017
    8
    Hob is a nice and fun no dialogues game. First, I love the art that went into the game. The attention to details into the levels make the gameHob is a nice and fun no dialogues game. First, I love the art that went into the game. The attention to details into the levels make the game so alive. The mechanic seem to work pretty well. I got some cheap death because of twitchy landing area when jumping...nothing major. I saw some fps issues in some areas. When there are a lot particules and sunray (bloom) effect, you can feel the fps struggling...and I have a good PC. The story is mysterious and revolve around exploring. You have combat with a sword, but the main part of the game is activating puzzles, opening areas, finding upgrades. The world is quite elaborate and you will switch to the map quite often. There is no minimap but I find it acceptable in this case. I give it a 85%, and with fixes it should get better. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2017
    1
    While Hob is a ok looking game, the gameplay and mechanics leave much to be desired. Story is meh, characters are shallow and have noWhile Hob is a ok looking game, the gameplay and mechanics leave much to be desired. Story is meh, characters are shallow and have no dimensional and music just seems like your standard indi music. Expand

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