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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: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jul 29, 2018
    100
    Hollow Knight is one of the best 2D platformers I’ve ever played - it is a beautiful, quirky and dynamic game; challenging yet rewarding; mournful yet brimming with hope. When it comes to console, it’s going to cause a real stir.
  2. Jun 22, 2018
    94
    Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania with a well of content to discover that’s as deep as its labyrinthine caves. The world of Hallownest is compelling and rich, full of story that’s left for you to discover on your own, and built with branching paths that offer an absurd amount of choice in how you go about discovering it. With such a high density of secrets to find and fun, challenging enemies to face, it’s worth spending every moment you can in Hollow Knight.
  3. 90
    If you're a fan of any of the genres that have been brilliantly meshed together to compose Hollow Knight, I highly recommend you play it. Even if you aren't. Play it anyways.
  4. Jul 12, 2017
    90
    Hollow Knight is a charming arcade that will not only inspire Metroid/vania fans. You will never be bored in the enormous and magical environments thanks to the colorful RPG elements, interesting story and unique visuals.
  5. CD-Action
    Jun 7, 2017
    85
    Despite some lack of creativity it’s so good that it’s hard to believe that it’s the first project of a tiny studio. Had brilliant Ori and the Blind Forest not existed, Hollow Knight could have become an official standard for Metroidvanias. [06/2017, p.50]
  6. Jan 2, 2018
    84
    A very difficult and hand-drawn Metroidvania with an enormous size for players with a lot of patience and a high frustration tolerance.
  7. Apr 5, 2017
    65
    I still hesitantly recommend Hollow Knight to anyone as partial to Metroidvanias as I am, but the experience runs far longer than its visual appeal does, and at that point it becomes just another Dark Souls wannabe. It’s solid, but it demonstrates how far we still are from puzzling out From Software’s master recipe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 198
  1. Aug 14, 2019
    10
    I would want to set this game as a new standard for a modern Metroidvania game. Hollow Knight isn't just a normal Metroidvania game that theI would want to set this game as a new standard for a modern Metroidvania game. Hollow Knight isn't just a normal Metroidvania game that the only thing you will enjoy is exploring the game, but with the massive lore in the game, it makes this game worth playing just to gather the information from every single thing in the game.

    The soundtrack is very great, especially when the boss fighting soundtrack. The soundtrack together with the art and graphic of this game give perfect atmospheres I could imagine to ask for.

    Not even need to mention the gameplay. It is absolutely great, if not perfect.

    In all and all, I love this game so much, as someone who loves playing Metroidvania games, this game gave me a new standard for the genre!
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  2. Feb 25, 2017
    10
    This game isn't getting enough mainstream press. Really... the controls are the best I've ever felt in a side-scrolling game. The graphics andThis game isn't getting enough mainstream press. Really... the controls are the best I've ever felt in a side-scrolling game. The graphics and the music... there really are no words. The story is interesting and philosophical, although it does require you use your imagination. The game is difficult, yet accessible (with modes that make it 'Dark Souls' difficult, if you're enough of a masochist). No qualms and no regrets, except that I wasn't an original Kickstarter backer. If you like video games at all, buy this. 9.8/10. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2020
    10
    Sin lugar a duda es uno de los mejores metroidvania que he podido jugar.
    Tiene excelente banda sonora, jugabilidad 10/10 y su diseño del mapa
    Sin lugar a duda es uno de los mejores metroidvania que he podido jugar.
    Tiene excelente banda sonora, jugabilidad 10/10 y su diseño del mapa es precioso y como te motiva a seguir explorando el mapa con bastantes buenas recompensas y ni hablar de su grendiosa y bellisima banda sonora que es lo mejor que he podido escuchar ya que te mete mucho en el juego.

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  4. Sep 6, 2017
    10
    "The market is oversaturated with Metroidvanias" I agree but unfortunately not a single one of them is on the same level as the Metroid and"The market is oversaturated with Metroidvanias" I agree but unfortunately not a single one of them is on the same level as the Metroid and Castlevania games. Guacamelee and Cave Story may come close but that's it. My thirst for an amazing Metroidvania was still there and then I played Hollow Knight. Amazing. 10/10. Sadly it took me a while to get into it. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros:
    Skills
    Items
    Music
    Graphics
    Gameplay

    Cons:
    You must enter deeply into a new area before obtaining a map.
    There are bugs and glitches that prevent you from getting 100%.
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  6. Feb 10, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Are all of the people who gave negative's that bad at this game? Yeah, it's hard, but if I, a 12-year-old can do it, *100%, by the way,* then so can you, and while yes, the shade system sucks, and the bosses can be hard as **** *The moth who is a deadly laser* the thrill of doing it by rethinking my style, ie* (should I go spells or attack? Far more health or more range and quicker slashes? Invest notches for a charm which rewards you for not getting hit? High Spell Damage but low range?) and practice can make it feel really rewarding. As for the shade system, well... I can't argue about that but Geo doesn't even matter halfway. As for the positives, music, calm, action! I love it! And the art style, it is amazing. Overall, a good game with IMO, a small problem which won't matter later on. Expand
  7. May 20, 2020
    0
    CANSADO
    Te pasas más tiempo perdido, sin saber donde ir y dando vueltas sin ningún sentido que jugando.
    Luego el viaje rápido está muy muy mal
    CANSADO
    Te pasas más tiempo perdido, sin saber donde ir y dando vueltas sin ningún sentido que jugando.
    Luego el viaje rápido está muy muy mal hecho, solo tienes 1 viaje rápido por zona y las zonas son bastante grandes. Básicamente te comes 5 minutos simplemente andando cada vez que mueres.
    Y lo mejor de todo es que cuando mueres pierdes la mitad del máx del contenedor de almas hasta que vuelvas a matar a la sombra y básicamente son situaciones en las que si estas peleando contra un jefe y pierdes cuando lo vuelvas a intentar serás tú vs el jefe vs la sombra y encima con la mitad del contenedor como máx. ES ABSURDO
    Si es verdad que la sombra está antes que los jefes pero esque aún asi pierdes vida, y acabas perdiendo 2 corazones simplemente en el camino a llegar al jefe. ESTE JUEGO ES MÁS ESTRESANTE QUE SATISFACTORIO, AL MENOS DARK SOULS TE PREMIA JUSTAMENTE AL MATAR A UN JEFE, AQUÍ NO. JUEGO ESTRESANTE.
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