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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: 28 out of 390
  1. Dec 12, 2019
    10
    Practically perfect. As a platformer, as a souls-like, and as a metroidvania,, Hollow Knight succeeds wildly. Combat is tight, and you will bePractically perfect. As a platformer, as a souls-like, and as a metroidvania,, Hollow Knight succeeds wildly. Combat is tight, and you will be amazed what you're capable of by the end of the game. Platforming is wove into the map seamlessly, with true challenges hidden in many nooks and corners. And, of course, it is a brilliantly laid out metroidvania, filled with interesting powers and upgrades that send you combing through old areas to see what new secrets await - and there are a LOT of secrets.

    There will be moments when you think you are lost, or stuck, and the game can be pretty obtuse about showing you the way forward. But in a non-linear game I think that's inevitable, and it adds to the atmosphere tremendously.

    I could go on forever. It's a phenomenal game for anyone who likes games and enjoys the feeling of rising to a challenge.
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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. Sep 3, 2020
    10
    amazing game thats fair and challengin especially the pantheon, amazing combat platforming and story.
  4. May 19, 2018
    10
    10/10 the best metroidvania ever made, long story, perfect controls and the artwork is wonderfull
  5. Nov 4, 2017
    10
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Masterpiece.
  6. May 14, 2021
    9
    The art and music is awesome. The only things that kind off turns me off is the painful backtracking. Also although you can mark places thatThe art and music is awesome. The only things that kind off turns me off is the painful backtracking. Also although you can mark places that is inaccessible at early part of the game, i only realised that after halfway through the game, making some of the blocked place not marked and totally missed by me and end up finishing the game without it. The completionist inside me feels sad.

    It is still a great game overall though.
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  7. Aug 13, 2021
    0
    среднестатестический платформер, ничем не выделяющийся из массы подобного кала

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