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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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Score distribution:
  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: 8 out of 130
  1. Aug 21, 2017
    10
    outstanding metroidvania.... cannot put this down. on par with ori for completely different reasons. if you are a fan of the genre you owe itoutstanding metroidvania.... cannot put this down. on par with ori for completely different reasons. if you are a fan of the genre you owe it to yourself to buy this.... it is worth much more than 14.99 Expand
  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. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    Enjoyable game. This might be my favorite game despite not being a fan of having a grim tone in the games i play, and a less vibrant art styleEnjoyable game. This might be my favorite game despite not being a fan of having a grim tone in the games i play, and a less vibrant art style than i prefer (I prefer the vibrant nature of Ori and the blind forest a bit more).
    The difficulty of the game is on the low side for the majority of the game where it ramps up to a nice level close to the end, i would personally have preferred a more difficult mid-game that'd force you to utilize more of your abilities, though it would be hard to maintain the same openness of the world, so i guess this is the best compromise.
    So why is this a 10/10, because i have seen no other game do so many things so right: the music is amazing with the exception of the combat soundtrack of City of Tears, the art style is awesome, the combat system is minimalistic is a really good way, and the world is massive yet filled to the brim with content. The story is kinda hit or miss, though it is mostly optional.
    i would easily have picked this game up for 30$, so 15$ (10$ if on sale) is a steal, if you do not have this game in your game collection, it is a mistake.
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  4. yzd
    Mar 19, 2018
    10
    I think that his game is not getting enough attention from the gaming community. Controls are the best I have seen in a 2D game. TheI think that his game is not getting enough attention from the gaming community. Controls are the best I have seen in a 2D game. The atmosphere is beautiful, the art style is really stunning. The story is told by environmental clues and NPC dialogues mostly reminiscent of Dark Souls style. I should say that game is a bit hard but it is completely doable. In addition, the game packs tons of quality content(around 40 hours) especially considering its price. I don't think that a Metroidvania game can get any better than this one. Expand
  5. Jun 9, 2017
    10
    I don't know how to describe it, just play it. "Your review must be at least 150 characters long." ok. This game if filled to the brim withI don't know how to describe it, just play it. "Your review must be at least 150 characters long." ok. This game if filled to the brim with content, I never once felt like what I was doing was pointless. Expand
  6. Dec 25, 2018
    9
    I was never a fan of most Metroidvania games. I played a few select titles from the genre and found myself lost and uninterested, but theI was never a fan of most Metroidvania games. I played a few select titles from the genre and found myself lost and uninterested, but the world and art style of Hollow Knight has sucked me in for hours and hours, and despite a few moments of anger I never really felt the game was unfair. In my opinion the only thing holding the game back is a few weak bosses, but I'd recommend this game to anyone who seems remotely interested in it for any reason, whether it be the art or the world or the gameplay, it's all solid and engaging. Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2019
    0
    Absolutely atrocious. Unplayable beyond any reasonable measure. Not a finished game by any stretch of the imagination. Buggy, terriblyAbsolutely atrocious. Unplayable beyond any reasonable measure. Not a finished game by any stretch of the imagination. Buggy, terribly optimised, horribly designed. Avoid like the plague. Expand

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