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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: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 242
  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. Dec 2, 2018
    10
    A game which includes difficulty, beautiful graphics, great soundtrack, good characters, a brilliant story and amazing gameplay deserves aA game which includes difficulty, beautiful graphics, great soundtrack, good characters, a brilliant story and amazing gameplay deserves a 10/10... And this game is no exception, Hollow Knight is one of the best games I’ve played this year. Not only does it have all the things I listed above, but it also has loving developers that actually show that they care about the game by also releasing three DLCs...
    I don’t understand why there are a few people hating on the game, but I think it’s a great Metroidvania ,which needs more praise. Hope to see more games like this, because these are games which we need more of....
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  3. Jul 11, 2019
    10
    There is so much to do and it is one of the best games I ever played! De ambient and the bugs are perfect for this awesome game!
  4. Dec 16, 2018
    10
    Hollow Knight is the game I've been waiting for since finishing Super Metroid and SotN 20 years ago. It is the true successor to both MetroidHollow Knight is the game I've been waiting for since finishing Super Metroid and SotN 20 years ago. It is the true successor to both Metroid and Castlevania; the game I always wanted but the game that neither franchise will ever give me again. That being said, know what it is you are getting.

    I vividly remember playing Super Metroid for the first time. I remember those dark, unfamiliar corridors around every corner, finding horrifying creatures I was unequipped to initially handle, getting lost while searching for important items everywhere. It was both an adventure and a giant puzzle; that was the appeal. If you enjoy Metroid but like more modern/guided experiences like Prime, this may not be for you. Needless to say, if you don't enjoy Metroidvanias in general, definitely shy away from this.
    However for those who truly want a 'let's get lost in a deep cave and fight horrifying, difficult monsters' experience, this is the game for you! Speaking of which, I love how difficult the fights get, it's very refreshing and exhilarating to walk towards an open area, see a large, detailed, menacing figure and actually feel tension and hesitation. That's a RARE feeling in video games today. So many devs pull punches to not alienate modern audiences. This game doesn't. If you want to win, particularly later in the game, you have to fight for that victory and earn it. The music, while not super catchy like in Super or SotN, is very well done and fitting for each area. The graphics, while simple, are gorgeous, especially in some areas. Hollow Knight uses actual 2D animation, which is both appropriate for this genre and beautiful; truly a lost art in this age where so many other games settle for 2.5D.

    I gave it a 10, but I have some complaints, all incredibly minor and each only deserving of -0.2 or so off the score, so a 10 feels a little disingenuous, but it's definitely higher than a 9! It feels like a solid 9.5, but the scoring system here doesn't allow for that.

    I will reiterate again, I love how punishing this game is.. in combat. The flow of exploration however is a bit hit or miss, and sometimes punishing in a way I don't like. Don't misunderstand me, it's very serviceable still, but you can royally screw yourself in some situations simply by going left instead of right. Example, I went through the entire Hive area and encountered the boss at the end before realizing there was a single save bench at the start of this new place. If I had just gone left instead of right when I entered, I would have been good. There was nothing in the 'flow' of the level design that made me want to go that direction though. Save locations are pretty important in a game that isn't shy about killing unprepared players. Many of the first saves are marked on signs to help you, cool, however I think most players would have liked a few subtle hints for later ones as well, especially in areas that immediately start with 4+ different routes off the bat.

    The music is also almost 100% ambiance, which is ok and fitting for this game, sure. I would have still liked more than just a handful of catchy tunes though, even if that's just a preference thing. I still can't help but compare this game to Super Metroid and SotN (mostly because it's so well made) but that also makes me feel like something is missing when it comes to BGM. Again, this is a preferential nitpick. The music in it is still good, moody and invokes feelings of wonder and desolation, so it does its job at least!
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  5. May 19, 2019
    9
    I have to say this is my favorite game to this day, I normally play first person shooters so this genre of gaming is new to me. When i startedI have to say this is my favorite game to this day, I normally play first person shooters so this genre of gaming is new to me. When i started playing i couldn't even jump and attack at the same time, but towards the end of the game I felt as if my attacks where so smooth that i could finish the Colosseum of Fools without dying. The sound track is amazing but i missed out on most of it because i got too scared when i was exploring Deepnest, so i put on Time to Say Goodbye on a constant re loop. This game is worth 50 yours of you life but if your me it'll last 150 hours. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2018
    9
    While the initial hours you put into the game are punishing, there is just enough feeling of progression and achievement to get you to theWhile the initial hours you put into the game are punishing, there is just enough feeling of progression and achievement to get you to the point where it clicks and suddenly the abilities and map progression drive you onward and the addiction sets in. There is zero hand-holding, the punishment for failure can be high and there's a constant feeling that everything in the game is geared against you, but beating the maps and its bosses brings greater amounts of satisfaction and relief because of it. Highly recommended. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2019
    0
    Bad Switch port, the lightning is set so low and the graphics resolution is so bad compared to the other versions of the game...

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