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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: 27 out of 27
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  1. Nintendo Force 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: 48 out of 431
  1. Oct 9, 2018
    10
    Ridiculously good game, especially for the price. I was astonished at just how much content and depth this game had and didn't expect to beRidiculously good game, especially for the price. I was astonished at just how much content and depth this game had and didn't expect to be playing it for weeks, let alone days. The story is constantly engaging whilst always leaving you desperate for more and the gameplay stays incredibly fun but challenging throughout the entire world with enemies scaling very appropriately to your in-game experience levels. My absolute highlight of Hollow Knight is the very creative way that the story is told by Team Cherry through the use of NPCs, lore tablets and other whispers throughout the kingdom, leaving the player with a giant web of loosely connected strands to string together in their own way. And not to mention the free DLC releases. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Feb 5, 2020
    10
    I find hollow knight extremely good Here's why;

    The storyline. When I bought this game for the very low price of £16:99, I didn't expect it
    I find hollow knight extremely good Here's why;

    The storyline. When I bought this game for the very low price of £16:99, I didn't expect it to have such a deep story because it was an indie, 2D platformer. I just thought it looked cool and had some challenges. But it really did well with the backstory and enhances the world around you. I find that so amazing that an indie game can be as good as 1st party and 2nd party games. The mechanism. I really admire how they made the attack diverse. One minute you are fighting some monsters and the other ur trying to use your nail as a pogo stick. The charms fit well with the setting and all offer different things which start to make the thought of combos.

    The monsters and NPC's. This is a true highlight of the game. The monsters have well-thought attacks to fit with the environment and give the place ambience and The NPC's have empathetic feelings and show great set of personal skills.

    Music. I know at this point I'm just blabbing on but it is so good. The music is great. Really, compliments to Mr.larkin. They fit so well with the background and boss of the area. Its gives of a nostalgic sense for people who have played it for a long time.

    Bosses. The bosses are diverse in there attacks, their own story, and their appearance. It gives off a feeling that there is more (and there will be more when silksong cones out!).

    Map. The map is MASSIVE. It is so well thought about and well designed that it's probably one of the best bits about it. From abandoned depths to great cities, it includes everything.

    The art. I saved the best till last here. The art style is admirable and cure, but still can be threatening and scar. City of years shows so much in terms of what they could do with their cartoony yet formal drawing.

    All in all, BUY. GOOD GAME
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  4. Aug 8, 2021
    10
    10/10 Have played again. This game is an amazing metroidvania game, and does so much right. The difficulty of the bosses scale just right, so10/10 Have played again. This game is an amazing metroidvania game, and does so much right. The difficulty of the bosses scale just right, so you don't kill them to quickly, but also don't spend eternity on it. The way that the world was put together was perfect with enough bosses to satisfy anyone's needs. The "key" items in the game are far enough away so you get use to the item you just got before needing to learn how to use the next! If you don't play this game, you are just missing out. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2019
    10
    It's hard to review Hollow Knight and not repeat everything that everybody else has been saying: it's a fantastic metroidvania game, it'sIt's hard to review Hollow Knight and not repeat everything that everybody else has been saying: it's a fantastic metroidvania game, it's beautiful to look at, it's hard, it's vast... But ultimately, all you can give is a short list of the reasons why it's worth sinking dozens of hours (hundreds, in my case) into this game.

    Yes, Hollow Knight is Dark Souls-hard. Sometimes, it asks you to do things that are way beyond your league as a gamer–no matter how good a gamer you are, this game will eventually push you to your limits. And yet, you'll stretch for those limits and eventually surpass them, because the game makes it feel like every victory is rightfully earned.

    For me, the depressingly dark atmosphere of Dark Souls was always a put-off. Hollow Knight is also dark in its own way, but its graphics is also cute and crisp, and the mood verges more towards melancholy and reflective. It's impossible not to be consistently sucked in by the gorgeous art style of this game.

    Another thing that kept me playing is the awareness that this amazingly vast game was produced by a tiny team of young indie developers. For me, Hollow Knight redefines what is possible to do in gaming. Not ever since the early '80s and the works of Ultimate I've been staring at a screen and wondering how a team of two or three people could ever produce something this amazingly refined. Hollow Knight challenges most 300-people-team AAA titles on their own ground (the sheer amount of content) and puts them to shame in a way that looks effortless.

    In conclusion, Hollow Knight is a game to respect. It sucks you in gently, and then locks you up and asks you to achieve impossible feats–and then keeps a stern eye on you and you struggle to comply. Nobody can guarantee that you won't hate Hollow Knight–but it could also be your favourite game ever. It's worth giving it a chance.
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  6. Jun 28, 2020
    9
    Очень круто. Геймплей, локации, музыка, атмосфера - все на высоте. Впечатление портит кривые мувсеты у боссовОчень круто. Геймплей, локации, музыка, атмосфера - все на высоте. Впечатление портит кривые мувсеты у боссов
  7. Jan 27, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. if anyone here makes a bad review i will change your mind becuase in every game you dont judge at the start and you may have low hp and low attack but those things you get over time and find new people and unlock new things fight fun bosses and even make new friends this game makes you unlock stuff and makes you want to learn and seek more and how i think on the game is that you should try it out and i think the game is good it has lore and stuff you have to unlock and makes you want to unlock more. Expand

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