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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. 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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  1. Negative: 21 out of 182
  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. 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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  3. May 22, 2019
    10
    El mejor Metroidvania no solo de 2017, sino quizá de todos los tiempos, pudiendo hacer frente a gigantes del género como Castlevania ShimphonyEl mejor Metroidvania no solo de 2017, sino quizá de todos los tiempos, pudiendo hacer frente a gigantes del género como Castlevania Shimphony of the night o Super Metroid. Una maravilla audiovisual, con composiciones extraordinarias y un estilo gráfico de infarto. Absolutamente recomendado, nunca un juego ha encajado tan bien en Switch. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2018
    10
    This review comes from the hand of a veteran of video games and at the same time someone who did not know the game until recently thanks toThis review comes from the hand of a veteran of video games and at the same time someone who did not know the game until recently thanks to the Nintendo Switch.

    I must admit that at the beginning I did not get much attention this title and thanks to my friends who convinced me to buy it I can say that it was the best bet, experience and purchase that I made this year as far as indis games are concerned .

    Hollow Knigth is a videogame of platforms, exploration, adventure and why not say survival horror since the world is beautiful and at the same time, the history and lore behind is very interesting and it catches you immediately.

    its mechanics, control, difficulty, graphics and sound are sensibly magnificent.
    It boasts a quality and a waste of talent on the part of Team Cherry exceptional.

    highly recommended for those who like challenges.

    and in a subjective manner. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting video games that I have played with a very disturbing lore at the same time fascinating.

    I would give a 10 but I will be fair and here the objective part has.

    it has very few defects like the fact that it gets to have certain bugs like in the second battle against Hornet where if you apply the spiral attack (Technique of the stinger) against it the game will close saying that an unexpected failure occurred)

    out of that detail everything is superb and beautiful.

    congratulations Team Cherry for this gem.

    Spanish:

    Esta reseña viene de la mano de un veterano de los videojuegos y a la vez de alguien que no conocia el juego hasta hace poco gracias al Nintendo Switch.

    debo admitir que al principio no me llamaba mucho la atención este título y gracias a mis amigos que me convencieron de que lo comprara puedo decir que ha sido la mejor apuesta, experiencia y compra que he hecho en este año en cuanto a juegos indis se refiere.

    Hollow knigth es un videojuego de plataformas, exploración, aventura y por que no decirlo survival horror ya que el mundo es hermoso y tetrico a la vez, la historia y el lore detras es muy interesante y te atrapa de inmediato.

    sus mecanicas, control, dificultad, graficos y sonido son sensillamente magnificos.
    ostenta una calidad y un derroche de talento por parte de Team Cherry excepcional.

    muy recomendable para quienes les gustan los retos.

    y de manera subjetiva. es uno de los videojuegos mas hermosos e interesantes que he jugado con un lore muy inquietante a la vez de fasinante.

    yo le daria un 10 pero sere justo y aqui biene la parte objetiva.

    tiene muy pocos defectos como el hecho de que llega a tener ciertos bugs como en la degunda batalla contra Hornet donde si aplicas el ataque en espiral (Tecnica del aguijón) contra ella el juego se cerrara diciendo que un fallo inesperado ocurrio)

    fuera de ese detalle todo es soberbio y hermoso.

    felicidades Team Cherry por esta joya.
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  5. Mar 31, 2019
    9
    Absolute piece of art. Amazing in all it's senses, I just kept playing for more than 100 hours and still remain things to do. It is anAbsolute piece of art. Amazing in all it's senses, I just kept playing for more than 100 hours and still remain things to do. It is an authentic gem everybody should play at least once if you haven't already.
    And finally a brief mention to the extremely beautiful, balanced and powerful score. Hollow Knight is everything but hollow.
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  6. Jun 13, 2018
    9
    It's as if the masterminds behind Metroid, Castlevania and Bloodbourne tied an entomologist to a chair, put a gun to thier head, and demandedIt's as if the masterminds behind Metroid, Castlevania and Bloodbourne tied an entomologist to a chair, put a gun to thier head, and demanded a refreshing new idea for a charming, yet still challenging, platformer RPG. It's that damn good. Expand
  7. Jul 13, 2019
    0
    get cancer metacritic why would you delete my review on hollow knight. There were facts only and literally no swearwords. **** you youget cancer metacritic why would you delete my review on hollow knight. There were facts only and literally no swearwords. **** you you degenerte website for ****ing braindead troglodytes fangirling around some stupid ass games. FOr real tho metacritic, jokes aside, whoever created this, and obv those working there, are a bunch of retarded, insensate ****ing **** No for real tho, jokes aside, ****ing clown website. Feels like the paraolympics. Checkspell this you oxygen deprived mouth breathers. Yeah thats right you **** **** you can suck on my **** you **** **** **** you you **** **** ****ers mother********s. **** **** **** **** with a ****ing gaylord dick **** Expand

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