Game Review: Hollow Knight

Beneath the fading town of Dirtmouth sleeps Hallownest, an ancient insect kingdom. 

A game review that’s not the Sims?

I got Hollow Knight as a Christmas present since my sister recently got herself a PS4. Did I ask for Hollow Knight or hear of it before I took off the wrapping paper?

Nope, but I’m all for trying new things, and the cover intrigued me.

I also have a copy that includes four content packs: Hidden Dreams, The Grimm Troupe, Lifeblood, and Godmaster.

Forge New Paths

In the game, you play as the Hollow Knight, traversing the depths of the Forgotten Kingdom where many traveled for riches and glory but now an awaken force turns bugs mad and robs travelers of their senses.

And the object of the game is to solve the mystery, find the source of the plague, and not die continuously by one big bug, which I did until my sister defeated it for me.

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Look, I’m not a (big) gamer. This is my first game review that’s not the Sims so fighting a big bug wasn’t something I was prepared for early on. Once you get down to the caverns, there are countless paths to follow, and until you get yourself a map by the cartographer, it’s easy to get lost.

Journey Into the Deepest Depths

As I said, not a gamer, but that doesn’t mean you have to be one to enjoy the story. The 2-D animation is gorgeous. Sometimes I looked at the landscape too much and ended up losing a life because I wasn’t paying attention to the bug in front of me.

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The Knight you control has four lives + soul, which you gain by killing other bugs, which gives you more life, as well as Geo, which is the currency. And all they have is a broken nail as a weapon (well, in the beginning.)

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Obviously, the longer you play the stronger the Knight will become, gaining new abilities and meeting new bugs: allies and enemies.

Overall

I’ll be honest and say I’m not THAT far into the game, but enjoying it all the same. There is one section of the tunnels which is just a field day for killing off bugs and practicing your skills. I spent some time there gaining Geo to buy additions to my map, but it also helped me become more familiar with the controls.

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There are so many mysteries to be solved and doors to be unlocked that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It’s a fun adventure you play through as a small yet “enigmatic wanderer,” and if none of that interests you, the animation and music pull you into the word.

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I do plan on defeating the bug ON MY OWN one day, but am just enjoying the game as it is now and learning more each time I turn it on.

Hollow Knight is a recommendation from me. If you’re someone who prefers more action or bigger battles rather than slowing unraveling mysteries, this may not be for you, but for me, it’s a great way to unwind…until I can’t defeat a big bug.

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4 thoughts on “Game Review: Hollow Knight

  1. Emily says:

    Hollow Knight is a masterpiece, I’ve also reviewed it as well, but if you haven’t finished playing it, then you shouldn’t read it! I absolutely love the animation, soundtrack and characters, it’s got quite a charm to it. Yes it can be a challenge, especially boss fights many of them have made me want to break the controller, especially the Mantis Lords which I see you’ve included in this article. But when you finally triumph, it’s worth it.

    It’s also challenging in platforming so if you’re not used to that, well….actually I won’t say it, I don’t want it to dissuade you from continuing to play. As I started to unravel the story on my own and explore new environments, I was hooked. I hope you come to love it more too.

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