Hollow Knight is a game that I have been wanting to try for a while now. I know it had excellent reviews and people were seemingly very positive on the game. I went into the game knowing it was a difficult Metroidvania and that’s about it.

Now I only played an hour of this game and it all can be found on video here and spoiler alert, I didn’t like it. I don’t mind a Metroidvania or even a more difficult one. I enjoyed my time with Ori and the Blind Forest but this was just different. Forget the narrative aspect of this game, I don’t know what I’m working towards even gameplay-wise. This is ultimately my issue with the game, I don’t like the way the game feels at the beginning, it’s very limiting and I have no context for how long it’s going to take to make the game more enjoyable.

A simple example is, I played an hour of the game and this is what I unlocked. Part of a map so I can a rough idea of where to go. Then I had to unlock the ability to update the map as I go to new areas on the map (that’s an unlock). Then after about 40 minutes into the game, I finally unlocked the ability to have a waypoint on the map so I know I which room my character is in. That’s an unlock and it’s expensive unlock. These are things in normal games that you start with because these are some basic quality of life things that modern video games have. Maybe some people like that but I do not.

To go back to the beginning of the game, you start with the ability to move, jump and attack to the right, left and up. That’s it, that’s all you have and after an hour, I unlocked a map and the ability to know where I am on the map. I don’t mind a slow progression as long as I know what I’m working towards, this I have no idea. I have no idea if I can upgrade my weapon so it does more damage, I have no idea if I unlock new mobility. I assume I do but nowhere in the game was that evident. What was evident was that I could unlock pins so I can mark specific areas on the map.
I’m sorry if you liked this game but I don’t want to spend 15 hours to finally unlock a dash. If I had any progression, I would keep going but I just found the game frustrating and ultimately not fun.

Recap: The Good

Recap: The Bad

Mobility

Attack

Progression

Map

Unlocks

Recap: The Okay

Final Thoughts

I did not like this game.

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