Screenshot of the Week #147: Hollow Knight

by on January 8, 2018

I haven’t written one of these in a while because I’ve been focusing on much bigger articles. However, because I don’t have the time for a full review I thought it would be a good idea to write a few words about Hollow Knight, one of my favorite games from 2017. While I was aware of the existence of Hollow Knight, I was enticed by the game’s magic close the year’s end. I guess I played PUBG way too much so I had to desperately make up for a huge backlog.

There seems to be a new trend of games combining metroidvania with Souls elements and Hollow Knight is just that. Set in dystopian world, the action follows a Knight born out of the void as he explores an intricate labyrinth that was once great kingdom of bugs in an attempt to save its remains. As with any metroidvania game, Hollow Knight can be quite intimidating requiring a back and forth exploration through its sidescrolling mazes. The mysterious and bleak narrative formula used by the Dark Souls series fits this game like a glove providing only the slightest context leaving the player to draw the conclusions. The gameplay is solid with sections of terrifying platforming and moments of pure action, sometimes the two intertwining. There are plenty of boss battles to put the player’s skill to the test but there’s also a good character progression to provide options for the tasks at hand. The recipe is great and while I do think the art style and setting take a while to get used with, Hollow Knight’s secret lies within the atmosphere which becomes more enticing the more you play.

It’s pretty obvious that a lot of thought and effort has gone into making this game and some more after the release. Hollow Knight’s already vast content has been expanded with two free DLCs adding new mechanics and bosses.

I love the mix of these two subgenres and the potential that lies within it. The path has been paved for future titles by the success of games like Salt and Sanctuary and Hollow Knight. And now I’m looking forward to the many metroidvanian Souls-like games 2018 has in store for us.

If you gaze long enough into the abyss…

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