allow me to gush a little bit about Hollow Knight
"note slight potential spoilers might occur" (have tried to tone it down a bit for hollow knight newcomers, tho it’s also hard to completely avoid in my glee)
first of, it’s a 15$ title, why do i bother to mention this you might think ?
-well, because not only is the game great, awesome and amazing in its own right. It’s also packed full of content, putting many higher priced titles utter and completely to shame in terms of “tangible” value per "invested purchase $"
On top of that the devs (apparently not completely discharged from the insane asylum) was committed to keep adding stuff for free, be it for Kickstarter stretch goals, getting on the Nintendo, or whatever other crazy reason they felt like just tossing stuff in and complete it even more on top anyway
I’m thoroughly disappointed in myself for going this long without trying it , it’s truly fantastic, and very satisfying to play.
So what happened, well besides the “usual” excuses to not play games, given how this game was “heavier” on the platforming side of things (pls don’t let that deter you!) it was easier to put in the "will get later"pile, since those games often frustrates me because of my own clumsiness
Anyway, a couple of chronies on the forums got to mildly gushing about how fantastic the game where, (oh boy they were not kidding ), and happened to coincide with a Humble sale
Now, i also had some leftover funds there, essentially making it an overall combined steal for me (-however there were still other things on my list too, making me not pull the trigger immediately).
But someone saw fit to take the choice out of my hands, and straight up gifted me the game instead (you know who you are, and you have my eternal gratitude and glee for that ) and so at the first proper free moment sometime after i prepped up, (no not mountain dew , apple cider and gifler), and jumped in for a trip to Hallowsnest
And holy royal mofo **** golden ****** *** crown **** chocolate **** stick in a ice cream sundae…!
From the very beginning the way it just sucks you in, cute little bug, hero landing and all , it’s just amazing in every aspect!
The art, the story, the world/characters/dialogue, sounds and music, all utterly engrossing. Combined with the freakin combat, movement and controls it’s just so close to near perfection as possible, it makes Skyrim "10/10"s, etc, look utterly redonkulous by comparison
I’m still on my first playthrough, going on some 25hours i guess, and part of the beauty of this game’s gameplay is its openness, -very little is “gated” off.
In fact once you get past the beginning, which serves as a mild cheeky “setup” tutorial, you can apparently go almost anywhere, (if you can survive the journey), because the game wasn’t meant for you to go in just 1 or even 2 directions, but allows you to explore to your heart’s content.
This was wonderfully demonstrated to me multiple times, where i (give the enemies hp/moveset) clearly was missing something semi-vital to make the experience, more, uhm, “manageable” for me.
But it allows you to try, or even go on, or a big circle around if you’re like me and too chickensht to look at anything 50% larger than your own size
Suddenly before i knew it i was in the deepest darkest corner (or so i thought) of what turned out to be one huge giantass freaking map/world.
Basically because of my usually wanderlust and meandering i had gotten myself in some slight trouble. Traveled pretty far, and also far from my latest checkpoint (thank holy high fck for benches!, everytime i walk by a bench i pat it on the back now, whispering “that’s a good bench”),
anyways i was mildly panicking over losing my soul+hard earned Geo(currency), and i had no clue where the next checkpoint might be, or how far, or even where the last one was considering backtracking
so i soldier on, like a good little bug of the knight’s table, and find a train (mind you the game already had another mode of “fast travel”/transportation between some areas), so i sorta rejoice, remembering i had seen such a very train back up in the starting dungeon area.
Oh boy… oh boy oh boy oh boy… What is it they say about taking rides with strangers?, i’m guessing that now also applies to rides without others present
I took the tram, ending up a station i had been before, far away, and still far from where i wanted to be, so i hit the button again, fully expecting to get back to the station i was at before, or the one i had seen/intended to go to… Yaiks… was i wrong, and somehow ended up on the far side of the world, with 2 areas i hadn’t been in yet
-luckily the traveling came with a bench so i just decided call it quits there before i had a nervous gps-related breakdown and wait with finding my way another time
in all this time, zigzagging across the world, finding all these neat little pieces of lore, fun segments of challenging play, be it platforming or combat, or just figuring out where to go next, i somehow ended up “not playing the game”, at least not usual a-b mainline in a campaign
because i had killed only a fraction of the bosses, and no story related boss apparently
Instead i’d been finding secrets, and this game has them in spades, or been “banging on walls” . And if not directly secrets then those metroidvania-lite moments too, of acquiring a power “later” that then means you can go back and do something new in an old area, so an area can take a long time to fully consume.
but since there is no mandated linear path to get your upgrades, you can skip forth and back in so many different ways -especially since some secrets or areas intertwine in an awesome way of making pathways, letting you take advantage of having gotten Y before X even
This game does so many things right imo, it’s amazing, if you remotely like platforming or even metroidvania’lite aspects, hell just as a 2d action adventure game this is freaking fantastic and you owe it to yourself to try this. It just has everything that makes a wonderful game and experience.
There are these little silly moments, or just things, stuff that didn’t need to be there, but the kind that just oozes passion and quality, and further adds to sucking you into the world.
and wow, the kickstarter backers that helped bring this to life , it’s an actual treat finding something backer related in the game, in whatever shape/plaque they might have been honoured.
I think part of what keeps me from moving on with the main story, is all these things that are tossed in here and too that just further fuels my desire to find something else and constantly look around the “next corner”. Be it some crazy recluse snob, or some fellow “knight” that’s out adventuring, or just some silly little wayward grub
the game just keeps me going and exploring, -and if i’m lucky i might stumble upon a boss on my travels, and maybe even complete the game one day eventually, (if their path happens to be on whatever offroad track i end up on)
(and omg does the prospect of Steelsoul mode look awesomely daunting to me!! )
much recommended, much continued Hollow Knight gushing likely to ensue