Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 4, 2018
    92
    Hollow Knight is the metroidvania you are looking for: epic, challenging, clever and so wide. Some souls-like mechanics perfectly fit in this beautiful game.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 28, 2018
    90
    Visually stunning, mechanically rewarding – Hollow Knight is a game that works on just about every level. It presents challenge, but always fairly, with plentiful options to explore new pathways. [Issue#155, p.92]
  3. Oct 9, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition shines bright, which is ironic considering its solemn presentation and challenging gameplay. Offering a plethora of collectibles and content to explore as well as unrelenting confrontations, the game delivers a sensational, mysterious journey which will undoubtedly test your platforming skills.
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition shakes up the MetroidVania space with excellent worldbuilding and the challenge to match. Though the game does not hold your hand, those willing to face the world of Hallownest will find a game with a lot of “Soul.”
  5. Sep 27, 2018
    80
    The question of how important originality is to any new game is largely a question of personal taste, but Hollow Knight offers some compelling mitigation for its lack of innovation: the gorgeous presentation and the insanely low asking price. There’s no question that Hollow Knight is hugely enjoyable and great value for money. But if its gameplay had been as imaginative as its visuals it could have been a genuine classic.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Sep 27, 2018
    10
    Wonderful game that finally came to PS4. Must buy for everyone who are at least a bit interested in metrovania style games. Gem in EA filledWonderful game that finally came to PS4. Must buy for everyone who are at least a bit interested in metrovania style games. Gem in EA filled **** franchise-game industry.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    9
    Hollow Knight is one of my favorite indie games. It's a masterpiece and definitely worth your time and money. If you enjoy soulslike gamesHollow Knight is one of my favorite indie games. It's a masterpiece and definitely worth your time and money. If you enjoy soulslike games like Salt and Sanctuary you will love this little gem.

    The gameplay, artwork and soundtrack are top-notch. The controls are very intuitive and highly responsive. This is important because as I mentioned above it's a soulslike game and the difficulty increases as you progress in the story.

    YES, you will die many, many times but that's the nature of the game desgin. If you hate dying over and over again you should just skip it. But if you are willing to get better and learn the attack patterns of your enemies, believe me, the satisfaction will be immense after defeating one of your most hated bosses. I once spent 4 days trying to defeat a boss (SPOILER: Nightmare King Grimm). At first, I thought the fight was impossible to win because the enemy was moving too fast for my eyes even to visualize. But after learning his patterns by heart and making a plan how to respond I finally did.

    So in short, yes some parts are very frustrating but also rewarding because you are forced to get better and better and actually feel the progress and the hard work you put in. The game never gets boring because you learn a variety of skills and new moves and are confronted with different types of enemies.

    But to be honest this game isn't perfect. It won't take you by the hand and guide you. You yourself have to discover the whole huge map alone. Because there is acutally no "real" story you don't know where to go first and what's even going on. As you progress you will learn more and more about the lore.
    So sometimes if you are stuck it's not a shame to look up a gamer's guide and find inspiration how to move on.

    Conclusion: It's a truly beautiful game, making it a must-play. The lovely scenery and fitting soundtrack suck you in. The gameplay is very challenging and never gets boring.
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Fantastic, wonderful adventure. 2d platformer which is strongly connected with Dark Souls spirit and weird bugs world. Amazing experience.