Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Hollow Knights
Hollow Knight is a game that I had brief play with in its early versions on the PC and enjoyed it, I was really happy when the Voidheart edition was announced for the Xbox, shipping with all of the DLC included.
The game is a huge sprawling Metroidvania that you could get lost in for hours or even days, it is a wonderful world of exploration. The game doesn’t do very much to show you the ropes or introduce you to the background story and that is one of the very few minor points I can raise against this game.
However once you get past that and wander off talking to characters and exploring the rich environments you can’t fail to get sucked into the game. You are essentially just thrown in at the deep end and left to fend for yourself but in some ways it encourages you to sink or swim.
Once you do start swimming and slowly learn what has happened in the vast kingdom of Hallownest, you will pick up abilities such as wall climb and dash which will make your life much easier and allow you to reach those places you couldn’t reach previously.
The combat in the game is tricky to learn at the start with timing your hits against enemies and learning how to use the directional hits whilst dodging and jumping away from the enemies attacks. As you learn the abilities and evolving yourself through upgrades, skills and charms that you can equip the enemies become easier to deal with and you improve as a player all the time too.
The Charms will allow you various different benefits and you have a set number that can be equipped at any one time (which you can earn more spaces), the charms are free swappable so you can tailor them to fit certain areas or certain bosses, if for instance you have a boss you are struggling with you can equip more health or longer striking distance for your weapon.
As you explore the caves you will constantly encounter smaller enemies which you will earn money called Geo from and also receive Soul which allows you to heal yourself during your travels, if you die you will drop all your Geo which adds a tension to your travels, especially when you stumble upon a boss (and there are plenty of them!)
The deeper you get into the story and into the world itself the more you will not want to leave, the game gets its claws into you and just doesn’t want to let go, the addition of all of the DLC packs that have been released post launch on the PC make this a real bargain.
There is no set route through the game, you make your own path and adventure, you could even complete the game without having visited vast areas of the world. That is what keeps you coming back for more exploring because that urge is there to want to explore, to want to find out the history and the to know what is in those areas you haven’t yet seen.
The game is a masterpiece in many ways and could quite easily swallow many many hours of your time but boy is it enjoyable to explore that wonderful world.
Many thanks to Team Cherry for the review code.
Developed by Team Cherry
Published by Team Cherry
Twitter – @TeamCherryGames
Price – £12.49