A 2D metroidvania with an emphasis on close combat and exploration in which the player enters the once-prosperous now-bleak insect kingdom of Hallownest, travels through its various districts, meets friendly inhabitants, fights hostile ones and uncovers the kingdom's history while improving their combat abilities and movement arsenal by fighting bosses and accessing out-of-the-way areas.
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This was the first metroidvania game I've ever played and, on my first few hours, I absolutely despised it. I stopped playing, and decided to try a few other metroidvanias, like Ori, Dead Cells and SteamWorld Dig. After about a year, I returned to Hollow Knight and, after getting a grasp on metroidvanias, absolutely loved every minute of it. If you're new to this genre of games start with either Ori or Steamworld Dig, and then play Hollow Knight. Doing so will let you appreciate everything this amazing game has to offer