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I forgot to add that I've played through more than half of Hollow Knight (currently on that rolling boss that becomes more than one boss during the battle) and I'm just terrible at side scrolling games in general so it has been a not so enjoyable experience for me. Though objectively when I look at the game and all the design and work put into it, I know it's an incredible piece of art and design. But that's why I haven't included it in my rankings. It is no doubt better than Lords of the Fallen, but beyond that it can't be a 1-1 comparison with its 3D contemporaries for me.

I've also given NiOh a couple of hours and it hasn't clicked yet. It seems more focused on gear and I'm not a fan of the game being split up into levels. But I can definitely see the depth and complexity of combat with the different stances and weapon types. I'm not holding my breath about ever having a chance to go back to it for more play though.