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Lafiel said:
trasharmdsister12 said:
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.

Hollow Knight is a pretty great game, that overstays it's welcome and the last bosses (that I played.. haven't faced all of them after ~50hrs and quit the game after reaching 1 ending) are some bullet hell shit. I wouldn't categorize it as a "soulslike", it's a pretty straightforward Metroidvania and if you have trouble with the super precision platforming like I do then I think Ori 1 is a better fit for you as you can power up your skills/jumps farther than the game ever requires you to perform.

I'm inclined to agree with you on not including Hollow Knight as a Souls-like. It's why I didn't initially include it but then saw other people were including it so thought I'd mention I have played it but can't categorize it. I think people include it due to the way it handles bosses. You learn boss patterns and you get better at bosses while doing very little damage to them per attack. And it's unforgiving of even small technical mistakes on your part as the player. 

I played through Ori and it was very demanding for me from a pure environmental platforming point of view. But you're right about Hollow Knight being impossibly demanding for me in platforming when dealing with bosses.



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I'd say HK is a mix of Metroidvania and Souls-like. Except for the 3D, all the main elements are there: the player being a character specially selected to a certain obscure task, the hard bosses, losing and recovering souls mechanic, cryptic apocalyptic lore, a main hub early on and then a few NPCs spread on the map etc.



 

 

 

 

 

I've only played Demon's Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2. From those, Demon's Souls was a great mix of excellent gameplay and a subtle but very good story with two brilliant possible endings.

Dark Souls had a larger world and expanded the gameplay of Demon's in some ways, not all of them great, but it was overall good, gameplay-wise. The story however, I thought was terrible. Both endings were garbage and a complete let down after such a long game.

Dark Souls 2 took some elements from Demon's and gameplay-wise it was "alright" though I'd say the formula was getting really stale. The Valley of Defilement was pretty much copied from Demon's to Dark Souls 1 and then again in DS II? Come on now. The worst part however was the story. It took elements from Demon's but it didn't have nearly the same impact as that one. It felt repetitive, lazy and the endings were, again, shit.

I came off so disappointed after finishing Dark Souls 2 that I didn't even try the DLC parts even though I got the "complete" edition. I don't even know if I should try the other From Soft games when I get a PS4 since their recent way of making stories has been so subpar for me.

All that being said, I'm really intrigued by Nioh. I really like Feudal Japan as a setting so might give that game a shot at some point.



Hollow Knight is in this category? I actually played that one. Beat it, too! If I knew it was a "Soulslike" I probably would have skipped it. I have a phobia about super hard games these days.

Hollow Knight is a 10/10 for me.



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d21lewis said:
Hollow Knight is in this category? I actually played that one. Beat it, too! If I knew it was a "Soulslike" I probably would have skipped it. I have a phobia about super hard games these days.

Hollow Knight is a 10/10 for me.

You are scared of hard games, but love HK? That makes no sense, HK was pretty darn difficult until I started looking shit up online. The mantis bosses kicked my ass plenty of times.



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d21lewis said:
Hollow Knight is in this category? I actually played that one. Beat it, too! If I knew it was a "Soulslike" I probably would have skipped it. I have a phobia about super hard games these days.

Hollow Knight is a 10/10 for me.

HK is much much harder than any soulslike I've played (haven't played Sekiro and from what I gather that's not veeery soulslike either). The early Souls games (DeS, DS1+2) need hardly any "skill", just a bit of patience and a healthy dose of fear of the unknown.



omarct said:
d21lewis said:
Hollow Knight is in this category? I actually played that one. Beat it, too! If I knew it was a "Soulslike" I probably would have skipped it. I have a phobia about super hard games these days.

Hollow Knight is a 10/10 for me.

You are scared of hard games, but love HK? That makes no sense, HK was pretty darn difficult until I started looking shit up online. The mantis bosses kicked my ass plenty of times.

When I bought it, I just heard it was a good metroidvania type game. Hadn't heard about the difficulty. There were some tough battles but it never stopped being fun.

When I heard about Dark Souls, all I ever saw was "You Died", "You Died", "You Died". It made me not even want to give it a try. I didn't need that kind of frustration in my life! Then Bloodborne and the other games had that same reputation. I avoided them all.

There was a time when no game intimidated me but now I just want to enjoy myself.



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