I love hollow knight so much i bought it twice - once on pc and again on Switch.
Its SUCH a good game, and really takes a lot of the best aspects of both souls-likes and metroidvanias without copying its mechanics wholesale from either.
a massive, interesting, and dark world with deep but often hidden storytelling. Enemies that require experimentation and knowledge to defeat, but that are fair in their patterns. Brutal bosses that reward a willingness for trial and error. Hardcore exploration with a multitude of hidden paths and secrets. Plenty of sequence breaks and movement tools. And to top it all off, it’s an INCREDIBLE speedrun game (please watch the speedrun once you beat it. its increidble.)
Hollow Knight is just enjoyable to play on every levell and at every speed, and while there are certainly a few frustrating design choices (Making a boss deal 2 hp instead of 1 is the lazy way to make things harder, cherry), they’re so few and far between that it doesnt really bother me at all.
Not to mention all this free extra content they’ve been handing out!!! we’re on the THIRD free update already, with one last one to come in the future, and an entire secondary campaign featuring a different playable character as paid dlc later on!! what a game.