Oh my, I came so close to loving Hollow Knight so much. The animation, the world, the characters, the story. I was sucked in. And jee wizz the combat was satisfying. For about 90 percent of this I would have comfortable said it was the best metrovania thing ever, but oh my god the difficulty goes from satisfyingly challenging to being the biggest dickhead.
Almost every boss fight in the game feels like a duel and those were all fantastic. So much of the platforming feels like exploration and since the world was wonderfully intriguing, it felt great. But oh my god. The amount of guff you have to go through for the "true ending" was just ridiculous.
If you have played Limbo you might remember the last third of the game really kind of ruining the mood with all the stupid buzz saws and gravity platforming which kind of destroys the illusion that you are actually in a place. Yeah this times a hundred. Why do people just have buzz saws just lying around everywhere!!!
And the final boss was just hard for the sake of hard. Why did every one of its stupid attacks do double damage! Agghh!
Hollow knight is fantastic, but fails to stick the landing, which is a shame because it came really close to being my favourite game since forever.