There's a ton to love, enjoy, and discover in this engaging and at times frustrating downloadable action game. Like many other recent titles, Hollow Knight is intended as a bit of an homage to classic titles that padded much of their shelf life by requiring a level of skill you wouldn't be close to having out of the gate. It boasts a colossal in-game world that will likely take most players about 30 hours to fully discover, though because of the wanderlust it encourages, you're in for a lot of going in circles and being confused for a while. In fact, most areas of the map are accessible early on, though you won't be able to reach or even be aware of them until acquiring items and abilities further along the journey. The weapons and skills aren't anything all that new (a double-jump, shooting projectiles, etc.), though the difficulty in amassing them is considerable. This comes both in the form of boss fights that take a fair amount of practice to win, and occasionally some control issues (you'll often dive directly into pits you meant to leap across). As in the Dark Souls series, once you're killed, you can potentially lose all the in-game currency you've been holding on to unless you can forge a path back to where you were defeated and vanquish an evil spirit guarding your grave.
On top of the infrequent control issues, there are two other key areas that make this a recommendation with an asterisk. The game's huge world is exacerbated by the less than useful mapping system. Because the world continues to branch off, getting even larger, seeing where you are doesn't prevent you from getting lost. Additionally, the world has a tendency to be so bleak and dark that it can be hard to keep pressing on. It can also make you feel lost -- even when you're somewhere you've been before. With little that helps differentiate one space from another, there can be a dullness that sets in where instead there should be excitement over discovering a new area. Nevertheless, if you have an itch for a challenge that will ask a lot of you and give you ample opportunity to prove your skill, Hollow Knight is a worthy contender. Especially since the game is going to be continually amended via a series of three expansion packs, offering new areas, new bosses, and new challenges.