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  2. Negative: 8 out of 10
  1. Mar 5, 2018
    72
    Hollow is a good horror game inspired by great games like Alien: Isolation and Resident Evil Revelations. However, the game sins by executing mechanics like melee combat, for example. Although the graphics are excellent and it has an excellent atmosphere, the weird movement of the enemies makes the game look odd at times. The game is frightening at times when you walk alone on the ship listening to voices succumbing to the dark, you do get some scares, but it is not frequent. The gameplay is within the standards of the current horror games. Despite its problems, Hollow is a highly recommended game for horror fans and games like Resident Evil Revelations and Alien: Isolation.
  2. Mar 5, 2018
    68
    A horror game with good ideas that comes up short in many aspects: while its history is addictive and progressively improves, its short duration brings us back to reality, and while its setting and sound put us in a tense mood with some jump scares mixed in, its technical side takes us out of that mood with a significant range of defects to be cleaned up.
  3. May 15, 2018
    40
    Hollow could have gone further and cemented itself as a good proposal in the growing horror genre within the Nintendo Switch and it gets the ambiance right, including the good use of sound effects. It does not succeed at all it could, unfortunately, as its heavy and cumbersome gameplay, losses of fluidity and several technical issues end up plaguing the experience, whose plot is also too generic and unremarkable to make this a memorable horror game.
  4. Feb 28, 2018
    30
    Hollow is an incredibly ugly game with the kind of plentiful technical issues that make it actively difficult to play. Those with a masochistic streak might derive some pleasure from its abrasiveness and its downbeat tone, but most Switch-owning horror fans would be much better served playing through Resident Evil Revelations and its sequel for the umpteenth time.
  5. Mar 14, 2018
    30
    As far as space-set survival horror games go, Hollow sets the standard for a new low.
  6. 30
    Hollow, as a game, is an effective horror experience plagued by some poor goal communication with the player. It has clear issues but at its core, Hollow is a technically impressive game built on generally good gameplay. As a port to Switch, this game is unfortunately an abysmal mess.
  7. 10
    It's a B-grade Dead Space clone that follows the "rules" of horror without actually understanding any of them. Sure, it's a good thing that developers want to continue that "horror in space" tradition of Dead Space, but this team simply wasn't up to the task. On any level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Feb 23, 2018
    10
    Great atmosphere in this scifi/horror adventure game set in space for the Switch. I love the graphical effects, the sound and music whichGreat atmosphere in this scifi/horror adventure game set in space for the Switch. I love the graphical effects, the sound and music which reminds me a lot of Alien. The story, up till now, is flowing really well and buiding tension. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2018
    10
    Hollow lets you explore an abandoned spaceship in a search of your own past. Great experience if you love sci-fi horrors, runs very well onHollow lets you explore an abandoned spaceship in a search of your own past. Great experience if you love sci-fi horrors, runs very well on Nintendo Switch. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2018
    9
    Really scary game! Play at your own risk, only if you want to have nightmares!
  4. Feb 27, 2018
    8
    So far I really like it. I've been having the problem for years with horror games not scaring me, at all. Well this one feels a little moreSo far I really like it. I've been having the problem for years with horror games not scaring me, at all. Well this one feels a little more creepy and claustrophobic and atmospheric than most. Part of it is the awful film grain filter the game uses, and part of it is the slightly sluggish survival horror style controls, but in this case I'd say they're a good thing. They make the player feel vulnerable, and to me, you CAN NOT have a scary game, unless it makes the player feel vulnerable. This one does.

    I feel the same way about the original Slender game (not the Arrival). It was super dark, unforgiving as hell, you didn't feel powerful or athletic AT ALL, and because of that it was the most a game has scared me. Even more so than the highlight of Dead Space 2 which I don't even want to spoil. It does require that you've played the first dead space to have its full effect but lets just say it was a masterfully done nod to the first game that makes you feel an incredible sense of dread the second you realize what's happening.
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  5. Mar 23, 2018
    8
    I think Hollow is the perfect example of a game that can divide opinions. It's a horror game about a guy exploring a ship going through a bitI think Hollow is the perfect example of a game that can divide opinions. It's a horror game about a guy exploring a ship going through a bit of a crisis. It's not a perfect game, and while I was turned off the first 10 or 15 minutes I started playing it, I eventually got used to the mechanics and ended up enjoying it. The biggest con in my book is that the movement is slow. You can click the left analog stick to run, and by run, I mean move at a decent walking pace. Thankfully, you can "run" indefinitely, although when the main character speaks, the speed reverts to "slow as a crawl" until the dialog is completed. Also, they use a lot of screen effects that while sometimes cool, can also be a bit distracting, and overdone. Unlike most indie horror titles, you actually can fight back in this game, and that is a big plus for me. Yes, ammo is limited, but a well placed headshot will take out the more common enemies. Aiming to get that headshot is a bit clunky, and definitely takes some getting used to. Really, that's the main thing I experienced with this game, and it is also why I liked it the longer I played it. Once you get good at managing the movement, and combat, Hollow can be an enjoyable game. I heard that the game suffered framerate dips for some people, but I didn't have any (in docked or handheld mode), and if they did happen, I didn't notice them. I will state the disclaimer that I have no problem with games that run at 30FPS, So maybe that has something to do with how I perceived the experience. All in all, Hollow is an OK horror game for the Switch, and if you have already played Resident Evil Revelations, and are looking for another horror game where you don't have to constantly run and hide, maybe check this one out. In full disclosure, I picked this game up for under $10 during a sale, and I feel like I got my moneys worth. At it's full price of $20, it's a much harder sell. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2018
    7
    A couple months back EA shutdown visceral games the developers of dead space. This angered me deeply as I loved dead space and consider itA couple months back EA shutdown visceral games the developers of dead space. This angered me deeply as I loved dead space and consider it among my favorite horror series of all time. I've been looking trying to find a game to fill the void since dead space is in limbo... I stumbled on this game which prided itself as a space survival horror game similar to alien isolation, dead space, and even movies like pandorum and event horizon. The trailer looked very spooky and oozed atmosphere and any fan of the game could draw comparisons from this and dead space. Could hollow be a good take on sci-fi survival horror to satisfy fans of visceral game's horror masterpiece. Or is the game rather ahem...hollow. Let's find out

    Graphics: the graphics are pretty good for a pc port on the switch. Chromatic aberration and lens flare are used to good effect even though at times it can obscure your view especially during hallucinations. But it isn't anything game breaking. Playing undocked does seem to tone it down some. Textures are nice when not viewed too closely. The only exception would be the pasty faces on some characters and muddy facial textures. The space station the game takes place on is full of creepy atmosphere and detailed interiors, though they do look a bit same-y after awhile. There are multiple parts to the station which add some variety to the scenery which is nice. The monster designs are creepy and unique looking. They look crossed between necromorphs and mannequins, which i found delightfully horrifying. The enemy variety is decent for an indie game such as this but you do see a couple of the same looking enemies at The beginning which get progressively more grotesque which helps alleviate some repetition. The lighting is a little to bright for my liking even with gamma settings adjusted and shadows are almost nonexistent which I find very odd for a horror game.Overall graphics are pretty nice. other than the lighting and shadow effects, No real complaints there.

    Story: the story, as with most horror games, is very cryptic. The story gets some answers later on but it leaves with more questions than answers. The story starts with you, a pilot crash lands at the space station known as shahkter one. The ship is abandoned though audio logs and warning sirens hint something terrible has happened. Monsters infest the ship and the pilot is looking for someone. I won't go into further details on fear of spoiling the story. It has psychological horror and themes of fear of commitment as well as abandonment. It's a pretty good story but it feels unfinished, which makes sense as the end credits heavily tease a sequel. Still it is kind of a letdown to be left with so many questions and the cliffhanger ending doesn't help either. It's just unfinished but it is interesting.

    Gameplay: this is a fps survival exploration game. It start off rather slow but when you find your first weapon it picks up as well as the threat. The shooting controls are fine though you are going to want to turn the control sensitivity up as the character moves very slow and slow reactions can lead to death. Speaking of death there are some parts in the game that will try to ambush you and end your life fast. Which can be especially annoying if you don't use the save system and have to repeat difficult sections over and over. On "hard" difficulty the game takes a page from old survival horror games and requires you find floppy disks throughout the ship so you can save your game. Run out and you'll be out of luck so be sure to use them wisely as they are very few and strangely missing in later parts. I recommend playing on normal as you can save to your heart's content no floppy disks needed. The reason being a later section in the game spikes and can cause you to start back at an earlier inconvenient point which happened to me and led to massive frustration. Puzzles are decent though a bit cryptic but nothing too difficult. Decent gameplay that works all around.

    Sound: sound is ok. The monsters and sound effects are good, voice acting is hit or miss but not too bad. Music is good and creepy and but at times you can hear it loop. Decent sound and good music throughout.

    Lasting appeal: this is where my main criticism lies...the length and replay value. I'm not a fan of short games but if they are fun and exciting to play I let it slide sometimes... Hollow puts me in a difficult spot. It's not a bad game by any means and it is fun despite some issues like the save system and difficulty spikes, but it is a short experience. It took me about 3 hours to finish the game although i didn't find all collectible nude photos (yes there are pics and idk why). There isn't any reason to play again unless you want to find all the pics and collectibles or try out hard difficulty but that's it. The length is the biggest problem i have with this game.

    Hollow is a good horror game that takes huge inspiration
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  7. Nov 17, 2018
    0
    This game isn't even worth think about. The frames are SO poor, even my old 486 could show more. Seriously. Most of the time the game hasThis game isn't even worth think about. The frames are SO poor, even my old 486 could show more. Seriously. Most of the time the game has maybe 15 -20 frames. With MSAA on LOW. And if that wouldn't be enough, the models from "enemies" are so ridicoulus poor made... Even the animations. Everything looks choppy and laggy. Not meant to be a horror style.. No it's just crap. I am really regret to spend 8€ for that piece of.... something. And if that all wouldn't be a nail for the coffin, the worst is taht you have some kind of "helmet camera" effect ALL THE TIME. You never have a clear view. You are always looking through a flcikering, badly made helmet camera and you can'T even turn that off. Seriously. Do not buy this game unless you are drunk and you want to make fun of it. It's just not worth the money. I would rather go and play more No mans sky then play 20 more minutes of that horror game. And not horror because of the atmosphere. I mean horror regarding the poorly programmed and made game. Oh and don'T get me started with the SLOOOOOOW movement speed... What a shame of a game... It'S not a game, it's an early alpha of an early access game. Bah Expand

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