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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Hey all. I've been slowly going through a 5 Hour Speedrun Achievement attempt on the PS4 version. Don't know if anyone fancies a watch, but here's Part 1 if you do Planning on doing the final part tonight although I suuuuuuck at the final boss. So might take me a few goes
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    It's not that hard (at least I didn't think so anyway, and loads of bosses took me ages in this and other games). There's an agreed easiest route which you can find easily with a google. And if you equip some spell boosting charms and the one that makes your nail shoot things out (if you have it), you can attack almost everything from a safe distance . (you also get multiple - I assume infinite? - goes at it as well)
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Spent some time working towards the 5 hour completion yesterday, following this guide: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=878193536 Found it frustrating and fun in equal measure. Frustrating because you go from being really used to 8 masks and a powered up nail to just having nothing, not even much movement, and it took more getting used to than I anticipated. Soul Sanctum and Crystal Peak caught me trying to be quick when I was just being careless. Love it when games do this though, it's tough and I get annoyed, but you get over it so quickly because I'm always punished for my own mistakes. Started over a few times and got Hornet down in around 25 mins, which was very satisfying. And it started to feel doable.. and I'm 100% not very good . But I think I can muddle through in 5 hours with the 2nd nail upgrade. Watcher Knights may have different ideas though! Been watching some of the proper speedruns too and they're super fun (the no major glitches ones). Found this resources page with gifs and guides to skips and things. Awesome stuff! https://www.speedrun.com/hollowknight/guides
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Also, I'm assuming there's no way to...
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Ok, I'm on 101% now. Been trying to avoid guides and looking things up as much as possible, and I only feel a slight pang of regret at one or two of the decisions I've made. Namely... I had to look up how to get into the but to be fair I'd never have found it. Cool boss! I've just loved the whole thing so much. I even took screenshots of the map and pieced them together and printed an A3 version out so I could mark off places I've explored and double/triple checked for secrets. Never done anything like that with a game before.. I'm no completist. Or at least, I wasn't . I've still got two Charms to go, so if anyone wants to give merest tiny hints (as in, the area they are found in maybe? so I can go searching back through that area) as to where to get the... ... that would be much appreciated . Next step is to find the one remaining mask and soul shard I need to get one more full one of each, then to take on the third Trial again. So much love for this game . Like someone a bit further up said, this is all time top 5 for me quite easily.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    It's got two shoulder buttons on both sides. It's basically a Switch controller, but just in the shape of a SNES pad, as far as I can figure out.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    I've bought one of those 8bitdo SNES pads because of this. I just can't reliably press up or down using the analogue pad. Sounds a bit ridiculous but I don't know how other people do it. It's not arrived yet, but I hope this basically means the end of using analogue sticks for 2D games .
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Yeah having the compass equipped does mean you are constantly looking at the map to know where you are as you don't learn the paths as well. It depends how you wanna play though I guess. Some people really enjoy that learning aspect, others just want to not get lost . And yeah I use Gathering Swarm at all times too for dat sweet geo. I had a quick go at Steel Mode last night. Died twice on the fat guys with knives. Mainly I was just too cavalier and forgot that I had so little life and no double jump or anything. I think the game's harder in the early game in many ways just because of lack of maneuverability. Think I might leave that mode for now! Kind of tempted to try a mini speed run to the Mantis Lords or something. Edit: Cyhwuhx I haven't even found that charm yet!
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Yeah it's quite daunting at the start. It just drops you in without much help, but that's why so many people love this type of game of course! The main aim at the beginning is to explore. To just go as far in any direction as possible. My main advice in terms of combat would be to be patient with enemies, and don't take on more than one at a time if at all possible. Gradually you should get the hang of the timing and positioning. It's all just about training muscle memory really, when it comes down to it. Once you unlock charms, I'd pretty much always keep the Compass one equipped, and this will show you where you are on the map, at least, and exploring should be easier from there. Gradually purchasing the other map based items is pretty useful as well. Happy to help with more specifics if you wanna ask. Good luck!
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Final boss done
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Watcher Knights are down! And I finally, FINALLY found a way to the last Dreamer mask thing...
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    Formula One - 2018 Season

    I saw this differently to be honest. Was there any need to crowd Bottas in the way that he did? He's just putting himself at risk, isn't he? Every other pass around the outside that I can remember from that race left ample space for the inside car. I'm not saying it's worthy of a penalty or he was directly at fault, it just seemed unnecessary and risked a collision for no reason.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Quick question for the thread. Does anyone regularly charge their Switch with a normal standard USB C cable? Is that considered ok to do?
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Good to know I can leave the Watcher Knights for now, thanks all. I also noped the hell out of the Crystal Guardian fight too! More exploring to be done.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    I'm talking about the Knight guys that fight you 2 v 1. Not sure how to get to the masks on the map yet. Perhaps I'll keep exploring around and see what happens for a bit longer . The way the game has seemed to work so far is that anything that I find reeeeallly tough seems to be optional.
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