My Time at Portia Xbox One Review
YOU WILL LEARN THE WAYS YOUNG PADAWAN:
Yes from developed from Pathea Games and published by Team17 Digital comes the adorable new role playing, builder game My Time at Portia. Restore your father’s old house and step into his shoes by taking on his workshop and work your way up to becoming just as good as he was.
I’ve never seen a game as adorable as My Time at Portia, I’m quite surprised that this title is on Xbox, as it feels very much like a Nintendo game. My Time at Portia is quite complex for a game that looks quite simple.
Portia starts you off by letting you have the ability to create your character. The customization isn’t very in depth, but most of the basics are covered. Everything you’d expect a customizer has and it kinda feels like the level of customization you’d expect from the Mii editor in Wii Sports. Unfortunately this character editor shares the same problem with the Mii editor and that is the fact that all the faces look devilishly disturbing. I’m not sure what it is with children’s media and terrifying faces, but it’s an unsettling trend.
Aside from the disturbing character creator, you begin your voyage toward Portia. Arriving in a sailboat, you are introduced to this weird and wonderful world by Presley, an acquaintance of your fathers. He starts to tell you about the line of work you’ll be doing and gives you a soft introduction to where your father left off.
Presley will take you to your workshop and this is where you’ll be spending the most time. After a brief intro, you can get to work.
Once you’ve made your introductions, you can start to build. Like in other sandbox games, you have to find materials to build with, be it wood or stone or anything in between. Build structures, refine your skills and go and explore. This is what Portia was made for.
After building a few repairs in the house, I wandered off into the world, and somehow started a fight with a sea urchin. A sea urchin on a parachute no less, that swiftly whooped my ass. It was after this conundrum that I decided I’d give the fighting a rest until I was a higher level.
Unfortunately, you can’t swim, like…at all. The moment you try to enter water, the game immediately black screens, spawning you in the area you were just in. This is fairly annoying and quite restricting.
The graphics of Portia, and as well the music, all give off very “Nintendo-y” vibes. The softness of textures remind me of an old DS game called Animal Crossing. In fact, the game is almost like a reimagining of Animal Crossing, but with a far bigger map and building abilities.
The map in Portia is reasonably sized, the vastness of the city is quite impressive. It all feels like a medieval world but with some sort of a twist.
Overall, My Time in Portia was a good experience. Granted, it wasn’t my type of game, but I had quite a fun time playing it. I didn’t really have any problems with the game and it ran pretty smoothly. The build system isn’t too hard to figure out and it works kind of like how “A World of Keflings” works. I’d definitely recommend this, If you’re into Minecraft, you’ll love My Time At Portia. That’s the beauty of Portia, it’s not really a game you take too seriously. It’s alright to whack on after a long day. It’s easily one of the best chill-out games there is, and if you feel like you want to channel your inner-builder, then Portia lets you do this wonderfully.
Price – £24.99