Pathea Games “My Time At Portia” is a post-apocalyptic-themed adventure/RPG about a young chap, who is left a run-down place, by his late father, and who decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a master craftsman, by earning commissions and completing quests.
Besides that, since “My Time At Portia” is a third-person RPG adventure game, so you would expect it to be pretty complicated right? Well, you wouldn’t be wrong! Because in order to create things, you need to collect resources which are scattered around.
Unfortunately enough for you and me…It isn’t always easy to work out what resources will be given by any particular object, as some are unexpected, whilst others aren’t particularly easy to find.
Furthermore, once all required items have been collected, various simple items can be made at a workbench, whilst more advanced can be made at an Assembly Station when it’s been made available.
I would also like to point out that a collection of items isn’t just limited to those needed to complete a task. Because there is also a whole range of items to be collected, both from the ground, chopped down, or even from dead creatures that you’ve mercilessly wiped out. And many of these items can be used to build things that help your progress.
As for the game world itself. Well, your character can walk around Portia pretty freely, although many of the shops and services are only open at certain times of the day (or night). Fortunately enough though, time moves pretty swiftly, so hopefully, you shouldn’t need to wait long for a business to start for the day.
That’s just the half of it though, because it is also possible for you (the player) to run, although the amount of time that can be done is dependent on your skill level. Have no worries though! Because this is something that increases gradually as you complete both the missions and any side missions you decide to take on, as well.
And in addition to the standard health and experience system, there is a whole load of other attributes the protagonist has, which in turn can affect how you feel about fellow residents.
Speaking of Portia citizens, there are a lot of them, with many being business owners. It’s also worth pointing out that all characters have an affection rating, which can lead to dating and marriage. Conversely, you can also break up with people if you want to…
Anyways, moving on *cough cough* As I was saying. To help your increase your affection level, you can engage them in a fight (for some reason), or play paper-scissors-rock, as well as buying appropriate items from shops.
As for the social and communication aspect of the game, interacting with characters is also needed to progress the main story in a sort of visual novel environment, where again, you’ll meet a whole host of extra characters as well the main “villain” of the story.
Nice indeed, and things are just as awesome on the visual front as well. Because the game has some nicely detailed houses, and whilst the chopping and gathering animations are a bit basic, it is all very smoothly done. Music is pretty nice, if somewhat repetitive.
Nevertheless, All in all, “My Time At Portia” is an extremely large and beautiful open-world adventure/RPG that got a whole lot to offer for many, MANY hundreds of gameplay hours.
Simply put, if you got the needed money for it, and enjoy games like “Final Fantasy”, “Harvest moon”, and “Jak and Daxter”, then “My Time At Portia” is the game for you!
+ Very nice graphics and animations.
+ The game’s music is pretty darn good.
+ The controls are smooth and responsive.
+ There are a lot of things to do and people to meet.
+ You get to create your own character at startup.
+ You can build and run your very own farm and workshop in the game.
– Voices range from being rather meh to good…Truth be told, the game’s protagonist voice is the most annoying.
– It’s not always easy to find where you need to go to collect something.
– Having stamina is a bit of pain.
– May be redundant now that the sequel has been announced.
– The game is anything but cheap.
Sound and music: 4/5
Replay value: 3/5
Pathea Games “My Time At Portia” is a large adventure game that will most certainly keep you busy for many, MANY hours to come. Especially so since there are tons of things to do and people to meet (let’s just say that you won’t complete the game in an hour or two). You know, I honestly don’t have all that many negative things to say about “My Time At Portia”.
As a matter of fact, the only downside that I can think of when it comes to this game, is its asking price of 30 Euros…But other than that, I can’t think of any other downsides to “My Time At Portia”. So if you like RPG and adventure games, then you’re going to love “My Time At Portia” for sure!
Title: My Time At Portia
Developer: Pathea Games
Release date: 2020-01-15
Spent time: + 1.5 hours
Average grade internationally: 73/100 via Metacritic.com
PEGI age rating: 7+
Price: 30 Euros (via Steam)
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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