My Time at Portia

I first played this game January 2018 when it was still in early access. The story was still being worked out so I took many breaks when playing to let them add to the game. Plus my PC really does not like running it. I had the best luck running it on my laptop, but I had to use a cooling tray with a fan because it made my laptop hot.

So I have been impatiently waiting for it to come to console. I decided to get it on Nintendo Switch because I would like to be able to take it with me. This is one of the best ways to play the game seeing as it cuts off the bottom and sides a bit when you are playing on the television screen. I also miss all the hotkeys with a burning passion.

My Time at Portia is a mix of Stardew Valley, a bit of Minecraft, a pinch of the Sims, and a tiny sliver of Breath of the Wild.  The game starts with inheriting your absent fathers workshop in Portia and don’t worry he’s not dead. He’s just taken off to the other side of the world. You begin crafting and building for the town and working your way to the the top.

There is also plenty of cute and interesting characters for you to fight in places like the Hazardous Ruins. The entire game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and so when you are mining in the Abandoned Ruins for ore, you are also finding relics from the world before. There are two sides of the town when it comes to these relics, The Church of Light and the Research Center.

The Switch version has ironed out some of the details that still prevails the PC version. Though it is lacking in the voice acting that the PC version is still working on. On the PC at times it felt like I was running in slow motion and I don’t have that on the switch even with the small little glitches that happens from time to time.

When it comes to the actual story elements, I feel like it jumps in pretty fast. Then it just keeps racing by until you have so many missions to do for the town. When it was in early access on the PC, it was not like that. You would still have a couple, but it wouldn’t be overwhelming. There is also a couple of quests that they finally completed because nothing bothered me more than finding something that might or might not become a quest.

They have added so many great features to the game that I am still discovering them as I play along. I thought I was pretty far along in my PC game, but I’ve barely scratched the surface on the switch version. Plus they have made the map so much bigger and there is nothing I like more than trying find every little crevice. For screenshots, you know!

If you enjoyed Stardew Valley, then I would definitely pick up a version of this game across any of the platforms. The graphics are much more 3D than the latter, but they are just as enchanting. You get the romance and friendship in pretty much the same way with giving gifts.

I want to put together a small tips and tricks for this game in the future. Especially once I’ve gotten further in the full version on the switch. For now, I’ll be seeing Avengers: Endgame and crying about it.

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