portal-knights
Metacritic: 72/100
Release: May 2017
Reviewed on: PC

Portal Knights

Site Score
8.0
Good: Beautiful game world – Great blend of genres – 3 classes
Bad: Grind heavy in mid to late game stages – Combat lacks depth evolution as you advance
User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Focusing on the adventure and survival elements of the Minecraft franchise Portal Knights offers a sandbox multiplayer experience that sees you fighting along friends as you craft items, fight monsters, destroy blocks and construct buildings.

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Unlike Minecraft though your adventure begins by picking one of the available classes being Warrior, Mage and Ranger which have unique skills and strengths within the game world. Spawning into the tutorial players will become familiar with the third person camera view of Portal Knights which blends a typical control scheme of WASD, mouse and other keyboard commands together into one. Players can also move to first person mode if preferred.

Collecting resources, mastering the quick slot bar and battling your first basic monsters are also on the tutorial checklist and will be second nature to those that have played similar games before. Blocks can be destroyed with a few clicks (less if you have an appropriate tool) and are stored in the inventory for later use. Combat also is reminiscent of the likes of Minecraft and Trove although features the addition of a lock on mode to assist in combat.

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While all of these elements start of simply they quickly expand as one would expect with unique enemies to counter and crafting also becoming increasingly complex as you find, combine and create various materials for gear upgrades. Said crafting is facilitated through a simple interface that provides all the information you need in game so you know what you’ll need to farm and work towards.

Ultimately this creates your gameplay loop as you explore the world, obtain materials, craft more powerful gear and level up while jumping to new randomly generated islands to repeat the process with new quests and enemies. Just like the games that it draws inspiration from this loop is consistently enjoyable.

Summary:

  • A potent mix of sandbox, action and RPG.
  • Collect materials and craft powerful character gear.
  • Play as one of three characters that come with their own skills.
  • Jump between unique randomly generated islands.
  • Play alone or in 4 person co-operative.

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