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Comic 312 - Storage

Posted on Wednesday, the 4th of July at 12:00 AM, 2018 in 2018

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DanVzare Wed, 4. Jul 12:00 AM, 2018 edit delete
It's review time again. I really should start a blog for these amateur reviews, so I can leave all of you guys alone. But I don't have a blog yet, and I want to share my thoughts.

Portal Knights is a block building game, AKA a Minecraft Clone. Although considering Half Life is a Quake Clone, I think we can all safety agree that putting the word "Clone" on the end of the description of a game, doesn't devalue it. Unless you're an idiot who doesn't know how new game genres are named.

Since Minecraft is so popular, I'm going to be comparing Portal Knights to Minecraft a lot, to explain what's different and what's the same.

First and foremost, as stated in this comic, Portal Knights looks waaaaaay better than Minecraft. I think we can all agree that Minecraft looks like crap. Tolerable crap, but still crap. It's definitely refreshing to play a game like Minecraft that doesn't LOOK like Minecraft. And what with all of the shameless Minecraft Clones that have tried to copy Minecraft and failed, that are out there, it's nice to see a Minecraft Clone which actually has it's own original take on the formula, and is actually finished. (Just make sure to grab the 1.2 update, since the 1.0 release is clearly a bit unfinished.)

Portal Knights is also a lot more structured than Minecraft. There are levels, and progression. It's much more reminiscent of Terraria in that way. On Minecraft, you can get to Diamond (the best equipment) in no time at all. On Portal Knights, you'll have to get to the end of the game to do that.

This results in Portal Knights being better as a game, since it has a more defined beginning and end, with plenty of steps inbetween. Unfortunately, Minecraft has a much better sandbox experience. Due to the endless world, and lack of proper structure (except for getting to The End), Minecraft is better for playing over a longer period of time. It's a game where you absolutely have to make you own goals, and where you get plenty of opportunities to do so. This works very well with the block building aspect.

Portal Knights on the other hand is as I said, very structured. Due to the limited land size, you can't really make an expansive mine without being worried of digging to the edge of the island, or falling through the bottom. Due to the structured way that ores, gems, and other resources are spread out to give the game a linear progression, it's easy to find what you want. If you want Titanium (the best ore in the game) just go to one of the final islands and look around for a few seconds. On Minecraft though, if you want Diamonds, you have to dig deep and hope you get lucky, every single time. This overall ruins the replay value of Portal Knights. After you've completed the game, there's not a whole lot to do. There are random events (which are very fun), and of course the block building aspect, but those two things can only keep you going for so long. It needs more variety of things to do after you've completed the game.

The combat in Portal Knights is much more fun than in Minecraft though. I think the best way to explain it is by calling it Dark Souls Lite. Imagine the combat in Dark Souls, now make the controls easy to use instead of clunky, also make equipment and levelling up much more meaningful, and there you go, the combat in Portal Knights. Which as you might imagine, is quite easy. But it is definitely fun. And it's easy to make yourself underpowered by equpping terrible equipment, in which case then you'll have to use your dodge rolling to the max. And mastering that dodge rolling is quite fun.

Overall, I highly recommend Portal Knights. While the replay value is a little on the low side. It really doesn't need it, since the game from beginning to end is a really fun experience. If you're going to get it for consoles, I recommend waiting until around September, when the next update (1.5) rolls around, since that update will carry with it a lot of new content, some of which will add plenty of replay value (not as much replay value as Minecraft, but that's an unfair comparison in my opinion). The game is definitely fun as is though, and I highly recommend it.

There's a free demo available, so there's no reason not to try it out if what I've said has interested you in any way. Unfortunately the demo only allows you to explore the first island, and I think the game only really starts to come alive on the second island, due to that second island being the first island with an ore. But you can definitely get some fun out of the demo.