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My Time at Sandrock

Developer: PM Studios

  • Price: $39.99
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • While this farming and life sim has some great characters and a very pleasant overall vibe it feels impaired on Switch

    While My Time at Sandrock shares quite a bit in common with its predecessor, My Time at Portia, there’s no question that in terms of design, flow, and interactions everything feels a bit more refined. This is a sim that sort of leaves you to your own devices, providing a general framework of direction initially to get you up to speed, but mostly only gently nudging you. This allows you to explore, collect, cultivate, and sort of figure out what satisfies you the most as many of these games do… just letting you make your own version of a life in a relatively small town. Aside from concerns with pacing and the pretty inherent repetition of taking on the game world one day at a time, the real concern here is with the state of the game from a technical performance standpoint on the Switch. Quite simply, at the moment it’s a bit of a rocky experience overall. The most dramatic issues are visual with pop-in being the easiest to notice, mainly because it doesn’t just happen with items in the landscape but also with pretty large buildings and sometimes at distances that feel a bit close. Not only does it shatter the illusion of the game world but it can at times make it confusing trying to get your bearings. There’s absolutely an audience for this sort of laid back and live a virtual life sim experience, but at least for the moment it seems like it would be better to seek it out on another platform.

    As an FYI, it was announced this morning that a new build for the game is available as a Day 1 patch to address a number of the identified issues, including this statement: 

    PM Studios and Pathea will continue working hard on improving all the issues highlighted in the pre-launch reviews of My Time At Sandrock. On top of this patch which fixes over 180 issues highlighted including fixing numerous UI issues (including item descriptions occasionally disappearing in-game), improved resolution for key objects, better FPS in dungeons and mini-maps, NPCs not moving their mouths in dialog and cutscenes and reducing the likelihood of larger objects popping into user view rather than emerging organically in the open world. There are more updates planned to bring the Nintendo Switch version in line with the other console versions and we’ll have more details on this via

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.2]

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