About The Game:
Genshin Impact is an open world role playing game published by miHoYo, who also developed Honkai Impact. The Game was released worldwide on September 28, 2020. Genshin Impact is a Fantasy Action RPG game which is mostly single player but also has multiplayer (More on this later) and it is Free To Play.
It is similar to other games like Arknights, Azur Lane, Bleach Brave Souls, Fate/Grand Order, Another Eden, etc in some ways. In other words, it is a Gacha Game which implements capsule-toy vending machine mechanics. In case of this game, you can see this gacha mechanic in action when you make a wish in this game. Wishes grant you great weapons and you have a chance of getting 4 star or 5 star characters as well. Spending money in Gacha games to obtain everything the game has to offer can be costly. And I’m talking about thousands of dollars.
The story of the game is really well narrated and directed. The game gives the players a vibe they get from watching a good anime at the end of the first part of the story in the game which is available for everyone to play. The characters have different personalities making them feel lively and the graphics are vibrant which makes it fun to free roam around the map and go looking for adventures. It looks similar to The legend of zelda: Breath of the wild but is still pretty distinguishable in my opinion.
The entire purpose of a player in Genshin Impact is to put in time and effort going through single player story quests, doing commissions, playing co-op clearing domains and defeating bosses for rare items and loot, wishing using fate (can be bought using in-game currency:primogems) for new characters and rare weapons and exploring the map and increasing their adventure rank and unlocking other acts of story mode quests.
(I’ll be summarizing how everything works in the game and how I think it looks. I might sprinkle in some of my opinions.)
Since its release Genshin Impact has attracted millions of player worldwide (including me obviously). And honestly, Genshin Impact is the kind of game I’ve wanted to play all along and I didn’t know this until I got to play it. The character and world design of Genshin Impact is something to behold. It has that fantasy anime feel to it. It feels and works like any other classic RPG game I’ve played but at the same time it feels new and fresh to play and has some good graphics to offer to the players.
The best thing about the game is, it is automatically saving everything that you do in the game so you do not have to worry about constantly saving your progress or bear the hassle of going to a certain place to save your game and losing all progress if you forget to do it once. And the other thing I like about the game is that it offers cross play, as long as you login with the same account on another device, you can continue where you left off on the last device.
Genshin Impact has different characters, weapons, items, foods and artifacts. These things have a lot to do with how good you do in the game. The game has elemental advantages and disadvantages like Pokémon. I am not going to go any deeper into it because I know you’ll get the hang of it once you start playing the game. Different weapons work well with different characters with different elemental bursts or stats. The artifacts provide additional stat buff to your characters and you can use food to heal your character during battles or anytime (unless the character is stuffed).
It might be overwhelming to find the best weapon and artifact combination to help your character reach the highest potential for a free player but I recommend not worrying about all of this until you’re adventure rank 26 or more.
The World of Teyvat:
The gameplay, accessibility of this game, its graphics and mechanics are what sets Genshin Impact apart from many other RPGs you can find. Specifically speaking about the graphics, everything in this game looks vibrant and natural for the art style. The story mode quests, side quests and world quests in this game encourage the players to look around the map and memorize the places they visit which makes the players dive deeper into feeling like they’re living inside the game.
There are different locations with exclusive domains, world missions, different items, bosses and fruits in the game. You can gather lots of thing lying around the map. You can mark places which you can visit later when you need an item that you found in that place. Roaming around defeating bosses, Hillchurls and clearing domains that give you and your character experience, helping you increase your adventure level and unlocking new quests and giving you more things to do in-game. You can look at the achievements that you’ve completed or achievements that are yet to be completed. Completing quests, commissions and clearing domains give you more experience.
You can sprint, climb, swim and glide around Teyvat and all the places in it. Doing these things consumes stamina which is the yellow bar that you see on your screen when you do these things. You have a decent amount of stamina when you start playing the game but you can upgrade your stamina by offering Anemoculous (an in-game gatherable item offered to anemo statue) to the anemo god statue (statue of the wind god that gives the MC wind abilities), Geoculous (an in-game gatherable item offered to geo statue) to the geo god statue(Statue of the earth god that gives the MC earth abilities) and so on and so forth.
Being given the ability to do this makes us easier to go from one place to other faster but if it isn’t fast enough for you, you can unlock more statues scattered around the map(there are 9 unlockable right now) to unlock new areas of the map and you can also unlock teleport way points scattered all around the map. You can teleport to these statues and waypoints to travel faster.
(I simply going through the things that this game has to offer and I am not giving a lot of details on how everything works, how you get everything done and other basic details because those are things that you easily understand once you play the game. You can look for beginner’s guide to help you not get stuck anywhere in the game.)
What makes Genshin Impact a Gacha Game:
The Gacha mechanics in this game that I mentioned earlier makes this game a Gacha Game. What is the Gacha mechanics that I’m talking about you ask me? I’m glad you asked. Think of it in this way, you spend money, you get something but you don’t know what you’re gonna get for the money you just spent. That’s basically Gacha. You might refer it to as Beta Gambling if you want to. But you don’t really have to spend your hard earned money in Genshin Impact to experience the Gacha.
Genshin Impact has a wishing system which allows players to wish using Fate (In-Game currency) for a chance to get rare weapons and characters. You can buy fate using primogems and you can get primogems by completing different quests. It is the longer road but if you don’t want to spend money, it is the only way to go. You only have to be patient and remarkably lucky to get something valuable out of wishes if you’re not spending any money in game. Since, it doesn’t “force”you to spend any money and since this game is mostly single player and Co-Op, I wouldn’t say that this gacha mechanics in this game is a bad thing or it makes this game “pay-to-win”.
Is Genshin Impact a Game for You?
Here’s a summary of everything that this game has: Good graphics, good story, great gameplay mechanics, Gacha, Awesome voice acting(opinion:Japanese Voice acting is better), Big Map, Lot of quests, Unique characters, Great Character and world design and shading, Unique story mode quests and versatile battle styles and customizable team and equipable items. The one thing I’d like to address is the CO-OP (you need to reach adventure rank 16 to unlock CO-OP) in this game. It is really promising but there isn’t much to do right now so it is mostly a really good single player open world action RPG right now.
At the end of everything good I said about his game, it all boils down to preference. Have you played a RPG before? Did you like it? Did it look as good as Genshin Impact? If your answers were Yes, Yes and No, the Genshin Impact is a game that you will like. If not, it never hurt anyone to give a free to play game a try.
Genshin Impact is a really good game that I'd pay for but it is free to play so there isn't much to complain about here. But seeing where the game stands right now, I think fixing the resin issue and adding something exclusive in CO-OP mode might just secure a good future for the game and attract some permanent RPG players. This game (as it is right now) is still worth a try for new RPG players or RPG veterans.