Genshin Impact is a 2020 anime-styled action role-playing video game developed and published by Chinese studio miHoYo for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Android and iOS. The Nintendo Switch version will also be released, but the release date has not been confirmed.
The game features an open-world map, which the player explores by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary (most of it inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild). Many objects and places of significance are spread throughout the map.
Why It Rocks
- The graphics, as inspired by Breath of the Wild, look great. However, it is worth mentioning that this is a free product and the graphics in free games tend to follow a simple visuals. The game uses cel-shading, like almost every anime game, which saves the quality of graphics more.
- Beautifully designed characters. Their design, which quite refers to the fantasy anime titles, for example Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, and many others. The most noticeable designs are from Amber, Barbara, Keqing, Venti, and Kaeya.
- Incredibly precise controls. Character controls are easy to learn and react very well to the fact that you are moving.
- Decent story that harks back to any amount of fantasy anime titles.
- The game is completely free, even though the game doesn't even belong to the massively multiplayer online (MMO) genre. It is worth noting that there are microtransactions and loot boxes, but it does not matter, you will get everything you want (the characters, the weapons, and more) after a long gameplay, being the absolute opposite of Pay-to-Win.
- The gameplay is extremely fun to play, at least for anime and role-playing game fans. The game, although it becomes repetitive at times, the game offers an open world in which there is something to do.
- The game offers an open world filled with mountains, buildings, all kinds of resources, and much more.
- The voice acting is quite good whether you use a Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and/or English voice.
- The music is pleasing to the ear, lending the atmosphere of the event, be it while fighting or exploring the world. On the one hand, it can be reassuring, on the other hand, it stimulates the fight.
- The sound effects are great when they appear in the menu or during gameplay.
- The combat system is incredibly satisfying, at least with stronger characters like Venti, Qiqi, Diluc, and much more.
- The characters are easy to like, even the weakest in terms of skills like Amber, who looks attractive but also stands out in terms of personality.
- Unlike other RPGs, especially anime-like games, the game's HUD is not cluttered with almost the entire screen, but nicely arranged for an adequate version of the game.
- The moment you set your birthday, you get gifts in this case, which is a nice springboard and extremely rare in games.
- Sometimes happens that enemies often walk on the exact line you are on, which can block them, for example, in impassable objects.
- The game can be illogical.
- On the one hand, you are extremely sensitive to swimming, at least for deep lake, which will cause you to drown immediately, instead of temporarily floating in the water, as it is in reality.
- On the other hand, you are powerful for climbing, where a normal person in the world would not be able to do as much as the characters in the game.
- The PlayStation 4 version suffers from poor optimization.
- The game uses the Gacha monetization system which is mainly used in Chinese MMO mobile games, despite not being MMO game.
- Bad lip-syncing which not only doesn't match the voices but also the characters don't move their lips sometimes.
Genshin Impact received mostly positive reviews by both critics and gamers alike. Critics mainly praised the open world direction and the combat, criticizing the monetization system.
On Metacritic, the PC version received an 83/100 and the PlayStation 4 version an 80/100. Users, although still mostly favorable, the PC version received a 7.7/10, the PlayStation 4 version a 7.2/ 10, and iOS version a 6.5/10.
On OpenCritic, the game received a rating of "Strong", an average score of 81/100, and a 93% critics recommend, based on 14 reviews.
Daniel Tack from Game Informer gave for Genshin Impact a 9.3/10, describing that the game is "whimsical, wondrous land dripping with unbridled charm and appeal, combining a ridiculously compelling reward loop with unfettered, continuous discovery. In this world I felt like a child visiting theme park for the first time — dazzled, mesmerized, and completely swept away. I only wish the shimmering glow wasn’t marred by a ghoulish monetization model, but that’s something I’m willing to overlook for my ticket to this fascinating realm."
Shubhankar Parijat from GamingBolt praised the visuals, an open world, the mechanics from the game, the creators of which they were inspired, and that monetization does not force the player to pay. However, he criticized the characters, mostly Paimon, which he found her annoying, and some technical issues. Ultimately he gave an 8/10, shortly describing "Genshin Impact is a game I can easily recommend. It would have been worth your time anyway, but given that it's free, it's even harder to miss."
Chris Carter from Destructoid gave a 7.5/10, saying "Genshin Impact could be a little more lively than it is when leveling, but the beauty of its world helps suck you in. You really can't beat free, so long as you resist the rather tame temptations to spend money."
- Since the game got popular, it spawned many memes like "Ehe te nandayo!" (Japanese only), Emergency Food, Lisa's climbing sound effects (Japanese only), and Amber's doll.