Genshin Impact Game Review

Genshin Impact Game Review

Ash Lopez, Journalist

Genshin Impact is a free to play open-world RPG created by a company named Mihoyo that is available for playstation, mobile, and PC. When you first load up the game, it makes a fairly good first impression.

The art is an anime-esque style that contrasts amazingly with the stunning landscape, and the music flowing in the background gives a lovely touch of sound to the already amazing world. 

You are introduced to multiple characters that quickly become available to add to your party of characters, and also are introduced to a fairly basic system of elements that are easy to grasp, with different characters having 1 of 7 types of elements.

While most games have elemental based combat mechanics, such as water beating fire, earth beating air, and fire burning wood, Genshin Impact takes it one step further with added bonuses to each elemental interaction, prompting players to try different elements against different enemies.

The party system makes the game even more interesting, with you only being able to play as 4 characters at once, swapping them in and out to deal damage. It raises questions that you have to think about, such as what type of enemy you are fighting, and what elements in your party would help each other do the most damage.

And while you might think that it gets boring, walking around and fighting enemies for hours, the game introduces a series of complex stories. Each story comes in separate acts and parts, and when you finish the prologue, it unlocks a series of story quests that you can do once you get high enough leveled, with a different story quest for each playable character.

But as you progress through the game, some frustrations become immediately apparent. For one, the game revolves around two things. Wishing, and Adventure Rank. Wishing is how you draw different characters to play as, and is what the in-game currency, primogems, are used for most commonly. However, the amount of primogems you can earn from quests is only a fraction of what you need to try and draw a character, and this is where Genshin Impact’s in-game purchases come in.

It has been stated multiple times though that the game is not a pay-to-win type of game, and that extremely patient and persistent players can draw characters if they save up enough primogems, and you are given 3 free characters at the beginning of the game, however, most are not patient enough, and end up spending 50+ dollars just to try and get a specific character. 

Even though it has been proven that you can make it through the game with only the starter characters, the wishing system itself is extremely brutal. There is a pity system in place that allows you to draw a 4-star character or weapon every 10 wishes, and a 5-star every 90 wishes, but the chances of drawing a 5-star before the pity (which if you wanted to buy would be over 200 dollars) are .6%. 

The other issue, Adventure Rank, means that this is a game you must be willing to invest lots of time and effort into finding treasure chests, exploring the world, and doing tedious side quests. 

Adventure Rank is the thing that locks certain parts of the world, and certain story quests until you reach the level required. Typically, you can unlock it easily by simply exploring the world and opening chests, but just like primogems, it comes in small amounts. 

Early on is when AR is the most frustrating. It locks things like co-op, dungeons, and more. However, if you are willing to invest hours of time into it, and break past the beginning stages, it is rewarding. Investing time is important in this game, as it is still in development, and is updated every month or so with new areas, new characters, and new challenges.

And the final issue is the amount of storage it takes up. When you first download the game, it requires a large amount of free storage, and when you load it up, it continues to download more things, requiring up to 3GB of free storage, without even opening it.

Once you open it, for mobile devices it drains battery and takes up storage like crazy, and some computers won’t be able to handle the frame rate.

In conclusion, Genshin Impact is a fantastic game that is wonderful in departments like art, music, and scenery, but some parts of its gameplay are a little lackluster or expensive. There is a lot to do, and you can spend hours on it, and it has established itself a distinct style and personality, and I’m excited to see where the game goes next as the developers continue to update it.