Genshin Impact Review

Traveler ( the main character) admiring Monstadt. This is where the story starts out after the introduction. (Screenshot Courtesy of Julia Thorne)

Genshin Impact is a popular role playing game (RPG) that was released on September 28, 2020. The game was made by Mihoyo, a popular game making company, who is also famous for making Honkai Impact 3rd, another popular RPG. 

Genshin Impact is about a Traveler who moves between worlds with their sibling, but along the way they seperate from their sibling by an Unknown God and end up stranded on a new world — Tevyat. The story follows the Traveler as they go to seven nations in search of their sibling, but they also fight monsters and save the nation numerous times. 

The game is still in progress but the 3 nations have been released already: Monstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma. Each is based on a country from our world. Monstadt resembles Germany, Liyue resembles China, and Inazuma resembles Japan. 

But we already know the next 4 nations to come, Sumeru (Egypt), Fontaine (France), Snezhnaya (Russia), and Natlan (indigenous America).  Though Mihoyo didn’t officially announce it, a bunch of people who either made or played the game during testing spoiled it. 

Every nation will have an Archon ( a God who was deemed ruler of a land through the Archon War) to watch and govern over it. 

Along the way, you meet interesting characters with new and intriguing backgrounds, and the best part is that no two characters are the same, and each is unique in their own way. 

Since this is a review though, I do have a bone to pick with a few of the characters. As much as I love every character in the game, I noticed that a bunch of the female characters get watered down to seem weaker than the men. 

A good example is the Raiden Shogun of Inazuma. She is Inazuma’s Archon and was built up from trailers and stories to seem like a stone-cold dictator who took everyone’s ambitions.

However, when we do her Story Quest (which is a quest to get to know characters better, and in this situation it was after we stopped her), Mihoyo watered her down to liking Dangos ( a Japanese dumpling), and she stops all her evil activities because her friend said so. 

Same thing with Sangonomiya Kokomi and Kamisato Ayaka. Both are war generals who saved their nation while ruling over some of the islands. And yet when we do their quests, it looks more like we are on a date with them than getting to know them. And on the other hand, a male gang leader, Arataki Itto, who loses beetle fights against kids gets an interesting story quest where we try to save his friend. 

Another problem with the game is how much storage it takes up. We are only 3 nations in and have a few more updates to go until we unlock the next nation, and yet it already takes up 14.82 GB on my phone. If you don’t have enough storage or a newer generation computer, then you are basically screwed. 

Of course, there are also good things in the game, too. Genshin is a gacha game where you can try to get new and fun characters by a sort of lottery, where you insert a “wish” in (you can obtain it through an in-game currency called primogems) and you have a chance to obtain a character or weapon. 

You can wish in three places, the limited banner, weapon banner, and standard banner. On the limited banner, you try to get a 5 star, but they are super rare so you have to try to play the game and get primogems to be able to get the 5 star you want, making you want to come back each day for more.

Overall, the game is a bit complicated to understand at first, but it is an intriguing and addicting game that will leave you wanting more, and I really suggest it.


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