I think there are a couple of things to note about Genshin Impact. It looks like Breath of the Wild. We’ve established that already, but it definitely doesn’t feel like Breath of the Wild. Even with the climbing and gliding it feels like a very different game. And that’s a good thing!
I said it before, but I’m saying it again, the gameplay is very good. The flashy strikes, switching of characters, and elemental combinations make it very fun. Regular combat is actually fun and worth playing. It reminds me of Black Desert, but I think I like Genshin Impact’s combat a little more. I like being able to combine elements. The differences between characters can range greatly. Sometimes things are very small, like how Kaeya actually takes a step back when he performs his charged normal attack, but the protagonist takes a step forward. And of course, the big things are their actual elemental skills and stuff. I want more of that variance, in both sizes. It’s great.
Your elemental combos actually feel like they have a punch. You could go through fights with just one character, but you can definitely see the difference when you combine the elements to cause status effects. Mixing both the regular and ultimate (or whatever that move is called that is on Q) combat elemental skills with the different characters is not too difficult but has high skill potential. I especially like characters like Xingqiu. His ultimate provides bonus wet damage even after you switch the character out. Other characters that likewise create fields or effects that last long after you’re done with the move help create some cool combos.
The other thing I wanted to note is the writing. I am playing the game with the audio in Chinese and the type in English. I’m very impressed with the way they’ve translated the stuff. A lot of the things to read are amusing or interesting. I think it’s funny that there are some really far out dialogue choices you can make. I mean, most of the time the only thing you’ll change is a different reaction, but it’s still fun that I can say stuff that is weird or almost meta. I also like the things the NPCs say. Again, they did a great job translating it to feel good. I like it when MMOs have NPCs that wonder about life or other random things. I ran into Ross the Quick, and he’s talking about how he feels like he shouldn’t run from things in life anymore. He also talks about taking a break from missions, which almost feels like he knows the UI.
A lot of MMOs from China, Japan, and Korea has great music, and I think Genshin Impact follows suit. There are some melodies that may sound a bit familiar, but it’s still got good songs otherwise.
So far, the cash stuff still is not demanding at all. If I played the game a bit more intensely, maybe they will, especially later. For now, I don’t see it as a problem. The game has already provided me with characters that do well enough on their own. More characters would just mean more fighting styles, which hopefully aren’t strict on their necessity. As annoying as it would be, if that kind of content isn’t too far out of reach and I can still do all missions with the normal characters I happen to get, I think I would be okay to keep playing this game.
If I have more impressions, I will continue to post them. Thanks for reading!~