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Genshin Impact Free to Play Review

Genshin Impact is a game that mashes together Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay, Anime characters and RPG elements. What we get is an amazing experience in the huge world of Teyvat and best of all it is free to play.

There’s a lot to explore in this world and this world is not stingy, there are chests, there are puzzles and there are enemies all over the place. There’s hundreds of little puzzles and caves to explore, places to mine and lots of stuff to do. If you enjoyed Breath of The Wild you will love Genshin Impact, if you like anime characters, if you like spells, magic combos, passives any of that stuff with the RPG elements.

This is pretty well the perfect game. I’ve been having a blast and there are chests all over the place. There’re things to explore, enemies to fight and it’s pretty easy, which is honestly really nice. It’s relaxing, there’s sometimes peaceful music while you’re figuring out puzzles and unlocking different things but then there’s epic moments like finding a world boss and this thing had full on mechanics.

It had attacks I needed to Dodge, area of effects and there were moments where I needed to attack and other moments where I needed to just run and I thought that this was fantastic and this was only one of the bosses that I ended up finding. This fight alone made me realize that Genshin Impact has potential. The next big thing that has me interested in this game is the Spiral Abyss.

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This is a multi-floor dungeon where you make your way as far as you can. The further you get, the better rewards are and it’s a very rewarding experience even as a first-time player only getting to the first 4 or 5 floors. You get some insane rewards early game such as armor and upgrade materials.

The combat flow is primarily dishing out your one string of attacks or your charged attack with your characters one weapon type they’re allowed to equip while firing off their assigned special ability once its recharged. There’s also a buff and debuff system so you’re going to have a different experience depending on what characters you’re using and depending on which enemies spawn and it’s actually really cool.

Since you will likely be constantly switching around through your entire team to jump around with them and activate their abilities when they’re ready. Although somewhat simplistic and straightforward that doesn’t mean it’s not fun because raw depth isn’t always everything with a combat system and sometimes just the visual flair of all these elemental effects melting your screen make smacking on things with an oversized weapon still fun enough to pursue.

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There is a co-op component in Genshin Impact and depending on the party size it can allow you to focus just one or 2 of your characters or active online players bring in their own characters to fill your team. It is nice however when you’re in a group via cross platform matchmaking or with a ps4 friend that you can easily pull off those beautiful elemental combo effects together that you’ll all be constantly triggering mostly completely on accident.

There’s lots of different achievements to do and little tasks to complete so it feels very rewarding at the start. There’s also a lot of things to unlock like recipes for cooking which gives you bonuses to take on those harder bosses earlier than normal. You can also purchase a lot of the ingredients for in game money and that’s actually great as I never felt like I really needed to spend money. One of my quests was to level up a weapon to level 40 and I also had to enhance some of my armor or artifact pieces to level 4.

I used some of my old gear to level up my better gear and all of these items that I’ve been using I just found them through natural play. I didn’t have to buy them and I didn’t have to do anything special. It was just kind of a natural progression and it flows pretty nicely with the game. 

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Genshin Impact also relies on “Gacha” mechanics or better known as loot boxes to make money but the nice thing is I’ve never felt the need to spend money. It doesn’t feel like some of the games where you run out of energy and you can’t actually play. If you want to go spend 100 hours on Genshin Impact in a month you can do that. You can enjoy the game and if you want to spend money later on you can but for right now it seems pretty damn reasonable for free to play players.

There was an activity where you could unlock a great character for free and you didn’t have to spend anything, you just had to beat this content. So, if you put in the time to level up your characters there’s most likely going to be other activities like this where you can get characters for free.

You unlock a couple of story characters that are fine to use and can also unlock better characters from big missions ranging from Tier A – D and Tier S is which are the elite characters. I actually got a Tier S healer which is amazing but don’t think everyone will be this lucky as I heard the drop rates for these are less then 1%. There are also some promotions going on and celebrations for how many people are joining Genshin Impact so they’ve been giving out a bunch of free currency and over 30 free character pulls.

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There’s going to be more regions unlocking as time goes on, there’s only like 2 regions right now but there’s a lot to explore in them. I’m excited to see future bosses and maybe they do some kind of raid type content. But honestly, I think that this is probably going to be one of the best free to play/RPG’s and it literally feels like Breath of the Wild with anime characters. That’s the best way to describe it and the fact that you can get this as a free to play game and get more or less the same experience as a AAA game is great.

It’s been really fair overall I haven’t felt like I’ve been locked out from certain content but it’s also pretty early so I can imagine in the late game it might start happening but we’re going to have to see. I think that for the first 20 to 40 hours it’s probably going to be a very good experience for literally anyone. I think Genshin Impact is one of those games where you should just try it and see if you enjoy it and that’s pretty much it.

Great

Genshin Impact may be one of the biggest surprises of the year. A free-to-play RPG inspired by Breath of the Wild that gives players a massive amount of freedom and content to play in an amazing fantasy world that doesn’t force you into spending money on it.

8.8
Gameplay:
9.5
Graphics:
9
Soundtrack:
8

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