Genshin Impact Review

Almost a year after its release, several events, new characters and updates, let's talk about what we think of miHoYo's biggest success in this Genshin Impact PC review

Genshin Impact quickly gained public attention from the moment of its announcement in 2019 for its beautiful graphics, colorful open world, charismatic characters, elemental combo system and, most importantly, its similarity to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The similarity was such that some fans of the Nintendo franchise even went protest against miHoYo, producer and distributor of the game, during the China Joy Gaming Expo.

Between photos comparing the games and accusing the Chinese producer of plagiarism, a flurry of middle fingers being shown alongside a Nintendo Switch and a cosplayer of Link landing in front of Sony's booth, a more exalted fan (not to mention other things ) broke his PlayStation 4, knocking it violently to the ground. Faced with such an effective protest, miHoYo canceled the game and we never heard from Genhin Impact again.

Only not!

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Review Genshin Impact and the Protests

He probably bought another console the same day and life moved on and, as much as these Zelda fans are right in their protests, the game was released and the success of Genshin Impact is undeniable, with 17 million downloads in the first 4 days of release, more than 150 simultaneous players living your adventures in the world of Teyvat, thousands of hours of videos on Youtube and Twitch and a average turnover of over 1 billion dollars for the Chinese company in a short time, surpassing famous games like Pokémon Go and Clash Royale.

The game features a series of fun, charismatic characters, hundreds of hours of content for you to explore in a vast open world that promises to get even bigger over the years (the company has already confirmed that it has plans for the game for the next ten years) and it offers enemies in dungeons to be explored, alone or together, an engaging story and items to be collected, strengthened and, on top of all that, an addictive gacha system that strives to make you spend more and more with each release. of a new character.

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Good champion! Your protest changed the world. Source: Kotaku

But is all this hate and love justified? Is Genshin Impact as good (or as bad) as these controversies and astronomical numbers make it seem?

Travelers arrive at Teyvat in Genshin Impact

The story begins with a narration about a tale of two traveling brothers, explorers of unknown worlds who find a place called Teyvat. When they are about to depart that place, they are attacked by an unknown goddess who claims to be the "upholder of heavenly principles" and who will put an end to the arrogance of humanity, so she attacks the young adventurers who begin to fly and fight with their swords.

An explosion happens and now you must choose between one of the two brothers to be your avatar in the world: the boy (Aether in English, Kōng in Chinese, Sora in Japanese, Gong in Korean) or the girl (Lumine in English, Yíng in Chinese, Hotaru in Japanese and Hyeong in Korean). You can rename them however you like or keep the original name, but NPCs have always just called you “Traveller”, even though your name is displayed in the captions.

Mondstadt – The City of Liberty

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The city of Archon Anemo

In this confrontation, one of the two (the one you didn't choose) will be captured by the unknown goddess and disappear, while your character has sealed powers and is thrown into the world of Teyvat. You are next to Paimon, a little floating fairy that you accidentally met while fishing (you caught her) and leave with the fairy to the first town, Mondstadt - The City of Freedom. Along the way you will find the game's first tutorials, its first monsters and its first power: wind manipulation (here called Anemo). With him the game begins to explain the system of the game's elemental reactions, which consist of combining the elements to cause maximum damage.

Still on the way, you'll find a mysterious boy in green clothes playing his lyre for a gigantic dragon and the first character you'll win in the game, Adventurer Amber. An archer capable of manipulating fire (called a Pyro), who will guide you to the city. During the conversation with Amber, you will have your first decisions in the game that, although they do not affect the course of the story at all, guarantee some fun or exciting moments, such as telling if Paimon is your pet or your emergency food .

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Annoying Paimon is one of the coolest things to do in the game.

You'll be involved with various characters on your journey through the city of Mondstadt, such as the captain of the Knights of Favonius, Jean; the gallant Kaeya and her stepbrother, the reserved Diluc; the beautiful librarian Lisa; the acolyte idol Barbara; and the bon-vivant bard Venti (who is actually the wind element god himself – here called Archons – Barbatos) in the fight against the dragon Stormterror, a former minor god protector of the city of Mondstadt who, for some unknown reason, passed away to attack her.

In your first fight, you'll meet some other enemies that will be frequent on your journey, such as the Fatui and the Order of the Abyss, the latter being the most important because, somehow, it's where your twin brother ended up and is now known as "Prince/Princess of the Abyss." Among the Fatui, the highlight is the mysterious La Signora, who is stealing the gnosis (an artifact of divine power) from the archons and reuniting them for some unknown reason.

Mondstadt is saved and the dragon Stormterror is freed from the control of the Order of the Abyss, returning to his reclusive life as he can no longer protect the people he loves in the city of freedom. Venti explains to him that he doesn't know anything about the strange unknown goddess, but that maybe one of the other archons knows something.

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Liyue – The City of Contracts

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The Port of Liyue

After your journey through Mondstadt, it's time to head to the second city, Liyue – The City of Contracts. The place is a port city protected by the god of the stone/earth element (here called Geo), Morax (who is also the creator of the currency of the world, called Mora). Everyone there is strongly guided by a sense of honor for the word given and the contract made. Disrespecting a contract is a great offense to Archon Geo and that is why the city is known for its many businesses, restaurants and shops.

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We arrive in the city just as, during a festival in honor of Morax, the body of a gigantic dragon falls from the sky, leaving everyone stunned by the sight of its archon's death: Morax has been murdered and suspicion falls precisely on the newcomer. of strange clothes. You are clear! On your escape you meet the daring Tartaglia, a member of the Fatui who helps you escape and will help you clear your name. He takes you to the nobleman Zhongli, an employee of the Wangsheng Funeral Home.

At that point the guards forgot they were looking for you and you and Zhongli will organize Morax's funeral, collecting the best and noblest items for a funeral fit for a god, while trying to find out who killed the mighty dragon. On this path, you will meet Liyue's adeptis, minor gods and other characters such as the mighty Tianquan (a kind of ruler) of Liyue, Ningguang; his helpers Ganyu and Keqing; pharmacist Baizhou and the cutest character in the game, the zombie Qiqi.

Your journey continues until you discover it was all a Fatui plan to wake up the ancient god Osial and destroy Liyue. To try to stop him you must fight Tartaglia in its most powerful form, called Childe, and thwart the Fatui's plans. You win the fight but it's too late, Osial has awakened and you need to join all the adepti and Ningguang in the magnificent Jade Chamber to destroy the ancient god. By beating him, you will again meet with Zhongli and discover the truth: everything was planned by him.

Zhongli, Morax's physical manifestation, faked his death with the help of the Fatui, so that Liyue could finally prosper without their help. He has given up his post of divinity and surrenders to La Signora his gnosis to her. Both you and Tartaglia himself were used in Morax's plan. Unfortunately Zhongli doesn't know anything about the unknown goddess and it's time for you to move on, towards Inazuma, the reclusive city of the Archon of the Electric Element (called Electro) in search of the missing sister and answers.

And all this is just the first two chapters! The game still has several side stories and events that have added much more information to this plot, not to mention the growing number of characters that have stories intertwined with their journey, both that have already passed or those that are yet to come. So this story is far from over.

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Childe in Genshin Impact

Started playing Genshin Impact? So check out this beginners guide with tips to get started right in the game.

Minimum and Recommended Requirements

Genshin Impact is not a light game. Although its anime graphics may not look as sophisticated as Resident Evil VII Village and its state-of-the-art ray tracing, but the game has a high number of things happening on-screen simultaneously and the need for quick character switching so you can cause as much damage as possible, then you'll need hardware that responds quickly to your commands. It is also mandatory to have a constant connection to the internet.

Minimum requirements:

Operational systemWindows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit (Windows 10 development builds are not currently supported)
ProcessorIntel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory8 GB
Storage30 GB
DirectX11 Version
Video cardNVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 or higher

Recommended Requirements:

Operational systemWindows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit (Windows 10 development builds are not currently supported)
ProcessorIntel Core i7 or equivalent
Memory16 GB
Storage30 GB
DirectX11 Version
Video cardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or higher

Some low- and mid-budget cell phone models can run the game at lower settings while some more advanced models may not achieve the same performance, as they were not designed for games, and others can certainly make the game run with the same capacity as a PRAÇA. The game requires the following requirements to play on smartphone.

Recommended Mobile Requirements:

Processor:Arm v8a 64 bits (minimum), Snapdragon 845 or Kirin 810 (recommended)
Memory:8 GB of free space, 3 GB of RAM (minimum), 4 GB of RAM (recommended)
Android version:7.0 (minimum), 8.1 or higher (recommended)

In addition to these platforms, the game is available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Currently, the game has crossplay between PC and mobile platforms, but according to rumors released by Genshin Report on Twitter, version 2.0 of the game will bring crossplay between PC and mobile platforms with PlayStation and also the long-awaited version of Nintendo Switch.

2nd closed beta test trailer. It is possible to see several differences for the final version.

Is it Zelda or not?

There's no denying the visual similarities between Genshin Impact and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Both games feature open-world environments to explore that are full of treasures to find, walls to climb, and whimsical monsters to fight. Genshin Impact's archery and fencing look remarkably similar to Nintendo at first glance, and the cel-shaded anime's colorful graphics style is very reminiscent of Zelda.

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That said, Genshin Impact's group system immediately sets it apart from Zelda and other open-world RPGs. You actively recruit new playable characters into your party as you progress through the story, and each has unique attack styles and abilities. There is some similarity between the characters, to be sure: for example, heroes wielding swords have unique attack animations, but they all feature the same combat systems and are functionally similar.

You can have up to four characters in the active party, but only one can be on the field at any one time, but you can switch between party members quickly, leading to an explosion of combo attacks and particle effects that are a visual spectacle on screen. . Also, the songs are enchanting and fit the mood of the game and the situation that is happening right now.

One of the most beautiful, in my opinion, is the one that plays while you explore the Stormterror Burrow map. It keeps playing even when you start fighting and gives an air of serenity and peace to the place. Amazing.

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Image comparing Genshin and Zelda

The game works through the system and gacha, or "slots". To get more characters or better weapons, you need to fulfill the “wishes”, which consume a type of premium currency called Primogem. You'll earn them by doing quests, unlocking achievements, opening chests and other things. With 160 of them you can make a wish, and every 10 wishes you are guaranteed to gain a 4 or 5 star character or weapon (the character's rarity rating). When making 90 wishes, you are guaranteed to receive a 5-star weapon or character.

Of course, this will be your main goal of the game, to always get the strongest or coolest characters (or the ones you liked) and that's when the game tries to make you spend real money, buying crystals and facility packs so you can advance in the game. Also, even with the increased odds that you'll win that new 5-star banner character, another more “common” 5-star character may come in its place.

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Speaking of characters, there are many and many more to come. Here you can see the full list of characters that are available and some that are yet to come in the future. Collecting them is one of the coolest things to do in the game, and even if you don't actively use them, they'll still have lots of stories and voice dialogues that are released as you level up your friendship with them. These dialogues are simple things, like knowing what your favorite food is or wishing you good morning and others are opinions about the other characters.

As your friendship grows, some dialogue reveals that these characters really do come to like you. Some of the characters have sad stories, like Bennett or Qiqi, and seeing that they've started to feel like they're part of a family and that there's someone who cares about them makes your heart warm.

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No! It's not Zelda

Another thing that sets it apart from the so-called Zelda game is that Genshin Impact has an expansive and nuanced elemental system that is tied to the game's group system. Each character has a designated elemental affinity, be it air, fire, water, lightning, or ice. In addition to their standard melee combo and heavy attack, each character has a special attack, specific to an element they're tied to, with a small cooldown meter after using it.

These specials include automatic energy deflection shields, powerful counterattacks, spiral sword formations, simple magic blasts, and area of ​​effect attacks. Effective use of these elemental attacks is extremely important, as most enemies have their own elemental affinity attacks and weaknesses that make them difficult to deal with if you only use melee attacks.

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Elemental powers are an important part of the game

Not only does Genshin Impact incorporate elemental magic into its combat, but the game also combines status effects with these systems. The result is an astonishingly deep well that adds to the challenge. Each elemental attack afflicts its target with a status effect as well as the basic damage of the attack itself. Fire attacks, for example, leave victims burning for several seconds after the initial attack. Ice attacks slow down opponents' movements.

After a status is placed on the target, the enemy becomes susceptible to additional elemental attacks that cause a chain reaction. That's what makes Genshin Impact's combat genuinely interesting.

A target that has been soaked freezes solid when hit by an ice attack. An enemy cooled by an ice attack becomes superconducting when struck by lightning, disabling its defenses and dealing heavy damage to nearby targets. There are a multitude of combinations to play with as you play, and the thankfully large character roster means you can experiment as much as you like while exploring the world.

And the problems?

Of course Genshin Impact has issues. Bugs? Of course they would be present in an open world game the size of the project miHoYo is creating. You'll find funny situations like enemies sending you away with an attack, overlapping characters when entering or leaving a domain, sometimes the game doesn't load the scenery and you'll be on the dirt floor while the NPCs fly over you. This is the most common to happen, but so far no one has found a bug that simply breaks the game and makes it unplayable.

Some players find exploits and, as always, it's not recommended to keep using them as this can cause your account to be banned and the only thing I wish I could do is leave Paimon floating by your side all the time. I think this is a positive point considering the size of the game. There is nothing that causes crashes or unrecoverable crashes.

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The game is very stable in general and bugs are often caused by the need to connect to the internet, such as those moments when the character or enemy simply disappears and reappears with all their energy restored because there was a moment of disconnection and the game did not register its damage. It's a kind of problem that wouldn't happen in an offline game, for example.

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Since when did Ubisoft buy miHoYo?

Perhaps the game's main problem is its business model. Genshin Impact is a free game and it would be silly to complain about its gacha system. It's no use saying it's unfair not to have access to the characters you want because other games come out complete or any kind of complaint of that kind. This is the game's way of making money and nothing will change it! But, being a game as a service, Genshin Impact forces you to play every day so you don't get left behind and miss the opportunity to collect resources.

You will log in, do your daily missions, spend your resins, then route the artifacts, collect Mondstadt's specialties, collect Liyue's specialties, face the elite bosses and collect the rewards of exploration with Katherine, make the requests from the villagers, collect the rewards of the battle pass and this repeats endlessly while you have nothing more interesting to do because all the quests in story mode have already been done and you can't even play them again.

This gets boring and, to make up for the lack of great new content, they launch regular events. Some last for days, have a multitude of stories, such as the Lantern Festival that deepened players in the story of the character Xiao, or “The Prince of Chalk and the Dragon”, in which we explore the Dragon Spine Mountain and meet the character Albedo they are cool, but they are special events that come with a big update. While we don't have this big update, the game gets repetitive or gets some minor events that involve killing monsters indefinitely.

Another complaint from players is the amount of Resin. Resin is a game limiter that is used when collecting artifacts and upgrade items. Every day you have 160 of them and you must use them to collect rewards from domains or elite bosses. It is possible to use real money to buy more crystals and exchange them for primes and exchange the gems for resin, but of course, that depends on how much money you are willing to spend on it. This limiter, rumor has it, is a lock to prevent players from spending so many hours playing that they die in front of the PC, something that, unfortunately, is not uncommon in China, for example.

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More Personality please

My main problem with the game is not the bugs or resins, but the characters' lack of involvement with the game's story. You'll talk to a multitude of NPCs the same and get generic answers for everything and, in reality, it's not even you that answers them, but Paimon. She will speak for you, while your protagonist looks and remains silent. And if you say little yourself, let alone the other characters!

The Liyue Lantern Festival was the biggest lie of the game, because in the trailer you see the characters there interacting, seeing the stalls and there's even a Xinyan concert, but in the game, none of them are present. The introductory trailer of the Teapot of Relacha mechanics also deceives you a lot, since the characters (when they could be added) just sit there and still cost a lot of points to be added.

It would be interesting if the characters that are there in your group at that moment would at least appear with you in the cutscenes saying key phrases at punctual moments like “What's going on?”, “What happened here?”, “How can we help? ”. If each character had at least five variations of these key phrases and they appeared in cutcenes, you would have such a variety of combinations that it would take a long time for you to realize they are repeated.

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Paimon, let me answer, please?

But, after all, is it good or not?

In short, yes! Genshin Impact is very good. It has its problems, like any open world game, bugs and some punctual problems (who doesn't remember the flying mammoths of Skyrim) but nothing that hinders the game. The biggest problem is its excessive replay while there isn't really great content released for you to play. miHoYo launches a few sporadic events to get players' attention again, but it won't be anything that special and diverse. It's just like going into a dungeon and killing monsters.

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It has no competitive or PVP elements and its multiplayer is very limited. You'll enter another player's world, explore with them, help fight elite bosses or complete dungeons, but that's it. Try to get too far away from the host of the world and you will likely get kicked out of the world as it is possible for anyone to collect the resources available in it.

Unless you play with a close friend, multiplayer with a complete stranger will amount to, at most, completing a domain until your (or the host's) resins run out and you exit multiplayer, ie, kicked out for step away and head towards a resource such as a flower or ore. At events like the Labyrinth of the Wind or the Mechanicus Theater, where multiplayer interaction took place in an enclosed space, it's possible to have fun with strangers. But in the normal game you will spend most of your time in singleplayer.

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What really grabs players' attention are the stories and characters in the game. Every time a long-awaited character is about to leave, the game's discussion groups swarm with speculation, theories and information, leaked or official. People showing pride that they got the new character, people scorning the character, some hopeful of getting the character or those who simply declare they'll wait for the next one. Each new character is a separate event in groups. It's like a group of collectors excited about their new acquisition.

Don't be fooled by the cute faces of the waifus and husbandos. The game WILL TRY in every way to make you spend money on it! My advice is: If you have it and the game is fun for you, why not? A Genshin Impact quality triple A game currently costs around R$150 to R$250, so buying a battle pass for R$52,00 won't wipe out your bank account.

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In fact, if Genshin Impact was born as a clone of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, it was long overdue. You can still have similar animations in terms of climbing, using stamina, gliding or whatever, but the combat mechanics and especially the variety of new and captivating characters give Genshin Impact a huge difference from Link's adventures on Nintendo and Nintendo consoles. , in some cases, Genshin Impact surpasses its “original”.

Where to buy?

Genshin Impact: Free
Genshin Impact Android: Free
Genshin Impact iOS: Free
Genshin Impact at Epic Games: Free

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Genshin impact

Developer: myHoYo
Distributor: myHoYo
Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, iOS
Please note: 9/10

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Pros:

  • Free Game with lots and lots of content;
  • Charismatic and fun characters;
  • Engaging, fun and exciting story;
  • Beautiful soundtrack;
  • Excellent combat mechanics and strategy with the elements;

Cons:

  • Game as a service that requires daily logins and too much attention;
  • Big and heavy game. Requires a good hard drive or cell phone with lots of space;
  • Little involvement of characters in the story;
  • The cash store is too expensive;

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