Video Game Review: Genshin Impact
At the time that the world was suffering the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, a game was launched. As if overnight, this game managed to attract millions of players which resulted in it becoming the most played game with regards to its specific genre. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Let me enlighten you about ‘Genshin Impact.'
An action-themed open world RPG (role playing game) with its distinct anime style design coupled with the captivating storyline gravitating around the theme of family. It has, veritably, managed to capture the hearts of many around the globe.
Genshin Impact takes place in the fantasy world of Teyvat, which is home to seven distinct nations each of which is tied to a different element and ruled by a different deity. The story follows the Traveler, who has traveled across countless worlds with their twin sibling before becoming separated in Teyvat due to the intervention of an unknown deity. The Traveler travels in search of their lost sibling and the unknown deity with their unique companion, ‘Paimon’, all the while becoming involved in the affairs of Teyvat's nations. Following this the traveler interacts with the gods of different regions, hoping to amalgamate information about his lost sibling. The in-game lore provides interesting pieces of information which can be seen in the description of weapons, artifacts, and other items. Furthermore, the character’s voice lines also provide us with intriguing information which has led hundreds of players to speculate about how the plot will progress.
Another thing that must be cognized is that Genshin Impact follows the gacha game system whereby players accumulate in-game currency or any other mentioned item to pull for the characters that they want. In Genshin impact, the term ‘wishes’ is used instead of ‘pulls’, and the item required to make these wishes are called ‘primogems’ which can be obtained by various methods in-game and can be purchased as well. Characters are defined by two rarities which are 4 star and 5 star. The former can be obtained once or more in each set of 10 wishes whereas the latter can be obtained once or more in 90 wishes with a guaranteed chance to obtain a 5-star character on the 90th wish. This system is referred to as the pity system. If you want to read more about this then please visit Genshin Impact: Pity and Soft pity systems explained (sportskeeda.com).
Since there are seven main nations in Teyvat, each nation has been modeled after different countries existing in the real world. For example, the city of Monstadt (in Teyvat) also known as the city of freedom which is ruled by the Anemo( wind ) God, is modeled after Germany. Due to this, you can observe a very close resemblance of the area to modern-day Germany. Not only the land and infrastructure but even the playable characters and the NPCs (Non-playable characters) bear a close resemblance to the respective area that the in-game nation has been modeled after. Similarly, Liyue harbor which is governed by the Geo( Rock) Archon who is the oldest archon amongst all the deities, bears a close resemblance to the Chinese culture. To accentuate the effect of this resemblance, Mihoyo ( the developers of Genshin Impact ) have introduced different background music for each nation and further for each area of that respective nation. These musical pieces are also based on the traditional music of the countries that these areas are modeled after. If you want to take a break from the main story quest and the side quests then you can just roam around the map and listen to both the soothing music as well as the voice lines of the characters which have been honed to perfection.
Though Genshin Impact follows the typical RPG genre format albeit more interesting, to make itself unique and distinct, Mihoyo has given the character design and their voices special attention such that not even the most insignificant detail is left unattended. That is one of the main reasons for the success of this game. The following is an example of one of the most fan-favorite characters.
The geo archon himself is one of the most sought-after characters in the game due to his exquisite and graceful design which follows the traditional Chinese way of dressing albeit in a manner that could be aesthetic according to contemporary standards.
Moving on to the in-game specifics. It must be mentioned that Genshin Impact is a game that requires a lot of attention and devotion. Simply obtaining a rare character and his or her signature weapon from the gacha is not enough to ace the game. What is important comes after that. The process of upgrading characters is particularly time-consuming and requires devotion but the fruit of that hard work is what makes it worthwhile. Apart from leveling up characters, a major portion of their strength comes from the artifacts that the player uses on them. There are different domains in Genshin impact which house various artifact sets for both specific characters and ones that can be used generally. It must be kept in mind that it is up to the player's discretion to build his/her character however they want but abiding by the logical approach would yield the best results. The problem here is that oftentimes, players' characters aren’t strong enough to beat the enemies in a domain which is why Co-op mode has been made available in the game. This allows a maximum of four users to complete a domain together which makes the process easier and less time-consuming. There is very apt advice in one of Genshin impact’s loading screen text which is as follows:
“When challenging a Domain, try using Co-Op Mode to find Travelers to fight alongside. Perhaps strength in numbers may help you conquer even the most unconquerable domains.”
The use of Co-op mode is not only limited to this but friends playing on the same server can party together( party is a phrase which refers to playing together) and defeat various boss enemies while chatting using the game chat option which is popular due to the option of using customized Genshin impact character stickers/emoticons.
Following one main goal of completing the storyline would have made the game monotonous at one point which is why Mihoyo introduces events at regular and irregular intervals in the game. Partaking in these events and completing the objectives can earn you many invaluable awards such as Primogems, character ascension materials, and talent level up ascension materials. Events such as the game anniversary or other important occurrences, therefore, have better rewards.
Another reason for Genshin impact’s ever-growing popularity is the excellent customer support for the game. The perfect response time and the superfluous help offered to the players in their times of need have resulted in a boost in Mihoyo’s fame.
In the time since its launch. Genshin impact has won various awards and has earned a spot at the top of many renowned ranking lists. Apple awarded Genshin Impact with "iPhone Game of the Year" in the App Store Best of 2020 and the 2021 Apple Design Awards for Visuals and Graphics. The game also won Google Play's "Best Game of 2020" and was nominated for "Users' Choice Game" at the Best of 2020 awards. At the TapTap Game Awards 2020, the game won "Game of the Year". The game was also nominated for Best RPG and Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards 2020, and for Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards. The game was nominated for Best Ongoing Game and won the Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards 2021.
Genshin Impact had grossed over $393 million within two months after release and over $1 billion by the end of March 2021, the third-highest revenue from a mobile game during that time frame after Honor of Kings and PUBG Mobile, making it one of the highest-grossing mobile games of all time and the fastest game to reach that milestone on Google Play and the App Store. By October 2021, the game had grossed $2 billion.
In my capacity, I would encourage people to play Genshin Impact to be witness to one of the best gaming experiences that the world has to offer. This article can only state a portion of the aspects of the game. The rest can only be fully cognized by playing the game itself. With that, I bid the new Genshin impact players good luck in their gachas and their domains.
Written by Tabish