We reckon Genshin Impact, the open world action role-playing game from Chinese developer Mihoyo, has been done a disservice. When the game was revealed for PlayStation 4 back at ChinaJoy 2019, it was dismissed by many as a simple "Breath of the Wild clone", and one Nintendo fan went as far as to smash a PS4 in protest (seriously, that did actually happen). And while there are some undeniable similarities, Genshin Impact is clearly its own thing -- and it looks pretty damn good as far as we're concerned.
IGN Japan has captured 12 minutes of gameplay from the PC version, and honestly, we can't wait to try it out ourselves. The title features multiple playable characters that you can swap between at any time, each of them boasting their own abilities and combat styles. Fights look flashy, the world looks detailed, and the whole thing's already in English.
Genshin Impact is still set to hit Sony's system at some point in 2020, so hopefully we get a confirmed release date soon.
The game looks flashy and fun. I'm actually sort of looking forward to it.
Really impressive effort for a Chinese developer.
I was watching it earlier. It looks amazing, I love the character designs too. They're putting a lot of effort into it. There's even several full colour manga chapters (in English) on their site too, with great artwork. (Tap the image to get the chapter select menu).
Plus some lore written from an in-universe perspective. Here's one example:
I really love how the environments look.
It actually makes me look forward to a possible new Okami game.
That actually looks really really good! Something I might play for sure but hopefully you can turn off the constant banter and "grunts", can see that getting annoying fairly quickly. Definitely one to keep an eye on
I’m about to break another PS4 after this.
Hahaha forgot about that dude who smashed a PS4, what a clown. This actually looks like it could be pretty good though, despite showing off its influences rather clearly. Makes a change from devs making Dark Souls clones!
The girl in green looks like an Atelier character.
They should partner with Nintendo and include Princess Zelda as a playable character. It'd be pretty funny, considering.
This looks nice, is this really also on ios and android? Looks too good for mobile games.
Looking forward to it myself.
Please bear with me for my lengthy comment, just some random thoughts about game designs..
It's hard to deny the game is appealing from the trailer. After all, it has borrowed design elements from maybe the greatest game in recent years. As a completionist who spent ~450hrs in BOTW, I'd say its palette choices, landscape designs, bgm genre, UI, and other things as trivial as moveset when opening a chest and shooting an arrow and even the airflow when flying all remind me of BOTW. I wouldn't say it's bad to do this at all, but I would expect the developers could do more than just replacing Link with waifus and adding fancier battle scenes.
If one wants to make a game based on an existing great game, as far as I am concerned, what they should do is to "rip" the core game designs that really make the great games stand out. For example, there are a bunch of good souls-like games, and they typically "rip" the difficulty, death penalty, map design and storytelling-via-item-description in the souls series. But these souls-like games each have different arts, UI and bgm from souls series that make you feel like they are still completely new games. The reason BOTW is great is it has set a standard of open world game should look like, and it's full of surprises when you explore Hyrule and you can never feel bored. So, I would expect Genshi Impact could have equally amazing open world designs while figure out its own art, UI and music styles so that players wouldn't feel like they are still in Hyrule when they launch the game.
I guess I will pass this one anyway, but I do believe the developers have accumulated enough experience when making this BOTW-like game and I am quite looking forward to their next title.
Looks great. Certainly looks like more fun than Breath of the Wild anyway
Looks pretty lush to be honest.
I've been playing Honkai Impact 3 (by mihoyo) for almost 3 years.... Heck it has its own manga too and animated series.. I am expecting great things from this game too!
Mihoyo is known to have f2p games (at least for me) and definitely one of the best game devs in china so clone or not, i am excited to play this game!
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