Genshin Impact, the action RPG from developer miHoYo, is finally releasing on PlayStation 4 late next month. The game's been in development for a while, and we've been following it ever since it was announced for Sony's system in 2019. You may remember that some crazy Nintendo fans caused a ruckus when it was revealed because it looks a bit like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- at least in terms of graphical style.
In reality, while it does share some similarities with Nintendo's blockbuster, Genshin Impact is very much its own game. It has multiple playable characters and a wealth of RPG systems. It's also free-to-play, and yes, it's got microtransactions. Here's hoping that they don't have too much of a, er, impact on the experience.
Oh, and the game will feature some PS4 exclusive content:
Beyond microtransactions, our only worry with Genshin Impact is its technical performance. We played the closed beta about a month ago, and to be frank, the game ran terribly on PS4 Pro. Frame rate issues and noticeable input lag ruined our time with the beta, so we sincerely hope that the finished product runs a lot better.
Are you interested in Genshin Impact? Begin your journey in the comments section below.
Oh nice, I didn't realise it was free-to-play. I was confused when I saw a starter pack up for pre-order on the PlayStation Store for only £8.99, but now it makes sense!
Free-to-play, microtransactions, input lag? Hard pass
Was looking forward to this as a non crazy Nintendo fan but free to play and microtransactions means I'll never play it now.
Apparently this is an extreme Gatcha Game so noooooooooooooo thank yoooooooooou
I got a bad feeling you will have to buy each character for like £20, that's how these Chinese free to play games usually work on mobile 2
Looked promising until I saw the gatcha mechanics. Urgh.
I am going to enjoy this,I trust miHOYO.For all you haters,i do not want to see you all back here, when this game becomes a hit,and renamed the best, "free-to-play game".
Imagine judging a game ,before you have even played it.Its free to play people, have a try.
Stereotyping is a big no no.
I was interested in this already, surprised it's FTP. Guess that means I'll give it a go for sure instead of needing to wait on reviews etc.
I was excited for this game until the “free to play” or surprise mechanics, but I still give it a try
This could have worked well as a 60 dollar game and for awhile I assumed it was. Some games do the whole f2p Gacha mechanic thing ok because it’s just playing virtual dress up. This is more than that.
I may be the minority but does anybody really want "free" software from China these days?
I pretty much nope'd out of this once I realized it was a freemium title. A shame, because the "Tales meets BotW" artstyle is quite attractive.
I was somewhat excited before now upon learning it's F2P
@rachetmarvel Free to p(l)ay is a disease. Such a waste i though a full game without all kinds of nonsense. I am a free to play hater it all the worst from mobile.
@Ralizah Same here it looked so cool.
I’m still going to play it. But they seriously reduced their chances of getting money out of me by not charging me for it upfront.
@Keyblade-Dan pardon my ignorance, what is a gatcha game?
@Flaming_Kaiser Ain't nobody, got money to throw at every single game ,and knowing what mihoyo has done with honkai impact 3 ,which is also on pc,I have plenty of reason to be optimistic,although i hated the art direction of Honkai,i am loving Genshins artstyle and atmosphere.
And you hating on free to play games is funny ,since one of my favourite games to play,paladins ,is free to play,and much more enjoyable than its paid counterpart ,Overwatch.
So get this,if people are having fun in a game ,plus you did not have to pay for it,i do not se the point of bashing the genre.Remember at the end of the day, games are there to entertain you,or for most of us ,to have fun.
@Icey664 Basically crappy mobile games that are designed for no other purpose than to suck money from people via microtransactions or loot boxes
Too bad... this game looked like it could have had potential.
@Keyblade-Dan How else will they earn there money?it is a free to play game,plus this game is a single player game ,wih a co-op feature,so there is no situation of pay to win,it is more like pay to progress faster.
Plus grinding is so 2020 now,and i have been doing it since warframe,and by also doing the free battle pass for,other online shooters.So it is not bad,whenyou are reward for your grinding fairly, and you are enjoying the game.
@Icey664 A gatcha game is a game where you have the option to pay to summon additional characters at random. Fire emblem heroes it’s an example. Some of them can be excellent games as no one is going to spend money to buy additional characters for a game they don’t enjoy playing. The problem is that some people get addicted to summoning additional characters and spend large amounts of money without achieving anything.
@Icey664 I would reccomend you give it a try,it is free to play,and the company that made this,mihoyo,had a similar pratice with there other mobile/pc game,honkai impact 3,and the experience for a non-spending player,was fair,plus the gameplay in there games ,are usually great.
@Ryall True,that is why the non-spending player route,is the only route i take.Plus it actually keeps the game more interesting, when i have an objective(e.g to get a certain character).
@rachetmarvel Paladins was fun for a while but every extra thing behind a paywall. Let me pay full price and just play the game. U hate the grind the timewasters. The worst thing its all bleeding into my full games thats why hate free to play/pay games.
@rachetmarvel Do you hear yourself the grinding is so 2020. Your "reward" for grinding is fair? Making a game grindy is a terrible design.
@Flaming_Kaiser Nah paladins is still fun,i i enjoy grinding for my champions,plus the game does not ever get as stale as overwatch,the characters are unique and so are there gameplay,but i do wish the bugs do get ironed out more.
Plus where did you get the paywall thing,there is no paywall in Paladins,it was in OB 64,which was two years ago around april,in which it almost went pay to win,since you could pay for cards that gave you perks,and advantages,but before and after that ,there is no pay to win element in paladins,the lootboxes,are only for skins,emotes,stickers,sprays and voice packs,which you can get by playing the free battlepass.
So yeah,please stop spreading false rumours about paladins.And honestly the only grind in Paladins, is when trying to earn enough in game coins(which you get by playing matches) in order to unlock a champion,but you are allowed to play the champion if they are on free weekly rotation.
Plus if you want to skip that you can just buy the champions pack ,which unlocks all current and future ,champions,but it is priced like around R459 in my country,and no one got that much money to spend on Paladins.
Wow,this sounded like an advertisement for Paladins,oh well ,what ever it takes to increase the player base.
@Flaming_Kaiser I like to grind,when i get a fair reward,and when the gameplay is fun.
You would not understand,you are a normie.
You either live or die by the grind(plus paladins is not even that grindy,especially compared to warframe)
I tried the beta and it’s good, I hope the game will have cross-save with ios. The performance isn’t good though on my ps4 pro.
I'm excited. Free to play = free stuff to enjoy. And from what I've seen in the beta, nothing is gated behind paywalls. It's literally if you want to roll for x character. And you even get currency to roll for free, it just takes longer than if you pay. And that's fine by me. I'm pretty patient so I won't be spending a cent.
I don't mind games that are free to play as long as they're done right. I'll give it a try and see for myself.
Oh boy free to play. I may still give it a try down the line.
@rachetmarvel "You would not understand,you are a normie.
You either live or die by the grind". W-w-wait... Is this... Is this meant to be a parody???
@NeoTokyo404 Not really,I was just jesting with him,with the normie part,but I do enjoy playing ,free to games.
Honestly after playing so many years,of warframe,the massive shear grind,either molds you into a true Tenno,or crushes you,into another drop out.
The game looks nice, but I already dropped Duel Links (for Legacy of the Duelist on Switch), Omnia Opera (grinding got annoying) KHX (took too long for the interesting story missions), Grimoire of Souls (when will you come to US, dammit!), and Fate/GO still has access to my wallet (good story, only newer Fate game out there, except Extella Link). But I'd rather contribute to Kickstarter games that I know I would play (Bloodstained delivered and it was great).
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