Genshin Impact In-Depth Review From Your Not-So Average Gamer

official genshin impact wallpaper for my header image with mona lumine and keqing

I wouldn’t quite call myself a gamer. In fact, I believe a lot of gamers that call themselves “gamers” are the typical eat, sleep, and breathe games and usually expect others to do the same or similar. Otherwise, they don't hold the title or can hold the title of, "gamer." Sounds silly and ridiculous I know, but I've run into these types of people in my life that's where this is coming from. Therefore, I don’t agree with that stigma. I play games. I like watching people play, but I also have other things in my life that I make time for.

I’ve been contemplating whether to add video game reviews to my blog for a long time now and honestly, I’m just like fuck it. Let’s not hold back a part of myself just because I’m not your go-to gamer girl, and I’m picky as fuck as to what I play. So with that said, today I’m going into a full deep dive of my thoughts on Genshin Impact. There will be other reviews, tips, and opinions on this game and other games I play in the future, but since this is what I’ve been playing the most for almost a year now, I feel my thoughts strongly.

What Is Genshin Impact?

For those that already know what Genshin is, you can go ahead and skip this. I need to cover my bases and assume some people aren’t going to know what I’m talking about. Especially, whatever audience I do have. Ya know? 

If you’re new to the Genshin Impact world, welcome~ You’re going to get addicted! You’re going to love it, and you’re going to hate it. You’re going to get bored of it, and then you’ll come right back when something good comes around. Trust me, this game gives you a whole lot of emotions!

On that note, Genshin Impact is an open-world action role-playing game. Basically, you are the main character in this game, known as Traveler in all the cut scene or animated dialogues no matter what name you choose for yourself. 

being referred to as traveler in genshin impact

Characters you get for free or from the gacha are yours, but it’s not like they can acknowledge you in-game that you’re part of the same team. Teams are made up of 4 characters, and trust me, over time you'll find yourself desiring to collect other ones. Whether it's because of the fact they're good-looking or because their skills, talents, and attacks are just chef's kiss. 

a party of 4 on genshin impact

But yeah, whatever character you do get won't acknowledge you in the storyline itself. For example, remember Animal Crossing New Horizons? Well, when a villager leaves your island they don’t remember you anymore. That’s basically the same concept. So even if you’re using other characters to finish the storyline, or they’re in your team, the story itself is coded in a way that they only see you as Lumine (female) or Aether (male) aka Traveler, and no one else. 

How tricky would the developers have to work to code to have other characters that are on your team recognize you? It’s practically impossible just because there are over a million players now, and not everyone has the same characters. It is a gacha game after all, but don’t let the gacha scare you. There are so many free-to-play (f2p) opportunities for you to get characters and weapons through the gacha system without spending a cent.


Available On:

You can find Genshin Impact on PC (not Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, iPad, and mobile (both Apple and Android.)

I actually do know someone who does play mobile, and it’s crazy insane if you ask me! I tried it once, when I was redoing the interior of my bedroom and didn’t have my computer hooked up, and it was just too hard! But then again, it’s probably just a learning curve. If I wanted to have learned, I would have, but I didn’t. Instead, I would just claim my rewards daily, mainly from the one year anniversary, and then log back off. 


How much space does Genshin Impact take up?

On mobile, Genshin Impact took up about 14 GB on my phone which I’m assuming iPad would be the same or similar. My friend, who is a mobile player, warned me about the fact that it takes up a lot of room on my phone.

PC wise, it takes up 33 GB. I don’t have that much on my PC, to begin with, mainly because I store everything on an external hard drive but seeing that number shocked me! But it’s not as bad on a PC if you have a terabyte of space vs 128GB of space on your phone. Realistically, not many people have more than 128GB for their phone’s internal storage. 10-14 gigs takes up so much more on mobile than 33 gigs do on a PC with 1000 GB of space.


My PC specs

Now, please don’t get on me about my PC specs. I’m literally still working on upgrading it. But this just goes to show you don’t need the most amazing build to run this game. My niece plays the game on a basic laptop, and it works! 

For me, there’s only so many places my money can go at one time and I’m not rich. But my next upgrade is my monitor because I’m using something SUPER ancient that weighs 19 pounds!! T_T 

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-core

RAM: 32 GB

GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Motherboard: ASRock A320M

Current Monitor: DELL 2407WFP

Monitor I want: ASUS VG248QG 24" G-Sync Gaming Monitor 165Hz 1080p 0.5ms (24” because I can’t fit the 27” in my current workspace)

My computer is also not running on an HDD, but a 1T Seagate SSD. My HDD took a crap on me which was a headache in and of itself dealing with it and moving my OS from it to the SSD. 


Nintendo Switch 

Lastly, I just want to throw this in here. There are talks that Genshin Impact will eventually be on Nintendo Switch, but it hasn’t happened yet. The developer of the game, Mihoyo or now known as Hoyoverse, has been working on it supposedly, but that’s as far as I know. So if you’re a Switch user, that’s something you may want to keep tabs on.


Price to Play

None. Literally. It’s free to download and play, but that isn’t to say there aren’t in-game purchases. You don’t need those in-game purchases, but they are very tempting to say the least. I, myself, have been tempted and failed to resist temptation. But the perks of being an adult is, I get to decide where my adult money goes.


Free to Play or Pay to Win

As I mentioned above, you can totally play free throughout the entire game. There’s plenty of YouTuber gamers who show you how to be free to play, and what characters are good if you are etc. Everything else is pretty much luck and if the odds of the system are in your favor.

The game isn’t a competition between players either. You’re not going up against anyone besides monsters in the game, but there are people who do purchase in-game goodies. The ones I can think of people spending on are the 

  • event gacha banner
  • battle pass rewards
  • selkie moon 
  • character outfits (which are few to none)

current genshin impact event banner as of april 30th 2022

FYI, at the time of writing this, it is April 30th, 2022 so the event banner may be different when you're reading this. Thanks for understanding!

I’ve also seen people buy accounts with certain characters on them from places like Etsy. I don’t know how legit that is, I’d be so nervous to do so but there are people who do. Also, you can’t really send items or characters to friends, so if you do buy an account from someone on Etsy that would be a second account. You would not be able to send said character to your main account. 

I was free to play for a very long time before I started to spend money on the game. That's because once you catch up to the main storyline and have found all the chests in the regions open thus far, it's a finite amount of Primogems (one of the in-game currencies) you can get to use on gacha banners. Which is mainly what people want. 

an example of what a primogem from genshin impact looks like


Gameplay

Okay so now we’re getting into why I have such a love-hate relationship with this game! I’ve seen some reviews and people talking about this in the past, but there’s a lot of grinding in this game. Sometimes I found myself stuck and unable to move forward in leveling myself or my characters literally because of how much challenge this game provides, with sometimes, very little reward. 

Also, don’t think even remotely about beating monsters for experience. This isn’t MapleStory. You get the bulk of your experience from quests, stories, bosses, etc. Puny annoying monsters? Not at all. Not even close! But even still, you’re going to have to go after them to get level-up material for weapons, talents, and even your character ascensions.

There are so many things to level in this game, it’s not even funny. So yes not only will you be challenged, you will get stuck, you will get frustrated, and you will love and hate it all at the same time. 

Let’s dive in further shall we?

click to begin genshin impact


Single or MultiPlayer

So while the majority of the game is played in single-player mode, you can do domains and hunt down bosses with the help of your friends by doing Co-Op. Co-op is unlocked at Adventure Rank 16.

co-op glitch in genshin impact

I know when I find myself stuck, unable to beat bosses to get ascension materials for my characters, I have to ask my friends, or my niece lmfao, to help Co-Op with me to get all my materials. I’m usually a single-player kind of person because what I really hated about MapleStory was I had to do bosses with people online or whatever. I’m already interacting with so many people outside in the real world, that when I game I kind of just don’t want to stress or I just want to play alone. 

You know having friends, though, who I know I can play with is also nice.

Pretty much the entire story of the game is single-player mode and you cannot get help from friends during those types of quests. It’s all on you. 


Graphics

Hoyoverse (it's funny and awkward saying that after calling them Mihoyo for so long) is just amazing. They developed such a gorgeous graphic-heavy game. I’m in awe every time something new comes out. I’ve even shown my dad, and his first game console was the Donkey Kong 2, followed by the original Game Boy, and Nintendo 64 when he first came to America. He has watched my nephew play first-person shooter games or sports games, but he saw me playing Genshin and he's marveled by how far video games have come. 

liyue in the evening in genshin impact

It’s thanks to him that I have picked up video games. Even though he didn’t play much, it’s thanks to those consoles I was exposed to video games in the first place and the rest is history. 


Third Person Perspective

This is kind of where my graphic love starts to deter off. I tend to get motion sickness from this game especially when my sinuses are acting up. When they do, I can only play for 2-3 hours max at a time. Now, I don’t always have this problem though. 

When I do have this problem, I have Dramamine ginger chews that I bought that help! It’s just so new to me! I’m not the type of person to ever get motion sickness. I’m always on planes, always! LIKE ALWAYS. I’m always doing something crazy that involves heights or being action-like or going on rides, it’s just these weird camera angles that really push me over the edge.

Nonetheless, it feels amazing and surreal, I love it but I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it. Even changing the settings has not helped me completely. 

warning before playing genshin impact

This also does come as a warning before you start playing the game. There’s a screen that comes on and warns that if you feel sick from playing, stop playing. 

If you have any ways or good tips to get over this, please let me know in the comments below! I’m down to try literally anything! I’m afraid to eventually invest in VR if I’m going to have this problem, but I really want to get into VR & AR. I’m kind of a Sword Art Online sucker. 


Mechanics

As I mentioned above, there is a lot of grinding to be done in this game. Even when you catch up with the storyline, because it’s not all out yet, you’re kind of expected to continue leveling up your characters and constantly grinding. Which feels chore-like. But everyone has a different endgame goal, I believe, but I’ll get to that shortly.

So, how much grinding is a lot? Well, there’s…

  • Character Level
  • Character Ascension
  • Character Constellations
  • Character Friendship Level
  • Character Hangouts
  • Weapon Farming
  • Weapon Level
  • Weapon Refinement
  • Weapon Ascension
  • Artifact Farming
  • Artifact Level
  • Talent Level
  • Adventure Rank
  • World Level
  • Spiral Abyss Floors
  • Battle Pass Levels (these refresh every month too)
  • The Statue of the Seven Levels
  • Town Reputation Level
  • The Frostbearing Tree Levels in Dragonspine
  • Sacred Sakura’s Favor Levels
  • Daily Commissions
  • Character Story Keys
  • Chests
  • Shrine Keys
  • Recipes & Food Crafting
  • Time-gated quests
  • Expeditions
  • Bounties
  • Anemoculus, Geoculus, & Electroculus
  • Serenitea Pot Trust Rank
  • Serenitea Pot Chapter Challenges

some required leveling in genshin impact

And I’m sure there’s more, but I feel like I covered pretty much all of them. On one hand, it keeps you occupied, but to me, a grinding-heavy game gives me Animal Crossing vibes after a while. I started taking breaks from the game because it starts feeling boring after some time. But that’s just me.

As I mentioned, everyone has their own endgame content. For me, I got addicted because of the story quests. The daily grind and some of the events I’m meh about, but doing character stories and character hangouts, the main story quests, etc. is my niche. It’s what draws me to the game to continue playing.

Trust me, when I first tested out Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my friend’s Switch I didn’t think it was going to be for me because of the stamina depletion. Now I kind of want to go back and play it because I got used to the learning curve of stamina depletion in-game. Your stamina levels do increase over time, as you level up the Statues of the Seven in different regions.

stamina depletion example in genshin impact

Also, it’s not like you can choose what to focus on or do things one at a time from the list above. Oh no, you need them all. So your attention is going to be scattered a lot, a lot of the time. I think the only ones I don’t partake in as much are the trees. You're probably like trees? What trees? Trust me, there are trees. One in Inazuma is called the Sacred Sakura Tree, and the one in Dragonspine is the Frostbearing Tree. Also, I don't really partake in the expeditions and bounties, the town reputation levels, although I should, but it’s just too much for me.

I completed getting all the Anemoculus around October or September, but I had to sit down for a week and decide to do ONLY that. I haven't gone back for the others since, yes there are others. The Anemoculus is what you need to level up the Statue of the Seven in Mondstadt. Then there are also, Geoculus for LiYue, Electroculus for Inazuma, and the other regions haven't become available yet.

One quick tip I’m going to leave here is, 

if you’re going to play this game don’t activate random quests because canceling navigation doesn’t abandon them. 

Sometimes you’ll be stuck in them and can’t co-op with friends or do an event because there’s a character you need that’s stuck in one of the other quests you activated. Which I had a bad habit of doing at the beginning of the game when I was a newbie. So many people have asked Hoyo for a cancel button, but they haven't delivered on it yet. Trust me, it's frustrating as fuck!

I’ll talk about my likes and dislikes of this game at the very bottom of this in-depth review.

Story

Storytime! No seriously, you are Traveler whether you choose a female or male as your main. And basically, the one you did not choose is your missing sibling that you’re trying to find. The story in and of itself is truly captivating, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to come out with an anime one day. I would be so totally for it!

choose female or male for the game genshin impact

But seeing as how this is a free-to-play game, and the game has only been out for a little over a year, the whole story isn’t out yet. 

That’s one of the main reasons why I’m playing less compared to the beginning. 


Audio

The audio, like the graphics, is top-notch. There are times when I find myself panicking just from listening to the audio alone. I’m like WHY ME?! You definitely get a feel for things differently with background sounds and music that comes when you’re fighting. 


Voice Actors

Hoyo did an amazing job gathering the voice actors they did for all the language packs that are available. That being said, I am not a big fan of a lot of the English voice actors. Some of them are just very cringy sounding. Not all of them, but some, and it ruins the game for me. Early on when I heard them even on a trailer, I was like NOOOOOOOOO. I know it’s not the end of the world, and some people love it, but I switched to the Japanese dub. You can also choose between the Korean voice pack or the Chinese voice pack.

voice packs for genshin impact

For me, I understand a lot of the conversation that’s going on in Japanese that I don’t need the English dialogue, but I have it there in case I do need it. That being said, it’s not always grammatically correct. But they’ve truly outdone themselves in bringing such an amazing game to life and covered all their bases!

What I’d like to add to the game

So I’m actually going to start wrapping up this review and my thoughts on this game. It’s already pretty long, and the original one I wrote up was even longer. I decided to split it into multiple different sections for future posts instead. This is just a review, of my personal opinions, but also an introduction for those who may be new to the game from here on out. Much doesn't change with the game, the overall concept and mechanics have stayed the same and will stay the same unless otherwise mentioned. 

Abandon Quests

As I’ve mentioned above, I don’t like that I can’t abandon certain quests. I’d love to have that added. I’m tired of being forced to complete something just because my foolish ass decided to talk to some random village character. That’s what I do! That's what playing Pokemon and Animal Crossing growing up taught me. 

I hate being stuck on something and can’t go do other things like co-op or events if I’m stuck in a particular quest. I’ve read that similar people have had issues with this also. Canceling navigation isn’t abandoning the quest, but rather postponing it till later.

For example, I would have loved to partake in the Moonlight Merriment event but couldn’t because I was stuck in another quest called The Chi of Yore. I HAD to finish it to partake in the 2022 Lantern Rite event, but it's SO FUCKING HARD if not impossible to do alone. My friend, who is OP by the way, had to help me, and we died 2-3 times before we finally got it. The fucking WORST. 


Gameplay Timer

I’d love to see a way to see how many hours were put into the game. Since the game isn’t on Steam, there’s no real way for PC users to really track how many hours we put into the game. I’ve been playing since August 2021, and I’d like to know the details further. And before you jump in and say there are ways to check online, I’ve tried them all. They’re not accurate. There is no real way of knowing.


Map Level

This one is kind of taken from my MapleStory days. I reminisce about them a lot. I know this one could be a little impossible considering monsters on all maps are leveling up just as we are leveling up our characters and world levels. That being said, I don’t like not knowing what level certain maps are. Kind of like the domains ahead of time tell us recommended party levels, it’d be a nice way to gauge how serious I have to be on some maps. I don’t entirely know if it’s possible considering the more you level up your character, adventure rank, and world level the monsters grow with you. 

liyue map in genshin impact


Better Endgame Content

Better endgame content that’s not as grindy would be nice, but at the same time, I understand that these workers are probably overworked already. So I’ll just be patient. I know that there’s a strategy to eventually try to get players to keep coming back for more. They’re probably slowing things down now as they’re preparing for the launch of their new game Honkai Star Rail, which looks absolutely amazing!


Skins and Character Customization

Definitely would love to dress up at least my Traveler character more or even the others! There’s that whole teapot thing that I’ve unlocked, but don’t even play with. But I’d definitely come back more often if I could get more character personalization! I dropped so much money on Love Nikki, and I’m not even ashamed to say it! 


Genshin Impact: The Animation

What else? Hmmm… I’d actually like to replay character stories but without the quests. Kind of like an anime or movie-type thing. Just sit down and watch a play-through of it. I know I could do it online already, and that they have certain dialogues available in the in-game archive. Though I’d really love to just see Genshin Impact become an anime at some point honestly. I think that’s what I’m getting at here. 

story quest hangout events on genshin impact


Epitomized Path - Permanent Banner

This last thing I’d like to add was brought up somewhere within the Genshin Community. I’m not sure who had this idea, but it was doing an Epitomized Path, which is a charted course, for the permanent gacha banner. They have one currently for the weapon banner which barely anyone ever pulls on, but I think having one on the permanent character banner would definitely be awesome!

epitomized path genshin impact


Food Organization

Food buff organization! When you're cooking, you can easily find recipes that you want to craft just by selecting 

  • attack buff, 
  • healing, 
  • defense etc.
in the bottom left-hand corner. But when you’re on the field, that’s when you need it most!! I struggle so hard to find certain food buffs I want to use. Or give us a way of being able to hit a button and we magically buff what we need etc. 

no food organization during battles on genshin impact

This idea is also inspired by my Maple Story days. 


Pause Button

An actual pause button on PC! Do other Genshin gamers on other devices have pause buttons? I’m not entirely sure. Let me know in the comments if you do or don’t. I know a lot of games don’t have that option, but there are just as many non-gamers as there are gamers these days. And non-gamers don’t understand that you can’t just pause the game JUST FOR THEM. Unfortunately, this is the vast majority of my family. It’s kind of hard to be so popular. Just kidding, but I am serious, my family relies on me A LOT. I’m the most tech-savvy in my household, sometimes my sister needs me, basically, I just need an actual pause button. Especially during battles. 

There have been many times I try to pause the game because my parents or someone needs me, and I die because I’m in the middle of a fight. I thought using the ESC button or going into your bag pauses the game, but it doesn't for me. Unless mine glitches.


Holiday Events

It might not make sense for the game to add this, but I’d actually like to see holiday events and specials in the game. They already do it with Lunar New Year and they call it the Lantern Rite event, but I'd also like to see stuff for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc. 

lantern rite event 2022 genshin impact

I know that’s extra work on their part, but I do remember games I played that had that extra tidbit that made gameplay special especially if I didn’t have anything particular planned on those days. It’s great staying home and curling up on a game that is celebrating Halloween or whatever. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something, instead of just staring at social media that’s giving me massive FOMO.


In-Game Character Stat Review

Since Genshin is a strategy game, I wish there was a way to tell if my character stats, artifact, weapon stat are any good, average, above average, below average, etc. I feel like so many people, not just myself, aren’t sure where we are or are supposed to be with our characters. Far as I know, there are some similar ways of figuring some stuff out on external sites, but not exactly what I want and need. 

I’ve watched so many videos on how to build characters, but it’s not as helpful unless someone with more knowledge gives you direct advice, or substitutes it with an in-game mechanism that can help us with that.

Since there are so many things to level, I wish there would be a helpful NPC or something that said, “Maybe you should focus a little more on this....” and kind of guide us. Same with my artifacts. I’ve started getting 5-star artifacts in November, but because I don't want to level up my "world level" a lot of them are still 4-star drops. I wish I had a guide to point me in the right direction. I know the basics of what to look for, but I could definitely always use more help!


More Mora

Mora is another in-game currency for those who don't know. Unlike Primogems, mora is used for in-game items like ingredients for food to make buffs, etc. Mora is also used to level up our characters, their skills, talents, so on and so forth. It takes up A LOT of mora.

Defeating monsters doesn’t give us enough mora. It’s like a homeless person begging for spare change. The majority of the game requires us to go hunt monsters for their drops to level up our characters and other stats, but that takes more mora than we get from defeating those same monsters. It just doesn't add up. 


Battle Pass Quests

I honestly think there should be more ways to complete the levels and claim battle pass rewards. The ways to do it now are good but not great. It could definitely be expanded on. I’m not sure about you, but if I reached level 30 more often and didn’t feel like I was grinding away like a 9-5 job in-game just to get there, I’d be more prone to buying Gnostic Hymn! 

battle pass genshin impact

There are so many things that could be added that haven't yet been added: fishing, hunting for specific ingredients, ascending a character, and completing an ascension quest. There are so many achievements that bring in like 5 primogems, but very few options in gaining battle pass rewards. 


Buying Primogems Directly

Now hear me out. I’m getting this idea from the days I used to walk into the store, buy a Gaia Online gift card to get Gaia Cash so I could use it towards limited edition in-game purchases. This is similar to wanting a way to gift Welkin Moon to others, but I really wouldn’t mind paying for actual primogems. I know you can buy crystals, and the crystals can become primogems. But there’s no actual way to buy primogems directly if you chose to do so.  

Just imagine~ $10 = 10,000 primogems. Like, SIGN ME UP! Where can I buy this beauty?!


In-Game Gifting

I definitely take a lot of inspiration from what I’d like to see in the game from previous games I’ve played. And another thing I definitely would like to see is in-game gifting. Like I need some of this item, send me some and I’ll send you the one you want. Or sharing artifacts we don’t need with each other. You may be thinking, “Diana, why wouldn’t I need artifacts?” 

Well, I watch a lot of Genshin Impact content creators, and they’ve gotten them all. They’ve maxed out their characters, that they’re so bored out of their minds and have weapons, items, and artifacts that they can literally click the trash icon! AND THEY DO!! They get rid of artifacts or weapons they're not using or planning to use when they could have been sent to a friend if there was that option! Or I think it would be dope if they held giveaways, to give them to other users who want them. 

artifacts example genshin impact

When I first started MapleStory, I had friends who would farm weapons, armor, and accessories for me just to help me out. They were already so high level that they took the time to help me out. And I’d love to see that in Genshin, being able to give things we don’t need that our friends may need. 

More Character Interaction

I wish you could interact with the characters you can get from gacha more aside from story quests. For example, I'd love to see Xiangling at her restaurant. Amber being Amber in Mondstadt. Diluc at the winery, Kaeya at a bar, or whatever he's up to. I think it would be fun to include these into like Battle Pass rewards or even Achievements like, find so and so character on the field. 


Character Diversity

I would LOVE to see a really buff and built character, both female and male. Arataki Itto was supposed to be the buff character, but he's still pretty on the skinny side. We've had a lot of skinny characters, and I understand this made by Chinese people who are having problems with their (trigger warning) thinspo culture but Hoyoverse is all about going global. The way to go global accordingly is by adding character diversity.

arataki itto genshin impact

I think it would be dope to get some brawn male & female characters into the game. I would definitely roll for a female that had more muscle!

All in all,

That kind of sums up everything I’d like to add. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, who knows it’s just my 2 cents. A lot of these would greatly benefit not only the game but people who are huge fans of the game.

There are other things that I didn’t mention, like events I ran into problems with. For example, I couldn’t really play through Labyrinth Warriors because you really needed fully built and well-built characters to get through. It felt really grindy, and by the time I finished floor 1, I didn’t bother doing floor 2. Every time I came back, I had to do floor 1 all over again. So I said fuck it, saved up enough event currency for the Crown of Insight, and never played again. 

Key Takeaway

I remember when the game first came out. People kept asking me time and time again if I started playing Genshin Impact yet or not. Every single time I said no because it looked like a game I would get addicted to, and surely it has been. In the beginning, when I started to play, all the way through November, I made time to play Genshin Impact or at least log in every day or a few times a week. Nowadays, I take a break for a few weeks every so often. It just gets too repetitive and too much.

What really got me into it was, that I saw my niece playing and it’s just another shared connection I had with her. 

What really drew me in was the story and the graphics. I’m still very nostalgic about my MapleStory days, and the game reminds me of a lot of other games that I have come to enjoy. 

graphics and gameplay of genshin impact

There’s a lot of information to go on, especially if you want good characters, artifacts, weapons, and more to beat bosses and the like. I spent hours researching the mechanics of the game while starting the game. And maybe I'll post the tips I've compiled to help others out, let me know if you'd like that in the comments. 

In the meantime, let’s start wrapping this up with some likes & dislikes, and I’ll let you go!

Likes

  • Tons of different ways to gain primogems within the game, free to play, to use on wishes (gacha).

    different ways to obtain primogems genshin impact

  • The game is still growing and expanding. Really love to see where the story goes.

  • The Japanese, Korean, and Chinese voice acting are superb. I love listening to it. My personal preference is Japanese though, and I love that it's available to me.

  • The English voice actors that I like are Amber, Jean, Lisa, Kaeya, that’s about it.
  • Graphics are self-explanatory.

  • Audio, music, voice-overs, in fact, when something doesn't have sound I feel like something is missing. 

  • Being able to play in single player. I find playing with others can be too stressful at times, and most of the time I just want to play by myself.

    being able to play in single player genshin impact

  • I like the fact it’s not focused on co-op. It’s not the same as being able to play in single player. There are some games where to defeat bosses, do certain events, or complete certain quests you HAVE to co-op and play with others online. And I don’t like that. A big reason why I don’t play Fortnite or similar games is that I don’t want to play with others 99% of the time. You meet me in person and I’m extroverted as fuck, I will be the one making shit happen and doing the introductions for everyone. But at home, I like to be introverted and to myself. 

  • Being able to do co-op when I’m stuck. On the other hand, I love being able to ask my friends or my niece to help me fight some bosses so I can ascend my characters and level them up. 

  • Serenitea Pot, I love that there’s so much possibility to do with it.

    serenitea pot genshin impact

  • Character hangouts

  • Personal character stories

  • Being able to try a character before i go rolling for them on the gacha banners. More often than note, I find I don't like the way a character feels. Sometimes they're too slow for my liking with attacks, and trust me, it's them not me.

    genshin impact trialing a character

Dislikes

  • Too much grinding of more than one thing. It starts to take away from the joy of playing a game and starts to feel more and more like a chore that needs to be completed. There are times when I think to myself, “If I don’t do this I can’t get X, Y, or Z” without doing certain things in-game. And I dread it SO much. I don’t want to dread getting on a game. At the end of the day, I have to remind myself IT’S JUST A GAME. Which sucks because you want to get better, but it’s hard, it’s time, it’s effort, it’s a lot.

    genshin impact my user dashboard my level and word level and adventure rank

  • There are a finite amount of ways to get free primogems in-game. Once you catch up to the storyline, achieve all achievements or close to, and/or get all the chests in one region and/or others, that’s it. You either have to spend money, or just wait until a new region comes out. But even then, you can’t really buy primogems directly. 

  • Not enough mora from defeating monsters.

  • No character personalization

  • There is NO way to abandon quests. Canceling navigation doesn’t abandon them. Therefore you’re stuck with them until you can complete them. Some of which trap you in and you can’t co-op with friends until you do. -_- 

  • Some of the puzzles really make no sense. I enjoy puzzle games, but honestly, I’m like, “what the eff is this” half the time.

  • I have a huge love-hate relationship with this game for reasons I’ve already mentioned.

  • When you catch up to the main storyline

  • Time-gated quests

  • Battle Pass level resetting every month or just in general, not enough ways to gain battle pass rewards. Props to the actual gamers that do get all the rewards from it or get to at least level 30. It really takes a long-ass mother fucking time, and it just is really frustrating. It’s not even pay to win, it's: sell your soul to win

  • I don’t mind all of the English voice acting, but some of the voice actors are just awkward-sounding or don’t fit their characters.

  • On this note, why the fuck did they make Xinyan sound like a country hick?! She looks like she’d be rocking to BabyMetal! Give her a dope accent. It’s a shame. Sorry but I don’t know how many people actually listen to metal, but we don’t sound like that.

    xinyan genshin impact

  • No actual pause button during fights

  • No food organization when you actually need them

  • Serenitea Pot is also largely grinding just to be able to decorate your own space. As I mentioned, there’s already too much grinding going on. I really don’t think this realm should be this difficult. It should be more relaxing and enjoyable than Animal Crossing.

  • Another thing about it, You can’t plant as much as you would like flowers, carrots, etc. you’re limited to 1 or 2 plots of farming, 4 spaces, and not only that it takes 2 days to grow 4 things. I think that’s crazy. At least let me grow some more. It goes back to this game wanting you to sell your soul and grind at every little thing, which takes the enjoyment away from the game. 

  • Hoyo, the developer of the game, doesn’t seem to understand or really listen to the people who play their game. People who make content for their games don’t get paid by them. For example, Mtashed was talking in one of his videos, that this one particular event, the content creators that were partaking in this specific event can’t take on any other sponsorships for 2 weeks while they’re doing this exclusive event, yet they’re not being paid by Mihoyo at all. Which is mind-boggling if you ask me. 

    • It’s like someone asking you to draw them for free. Or whatever work you do, being asked to do it for no compensation.

      Can you imagine going into your job and your boss goes, you don’t get any more pay from here on out? You have to do this for free. You would be like, “Fuck you, I quit. I’ll find a much better job that actually appreciates me.” Tell me you wouldn’t. Tell me you would work for free. You won’t because we need money to exist and to have nice things. Gnostic Hymn and Gnostic Chorus are kind of expensive if you ask me, and yet there are plenty of people who buy into them but Mihoyo can’t compensate content creators or give us or just give us better rewards. They give us scraps. And we eat it up.

      This hasn’t been the first time Mihoyo doesn’t really appreciate its gamers. Google or Reddit search the first anniversary and what happened there. Who knows if they’ll ever appreciate their customers and gamers. They have billions of dollars, but they want to keep it all to themselves. They want us gamers to promote their game for them, for free. Anytime there’s an event for anyone who can make any sort of creation, you get the shittiest rewards for A CHANCE to win them. Not you will for participating, a chance.

      So, like, on one hand, I want to support the game, but if Mihoyo can’t even appreciate its gamers or content creators … it’s like why bother? Is this a game for the long run?

  • The people in the community that complain about anyone who has so much as a negative review or doesn’t like EVERYTHING about Mihoyo or the game. Come on now, you’re a child, just admit it. There’s nothing perfect in this world. We’re not saying it’s all bad, but the more you understand capitalism and grow up to have bills, you start to expect some common decency. It shouldn’t be a privilege. It should be a right to have that decency. Otherwise, we’re all pretty much slaves to this game.

  • Too much focus on leveling. I think about it long-term, I just keep thinking, “Oh shit, I think once the story continues I might not be able to defeat these new monsters, bosses, etc. unless my characters are OP. Am I not going to be able to enjoy the storyline because the game is so focused on leveling?” Is level 90 the cap for good, or are we going to be grinding to get more levels again? I feel like too much leveling happened too soon, and I see this with my niece’s first account. She can’t get through Baal’s second fight because you have to be more OP, which means more grinding for artifacts, and leveling more and more. 

    too many characters to level in too many ways genshin impact

It sucks to say there aren't as many likes as dislikes. That is an eye-opener for me because I really do like a lot in the game itself. Why else would I still be playing the game? Why would I be writing an essay reviewing this game if I didn’t like it? I’m clearly passionate about the future of this game.

Mostly, the overall story is what draws me in, and I want to keep going. I want to know what happens next. I love the character hangouts and character stories, but there’s also a lot that I don’t like about the game. 

I feel like I’m expressing legit concerns about this game. It’s really out of this world, and I love playing it, but at the same time, there are issues. You’d be a fool to think this is 100% of a perfect game. There’s no such thing as perfect. Are you perfect? Are your friends perfect? No of course not, we all have flaws. These concerns are legit. Whether you agree with me now or never, time can only tell what the future of this game holds.

Rating

Definitely an 8 out of 10 stars.

Even with everything going on, and too much grinding, and whatever I don’t like. This is just an awesome game all around. I will be playing other games when I'm not playing Genshin. I haven't done so yet because I've just been tired in general, but I have a large back stock of games on Steam. 

This is one of the games I definitely want to see through, see the future of, know the rest of the story, and hopefully get my characters up to snuff!

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