I was just wondering if anyone else in the GB community had started playing Genshin Impact, and what your thoughts are on the game so far?
I'm about 6 hours into the game myself, and didn't participate in any of the beta's, so still pretty fresh on the whole experience. I'm having a pretty great time so far. I thought that the tutorial was a bit long and some of the characters talk a little too much, but once the game kind of opened up for exploration I started having a really good time. There are some elements that are highly influenced by BoTW (stamina bar, gliding, climbing, shrines/temples, cooking), but there are also a lot of things that it does differently such as combat, a leveling system, multiple playable characters, and a more focused narrative. Unlike BoTW, a lot of the content is locked behind leveling. You can't just jump into the world and go wherever you want without getting wrecked. It's also worth noting that it's probably the best looking anime-style game I've ever played. I can't believe it looks like this on a 11gb download (playing on PS4 Pro).
My main criticisms so far would be the climbing, and the myriad assortment of different currencies and leveling systems. Climbing feels really slow, but maybe I'll unlock things that speed it up later on. The currency and leveling stuff just comes with a free-to-play gacha game I guess.
That said, without spending any money I've been able to get 20 gacha pulls just with earned in-game currency, which unlocked 3 new playable characters, and the game gives you 3 via the tutorial quest-line, so I'm up to 6 already. I'm not sure if the gacha stuff become more important and mar the experience of the game later on, but so far it seems really fun.
Anyways, what do you all think?