Review: Genshin Impact takes players on an immersive adventure


Isabella Zhang ('24)

“Genshin Impact” is an action role-playing game that is gaining popularity across the world.

Recently, people of all ages have been obsessing over the game, Genshin Impact. But what makes it so memorable?

The action role-playing game takes the perspective of an avid adventurer looking for their sibling, who had been taken by an anonymous god during the first cutscene. As you defeat monsters and gain experience (XP), more secrets about your sibling’s whereabouts are revealed.

As players continue to play the game, new challenges and characters are unlocked. The most popular characters are the main adventurer (whose name is chosen by the player), as well as Amber, Kaeya, and Jean. Each character possesses a unique quality, whether it is anemo (wind), pyro (fire), cryo (ice), electro (lightning), and more that I personally haven’t yet experienced in the game.

There are many characters in Genshin Impact and “wishing” or pulling for characters is a central aspect of the game. (Isabella Zhang (’24))

When I downloaded Genshin Impact for the first time, I was amazed at how detailed the graphics were. They weren’t exactly realistic, but the entire map of Teyvat (the world where the game takes place) didn’t have any sections that were unfinished or glitchy. The background music with subtle vocals sounds calming, yet mysterious, which fits the aesthetic of the storyline perfectly. The sharp sound effects make the player feel as if they are physically inside the game as the adventurer.

The gameplay, which consists of defeating monsters, scavenging for materials, and advancing your characters, is pretty simple to understand. However, when you first start the game, many maps and achievement menus are presented to you all at once, which took me a while to navigate and figure out what happens once I finish a side-quest.

Players often have to fight monsters while on quests. (Isabella Zhang (’24))

Some impressive features that this app provides are “waypoints,” which are teleportation devices, and navigation signals that prevent you from pulling your hair out of frustration when you can’t find the exact location of something. Since the map of Teyvat is so immense, waypoints help you jump from area to area without having to deal with monsters in between. Likewise, a trail of golden sparkles shows you the best way to reach your destination and the game tells you how far away you are from your desired end-point during a quest.

The map of Teyvat (the world of Genshin Impact) is immense. (Isabella Zhang (’24))

One thing that you should know before downloading the mobile version of Genshin Impact is that it takes up a large amount of data — 3.9 gigabytes to be exact. In order for this game to run smoothly on my iPhone, I was forced to delete other nonessential apps. Also, you want to make sure that your device is plugged in when you play. Genshin drains a ton of battery… and fast.

Despite the loss of other apps on my phone, Genshin Impact is definitely addicting and captivates its players, which makes them want to keep gaining XP until they have figured out the mystery of their lost sibling. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars, due to the amount of freedom and time in between ventures for scavenging for materials to increase your character’s rank. Still, the complexity of the storyline and side quests can confuse the players. Overall, I would seriously recommend Genshin Impact to everyone, even people who don’t typically play games on their devices.