Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 2, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a whimsical, wondrous land dripping with unbridled charm and appeal, combining a ridiculously compelling reward loop with unfettered, continuous discovery. In this world I felt like a child visiting theme park for the first time — dazzled, mesmerized, and completely swept away. I only wish the shimmering glow wasn’t marred by a ghoulish monetization model, but that’s something I’m willing to overlook for my ticket to this fascinating realm.
  2. Nov 12, 2020
    Oh, the joy of exploring this beautiful world. Oh, the clever combat, the great voice acting, the compelling story. This is one of the best RPGs of the year. And it’s almost beyond comprehension that you can get it for free.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    Overall, in spite of things that should bring Genshin Impact down, the game is so much fun to play that the negatives are ultimately minor gripes. [...] The gameplay is smooth and simplistic, and it works great on all platforms - though I’m still not sure why the PlayStation version can’t be linked to a Mihoyo account so I could play on my phone when I’m not at home (PS Vita version please??) but it’s a small gripe to an otherwise terrific game.
  4. Oct 13, 2020
    Genshin Impact is an amazing open-world adventure that draws heavily on both its Breath of the Wild and anime inspirations to create something truly special. Even if the gacha model introduces some undesirable level grinding deeper in, the excellent combat, addictive exploration, and beautiful world make this one of the most exciting games I've played all year.
  5. Oct 10, 2020
    During my time with Genshin Impact, I fell in love with it. After only a few hours, my thoughts about what this adventure was faded away as it truly evolves into a unique experience. There’s a fine level of detail that went into crafting this beautiful world, and you can’t help but want to see every inch of it. Although the grind and the gachas systems are present, this is a game that I will gladly return to again and again. Regardless, all of this is available for free, so nothing stops you from finding out for yourself.
  6. Sep 30, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a fantastic adventure RPG that feels like the first season of everyone's favorite anime. Treyvat is a gorgeous world that challenges consumer perception for what should be expected from "free" gaming experiences. While it may not have the finest coat of polish that AAA titles can offer, Genshin Impact rivals some of the best adventure titles on the market.
  7. Oct 9, 2020
    Genshin Impact is one of the biggest surprises of the year. We thought it could be big, but not so big. Its production value is impressive and it is not only fun, but also addictive and it has many hours of gameplay.
  8. Oct 8, 2020
    Contrary to the received idea conveyed by the first trailer of the game, Genshin Impact has its own identity coupled with mechanics that certainly already work elsewhere. However, he manages to stand out with his kawaii side and his system of elements. Between a dynamic gameplay, a very good quality soundtrack and a rather rich history, the game of miHoYo manages to rise in the box of the very good games of the genre despite its gacha-game side. In addition to offering cross-play between all platforms and being free, it follows in the footsteps of other headlines and could very well become one of the good surprises of this end of the year 2020 (if it doesn't. is not already done).
  9. Oct 16, 2020
    Genshin Impact's open world and clever combat are fantastic, but its endgame tries way too hard to milk you for cash.
  10. Oct 5, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a fresh and colorful action RPG with a surprising amount of content for being free to play, with more additions to come.
  11. Oct 17, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a stunning fantasy game that may be a potential revolution in the free-to-play genre.
  12. Oct 11, 2020
    Obviously, it's not a perfect game, but Genshin Impact deserves a try from RPG fans. There's plenty of in-game content to explore, and while many assumed this was just Breath of the Wild with microtransactions, Genshin Impact has a surprising amount of depth and content for players to enjoy.
  13. Oct 9, 2020
    Despite its uncanny superficial similarities to a certain popular Nintendo IP, Genshin Impact has enough personality to stand on its own, while also offering a creative combat system and an expansive world to explore.
  14. 80
    Despite its often less-than-subtle nods to Nintendo's Breath of the Wild, Genshin Impact does enough differently to stand apart. Throw in punchier combat, a more traditional story packed with interesting characters, and an outstanding score and Genshin Impact easily sits among the upper echelon of games released this year. Hopefully miHoYo relaxes the stamina system and gacha rates soon, because Teyvat is a world absolutely worth revisting. They're just making it difficult for anyone but gacha fans to find the motivation to hold on.
  15. Oct 7, 2020
    Wherever it takes you, Genshin Impact is a more-than-convincing proposition, not least for those adamant on never spending a single cent in-game. The grind to get there may not always feel wholly natural or that players are genuinely being left to wander without restraint, but Genshin Impact‘s meticulous approach to environment design above all pulls through in many wonderful ways. Crafting one of the year’s more immersive and surprisingly rich open-world RPGs.
  16. Oct 5, 2020
    Genshin Impact needs to be played to be believed. This is an addictive open-world adventure with gorgeous art and unique combat...and it's free! The character designs are sharp and beautiful, while the pastel-style world itself is full of jaw-dropping colour and natural vistas...and it's free! Sure, there's the admittedly stingy gacha system, but if you just want an immersive and peaceful world to climb and fly around in for hours, then Genshin Impact is for you.
  17. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2021
    Rather than a typical online game, Genshin Impact resembles a traditional single-player jRPG with a real-time combat. For a free-to-play title it is very impressive, but turns out to be pretty derivative and quickly slumps into monotony. [13/2020, p.52]
  18. Oct 8, 2020
    Its success is already guaranteed, let's just hope that the follow-up is of quality and that its economic model does not reveal any unpleasant surprises with the updates.
  19. Oct 10, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a very good and entertaining action role-playing game, which manipulates itself with its monetization in the endgame.
  20. Oct 13, 2020
    Overall, Genshin Impact is a solid game hampered a bit by the restrictions its free-to-play model imposes. The overall production values are high, and the core gameplay is solid. In particular, the elemental interaction system is a ton of fun and gives the game a distinct personality. But while there's a lot to do, having several chunks of Genshin Impact gated off until you've reached a higher rank is an obnoxious restriction for an open-world game to have--and once you finally do see what lies in those unexplored areas, it's often a bit underwhelming. Still, it's a solid start, and I'll certainly be interested in seeing how Genshin Impact continues to evolve in future updates.
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  1. Sep 30, 2020
    After spending more time with the game, I’m willing to declare that on the whole, Genshin Impact boasts an entirely better combat system than Breath of the Wild. Simply put, it’s more action-oriented, more diverse, more strategic, and more fun. [Impressions]
  2. Sep 30, 2020
    I'm only a few hours in, but while there's clear potential for this gacha system to become predatory, it hasn't felt at all intrusive. And let's not forget that Genshin Impact is free. You have nothing but a 10GB download to lose. I'm still trying to get over this, because if you focus on the gorgeous world and fun combat and ignore all the gacha stuff, it doesn't feel like a free-to-play game at all. So I suppose that's two more similarities to Breath of the Wild: Genshin Impact is what you make of it, and it is pretty darn fun. [Impressions]
  3. Sep 30, 2020
    Genshin Impact is a solid action-RPG with an open world on the scale of something you’d expect from a full-price game rather than something that’s available for free. It spices up formulaic combat with creative ideas. Even the derivative parts are, for what it’s worth, well-executed. At the very least, the game is worth checking out. Just don’t expect it to be Breath of the Wild 1.5. [Impressions]
  4. Oct 3, 2020
    All of Genshin Impact’s influences conspire to make the player feel very good, with or without microtransactions. Breath of the Waifu or a free, serotonin-packed RPG, Genshin Impact hits all the right buttons if you can get over the guilt. [Impressions]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 2946 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 29, 2020
    Toxic community, Characters not worth pulling, company is too stingy.

    If you don't spend money you will get disapointed. They still haven't
    Toxic community, Characters not worth pulling, company is too stingy.

    If you don't spend money you will get disapointed.

    They still haven't fixed Monas C1 after 2 years. The devs don't care about bugs unless they reduce their profit. Just shows how much the devs don't care about the game or the community.
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  2. Nov 2, 2020
    I give it a 1 just to honor the people who created the beautiful fictional world.
    The artists and character designers, the music composers,
    I give it a 1 just to honor the people who created the beautiful fictional world.
    The artists and character designers, the music composers, the storywriters, everyone who gave it their all.
    Sadly this game is pestered with unrealistically overpriced microtransactions and limitations to gameplay.
    You can basically only play the game for 15 minutes daily before you are forced to buy more "resin" (energy). WIthout it you are unable to collect rewards of dungeons and enemy encounters. A fundemental part of every rpg, and this game.
    There is no way to level up your characters, and in general progress, after a certain point in the game without using these dungeons. In other words there is nothing else to do.
    The rates at which you unlock new characters through gambling are too low as well. And the amount of money spend on each roll is way too high.
    Though again, even if you get lucky, you will barely be able to play that character because you are not allowed to grind for the required materials without spending even more on microtransaction.

    Stay away from this game and the company behind it. They don't listen to their community. They spit on everyone, including paying customers.
    (Some more personal issues with this game):
    I am not really saying that the gameplay in Genshin is entirely bad, but there really is not much to do When you're unable to choose the characters you wish to play.
    (Daily logins with barely any rewards and the same repetitive and underwhelming tasks definitely take a toll on you after a while)
    The gacha, characters only being obtainable through lootboxes, is really pulling down the score of this game.
    Players who don't choose to spend 1000-20000$ on this game will never obtain the full constellation of even one character (bonuses and special properties which are added to the kit of a character, changing up the way the function)
    It especially is heartbreaking when you read the stories of a certain character which you unlock by playing them, through "friendship exp", getting to know them better. But you still cannot make that character function, and have the most fun with them without getting their constellations.

    Imagine Battlefront, but you need to pay 1000$ to unlock Vader as a playable character, and then another 6000$ to unlock all his abilities and passives.
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  3. Oct 24, 2020
    Early game is a honey trap to lure you into a Ponzi scam that will shaft you. They ruined this game's potential to have a great RPG with animeEarly game is a honey trap to lure you into a Ponzi scam that will shaft you. They ruined this game's potential to have a great RPG with anime aesthetic. The game have pretty braindead mechanics: Go in, element 1 and mix another element; and boom! Higher damage output. It's kinda shallow and the learning curve is just thrown out of the window. MiHoYo just dumps on the player by raising the cap of the resin while not doing anything about the resin regeneration. Gacha, I won't care about about the rates if the Primogem income is pretty decent but nah, the primogem you get as you level up is non-existent and chest will not spawn unless you get to level up your world level which is gonna be painfully tedious to do after AR 35+. On the technical aspect, You have stamina system of the phone and yet majority of phone users who want to play this game either can't download it or their phone is about to blow up after few minutes into the game. Some people who also have high spec monitors have technical problems playing the game. Overall, great potential is just potential if the execution is awful. Full Review »