If you've grown weary of exploring Teyvat, discover these 10 other games like 'Genshin Impact,' ranked by Metascore.
Genshin Impact took the world by surprise when it launched in 2020. Initially billed as a Breath of the Wild clone, the action RPG managed to build a name for itself with fast-paced combat and a variety of engaging storylines. It also helped that Genshin Impact looks stunning, with anime-inspired graphics that give a distinctive flair to each of its many regions.
One of Genshin Impact's most notable features is its elemental combat system. You're given the ability to switch between multiple characters at the press of a button, each one offering a different playstyle built around a specific element. Learning to swap between these characters to maximize elemental synergies is key to your success.
For example, if you manage to light enemies on fire with a flame attack, you can then hit them with a lightning-based ability to inflict additional Overload damage. Or, you can strike an enemy with both water and lightning to deal Electro-Charged damage. Dozens of these synergies exist, and it's up to the player to discover them all and piece together a team that makes full use of the system.
While miHoYo offers Genshin Impact as a free game, there's an elaborate gacha system in place where you can drop real money for a chance to gain new characters, weapons, or other in-game items. Most players will find it possible to complete the game without breaking out their wallet, but folks looking to perfect their team will likely need to drop a few bucks.
Genshin Impact has only grown larger over the past few years, thanks to regular content drops and world expansions. But if you've grown weary of exploring Teyvat (or have managed to wrap up the 40-plus hour adventure), you'll find more than a few great next challenges across Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, PC, and mobile.
Here are 10 games like Genshin Impact to play next, listed by Metascore.
Best for: Fans of intricate open worlds
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Genshin Impact draws heavy inspiration from Breath of the Wild, so it should come as no surprise that fans will find much to love about this open-world adventure. The game sees you stepping into the shoes of Link as he attempts to save Hyrule from Calamity Ganon. Along the way you'll unlock a variety of gadgets and gear that make exploration easier than ever, including a glider that lets you soar through the sky and the ability to surf down mountaintops on your shield. There's also a bevy of collectible items scattered throughout every corner of the kingdom. Largely recognized as one of the best games on Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild is an excellent title that almost all gamers will appreciate.
"Breath of the Wild also almost always feels like a Zelda game — and establishes itself as the first current, vital-feeling Zelda in almost 20 years." — Polygon
Best for: Fans of rage-inducing boss fights
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Elden Ring isn't for the faint of heart. Developed by FromSoftware, the game is one of the most difficult in recent memory, taking the developer's well-known Soulsborne gameplay and adding in a vast world to explore. Bosses rarely (if ever) will be defeated on your first attempt, as you'll slowly need to memorize their attack patterns and perfect your dodge-rolling before bringing them down. Elden Ring is a bit more approachable than its predecessors, however, as the ability to head out in new directions and level up means you never feel stuck behind a difficult boss.
"Elden Ring is a constantly surprising adventure that has taken FromSoftware's tried-and-tested formula to delirious new heights." — GAMINGbible
Best for: Fans of player-driven adventures
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Almost everyone on the planet has played Skyrim by now, whether it's the original version from 2011 or the enhanced Anniversary Edition of 2021. Whatever platform you're playing on or whatever edition you pick up, you'll be treated to one of the best-reviewed RPGs around. You'll get to craft a character and push them in any direction you see fit, forging ahead as a warrior, lurking in the shadows as a thief, or slinging spells as a mage. There's a lengthy main quest to work through — although running off the beaten path and exploring all the side quests is arguably more exciting.
"This is a title that deserves a spot in your gaming library. The environments are stunning, the level of control you have over your own experience is amazing and, simply put, Skyrim is an epic experience." — Totally360
Best for: Fans of incredible storytelling
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Persona 5 Royal is an updated version of 2016's Persona 5. It's original (and meticulous) narrative is largely intact, although you'll be given several new plot points, a new area to explore, and a new Phantom Thief member — Kasumi Yoshizawa. The game takes place in Tokyo and revolves on a young high schooler known as Joker. As the year progresses, however, he slowly gains superpowers — along with a few other students, who band together and are known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The narrative alone is worth the price of admission, but compelling combat and incredible graphics make it a must-play for any fans of the genre.
"Persona 5 Royal allows players to experience the story they already love in a new way without losing any of the beauty from the original game." — Gamer Escape
Best for: Fans of quirky characters and silent protagonists
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Although its world isn't as open as Genshin Impact, there's still plenty of secrets to uncover and side quests to dive into. You'll follow the story of the Luminary, a character prophesied to save the world during a time of calamity. Turn-based action and hilarious characters are the main reason you'll stick with the RPG during its 60-hour runtime, although a unique 2D game mode and vibrant graphics certainly make it easy on the eyes. Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is the best version of a great game (adding a battle speed selector, improved soundtrack, and more) and is now available on most modern platforms.
"This game is a masterpiece, and it sets a new high standard for not only the series, but console RPGs in general." — RPGamer
Best for: JRPG fans
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Tales of Arise is the latest in the popular Tales series, offering action-based combat and — for the first time in franchise history — an added emphasis on dodging attacks. That small change makes a huge difference, as encounters now seem more engaging than ever. No longer will you just be pulling off powerful offensive abilities, but you'll need to stay on your toes to avoid any incoming attacks to walk away victory. Like any good JRPG, you'll be treated to a memorable cast and world-ending story. Tales of Arise also boasts some elegant graphics, which look like a painting come to life.
"Tales of Arise offers a superb blend of JRPG favorites, tight combat, and modern-day design choices. It's easily the best Tales game in years." — God is a Geek
Best for: Fans of engaging combat (and gorgeous, anime graphics)
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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has some of the most stunning graphics on our list. The revered Studio Ghibli wasn't directly involved in its production, but the influence is clear — from its whimsical characters to its colorful palette, Revenant Kingdom is a sight to behold. Those graphics are backed up by nuanced RPG mechanics, which see you putting together a small group of adventurers and hacking away at monsters in real time. The action is steadily pushed forward by a serviceable story — although don't expect something as memorable as its graphics or gameplay there.
"Its gorgeously lush visuals are quite simply among the best ever seen in a game, offering an object lesson in how stylization has the power to trump photorealism even in the 4K age." — Guardian
Best for: Fans of Greek mythology
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If you're a history buff, Immortals Fenyx Rising might be right up your alley. The open-world epic tasks you with saving the Greek gods as you explore several vibrant landscapes as Fenyx — a mortal that becomes involved with stopping Typhon's plan to rule the realm. Plenty of familiar mythological names will pop up throughout your quest, including Zeus, Hermes, Ares, and Athena. When you're not unraveling its engaging narrative, you'll be solving puzzles or taking down foes in fast-paced, third-person combat. Your arsenal of attacks only grows stronger as the story progresses, and before you know it, you'll be slaying adversaries like a god.
"A wonderfully crafted epic in which Ubisoft Quebec celebrate rather than shay away from their influences to deliver humor and action in equal doses." — Player 2
Best for: Fans of fast-paced combat
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Scarlet Nexus tells the story of a futuristic Earth that's threatened by supernatural creatures known as Others. These terrifying monsters are hunted by the aptly named Other Suppression Force (OSF), which also happens to be the employer of both of the game's main characters. The story follows Yuito Sumeragi and Kasane Randall in tandem as they attempt to hold the Others at bay. Fast-paced battles play out in real-time and serve to push forward the storyline. It's a bit bizarre — but if you manage to look past a few shortcomings, you'll find Scarlet Nexus to be an incredible journey.
"Combat is fast-paced, visuals are bright and colorful and the story is so wonderfully bizarre that it will keep you wanting to keep playing." — GameByte
Best for: Fans of mobile RPGs
Where to buy: App Store
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If you're one of the millions of players who experienced Genshin Impact on mobile, consider giving Dragalia Lost a download. It's not without a few flaws — and it doesn't offer an open world like Genshin Impact — but its combat is just as engaging as anything you'll find in Teyvat. The free gacha game sees you piecing together a small band of adventurers before heading out on bite-sized quests that can be completed in a few minutes. All the action is swipe-driven and easy to play while on the road, although there's plenty of room for experimentation with its top-down combat engine. Nintendo's high publishing standards are on full display with Dragalia Lost, and as a free-to-play RPG, it's easy to recommend to all Genshin Impact fans.
"This is a remarkably well-executed ARPG for mobile devices; surprisingly in-depth lore, easy to pick up gameplay and oodles of customization options make this a game that's easy to sink hours into." — Nintendo Life