When Genshin Impact was first unveiled, the game was heavily criticized for how much it looked like Breath of the Wild, with at least one angry fan smashing his PS4 in protest. Most reactions weren\’t so severe, however, and now that Genshin Impact is out, many people are falling in love with the game\’s world and characters.
At first glance, the open-world exploration and cel-shaded graphics of Genshin Impact bear a striking resemblance to Breath of the Wild. There\’s also a glider used for soaring over great lengths, and a stamina bar for sprinting and climbing. While all of this is clearly influenced by Breath of the Wild, combat and character growth are handled very differently. Genshin Impact has some RNG-based gacha game mechanics for pulling new weapons and characters, and while it\’s noticeable, it isn\’t necessary for playing or enjoying the game.
Fans of Breath of the Wild\’s cooking mini-game will find a similar one in Genshin Impact. From collecting veggies to hunting down boar, the gathering mechanics are right on par with Breath of the Wild. Similar to how it\’s done in The Legend of Zelda, these items are then cooked whenever players stumble upon a campfire or cooking pot. Additionally, fans who disliked the armor and weapon-breaking mechanic in Breath of the Wild will be pleased to find that such a mechanic doesn\’t exist in Genshin Impact. And if Breath of the Wild sometimes felt too lonely, Genshin Impact supports cross-play, which means players can enjoy the game with friends regardless of which platform they are playing on.
Overall, Genshin Impact proves itself to be more than just a Breath of the Wild clone. However, for fans eagerly awaiting the Breath of the Wild sequel, Genshin Impact is a great open world RPG for them to explore.