What Does A Zelda: BOTW Expert Think Of Genshin Impact?

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Hey there, my name is Max Blumenthal, aka RinHara5aki. If you haven’t heard of me, I’m an American The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player that has spent over 2300 hours battling in Hyrule. Gold Lynels are my favorite sparring buddy, and I’ve spent a whole lot of time making combat videos and pioneering several BotW techniques. The Bow Spin, for example, is one of my most notable. With that background, you can imagine that when a game comes along that everyone touts as a “Breath of the Wild clone,” my interest immediately piqued. Naturally, I had to see what it was like for myself.Since its first reveal, Genshin Impact got both a lot of attention and flak for its BotW-like appearance and gameplay, making people question its originality. They would ask: “Why would I play this game if it’s just a ‘lesser’ version of BotW?” After playing the game for 50+ hours, I can confirm that, yes, it does have similarities to BotW, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play it–there’s a lot of interesting things going on, which I’ll go over. To make this easier to digest, I’ll be splitting this comparison into three main sections of analysis: exploration, combat, and my overall thoughts. And be sure to watch the video version of this feature in the player below for a more visual look at what I mean.ExplorationExploration is where I feel Genshin Impact is the most similar to Breath of the Wild. It’s also what was most often shown in trailers leading up to the game’s release, making people angry to the point of destroying PS4s in protest of its development. Genshin Impact’s similarities to BotW’s navigation techniques are blatant–the gliding mechanics are pretty much the same, and both games have options to climb or jump up most surfaces, jump off walls, attack while falling, use stamina to sprint, and much more.Continue Reading at GameSpot

Hey there, my name is Max Blumenthal, aka RinHara5aki. If you haven’t heard of me, I’m an American The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player that has spent over 2300 hours battling in Hyrule. Gold Lynels are my favorite sparring buddy, and I’ve spent a whole lot of time making combat videos and pioneering several BotW techniques. The Bow Spin, for example, is one of my most notable. With that background, you can imagine that when a game comes along that everyone touts as a “Breath of the Wild clone,” my interest immediately piqued. Naturally, I had to see what it was like for myself.

Since its first reveal, Genshin Impact got both a lot of attention and flak for its BotW-like appearance and gameplay, making people question its originality. They would ask: “Why would I play this game if it’s just a ‘lesser’ version of BotW?” After playing the game for 50+ hours, I can confirm that, yes, it does have similarities to BotW, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play it–there’s a lot of interesting things going on, which I’ll go over. To make this easier to digest, I’ll be splitting this comparison into three main sections of analysis: exploration, combat, and my overall thoughts. And be sure to watch the video version of this feature in the player below for a more visual look at what I mean.

Exploration

Exploration is where I feel Genshin Impact is the most similar to Breath of the Wild. It’s also what was most often shown in trailers leading up to the game’s release, making people angry to the point of destroying PS4s in protest of its development. Genshin Impact’s similarities to BotW’s navigation techniques are blatant–the gliding mechanics are pretty much the same, and both games have options to climb or jump up most surfaces, jump off walls, attack while falling, use stamina to sprint, and much more.

Continue Reading at GameSpot

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