The story is okay. Characters are cute and likeable. Some are super boring and generic though. However, the lore is super interesting and the world building is great!
I'm F2P (spent $7) AR55 with 7 five stars (Childe, Mona, Keqing, Jean, C1 Venti, Zhongli, Qiqi) and two 5 star weapona. Genshin has a soft pity, hard pity and a super hard pity which is amazing. It might be hard to attain gems but honestly, for a F2P game, it's not bad. The fact that singular pulls and ten pulls have no difference is even better, that means you don't need to save to get a guaranteed 4 star. Also, your pulls carry over, even in the limited banner. This is why I can't complain about Genshin rates, because eventually you WILL get a 5 star.
Actually, you dont need a 5 star character anyways. As long as you build your characters properly then thats good. DO NOT grind artifacts until you get the Level 90 domain. Focus on talents and weapons if you are below AR 45!
Theres this monthly thing (Welkin Moon) you can buy which will give you 90 gems a day and 300 gems at the start. I gave in and bought it.... but I dont regret it. I recommend buying this every month rather than the other gem packs.
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Beware this game is almost 7 GB big, eats your battery like a starving pig & turns your phone into a hot potato. Besides all that miHoYo did not disappoint with the graphics, they're mesmerizing & the soundtrack is excellent as well. It's an open world game, so there's a lot to explore. While everyone is talking about Breath of the Wild here, I'm getting some serious Tales of Zestiria vibes from it with all that elemental stuff & entering the city in the beginning. I found the start of the story interesting but after playing more, it lost my interest. It's nice to learn about the world you just dropped in & find comrades along the way, but it seems kinda basic to me & looks like you're gonna be stuck only in this city. Well, it's still just the beginning so maybe later there'll be more to it. Now this game committed 2 serious crimes. 1st crime: Paimon is too adorable 2nd crime: I can't pat the doggos & kitties [大哭] EDIT: This is clearly outdated as I wrote it back in 2020. I played it a few more weeks & then I dropped it, so I don't know what's been added, changed or how much space it takes now. You're better off looking for Reviews that have aged well or are newer
do not download this game it will install a virus called "genshin impact"