Genshin Impact has seen its fair share of hate from hardcore Zelda fans. It’s been accused of being a knockoff Zelda clone with no originality and of being pay to win by ignorant Youtubers. In reality, it’s none of that, but it did fall a few spots on my list because of some stupid design choices the developers have made and their refusal to fix any of it because they want to maximize their profits.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020 it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count before they’re rebuilt from the ground up and is basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will no make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
I love Genshin Impact. It’s beautiful, plays really well, and has some really interesting characters. I’m not against throwing cash at it because I enjoy it and if you listen to idiots that’s a bad thing. I’ve never been one to listen to people trying to tell me what to do with MY money though. They don’t pay my bills or have any say in my life whatsoever so I’ll support whatever I wish.
Genshin Impact does a lot of really good things and some bad stuff too. For starters, I like it more than Breath of the Wild. Why? Because Breath of the Wild didn’t do anything particularly well. That’s a topic for another day though. Genshin Impact took the gaming world by storm and is making 6 million dollars a day.
People love this game and for good reason. The gameplay, characters, voice acting, and story are good. Every character plays differently. I haven’t run into a clone character yet and I have close to 20 of them. Most of them being greatsword users. Exploring the beautiful, handcrafted open world was a real treat for me and the crazy part is that this game isn’t even finished yet! There are more zones planned and this game was already huge, to begin with.
Genshin Impact is an absolute joy to explore. Especially in multiplayer. My wife and I really enjoyed exploring the world and finding secrets, interesting side quests, getting to know the various different characters in the world, and fighting world bosses. The only thing that sucks about it all is that she can’t open any treasure chest. The only loot she gets is from enemy drops and boss fights. That kind of made exploring together worthless, but since the world is designed so well that eventually didn’t even matter anymore.
If I would have made this list a few months ago Genshin Impact would’ve easily made my top 3. The stupid energy system (that plagues every phone game), overly harsh gatcha system, and not being able to access loot in treasure chests really impacted my enjoyment of the game. Even though they increased the energy limit it’s still not enough. It should be removed. They’ll still make a shit ton of money from the gatcha stuff so it’s not really needed for this game to make a profit.
Outside of that stuff, I love this game. It’s easy to lose track of time playing Genshin Impact because there’s so much stuff to do in this game. You can solve interesting world puzzles that actually reward you for your time and not just with a useless piece of gold poop. Fighting world bosses is a good way to get some neat loot for your characters or I can lose myself in the many dungeons scattered around the world or just do story and side quests.
Genshin Impact IS a really good game and it should only get better as more content is added to it. It would’ve been higher, but I couldn’t see myself leaving it off of my list simply because of how long I played it and how much fun I had with it.
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I’m Omar. I’m the founder of drakulus.com and the new founder of Petescorner.net. I cover every type of game genre there is and I’m using all of the skills I learned over the last 7 years working on Drakulus to make Pete’s Corner the best it can be. My favorite types of games are strategy, RPGs, and Shooters. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other types of genres. Those are just my top 3. You can expect my brutally honest opinion on what I think of games in long reviews, editorial pieces, and game news coverage.