There are fewer game I can seem to enjoy now-a-days, Genshin Impact being one of them. Developers keep forgetting how to make games, especially with certain elements and features nudging me toward entertaining games like Azur Lane and Genshin Impact reaching back to the core part of ‘entertainment’ and ‘fun’. Even on it’s own, this game is a blast with pure beauty. The music, the characters, the charm, vibe, and feels; This game knows how to hit it all. Exploration being the fun part of it, especially with the gliding with element having been compared to Zelda: Breath of The Wilds game for Switch. I simply view the gliding as its own thing, not Zelda. I love the pure entertainment value, even if it had me in a hiatus shortly after released. Various real world situation constantly interjecting forcing me to favour other game instead of those I desire to play.
When you’re genuinely able to play the game ends up being a genuine blast of fun and entertainment. The professionally composed orchestra from China, Japan, and London all make these musical tracks stand out all that much more, especially when they cover their own area in game. I love Genshin Impact, though have a few concerns which also caused me to go on a weird hiatus from this game. My PC went through a weird secondary hard drive failure issue preventing me from playing, smartphone doesn’t have enough space to hold Genshin Impact, nor will it allow my tablet to play. I have a Switch, though they haven’t released the game onto it either for how weak that platform is. My next bet is to play on the Steam Deck, something they have to look into. Either way, ever since I came back to Genshin Impact I’ve been hooked. I was confused as to where to go next story wise, eventually figuring it all out the more I played. It gradually made more sense the more I played. It’s a fun great game.
Genshin Impact – The Return (July 26th onward):
It was all thanks to my friend (Maiya) motivating me to get back into Genshin Impact. They were playing it heavily, and I also saw Ayaka in circulation around that time desiring to get back into it myself. I had a long desire to, though with reasons already noted (accessibility issues) I was forced on a hiatus. Seeing Ayaka’s dance scene attracting me strongly to the point I came back in force. Still taking pictures without the ‘Kamera’ feature until I reached Liyue itself.
The journey to Liyue was magical. I still love the adventure of how I ventured into Liyue, then Liyue harbor itself. Great times. And the music. I have to note the music. The music is glorious… Even when I wasn’t able to play I at the very least enjoyed listening to it from the sidelines. Once I personally visited Liyue everything hit a whole new epic level. Magic, charm… Pure beauty.
Still oblivious to the Kamera feature hiding away in Liyue I still used the default camera taking manner. Struggled slightly to get certain scenes while also seeing I could hide my UID, something it did briefly before forcing it back. I enjoy the Kamera feature from Liyue more.
And once again, I’m still mesmerized by the new BGM/soundtrack. So beautiful.
(These images may be a tad out of order, though these summons are being used as a break to separate the arrival with a new journey across Liyue. I’m happy I have new characters.)
I’m amazed by how much Yanfei grew on me. At first I ‘may’ have been skeptical, even cursing I hadn’t obtained Ayaka though found out she is a blast to play with. She’s a powerful Pyro character, more so than Amber. Well, at least in my mind. Every character is as good as you make them, though love how I went around a victory lap with both Ayaka and Yanfei. Sadly, Chongyun never obtained a victory lap. Only a quick swing of his sword, expeditions, and leveling. At least I’m leveling him and sending him on expeditions. He’ll eventually be combat worthy.
The thing I like about constantly updating games is how you eventually obtain necessary new features and items. This new Kamera feature from Liyue is much welcomed, even if I never knew I wanted one. From here on out I would spam trying the capture button until I obtained the desired image. People may hate my images, or they may not, I however love this feature. Yanfei was my first subject in her homeland.
Been seeing a lot of silliness from people desiring a lot out of ‘meta’ characters, or even on the opposite angle of constantly trying to cancel everything in and around Genshin Impact. Various Pixiv artists getting cancelled, among other nonsense. I’ve noticed people saying how Noelle “sucks”, and etc while she does what needs to be done on my end. The characters are as good as you make them.
A Youtuber noted how he obtained ‘Bennett’ with a viewer telling them how he sucked. Out of spite this person used and made Bannett the best character out there. Ironically, he was later found out to be the “best” character there, something which is all subjective. The “best” characters are those whom fit your style.
Noelle fits mine while Barbara struggled to stay in my party. That is on me, not the game. People get blinded far too easily with ‘Meta’ that they forget how to play a game purely out of fun. Stupid people.
I’ve always found Ningguang to be overly special, rightfully so. She is one of the most important characters in Liyue with her influence, her floating island, how elegantly she does her spells, and how she attacks. Always admired her character from the background.
Trails in Tianqiu Valley:
This has to be the most stressful quest in Genshin Impact. Painfully so. Maybe even replicated in the ‘Spiral Abyss’ late floors. The first two towers are find, the south one is a pain in the rear. First floor? Fine. Second? Brutal. Barely defeated the mobs with a few seconds to spare. Took me a solid stressful week to beat it while leveling up my characters, seeking ascension items from bosses, artifacts, weapons. This is also the reason why you begin to see Lisa in the below images. That quest just about nearly gave me a stroke from all the suffering and pain I had to go through.
It blocked me from co-op for a week, it prevented me from going into my newly unlocked Teapot feature. It blocked everything because of “specifics”. Basically had to level and improve my characters as far as possible, use Ayaka, Yanfei, Noelle, and Lisa while popping off their bursts one after another; Dodging the frozen effect, and just strafing.
I’ve suffered through that stupid quest from ever since you’ve seen Amber shooting temple stuff in far off picture above. Constantly doing on-off sessions of 2-5 hours, struggling. Venting. Didn’t help I also hastfully bumped up my adventure rank after Rank 25 complicating matters even more. Regardless of my issue, that quest has been majorly voted as the worst quest in Genshin Impact. Many Youtube videos, Reddit comments, and even Wiki comments noted it as the worst quest there is in Genshin for how abusive and restrictive it is. You had to thread the needle in an overly precise manner.
It’s for this exact reason I also left KanColle (Kantai Collection) for Azur Lane because of how far more accessible it was. And because I saw potential of Canadians being added.
We’ve actually won! WOOOOO! Amber’s image is dated to (7, 29, 2021), while the above is dated to (8, 11, 2021). I counted 14 hellish days! Finally free from this hellish stroke & heart-attack inducing quest. I spit on it. *spits*. Whoever designed this quest needs to be slapped with a Tuna. I’m legit not joking with how rage-inducing that quest is. Other people may have been lucky beating it, or may have coincidentally had over-leveled characters. You really 100% have to thread the needle.
I was spamming Ayaka until I noticed I could have timed out seeing ‘Immune’ on the slime. I blanked out, though see Yanfei is my final character. I guess I fireballed the bastards to death. I clearly saw 5 seconds left panicking I would lose. Yanfei clutched my goof-up with 1 second to spare. Right on the dot! Fuck this quest. Pardon my language but FUCK. THIS. QUEST! 🙂
FREEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!! I can play Genshin Impact properly again! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
That ends that stupid chapter of a stroke-inducing mess. The relief I felt after was unmeasurable. I hid in the Teapot after checking things out. The developers should clearly know how much I hated it seeing as how I sent them a support ticket, and another bit in their recent Inazuma survey. FREEEDOM!
Felt so good finally being able to experiment and fiddle with various game features. I still hate that quest, but I do love the story quest which led up to this one. How mystical and supernatural it felt. I finally have a place to call my own. Nice! Placing things in an experimental fashion before I move things around again.
Noelle being the first companion added to my Teapot for being that special. Without her I wouldn’t have gotten that far. Then it was Yanfei, then Ayaka. Eventually, Fischl joined in because she also had a part to play. She doesn’t as much, though she shall once again when the time is right. I blocked myself at Adventure Rank 35 just to allow time to both level and ascend my companions to fighting range required once the world level goes up again. Not going to make the same mistake, part of which also screwed me over in that stupid quest ‘Trails in Tianqiu Valley’. Pacing myself.
(More so after I’ve finally reached Inazuma. I can slow down now.)
A few things I do regret is steaming through all the quests not taking my time to savour the floating island. I know how to get it back, though wish I posed for it to have shared it in the first batch of images. The second batch shall contain images of my mistake. Hopefully.
Inazuma, At last!:
Better late than ever. Everybody I know is here, now I am also. I have a lot of work ahead of me to try to enjoy, savouring each quest and story mission. Obtaining all the Electroculus, chests, etc. I reached Inazuma, I however had to do a few more story quests to reach Inazuma proper.
(I’m amused I obtained Qiqi while in a Discord call with my friend while we were talking about life, among other things. She appeared in the wrong pool, though thankful I have her now.)
I have to note this for blog posting reasons:
People have been whining and moaning how people should go for Yoimiya because of the upcoming Baal release. Let the people decide. The game is however fun you make it, same with the characters. I’m happy to have aimed for Yoimiya, now that I actually finally have her. Saving my gems for Baal next. People always trying to dictate how others shall play….. Play however you want to. I hate certain Youtubers because they try to follow ‘meta’ instead of ‘entertainment’. Play for fun, not spreadsheet game 🙂
I’m happy she finally decided to drop for me. WOO! I even whaled for her twice, now happy I don’t have to anymore.
Remember! Play the way YOU want, not how other people want you to play. Don’t let weird people tell you who to pick or not, they’re not playing your game, YOU are. I ignored the so called “knowledgeable” or “talking heads” Youtubers/Twitter folks players to play my own way, all the more happier for it. Making my own progress, making my own fun, and making nice progress playing my way. As it should be. Then you have the fake Twitter SJW weirdos constantly whining and moaning about Genshin Impact being offensive all around. Sucks to be them. It’s no wonder they want to cancel Genshin Impact, it’s so much fun.
Though, on a proper note, one thing that has me curious is how Mihoyo is able to professionally produce high quality theatrical type music, yet can’t hire actual professional voice actors and actresses. The English dubbing sounds ear-bleeding painfully bad, and it is not just my bias. I had to switch back to Japanese dubbing. It appears they simply pull anybody off the street to English dub the game in garbage quality yet know how precious Japanese dubbing is. It also doesn’t help North Americans have low standards when it comes to art and quality when we have stupid wars against dubbing and subbing. I’m on the subbing side until English voice actors/actresses can up their voicing game. Gundam & Dragonball Z were the only good ones, as with Yu-Gi-Oh. Everything else is trash.
-A serious critique of Genshin Impact (2 hour long video):
Look at how much fun I had in Genshin. 160 images in this blog posting; 280 images in my gaming folder. This game is a blast. Now, if only I didn’t struggle playing it over the months I would have been much further with other characters. It is what it is. I shall still continue ascending my characters, leveling them, progressing, and even listening to the professionally composed music. Life willing. I simply love how awesome Mondstadt’s music sounds, Liyue being above that, and then Inazuma being further ahead above that. It’s going up in steps. I personally (for now) love hanging around Liyue more because of how much memories I have behind it. I go back to Mondstadt for farming while eventually doing more in Inazuma once I’m done in Mondstadt and Liyue. This game knows how to give you memories.
Here is to hoping we can play a properly optimized Steam Deck version.