Genshin Impact has a sluggish endgame without paying? A storm in the community.
The most important information:
- after its successful debut, Genshin Impact became the target of criticism from players due to micropayments.
- simao1234 from Reddit has published an entry about the Resin mechanics, which – in his opinion – limits players too much. The thread has collected over 7.5 thousand. likes, but the moderators had to remove 12,709 entries (allegedly mostly low-flying memes, screenshots and nothing but one-sentence comments);
- The user points out that although the idea behind this mechanic does not raise his objections, the method of its implementation leaves much to be desired and hinders the development of characters at a later stage of the game.
In recent months, there have been many unexpected successes on the gaming market (even short-term ones), but the successful premiere of Genshin Impact can be considered the most surprising. It is not a casual battle royale or an online title with unique gameplay, but a third-person action RPG that is rather abundant on the market. Nevertheless, the work of MiHoYo studio made the best debut in the history of Chinese productions and conquered Twitch and the mobile market. Unfortunately, the saying “there is no rose without thorns” once again proved true. As has often been the case in recent years, micropayments, or more precisely – one of the five (!) Systems related to microtransactions, turned out to be a problem.
One of the Reddit users simao1234 wrote about the problem, but his voice is by no means alone. It is enough to mention that the entry in question managed to collect over 7.5 thousand paws up. There are also comments from Internet users, most of which share the opinion of the author of the thread. Of course – as is the case with online discussions – the text sparked a lively discussion and not everyone agrees with it completely. There were both staunch defenders of Genshin Impact and people who spoke about the work of MiHoYo studio much more critically than the author of the topic. As a result, moderators had to remove 12709 entries from the thread. They were supposed to be only short, meaningless comments and low-flying memes, but – of course – a handful of users do not believe these assurances.
Micropayment times 5
At first glance, the micropayments in Genshin Impact seem complicated and overwhelming, but surprisingly, it is not their number that is problematic for players. In the simao1234 entry, there are practically no complaints about the premium version of the battle pass, monthly subscription or skins. For if you believe the articles devoted to Genshin Impact, the title is far from actively encouraging us to spend money. On the contrary, most of the time, the production generously gives us essential items to play without hampering our progress in the game.
Wish upon a star takes on a new meaning in Genshin Impact.
Even the wish system, that is de facto lootboxes (or, to be precise, gacha – see the box below), did not spoil the image of the game as devoid of “predatory microtransactions”. Yes, no one denies that the chance of unlocking higher-tier heroes and items is woefully slim. In the case of 4-star prizes, it amounts to 5.6%, and for 5-star prizes – 0.6%. However, these types of rewards are not necessary to play – we can easily explore the world of Genshin Impact with heroes unlocked in the initial missions.
The term gacha games are used to describe titles with a loot draw mechanic after paying the required amount. The cost, although expressed in virtual currency, in practice is usually paid for with money – collecting the appropriate number of coins, energy points, etc. by active game it takes so much time that it is simply unprofitable. Let’s add to this a very low chance of getting more valuable characters, items, etc., often necessary to continue the game in a meaningful way, and we receive titles that de facto force players to pay. Suffice it to say that in 2012, Japan banned the use of the so-called complete gacha – mechanics which is the most extreme example of this solution.
When the hero gets out of breath …
Limiting your progress in the game is one thing, but MiHoYo seems to have gone too far.
There is, however, one element that – although briefly mentioned in the articles – has become a salt in the eyes of gamers. We wrote that Genshin Impact does not force you to spend real cash, which is true. However, it is different when we talk about making progress in the game at the later stages of the game. Well, the production includes the resin system (Original Resin), which renews at a rate of 1 point every 8 minutes to a maximum of 120 points (so it takes 16 hours to fully regenerate the resin bar). We use this currency to activate dungeons, Ley Lines and special bosses. Not that we can’t take on these quests without Original Resin. The problem is that in this case, we will not receive rewards for these activities.
Interestingly, according to simao1234, the system itself is not a problem. Limiting progress in this way is nothing strange or reprehensible, as long as it is not taken to the extreme of the infamous Harry Potter mobile game. Unfortunately, although Genshin Impact definitely does not come close to that production in terms of making fun impossible, it does take its toll at the later stages of the game. The user points out a few unsuccessful solutions.
Pay, hero, for the victory
First, the cost of activating quests is too high. Even the cheapest of them costs 20 Resin points. In the case of the most expensive ones (i.e. those with the greatest chance of getting particularly valuable loot), we have to part with 60 units of resin, i.e. the equivalent of half of the maximum Resin limit. In theory, we can use a special item that restores exactly that number of points, or we can put money into a virtual currency for which we will refresh our stocks. However, the possibilities of getting Fragile Resin are very limited (in practice, we get this type of resin only for acquiring subsequent account ranks and as part of the premium pass), and the latter not only requires reaching the wallet, but we can use this option only six times. per day, paying more and more Primogems each time (one of the two premium currencies in the game).
Time and money
Perhaps worst of all, such a system works badly with other game constraints, such as time constraints. Some items and character upgrades are only available on certain days, and bosses – like some MMOs – take some time to come back to life. The Resin limit also makes it difficult to complete weekly tasks as part of the battle pass, unless we play every day.
This is another charge of simao1234 against Genshin Impact. Even in the case of daily game sessions, we may have a problem with completing all the desired tasks in a given week. However, if work or other responsibilities prevent us from launching the title on a regular basis, we have virtually no option to catch up. This can distract a lot of people from the game who appreciated the production, because – as one Reddit user put it – the game may demand time or money, but not both. Especially when and without the restrictions related to Resin in Genshin Impact there is no shortage of opportunities to spend real cash.
Original Resin – to be removed or repaired?
The monetization discussion kept the Reddit moderators Genshin Impact busy.
As for the simao1234 entry, he also gave some ideas for fixing the system, which – as we mentioned – he does not consider to be completely flawed. User suggestions include increasing the maximum number of Resin points, introducing modest rewards for quests without using resin, and implementing a mechanic that would allow you to at least partially catch up with a few days in a longer session (for example a free Fragile Resin for each day, albeit with a limit of 7 in inventory ). Are these or other improvements likely to hit the game in the future? Only the creators know that. So far, they have announced the development of story content and the addition of missing cities and new game modes (via Noisy Pixel). However, it can be assumed that the second proposal of simao1234 – a complete rework or removal of Resin – is absolutely unrealistic.
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