As Genshin Impact out of the house miHoYo celebrated its official release on September 28th, it was a resounding success with over ten million pre-registrations. Nevertheless, the Free2Play title came under repeated criticism due to its payment model. I've tried it too and learned a lot not only about myself, but also about the gaming market in general. Here I would like to tell you why Genshin Impact For me, one of the best games of the year is that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.






The fantastic open world in particular cast a spell over me on this game for weeks.



The fantastic open world in particular cast a spell over me on this game for weeks.

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Genshin Impact – a great game with a dodgy payment system

Originally, I didn't get that much of Genshin Impact expected. Actually, it should just be a stopgap, nothing more than a quick visit to a new F2P game. What I did see, however, tied me to the screen for several weeks. Starting with the action-packed combat system, through the many characters that allow me to create my very own team, to the wonderfully designed open world, this title has me completely under its spell. If you want to know more about what Genshin Impact everything has to offer, I recommend you take a look at our review opinion.

Genshin Impact was too






The action-packed and dynamic fights in GI are very motivating.



The action-packed and dynamic fights in GI are very motivating.

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the first time i get in closer contact with one Gacha-Game came. Sure, I'd heard about it before, but as someone who doesn't really care about mobile games, this concept was never particularly relevant to me. Is roughly explained Gacha an F2P system in which the player cannot purchase additional content directly, but instead can purchase it via a lottery system (in GI Called "prayers") must win. The rarer the coveted item is, the more prayers and thus veterans (this is an additional currency that can be exchanged for further prayers) it has to invest in it. It's not about cosmetic things either, as you might be used to from the loot boxes of other games – here you roll for real money for weapons and characters, i.e. solid content that makes it easier to get ahead in the world.

None of that mattered to me – I was lucky enough to get some good characters with my free prayers, and it wasn't my intention to spend any money on such an insecure system. I also had no problem with moving more slowly and having to deal with my old hands. After all, it can also be an exciting and rewarding experience to achieve your goal with few resources – at least that's what I thought.

Genshin Impact – My own test

These good resolutions were put to the test when I first met my character clover encountered in the game. This happy and carefree girl with a tendency to blow everything around her to pieces had taken my heart by storm. She reminded me of my niece in every way and on top of that I'm a big fan of these troll characters, the way they play is completely different from the usual pattern. In short, I really wanted to have her, make her my main DPS character, and build my team around her. As it is with clover however, it is one of the rare 5-star characters, the chance of getting it by chance via the gacha system was pretty slim.






Ever since I was allowed to play Klee as a rehearsal for the first time, I really wanted to have this character.



Ever since I was allowed to play Klee as a rehearsal for the first time, I really wanted to have this character.

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My chance finally came when on October 20, 2020 the clover-Banner appeared. One banner means that the probability of getting a certain character when praying is significantly increased. If you roll the dice on this banner and receive a 5-star character, there is a 50 percent probability that this is the advertised action character – in this case, in other words clover. If you are unlucky the first time, the next attempt (i.e. after another 80 prayers) will be a guaranteed win.

Especially for that clover-Banners I had saved up to 12,000 veterans in advance, which corresponded to about 75 prayers – a considerable amount for an F2P style of play. Together with the prayers I had already collected, I once had a 50 percent chance clover to obtain. I put everything on this card and invested all my saved veterans in this banner – and I was unlucky.

So this was it, my very own meltdown moment in Genshin Impact. My desired character went through my fingers and on top of that I knew very well that as an F2P player it would not be possible for me to learn the necessary 80 prayers again in the limited time in which the banner remains active would. Investing real money was now the only remaining option to achieve my set goal at all. In fact, I was just a few clicks away from doing it. Not because I wanted to. I was frustrated and disappointed and I was aware that this frustration would end suddenly if I invested only 100 euros. I just didn't want all of the trouble I've had over the past few weeks to be in vain. At that moment, I totally fell for the system. Ultimately, it's just failure miHoYos Thanks to the fact that even several weeks after the release there was still no PayPal payment for this game, it didn't get that far.






With a banner, the chance of getting a certain character is significantly increased.



With a banner, the chance of getting a certain character is significantly increased.

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In retrospect, when I think about the fact that I was almost ready to pay the price of multiple full games for just one character, I'm a little shocked – mostly at myself, because I know that it most likely won't be for this one-off Had I remained an investment, I had crossed this mental limit for the time being. The perfidious thing about this system is that each time you only have a certain chance of obtaining the desired character, but you get closer to this chance with every new investment. And then it is also possible to win characters several times and thereby improve them. This also motivates you to invest more and more money – much more than you had originally planned. The case of the streamer shows how far this can lead Mtashedwho after own statements invested over $ 5,000 in the game before closing his account.

Gacha – the future of Free2Play?

Now, these lines are not about being unnecessarily resentful or raising your moral index finger. Yes, GachaGames specifically target addiction mechanics, but many other products do the same. I am much more concerned about how the success of Genshin Impact could affect the gaming market in general. The GachaSystem has been very popular in the mobile market for years and has successful series such as Arknights and Azure Lane spawned. Also titles like Final Fantasy and even visual novels like Utawarerumono have their own Gacha– offshoots. In the PC and console market, however, this phenomenon was rather the exception – at least so far.






You need 160 of the outrageously expensive creation crystals for a single prayer.



You need 160 of the outrageously expensive creation crystals for a single prayer.

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Although there have already been many dubious F2P concepts on the PC, the prices for the content that can be bought are in most cases fixed and therefore predictable. However, if 50 percent of customers are in Genshin Impact Having to pay double the price because they didn't get lucky right away after investing in a banner, it may be a worthwhile business for the company behind it, but it's simply unfair for the players. And I haven't even talked about the standard banner, in which the characters are rolled completely randomly.

On top of that,






Large finds, such as these treasures, become rarer with each hour of play.



Large finds, such as these treasures, become rarer with each hour of play.

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the possibilities to embrace veterans in a free way, lose weight with every hour of play and at some point, with the exception of the four daily tasks, are completely exhausted. F2P players are not only pushed further and further in the direction of the absurd payment model, but also literally disgusted from the game if they are not ready to get involved in the said model. All these perfidious and, on top of that, outrageously expensive mechanics leave such a bitter aftertaste that I find it difficult to recommend this really great title to anyone at all.

How good could it have been?

Yes, games are designed to be made for money – that's not the problem at all. And of course it is possible Genshin Impact to enjoy for free, only this is made damn difficult for the player here. So I keep asking myself how much better this title could have been had it not been designed around this lottery system from the start. It's just frustrating to see how well the open world is designed, which undoubtedly a lot of talented people have worked and invested a lot of heart and soul just to cover up a one-armed bandit. Do we have to expect more and more games of this kind soon? Titles where the full potential is deliberately withheld just to squeeze even more money out of customers?






The gacha system is designed so that for a lot of money you get a lot of mischief.



The gacha system is designed so that for a lot of money you get a lot of mischief.

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Yes, Genshin Impact is a good game that I don't want to recommend to anyone. Assuming it would appear again in a full-price version, in which all characters were available from the beginning, this would change suddenly. However, since this will not happen, I have no choice but to hold back and hope that this predatory business model does not spread even wider. I will also be in the world from time to time in the future Genshin Impact stop by, but I will continue to do so for free – with all the restrictions that come with it.

How is your experience with the gacha system in Genshin Impact? Are you happy with the game as it is? I look forward to your comments and opinions!

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