Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
What Games Are Like Genshin Impact?
It's everywhere! This Breath of The Wild lookalike has captured the attention of every action RPG lover. While some of its popularity can be chalked up to the free-to-play offering, the addictive combat and progression mechanics have played a huge role as well. Not to mention, the continuous updates and fixes have also helped with the sudden surge.
Getting lost in its sprawling world for hundreds of hours is easy, but it's in our nature to look for the next fix once we're too familiar with something (or someone). Admittedly, lumbering around in the same game world gets monotonous after a while. Whether it's a permanent departure or an interlude, I have you covered. Let's look at some games like Genshin Impact.
Games Like Genshin Impact
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
- Immortals Fenyx Rising
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
- Monster Hunter World
- The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
- Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
- Borderlands 3
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
Taking a well-established franchise and reimagining everything was a risk for Nintendo, a company infamous for playing it safe, but it paid off in the end. The Zelda franchise went open-world for the first time, shedding its constricted gameplay in favor of something more akin to games like The Witcher 3—a game where every choice you make may be a matter of life and death.
Unlike previous entries of the series, Breath of The Wild offers unparalleled freedom, both in gameplay as well as in traversing through its techno-fantasy world. You can go anywhere you like, right from the get-go. Even the most distant mountain peaks can be scaled with the right set of upgrades. Once you make your way, there is always something that justifies your effort to figure out its traversal puzzles.
Don't be fooled by its cartoonish art design; Breath of The Wild is a demanding game—one that requires you to be prepared for its unforeseeable challenges. Combat mechanics, for starters, is easy to get into but incredibly difficult to master. Similarly, you must have the right clothes for its varying weathers and terrains. Venture near a volcano without adequate safeguard, for instance, and you'll be toast. Simply put, the game refuses to hold hands, and it's all the better for it.
Breath of The Wild Vs. Genshin Impact
While you can easily lose track of time in Breath of The Wild, comparing its length to Genshin Impact would be unfair. The former is a single-player adventure while the latter is an ever-evolving MMORPG expanding in size, scope, and storyline with every update.
Long story short; BOTW has a better storyline while Genshin Impact has a significant edge in combat mechanics. Those looking for a game like Genshin Impact will find Breath of The Wild to be an accommodable short-stay.
2. Immortals Fenyx Rising
In a world where giants like EA, Ubisoft, and Take-Two are going after GAAS (Games as a Service) module, games like Fenyx Rising are the last remnants of story-driven single-player gems.
While this Breath of The Wild look alike (Yes, another one!) doesn't impress right from the outset, it grows on you after a while, thanks to its quirky humor and unique art style. Yes, it takes a while to get going but doesn't let up once it does.
Since the game doesn't take itself too seriously, those looking for a gritty storyline might want to skip this entry. On top of that, the tongue-in-cheek humor might be a turn-off for many. If you can overlook its insipid storyline and shoehorned humor, however, Fenyx Rising rises up to the occasion.
Note:- Despite being addictive, combat often feels a little easy, unless you’re taking on high-level bosses without proper gear up. I’d suggest you tune up the difficulty before you get down and dirty with Rising's majestic creatures.
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Immortals Fenyx Rising vs Genshin Impact
Fenyx Rising is a crisper, story-driven experience in comparison to Genshin Impact. As of the time of writing, I still prefer Immortals narrative-driven experience over the eccentric approach of Genshin Impact.
3. Assassins Creed: Valhalla
Yes, I know; another Ubisoft game. Despite their anti-consumer shenanigans (pushing for GAAS and F2P games), they admittedly produce remarkable open-world action-adventure titles every once in a while.
Once an annual franchise, the French publisher recently adopted a biannual model for the Assassin's Creed series, allowing their studios more time to flex their creative muscles. The result is metier and more polished games—something that has brought this series back into the limelight.
Since it's a Ubisoft game, quests-markers are all over the map, a Ubisoft trademark feature we have all grown used to. The whole region of England is dissected into different districts, all of which you'll capture with the help of your allies. The formula is simple; complete all the quests in one region, move on to the next, scale marked high-rise towers, ledges, and churches for unearthing the quest markers, and start all over again. Rinse and repeat!
For better or worse, the amount of content in Valhalla is overwhelming. There were a few times I lost track of the storyline in an earnest effort to complete nearby side missions. If you focus and take notes, maybe you'll remember every little detail.
If you are someone who raises hackles everytime a game, movie, or series takes liberty with history, Assassins Creed Valhalla may pleasantly surprise you with its dedication to historical accuracy. Yes, they have taken some liberty as well, but you would still love it. For starters, you're going to be welcomed by Ragnar's sons once you make your way to England. Align with them to plunder and take over all of England.
If you’re expecting something like The Witcher 3 or Red Dead Redemption 2, Valhalla will disappoint you. Then again, you’re looking for games like Genshin Impact. An enthralling storyline is not of paramount importance.
Note - The combat, unfortunately, falls way short of expectations. In a game about raids, conquests, and plunders, you’d expect hacking and slashing to be robust, punchy, and reactive, but that's not the case here.
4. Monster Hunter World
Capcom, the developer and publisher behind this open-world RPG, went open-world for the first time and brought the franchise to the West. The monster hunting game has been successful on PC and consoles, thanks to its addictive content that easily lasts over 100 hours.
Easy to get into, but difficult to master, combat is one the biggest draws of Monster Hunter: World. Despite venturing into a new direction, the trademark combat mechanics of the Monster Hunter series remains the same, for the most part.
World’s majestic, flabby creatures appear comical, at least in the beginning. As the game progresses, however, you'll start taking those giants a bit more seriously. Gradually, crafting and tracking become a prerequisite before you get down to the business.
The methodical process of besting a monster starts off by tracking. Once you have them in your sights, preparation for the combat begins, which may take a while. You can jump right into a fight, but chances of escaping unscathed with all the meaty loot are almost nil. To reiterate; just like Geralt brews his potions before a fight, it's wise to prepare for the monsters in advance in Monster Hunter: World.
To sum it up, Monster Hunter: World is a visual spectacle with multi-layered combat mechanics that keeps you engaged, despite having a steep learning curve. Just like Genshin Impact, exploration and experimentation will be handsomely rewarded. So, take your sweet time with this RPG!
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Launched back in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt still is one of the best story-driven RPGs in the gaming landscape. As of the time of writing, Wild Hunt is over 6 years old, but its nuanced storylines and characters are still some of the best I have ever experienced.
You play as Geralt of Rivia, looking for Ciri, his ashen-haired daughter. The ostensibly simple quest goes south when he finds himself enmeshed in regional politics. Geralt’s reputation precedes him. Cold-hearted and impassive, he never shies away from taking on the most dangerous contracts.
He’s the one everyone turns to get something done discreetly, so the ironic abhorrence for his kind is heart-wrenching at times. What do you want Geralt to be like? Do you want to stay true to the folklores and be a heartless killing machine, or do you want to bring Geralt's silver tongue into play? Everything depends on your dialogue choices.
Laden with so much to do and see, Wild Hunt can be overwhelming, at least in the beginning. Despite finishing the game twice, I still haven’t seen everything. Every nook and cranny has some mysteries to unravel. If you love venturing off the beaten path in games like Genshin Impact, Witcher 3’s sadistic world should be a perfect fit.
6. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
There is a reason why Dragon’s Dogma has made this list despite being released back in 2012. More people need to know about this criminally underrated masterpiece.
Just like Genshin Impact, Dragon’s Dogma's engaging combat mechanics encourages improvisation. It might take some getting used to in the beginning, but once you’re past the intro phase, you'd love every bit of its larger-than-life skirmishes.
Right from the get-go, Dark Arisen doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not, however, a casual game. If you’re not paying attention to the cues, tips, and tricks the world and your companions hurl at you, surviving would be almost impossible. Your success depends on adequate preparation. So, equip yourself and your party with the right gear before jumping into a fight.
Unfortunately, this action-adventure game hasn't aged well. Even though combat holds up well, visuals don’t. Besides choppy visuals, the main storyline feels unmotivated. Also, it’s difficult to keep track of the overarching story in the face of a multitude of side quests.
Despite these minor nuisances, however, Dark Arisen remains of the best action RPGs of its time. If you’re looking to give this gem a shot, go for the Dark Arisen edition launched in 2016 on PC. The updated version comes with visual upgrades, all the exclusive pre-order bonuses, and the Dark Arisen expansion.
7. Borderlands 3
Developed and published by Gearbox Interactive, Borderlands 3 is a one-of-a-kind game. Imbued with on-the-nose humor and a dizzying variety of guns, this cel-shaded shooter is a gorehound’s delight.
Borderlands 3 dumps you into Pandora, the same ravaged, post-apocalyptic planet introduced in the original game. This time around, though, you’ll be traveling to other planets, each crammed with varying biomes, creatures, and challenges.
Around 30-40 hours in length, Borderlands 3 allows you to play with your buddies or alone. Though you can go solo, playing with others is always recommended. Being a lone wolf is easy in the beginning, but the vexing bosses in later stages require co-op. Even if you mow down hordes of enemies the game hurls at you, besting some of its funky, flamboyant bosses is a Dark Souls-esque challenge.
Side missions are creative, albeit a bit repetitive at times. Thankfully, they never outstay their welcome. If you’re in it for its barebones storyline, you can ignore most of the side-content as they’re not tied to the overarching storyline. Skipping on the side-missions would, however, cut you off from a sizeable chunk of loot.
Though it's not a prerequisite, my suggestion would be to churn through the predecessors before booting up this action-shooter lest you miss tons of throwbacks and references. If you're the lazy type, this summary of the entire Borderlands saga should cut it.
Thanks to the multitude of guns and multiple worlds, I never felt as if I was grinding for loot or gear. If you’re looking for a game like Genshin Impact, Borderlands 3 might just be what you need.
Did I miss out on any other games like Genshin Impact? Given that dozens of video games release across various platforms every day, I might have overlooked a few must-play entries. Let me know if there are any other games I should include in this list.