Honkai: There’s an undeniable buzz around Star Rail, and that comes in part from its audiovisual charm and hilarious dialogue. You, too, might be part of the Genshin Impact player base who often joke that Honkai: Star Rail is a game with all the optimizations he wanted from his Hoyoverse Genshin Impact. I can’t.
But does Honkai: Star Rail have what it takes to take the crown from its predecessor, which has been the dominant gacha game for over three years? gives an objective answer.
11 Combat Mechanics – Genshin Impact
What makes Genshin Impact’s combat system interesting is the inclusion of elemental reactions. This isn’t the first game to play with elements, but elemental reactions are a core part of combat in this game. Even the strongest physical damage dealer in the game is nearly impossible to survive on physical damage alone.
In “Genshin”, you can get out of various situations with a swipe, and you can play by further calculating the damage value through the reaction of the elements. Honkai: Star Rail has limited turn-based combat, which is attractive in its own right, but it often drags you into long battles even at double speed.
Ten How Farming Works – Honkai: Star Rail
There is no way Genshin Impact will beat its successor in this category. Farming is frustrating when ascension materials are only available on certain days and resin is capped at 160. Once you reach the endgame, certain resources are restricted on certain days, making it difficult to level up your character and their weapons.
Honkai: Star Rail solves all of these problems and allows you to grow the calyx you need every day. If you feel like leveling up your Light Cone or character, the trailblaze power cap is increased to 180, so you’re free to do so at any time.
9 Exploration – Genshin Impact
If you like open-world games, you’ll enjoy exploring the vast world of Genshin Impact. Sumer has lush rainforests and endless sand dunes. Li Yue has mountains to climb and stone forests to stroll through. You’ve probably spent hours exploring the game and stuck with multiple patches. Through the release of each region, exploration has become more and more convenient, but somewhat more difficult.
You can swim around, jump, and interact with different structures. The regions of Genshin Impact are large, varied environments, and often located underground, where lost civilizations are discovered.
8 Game Dialogue – Honkai: Star Rail
Honkai: Starrail has never failed in dialogue. It’s the perfect blend of humor, lightheartedness, and character depth that easily captivates Genshin Impact’s dialogue. Just because you’re the main character doesn’t automatically make everyone kind. This has been proven time and time again in Honkai: Star Rail, from your first interaction with Seele to your encounter with Yukon who politely refuses your help.
This doesn’t mean that Genshin Impact’s script is mediocre, but it does strike a chord with the hilarious dialogue between trash cans and streetlights, and the organic reactions that characters around Kaelus and Stelle express based on their individual personalities. Hard to beat. In fact, in Honkai: Star Rail, his NPC also has a unique personality and dialogue that makes him far more memorable than most Genshin Impact NPCs.
7 Lore Expansion – Genshin Impact
While this all has to do with the lack of space to explore, Honkai: Star Rail does its best to detail myths and legends through unexpected interactions with the world, its objects, and its people. I’m here. Genshin’s ability to scatter pieces of lore throughout Taivat can motivate further exploration, if not for the charm of treasure chests.
However, there is a lot of room for improvement in how the game expands on its lore, such as avoiding expansion through limited-time events. But it’s a fun way to learn about the world we live in, with every item, from crafts to plants, hiding a slice of the secrets of Tivat and the gods.
6 Storytelling – Honkai: Star Rail
Honkai: Star Rail’s story quests are short-lived, but memorable. Genshin Impact has some really fun character hangouts, and it’s a good place to delve further into the character’s origins and lore. However, not all characters get the same treatment, and some story quests and hangouts are significantly better than others.
Not all character-related stories are created equal, but what about Genshin Impact’s Archon Quest? No, but there are criticisms of the solutions in many chapters.
Five Character Design – Honkai: Starrail
Honkai: Star Rail has a character design that looks like an exclusive skin when placed on Genshin. Character costumes work so well in Honkai: Star Rail that Dirk’s Red Dead of Night costume looks just fine, and many other characters in Genshin Impact don’t have any clothes. looks like you’re not wearing
But even without playable characters, the NPCs look even more diverse. NPCs have different character designs, so he doesn’t really speak to the same person twice. Even if it’s not better than a playable character, there are still noticeable variations. In Genshin Impact, we meet two of him who look like Madam Ping, his three children who look like Timmy, and his five others who look like Timaeus.
Four Character Presence in an Open World – Honkai: Star Rail
Genshin Impact is a big game, and it’s sure to get even bigger in the near future as more regions drop. But are you really going to spend that many gigabytes to see playable characters in the open world? It would be nice to meet Jean, Lisa, and Kaeja near the Order of Fabonius Headquarters.
Diluc tending the vines in Dawn Winery, or the spectacle of the North Star in The Crux, isn’t too difficult to implement in a way that makes the open world feel more alive. Even if this happens from time to time, it only happens during limited-time events. This makes Teyvat’s world a little more bland, but Honkai: Star Rail places his playable characters where they’re supposed to, making the world a little more realistic.
3 Gacha System – Honkai: Starrail
“Enkai: Starrail” has a very generous gacha, so even first-time players will not feel a sense of loss. The beginner banner effectively gives you a free 5-star character of his within 50 warps, while the standard banner guarantees a 5-star character of his choice after 300 warps.
Forget getting 1 Tighnari and get C6 Diluc instead. This doesn’t mean his five-star character in the standard banner of Genshin Impact is terrible, but the gacha system isn’t the most benevolent. Noel is the only one I can vouch for, even for a new player. 5-star characters aren’t guaranteed, so you’re going to rely entirely on luck in Genshin Impact.
2 Animation – Honkai: Starrail
“I have order”, “wail” and “now you will perish” are iconic lines and the burst animation that follows is brilliant. But it can’t compete with Honkai: Star Rail. Its animations are unique to each character, and even 4-star characters have ultimate visual appeal and iconic lines.
If you were surprised by Dan Heng’s Sanctuary the first time you used Dan Heng’s ultimate, if you were blown away by Jing Yuan’s Lightning Lord that cuts through all your enemies, or if you’re drowning in a sea of butterflies with Seele’s ultimate There are probably people who have Even without considering burst animations or ultimate animations, the physics of walking and running look much more realistic in his Honkai: Star Rail than in Genshin Impact.
1 Verdict – Honkai: Star Rail
Genshin Impact is a great gacha, open world game. Based on these comparisons, Honkai: Star Rail beat the former, but you already know that these are two very different games that still offer different experiences. If adventure and button-mashing are your heart, Genshin Impact will bring you even more joy.
If you find comfort and happiness in turn-based combat games, Honkai: Star Rail is a natural choice. Even if Honkai: Star Rail is far better than its predecessor, it’s better to invest your time in either game if you try both to see which story and gameplay appeals more. helps determine whether
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