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'Genshin Impact' Is Free-To-Play Fun — If You Can Resist Opening Your Wallet

The exploration and combat game Genshin Impact has earned some favorable comparisons to Nintendo's Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but like many free-to-play games, it's good at getting you to spend money.
Genshin Impact has a huge world to explore, and a surprising amount of content for a free-to-play game. Source: Screenshot by Kaity Kline

I didn't have an interest in playing Genshin Impact at first. I kept hearing it described as a clone of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I didn't really feel like playing a crummier version of a game I've already played.

is a free-to-play open-world adventure RPG made by miHoYo. It's available on mobile, PC, the PS4, and has cross-play compatibility between systems. So because it's free (until you really want a rare character and feel compelled to spend big money on loot crates without a guarantee of getting anything is playing it — I gave it a shot, and found out it's actually more fun than in a lot of ways.

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