Developer MiHoYo’s Genshin Impact has quickly become one of the most popular live-action RPGs in recent memory. It’s also easy to see why, with its beautiful and stylized open world, whimsical characters and kickass combat system, we were here at emagtrends on when the game launched in 2020. Two years later, it’s an even better package thanks to the addition of countless updates that have added new characters, scenarios, and huge areas to explore. For those who have had enough and want something similar, here are the eight best games like Genshin Impact.
Tower of Fantasy
Arguably the closest game to Genshin Impact in terms of aesthetics, Tower of Fantasy was clearly inspired by the success of miHoYo and is its own take on an F2P RPG for PC and mobile. Twinfinite previewed the game earlier this year and found a lot to like about it, calling it the perfect alternative to Genshin Impact.
Tower of Fantasy offers deep RPG mechanics, an anime-like open world to Genshin Impact, and a gacha system that will also feel familiar. The storylines and characters aren’t as compelling, which is such a beloved aspect of Genshin Impact. To be fair, that’s partly because Tower of Fantasy is more of a conventional MMO experience, and so it’s multiplayer gameplay that’s its main focus.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The build-up to Genshin Impact’s release saw many articles comparing the game to Nintendo’s famous Zelda series, and in particular Breath of the Wild. That wasn’t surprising, of course, given that at the time there were only a few open-world titles that featured the stylized, cel-shaded aesthetic that games from Nintendo and MiHoyo have in commmon. Beyond some of the similar survival systems like cooking, both games generally have an equally vibrant and charming vibe.
Honestly, though, that’s more or less where the similarities end. Genshin Impact and Breath of the Wild are quite different gaming experiences, and the way their respective stories unfold are also different. Genshin Impact isn’t nearly the Breath of the Wild clone that many considered to be at first glance. Still, don’t let any of this stop you from trying out Breath of the Wild if you’re a fan of Genshin Impact. This is absolutely one of the best open-world action/adventure games ever made.
Read emagtrends’ Breath of the Wild review for more detailed impressions.
Honkai Impact 3rd
Technically speaking, if you’re looking for a Genshin Impact, you can’t really look past developer miHoYo’s previous game, Honkai Impact 3rd. This is essentially the model, from an overall design perspective, that Genshin Impact was based on, although the two games are somewhat different in terms of how they play.
There’s still the same anime charm to its aesthetic and storyline, and the combat bears many similarities to Genshin Impact, as does the emphasis on running dungeons in single or multiplayer mode. There’s also a gacha system, if you like that aspect of Genshin Impact.
Its level design, however, is different; Honkai Impact 3rd is not an open-world experience. Instead, it’s a more linear affair with various mini-games such as bullet hell shoot em’ up gameplay, platforming, and other seasonal events separating the main combat from the game.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
After the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Genshin Impact, Ubisoft was quick to plan its own cel-shaded open-world game to compete. The result was Immortals, Fenyx Rising, a Zelda-like with a stronger emphasis on RPG mechanics and the typical loot-collecting design of other Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed.
In fact, Immortal Fenyx Rising was developed by the same team behind Assassin’s Creed Origins, the very first in the series to put more emphasis on RPG design and a favorite among fans. If you like the idea of that same open-world gameplay merged with a vibrant world full of fantastical beings and whimsical mythology, then Immortals Fenyx Rising is the one to play.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
Along with its predecessor, Wrath White Witch, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a sublime must-have JRPG experience for Genshin Impact fans. Especially in the case of Revenant Kingdom, there are many similarities in the combat system and the emphasis on exploration. Those who also adore the anime qualities of Genshin Impact will find both Ni No Kuni games exceeding expectations with their stunning cutscenes – especially the original game, which had Studio Ghibli animation!
The overall story and characters are equally brilliant in both games, with gripping storylines to keep you locked in throughout. To top it off, both games feature engrossing Pokémon-like monster battles that create an addictive sub-game. Revenant Kingdom even has a kingdom building mechanic, which tasks you with creating a sprawling city to call home.
Twinfinite absolutely loved Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom and scored the game 5/5 in their 2018 review.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Arguably the best Dragon Quest game to date, Echoes of an Elusive Age delivers a gaming experience adored by die-hard fans of the series and newcomers alike. It’s both the quintessential passionate JRPG and the perfect entry point in equal measure. It also shares a lot in common with Genshin Impact in terms of visual style and overall feel.
Dragon Quest XI’s combat is slightly different, however, with a turn-based system as opposed to real-time. However, it puts a slightly different spin on the conventional turn-based loop by allowing players to move freely in real time during battles. And if you’re a fan of Genshin Impact’s deep and engaging RPG mechanics, you’ll feel right at home with DQXI.
You can read emagtrends’ glowing review of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age to learn more.
Tales of Arise
The Tales series has long been a mainstay of the JRPG scene, for well over a decade. Its most recent game, Tales of Arise, is among the best thanks to its polished combat mechanics and superb presentation, which includes charming anime-like cutscenes.
The story itself is familiar JRPG stuff and doesn’t stray too far from the Tales blueprint, which is a bummer for returning fans who crave a point of difference when it comes to the narrative. Still, that’s hardly offensive – just more of the same, which honestly isn’t much of a bad thing when the real meat and potatoes of the experience are Tales’ compelling gameplay and RPG systems. deep.
For a full look at emagtrends impressions, check out our review of last year.
Persona 5: Royal
The Persona franchise is a watermark for the entire JRPG scene, and Persona 5 Royale might be the best game in the series yet. It’s an expanded version of an already brilliant original game, featuring sublime storytelling and characters, and one of the most compelling turn-based combat systems in any game.
In terms of similarities to Genshin Impact, it’s not the same kind of open-world exploration experience, given that the game is set in suburban Tokyo and a mysterious alternate realm ruled by twisted versions of the adults they meet in their real life. But if you love anime-style storytelling and love JRPG combat mechanics, then Persona 5 is a must.
Twinfinite’s 2020 game review concluded:
“There really is a staggering amount of new content in Persona 5 Royal, and honestly, I felt giddy trying to figure it all out. The highest form of praise I can give Royal is that every new addition and improvement helps to improve the game and make it an even richer experience.“