TAG Roundup #68 – Genshin Impact is Latest F2P RPG

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We read a ton of video game articles each week and wanted to share some of our favorites with the Average Gamer community. We’ll feature everything from previews to reviews and everything in between.

The articles we share will be from a combination of well-known sources (like IGN) and more niche blogs that you may not have heard of. In the previous TAG Roundup post, we talked about the Hyrule Warriors, Amazon cloud gaming, Squad, and more!

At the top of the hour, we’ve got the latest RPG to take over the mobile world. Genshin Impact is heavily inspired by Breath of the Wild and brings that open-world adventure to your phone!

Genshin Impact Cover

Genshin Impact Takes Over Mobile – Android Police

Genshin Impact is taking the world by storm, with tens of millions of players worldwide within weeks of launch!

While the new RPG is free-to-play, people have been impressed by how enjoyable it can be without putting down any money. With the high-quality F2P games that have been released in the last several years, people just expect to eventually pay some amount of money to increase the joy they get out of the title.

The reveal trailer demonstrated a familiar view of rolling fields, towering mountains, and colorful enemies. Without looking at the title, you might even think that Link was in this game!

One of the mechanics that set Genshin apart from the Zelda series is the elemental weakness that each of your enemies has. Players collect heroes along their journey and you can decide the best ability to counter specific monsters.

BotW features that you’ll immediately recognize are climbing mechanics, gliding, and a stamina meter. Some gamers will hate on how much has been ported over to Genshin Impact, but they also say imitation is the best form of flattery!

Genshin Impact has plenty to customize as you level up your characters and gain new gear. While this aspect of the RPG is strong, there are some concerns about the story being weak. Since it’s free-to-play, I’m not that surprised that the devs didn’t go heavy on the story development.

The touchscreen controls work well, which is good because there’s no support for controllers. Genshin Impact’s graphics hold up well and the game runs smoothly at 30 FPS.

Overall, Genshin Impact offers an excellent RPG experience without requiring too much brainpower. Even though we all have too many video games, you should still try Genshin out if you are a fan of Breath of the Wild or RPGs in general!

Apex Aftermarket Event – EA

I haven’t touched Apex Legends in a couple of months, but there are still plenty of people in the Average Gamer community who still play regularly. The most recent announcement brings a few things to the table: cross-play beta, a new limited-time mode, and event cosmetics.

I’m especially excited for cross-play since I’ve had friends on Xbox who I’ve been wanting to play with! The LTM introduces Flash Points, which regen your health and shield over time. It’ll be interesting to see how this new mechanic changes the meta of the game over the next few weeks.

Action-Platformer-Looter – Geeky Gadgets

Foregone combines elements of platforming and looter games to enhance its narrative-driven gameplay. The trailer shows off melee and shooting mechanics, gorgeous animations, and unique movement abilities.

It feels like a combination of Borderlands and Castlevania, with tons of legendary weapons for you to collect. Players will also get to customize their abilities with a branching skill tree, let you battle bosses with perks that match your playstyle. Foregone will be launching on console and PC on October 13th!

VR Boots – Independent

As VR gets more popular, developers look for new ways to create an immersive experience. The Ecto One are boots that let players move in VR apps by moving their feet!

Theses boots work by utilizing two rotating plates that twist to match the direction that you walk in. It’s a little trippy to watch the demo, but the Ecto boots bring us one step closer to the Ready, Player One dream!

Greek Mythological Universe – IGN

IGN got a second hands-on look at Immortals Fenyx Rising, going deeper into the abilities and exploration of the upcoming open-world title. The game emphasizes unique character creation, challenging puzzles, and boss fights that would make BotW envious (lots of BotW references last week!).

For any fans of the recent Avengers game, this may be a nice continuation of being a super-powered being with insane damage potential. The game launches on console, PC, and Stadia on December 3 and you can preorder now!

F2P Switch MMO – Nintendo Life

Imagine a world where we actually have enough time to play all the free-to-play titles out there. Skyforge wants to grab some of your gaming time to save the planet Aelion from invaders.

Beyond an epic main story, the fight to defend Aelion will continue in free updates that push the boundaries of Skyforge’s constantly-evolving universe. Invasions, regular seasonal events, invite players around the world to unite online in a fight against invaders from across the stars and their avatars of destruction. Soon after the Switch launch, players can purchase an Invasion Pass to earn Invasion-exclusive rewards from battles, including special in-game cosmetics.

Gamers won’t need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play, so you might as well check this out if you’re into mass multiplayer games. No release date yet but maybe you’ll be done with Genshin impact by the time it comes out!

Warzone Season 6 – IGN

Speaking of F2P games, Warzone just entered its latest season! The update introduced a new subway system, two OP weapons, a limited-time mode with armored cargo, and plenty of cosmetics to unlock.

Additionally, Warfare (the paid version of last year’s Call of Duty) gets new maps and new modes. We’ve got a Halloween event coming up starting October 20th and you can start grinding the battle pass now to earn unlocks for two new Operators!

2D Isometric Adventure – Gematsu

Beautiful Desolation launched earlier this year on PC and is now coming to PS4 and Switch. This post-apocalyptic adventure game features puzzles in between fighting for your life.

The game has mostly positive reviews on Steam and pits you against “bizarre creatures and animals”. With music from composer Mick Gordon – worked on DOOM and Need for Speed – your bound to at least hear some awesome music as you search for Mark’s lost brother. Pick it up now on PC or stay tuned for the release date on console!

That’s All For Now

There were plenty of other highlights from last week but these ones really stood out. Be sure to check in next time to read about video game current events. 

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