Honkai Star Rail preview: Much more than just a futuristic Genshin Impact? Our first impression at the Japan Expo!

Preview Honkai Star Rail: Much more than just a futuristic Genshin Impact? Our first impression at the Japan Expo!

During the 2022 edition of Japan Expo, we had the opportunity to finally get our hands on Honkai: Star Rail, the much awaited next game from Mihoyo, known for Genshin Impact. As the project moves away from the action side to focus on turn-based combat, does this new free role-playing game on mobile have enough to replicate the success of its older one?

Summary

  • A future title as important as Genshin Impact?
  • A game system too limited to last over time?

Since the announcement in October 2021, Honkai: Star Rail has captured both Japanese role-playing game fans and anime-style fans. It must be said that when we know we are finding Mihoyo at the helm of the project, there is reason to be impatient ” ‘. Launched in September 2020, Genshin Impact has become an important title in the video game landscape, which continues to brew colossal sums every year. As proof of its success, at the Japan Expo, the stand dedicated to the game is one of the busiest, with impressive queues of players queuing up to collect exclusive treats. Despite this hype, it’s Hokai: Star Rail that interests us today, when we were finally able to play it after several closed betas with rather difficult access.

A future title as important as Genshin Impact?

If you have never followed the activity of this project, we remind you that Honkai: Star Rail is not a simple clone of Genshin Impact in a science fiction universe. Instead of action role-playing games and an open world à la The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the title takes the form of a half-open world, where battles take place in turns per.. During our short game session, we were able to explore the main city, which serves as a hub, but above all make a mission to finally be able to try the gameplay.

Honkai Star Rail: Much more than just a futuristic Genshin Impact?  Our first impression at the Japan Expo!

More specifically, we go through obviously completely 3D environments, where we meet enemies that you can hit to gain an advantage in battle. The confrontation then takes place on a turn-by-turn basis, where up to four characters can be adjusted. To defeat your opponents, each member of your team has three skills of their own: a basic attack, a special ability, and an ultimate.. If the ultimate charge, while taking damage, to use a special ability, use basic attacks to fill a “stacks” meter. In addition, each unit has talents and other unique passive bonuses that are earned as levels increase.

A game system too limited to last over time?

Honkai Star Rail: Much more than just a futuristic Genshin Impact?  Our first impression at the Japan Expo!

The first thing that strikes when launching Honkai: Star Rail is that the title is particularly beautiful for a mobile game (which will also be playable on PC for that matter). With its beautiful cel-shaded style, we typically find the paw that made the charm of Genshin Impact, with a character design always successful if we like the anime style, of course. This visual aspect is all the more visible with the ultimate skills with very impressive animations that put the characters even more forward. The latter are also often recharged, which means that we enjoy them very regularly. The few movies we could see also benefit from this very neat rendition and an effective staging, which enhances this amazing visual aspect of a mobile game.

Honkai Star Rail: Much more than just a futuristic Genshin Impact?  Our first impression at the Japan Expo!

Therefore, if the battles are dynamic, the fact that each character has only three different skills, including an ultimate that is not permanently available, raises some questions. I wonder if the clashes e.g. end up making everyone look alike and quickly go around in circles? This question is legitimate because in the same kind of experience, that is, free role-playing on the mobile, we are often entitled to many more capacities, which give rise to more variation during matches. We will inevitably have to wait for the launch of the title to find out what it really is and it is obvious that it is quite difficult to answer it after only a short game session of a few ten minutes.

Our impression

With its particularly impressive output for a mobile game, Honkai: Star Rail has what it takes to be Mihoyo’s next hit. If the title shares commonalities with the Genshin Impact, such as its anime aesthetic and its successful character design, it differs from its oldest with turn-based battles that manage to be dynamic despite their more laid-back appearance. It only remains to be seen whether the limited number of skills per. fighter will not be too much of a brake on the fun of the game to make Honkai: Star Rail one of the new essential free-to-play games on mobile.

Editorial Review

Promising

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