Hoyoverse has done it again with a game that players will never let go of. Here’s our review of Honkai: Star Rail, a look at its gameplay and story.
Honkai: Star Rail is a turn-based role-playing gacha game iOS, Androidand via pc official launcher And this epic games store, It was released back on April 26, 2023, and has already garnered so much hype and attention. We will go through the story and gameplay of the game, as well as compare it with games from the same company as well as similar genres.
Without further ado, let’s get to our review of Honkai: Star Rail.
Honkai: The Star Rail Review
Honkai: Star Rail Background
If you’ve played games like Pokémon, Final Fantasy (the old ones), or Persona, you’re probably already familiar with how this game works. You control a party of up to four characters and you must explore the game world, solve problems and complete the quests you come across. Additionally, as this is a gacha game, you can also use premium currency to try to get new characters and light cones (or weapons) to make your team stronger. Of course, you can’t just keep fighting. In your exploration, you will take part in different stories, learning more about the world and the people who live in it.
We’ll dive into each of these, starting with the gameplay.
Honkai: Star Rail Gameplay
As mentioned above, the game is primarily a turn-based role-playing game. You form a team of up to four characters, each with their own skills, climaxes, talents, and techniques, players must form a team that synergizes well with each other to take on the game’s various battles Could Due to the variety of characters, players can create a variety of teams. For example, create some teams that specialize in shielding, making them invulnerable. Others can create hyper-carry teams, stacking buffs on a character who will deal massive amounts of damage. Players can also form follow-up or counter teams, which specialize in attacking multiple times in a row when conditions are met.
I personally like the flexibility the developers have given us players. Unlike Genshin, where most team compositions rely on having a “perfect and meta” team to clear all their stuff, players are free to experiment in Star Rail. I’ve personally brought in battle teams that don’t have the recommended character elements. Although it took a while to do, I was able to fight. Not only this, but I also enjoyed a lot.
One qualm players had with the game was that all characters only had two active abilities: their skill and their ultimate. He compared it to games such as Persona and Pokémon where players could fine-tune their character’s abilities, allowing them to build invincible teams that could face everything. Personally, I don’t think Star Rail needs that feature. By simplifying the set of characters, he made the game accessible to everyone. From players who have been playing turn-based games since childhood, to beginners who are intrigued by Kafka and discover that his banner is coming from the future. HoyoVerse has succeeded in making a somewhat complex genre of games more accessible to everyone.
Another thing that I think this game does well, in my opinion, is making its games much more accessible on mobile. This isn’t the first game that HoyoVerse has released on mobile. I personally have spent many hours playing Honkai Impact 3rd and Genshin Impact on my phone. Although they were fun to play, I always felt something was wrong whenever I played. Honkai Impact 3 was very reflex-based, something I couldn’t do properly on mobile. Genshin Impact on the other hand felt sluggish to me. Not only that, but the combos and dodging I needed to do was difficult.
Not so in the case of Honkai Star Rail. Since it was a turn-based game, I could take my time with it. I didn’t need to be on constant guard to avoid an impending attack. I don’t have to painstakingly maneuver to get to those crystalflies. The best part is that I didn’t even have to keep pressing buttons on the screen. All I had to do was tap a few at a time, watch the animation play out, and repeat. I could even put it on Auto-Battle, which made Relic and Material farming even easier.
HoyoVerse was able to take the good gameplay bits of Genshin and Honkai Impact and put them in Star Rail. From simplistic exploration to easy but complex battles, Honkai Star Rail’s gameplay is sure to keep you playing for a very long time. They were even able to implement a weekly roguelike game, so I’ll definitely be playing this game even if I’m caught up with the story.
Of course, it’s not just the gameplay that this game excels at. After all, this is a Hoyverse game, so let’s talk about its story.
Honkai Star Rail Story
The premise of Honkai Star Rail is very simple. You are a Pathfinder, part of a group known as The Nameless. It is the job of The Nameless to travel the universe and take part in various adventures. Along the way, they’ll encounter planets or realms that are in dire need of help. It is up to them to help those in need and keep moving forward.
Of course, this is a very simplified premise. There is much more to Honkai Star Rail than this. After all you are no ordinary road guide. Inside you lives a Stellaron, an object that has been called the cancer of all worlds. These Stellarons are capable of causing devastating damage to those around them. For example, Stellaron caused an eternal freeze that covered the entirety of Jarilo-VI. Then, why is there such a powerful thing within you? Why did the Stellaron Hunters implant it in you instead of taking it with them as they normally do? Although the answers to these questions are not yet there, he likes that they will be answered in the future.
What I love about this game is that you can feel the care, love and experience the Hoyverse put into the story writing. As someone who played Honkai Impact 3 and Genshin Impact, I can say that the writing is one of Hoyverse’s strong points. His ability to write fleshy stories, all of which are connected in one way or another, is something you don’t typically see in video games. The last game that made me feel in awe of its story was Final Fantasy XIV, with its Shadowbringers and Endwalker expansions. If I hadn’t played that game, I would have ranked Honkai Star Rail’s story as one of the best I’ve ever seen in a video game.
There’s really something in how HoyoVerse writes its stories that makes it so interesting. They aren’t afraid to write about complicated plots or to put the player in a very emotional state. They don’t treat the player like a kid who has to have exciting adventures all the time to keep his attention. HoyoVerse only focuses on writing a good story, and they almost always succeed in doing so.
Even better is his ability to combine his storytelling with music. Long-time players of the HoyoVerse games have seen this before. The final text of Honkai Impact 3, Meteorite Liberation, and Eternal Flames, as well as various boss fights and cinematic trailers from Genshin Impact. They are able to complement the visuals with their music with such ease that it heightens all the emotion. When that beat dropped during the final boss fight in Jarilo-VI, it only cemented in my mind that Hoyverse is one of the best game development studios in existence right now. If they are able to maintain this quality in Honkai Star Rail, we will have a live-service game that will keep us entertained for a long time.
Honkai Star Rail Review Summary
Honky Star Rail has something for everyone, with its amazing cast of characters, beautiful music, gorgeous visuals and captivating story. The gameplay is simple enough that newcomers can get into it, yet complex enough that veterans will always have something to challenge them. Although players are basically calling it Genshin Impact, it has a lot to stand out from its predecessors. Also, if you find Himeko, be sure to never let her go.