So far as Genshin Impact clones go, Tower of Fantasy is likely one of the most blatant. In comparison with video games like Noah’s Heart, ToF doesn’t simply put on its Genshin inspirations on its sleeve, however proudly shows them as a full-body tattoo.
Sadly for developer Hotta Studio, Genshin Impact’s crown is worn excessive, and this respectable try falls wanting reaching it. However why is that?
Is Tower of Fantasy higher than Genshin Impact?
It’s apparent that Tower of Fantasy is trying to be the subsequent Genshin Impact. From the offset, there’s greater than sufficient “inspiration” to see the gears of Genshin operating beneath Tower of Fantasy’s clockwork.
For instance, beginning the sport reveals your catcher preventing an enormous enemy alongside your sibling. The 2 of you get separated and also you’ll decide the gender you want to play as. That occurred in Genshin!
Afterwards, you’ll end up affected by amnesia — traditional — and performing fetch quests for villagers. It sticks to the traditional MMO construction: go right here, discuss to this individual, work together with a factor, discuss to this individual once more, carried out. Typically, there’s a combat as nicely.
In fact, copying the construction of the MMO style isn’t a detriment. Nonetheless, it’s the truth that all of its construction is executed in the very same means Genshin does it. Fight is nearly an identical, albeit floatier, virtually like a poor NieR: Automata cell port. Even climbing and gliding returns, albeit gliding is a clunky, infuriating-to-use Jetpack system.
The place does it differ?
Tower of Fantasy’s most original parts are in the way it executes its gacha system. Unsurprisingly, it’s much like Genshin: base weapons and characters are pulled in the identical gacha banners, so you might get ten spears or one thing distinctive.
Nonetheless, in ToF, unlocked characters are distinctive weapons. For instance, unlocking the character Hilda will provide you with her mannequin and voice to play as alongside her enormous gun, The Terminator.
In some methods, that is worse than Genshin. On this system, you don’t essentially have to play as distinctive characters. Nonetheless, it does imply that unlocking a personality you don’t like nonetheless provides you a helpful weapon.
These characters are referred to as Simulacra. They’re AI recreations of well-known warriors, and utilizing them overwrites your character. The one drawback is that it type of messes with ToF’s different massive function: character customisation.
Tower of Fantasy has a quite deep character creator, and you may make some superior wanting characters. Nonetheless, your character is a fully-voiced character that Hotta has written, not a novel individual that you simply management.
Ultimately, you’re merely carrying the pores and skin of a personality you need to play as. There’s no Fallout-style decisions or penalties, solely the look of one thing totally different.
That’s the entire recreation
To be frank, that’s how we’d describe Tower of Fantasy as an entire. It seems totally different to Genshin at a look. The characters are totally different, the world is vaguely sci-fi, and the mechanics are altered simply a lot it could possibly be perceived as a distinct recreation.
Nonetheless, it’s probably not that totally different, and in lots of instances it’s barely worse. No character has been as lovable as Xiangling, its Paimon substitute is annoying, and every little thing feels tough across the edges. Sure, it’s additionally very buggy.
For those who tried Genshin Impact and didn’t prefer it, you received’t like Tower of Fantasy. For those who’re a hardcore Genshin participant, you’ll possible need to keep there. It’s not that Tower of Fantasy isn’t enjoyable or endearing, it’s simply that there’s merely a greater possibility.
For those who nonetheless need to strive the sport out for your self, you may download it for free here. In any case, if it’s free you may as nicely!