This thread is now considered obsolete in favour of a new one focused on being a guide once version 2.0 comes out.
All screenshots made by me in this thread will be in Vietnamese since I love my mother tongue and like reading Sino-Vietnamese words. Also I am the maker of a discussion thread for the game hence the signature seen below my name at the top right.
I wanted this to be a day one impression post but I am too lazy
and I need to take (a lot of) time to enjoy the game first
is a gacha game
made by the Chinese game company miHoYo
with turn based combat as its core gameplay. Initially I did not care about the game at all until a few month before the release of the game when I got in love with the character named March 7th (seen below) who also acts as the game face icon.
The game is available for pre-downloading on April 23th and is scheduled to open its live service on the 26th at 02:00 UTC. The 4 servers opened at around 30 minutes before the schedule though so I got in early and became one of the first 65536 Asian accounts in the game
Although once the trained jumped into the bright space all I got was a black screen. It turned out I used Windows N edition and forgot to install Media Feature Pack
I will not spoil the story for now but in short it is a journey about the Trailblazer (avatar of the player seen at the top of this post, chosen at the beginning of the game) along a crew named Astral Express on a space train. Do not get put off from this summary though since I am bad at explaining
and also the writing of this game is quite goofy with lots of Western media references
As for the gameplay, you form a team of 4 characters with each of the character following one of the 7 Paths:
- The Destruction: General DPS
- The Hunt: Single target
- The Erudition: AoE
- The Harmony: Allies buff
- The Nihility: Enemies debuff
- The Preservation: Tank
- The Abundance: Healer
and 9 Elements: Physical, Fire, Ice, Lightning, Wind, Quantum, Imaginary.
then fight against enemies with the main objective being to empty their Break Point using characters with Element they are weak with (seen below is Seele, a character with The Hunt Path and Quantum Element against monsters with Quantum weakness.)
Each characters has a basic attack which add 1 Skill Point (seen left to the "Q" button), a Skill attack (the "E" button) which use 1 of it and an Ultimate attack which can be activated over the current turn
after getting an amount of Energy from attacking and being attacked (the "1" and "2" are fully charged Ultimate while "3" and "4" are not). There are also effects affecting stats of characters and enemies but I do not have time to explain them
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TODO: Should I explain the basic of gacha?
About the gacha aspect, you have 2 types of pulls: Star Rail Special Pass for time-limited banners and Star Rail Pass for non-limited ones, each costs 160 Stellar Jade seen on the top right. Seen below in order are: limited character banner, limited Light Cone (an item tied to a certain Path boosting power of characters equipping it) banner, non-limited character/Light Cone banner. There is also a Starter banner which limited to 50 pulls and are aimed at starters.
A special character can also be selected after pulling 300 times on the non-limited banner:
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TODO: More personal opinions, please.
As for me, I feel stupid for not spending time reading the stories I did not bother reading for the free Jades since they are a source of emotion rollercoaster. Maybe I should replay the game again on the Taiwan/Macao/Hong Kong server