Honkai: Star Rail's Humongous PS5 Update Is Out Now | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:51
Honkai: Star Rail, the superb space fantasy RPG from Chinese developer HoYoverse, has been updated to v2.0 on PS5 today – bringing with it an absolute avalanche of new content. The expansion continues the core plot of the turnbased title, taking the Trailblazer and his/her crew to an all-new planet featuring an art deco hotel named Penacony. New characters, gameplay, events, and more all await in this fresh location.
In addition to the continuation of the campaign, two new characters can be unlocked from time-limited banners: the deadly five-star Nihility memokeeper Black Swan and the fresh-faced four-star Destruction bellboy Misha. As with all of the game’s updates, there’ll be two phases to the banners, with the second featuring fellow newcomer Sparkle.
If you’re yet to start the game, HoYoverse is also giving away a ton of free pulls to mark the occasion, with a total of 20 up for grabs in this update – something which has left Genshin Impact players envious, to say the least. All of this has come alongside an enormous promotional campaign from the developer, which has seen it take over the Los Angeles Sphere and even produce a throwback variety-style show.
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Looking forward to this but unfortunately not able to play it much for a while. (other than dailies)
But I really dislike the Genshin v Honkai rewards narrative and pot stirring. They are different games which are tuned differently.
It's true HSR's gives bigger headline-grabbing rewards, that's great. But the in game economy is more tuned to get you to fork out money. If you don't pay for the battle pass you are always out of credits, materials and more as F2P and have to use your daily resources to get that instead first. Which slows levelling anything down to a crawl.
This is made worse as you have to level up FAR more characters to win the end-game. Take the new Pure Fiction stages which requires DoT characters to win like Luka, Sampo or Guinaifen to excel. Or the last one which required AoE and Follow-up characters. I even levelled up Herta, previously seen as one of the worst characters in the game and Serval just to beat it. Never had to waste gated resources levelling up Amber, Noelle, and many others in Genshin.
TLDR: Genshin is more F2P friendly day to day, but HSR gives you the bigger rewards. They are different. Both are good games, but personally i'd take the one that isn't as cynically tuned to get you to pay, over getting a few more wishes and a free 5-star.
@themightyant The whole reward thing you mention is 100%