Genshin Impact Is Apple And Google Play's Game Of The Year

The free-to-play action gacha game is this year's top mobile title according to both major mobile storefronts.

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As 2020 comes to an end, stores and outlets are starting to release their game of the year lists. Both Google Play and the Apple App Store have weighed in and announced the game of the year on their platforms, and the same game has taken top honors for both storefronts--Genshin Impact.

Google Play has given the game top honors, citing the game's size and enjoyable combat as factors "Genshin Impact blew us away with its sheer scale and ambition," the description reads. "Combat is fast and fluid, with each fight a spectacle to behold. Quite simply, this is the best game we’ve played this year."

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Apple did not delve into their reasoning, but also selected the game as the year's best. Several other games were honored in their app awards, too. Legends of Runeterra was declared the year's best iPad game, Disco Elysium took the Mac award, Dandara Trials of Fear claimed the Apple TV top spot, and Sneaky Sasquatch was declared the best game of 2020 on the Apple Arcade service.

Genshin Impact, which recently added Zhongli as a playable character, has certainly made a strong impact this year, with a visual look reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and deep gameplay complemented by its free-to-play mechanics. The game will add the Dragonspire region later this month.

Genshin Impact is also available on PS4, PS5, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version is also in the works.

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