- System: Android, iOS
- Publisher: miHoYo Limited
- Developer: miHoYo Limited
- Release Date: Mar 28, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Beat ‘Em Up
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.global.honkaiimpact3.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Honkai Impact 3rd takes players into the world of anime inspired girls called Valkyries who are the only hope for the world left. Players will take control of various Valkyries such as Kiana, Mei and several others girls who each control in varying ways. Kiana—the first Valkyrie you’ll gain control—is a dual gun wielding warrior who is akin to an all-around warrior while Mei is a shinobi-like warrior with agile moves. Yet, here’s the question probably on your mind at the moment. What are you actually going to do with these attractive but tough Valkyrie girls?
The main premise of Honkai Impact 3rd is to beat the living heck out of various enemies called Honkai. Players will need to punch, shoot, kick and slash numerous enemies with the Valkyrie they take control of. Each Valkyrie handles essentially the same but their combos and how they are utilized does differ greatly as some enemies are strong to some of the girls and equally weak as well. Mei—as we mentioned above—is nimble and able to dodge moves via a dash skill but equally lacks the attack power Kiana has. Another girl you unlock named Bronya doesn’t use her own fists but has a mech that can shoot attacks out giving her ranged abilities. Dodge attacks with proper timing and you can slow down time to defeat enemies and unleash huge hits with special attacks or combos. As of writing this review, there are several Valkyries that players can use and while the controls all handle the same for them, thanks to how Honkai Impact 3rd plays, each Valkyrie feels very different in design.
There is also an RPG element to Honkai Impact 3rd in the form of leveling up your Valkyries and equipping them for combat. Players can use other girls called Stigmata, which can be equipped to a Valkyrie giving them boosts to their various stats. You can also level up weapons via breaking down materials and/or other weapons for reinforcement purposes. Even if you don’t like a particular Valkyrie, we do recommend leveling them all up as some will come in handy during different stages—of which 5 stages of several levels each are available to play—and not having them might make your time a bit more difficult in combat. Level up your girls and make them stronger so hard mode stages will be a breeze to get through!
Now we mentioned earlier in our review of Honkai Impact 3rd that this is an anime inspired game. Well folks, we weren’t just saying that to hook you. Honkai Impact 3rd has every element of an anime with characters and visuals that mirror anime-like themes. What’s even better is that these visuals could be almost compared to a console download title. Honkai Impact 3rd is easily one of the most gorgeous mobile games we’ve played in some time here at Honey’s Anime and the fact that it looks like an anime title is just icing on the cake. Honestly, if Honkai Impact 3rd becomes an anime one day, we won’t be surprised, and we’d gladly review that series when it finishes airing.
Finally, let us talk about another element we really love about Honkai Impact 3rd and that is that it’s free to play entirely. Players of Honkai Impact 3rd can make purchases in-game via microtransactions—these are for items like more stamina to keep playing, material to level up and stigmata to use—but none of these items are needed to thoroughly enjoy Honkai Impact 3rd. Even when we played for quite a bit during our review sessions, we found ourselves doing a dozen or so missions and never running out of energy to use. Plus, leveling up is easy thanks to multiple difficulties that add more experience earned and items to gain. A lot of mobile games pretend to be free but require players to invest a lot of cash to get the whole experience. Honkai Impact 3rd isn’t like that and the actual real-world purchases are just going to help you get leveled up faster but aren’t needed if you don’t want them.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Impressive almost console level visuals
- Responsive and simple controls
- Anime-like story and presentation
- Free to play
- Several characters who each play quite differently
- Could use some more environments to fight in