Genshin Impact players do a bomb review Google Play rating plummets as anniversary criticism reaches a zenith
Google Play’s rating is a dynamic aggregation that will most likely balance out over time.
A group of Genshin Impact gamers has taken to Google Play to review bomb the game in protest of the anniversary rewards and the general lack of publicity surrounding the one-year anniversary of the game.
With a fluctuating rating of 1.9 to 2.0 out of 5, the current Google Play score for Genshin Impact may drop before this is all through. About two million people had taken the time to leave evaluations as recently as September 16, 2021. The price has fallen by about 20% in the last two weeks.
Two factors are to blame for the sharp decline in sales. For starters, players are leaving one-star reviews en masse on MiHoYo’s Steam page, apparently in protest of their treatment of the game’s one-year anniversary. Recent customer evaluations are overwhelmingly negative, with many of those complaints focusing on the anniversary rewards system.
For the time being, the only major in-game prize associated with Genshin Impact’s first anniversary is a login giveaway comparable to a prior holiday event. These 10 Wishes are worth roughly $20 in Genesis Crystals or Primogems. The game’s one-year anniversary was celebrated with a nice web event, but little else has been said about it. Other awards have been offered through external art contests, but these have mostly annoyed the game’s already dissatisfied gamers.
Besides Genshin Impact, this bombing of MiHoYo games is also aimed at other titles. There are one-star ratings for Honkai Impact 3rd, which was out several years before Genshin Impact and is very different from it, even if its total rating is still 4.3 — more than double Genshin’s decreased score at the moment.
One further important consideration is the ranking system for Google Play apps. Google’s review policy states that ratings are “derived based on the app’s current quality ratings from user reviews, rather than the lifetime average value of user reviews, unless the app has a very few ratings.” While this strategy is supposed to let ratings reflect how “apps can change over time, and regularly add and delete functionality,” it also makes review bombs like this one more evident.
Reaction to Genshin Impact’s one-year anniversary release has spread beyond Google Play. Player sadness has shown itself in the form of a dejected sticker emote, which is being used on the game’s official Discord as well as other community apps. As of writing, 87,000 people had liked the promotional film, while 25,000 people had disliked it. The last video had 34,000 views and 2,800 dislikes.
False or deceptive evaluations are expressly prohibited by Google Play’s review policy. As a result, many of the most recent Google Play reviews for Genshin Impact (as well when Honkai Impact 3rd) meet these criteria. As a result, the store rating for Genshin Impact is expected to improve as flagged reviews are removed and normal reviews balance things out. Although Genshin Impact’s first anniversary is today, this review bomb isn’t what anyone, least of all MiHoYo wanted to see on the one-year anniversary.