Look, I do know gacha video games are dangerous for me. They’re dangerous for everybody! However there’s nothing like lastly saving up sufficient foreign money to do an enormous pull, rolling the cube 10 occasions to see if I can nab a uncommon character or merchandise. There are the odd rituals I carry out like solely pulling in particular places, the silent prayer for my favorite character and the hesitation earlier than lastly clicking the Pull 10 button and sealing my destiny. Then I eagerly await the animation, making an attempt to determine its delicate variations to see what rarity I have been fortunate sufficient to get my palms on.

I’ve seen loads of banner pull animations in my eight-ish years of taking part in varied cellular and PC gacha video games. They’re designed to be dazzling, ramp up the anticipation and get you excited in your potential rewards. I am a sucker for them, and Honkai Star Rail’s is one in every of my favourites up to now.

I genuinely do not know what I used to be anticipating the primary time I pulled from Honkai’s banner. My solely body of reference for HoYoverse gachas is Genshin Influence. That game’s pull animation is good sufficient, certain. Shooting stars rain from the sky, with one shining extra brightly than the remainder. That star signifies whether or not you’ve got a 4* or a 5* character or weapon awaiting you. It is fairly, and feels actual becoming for the game. I used to be anticipating one thing equally chill for Honkai Star Rail, however nope. It goes exhausting.

Launching the waifu-wishing prepare ticket into the stratosphere, listening to the music swell up whereas making an attempt to catch a glimpse of that candy five-star rainbow path. Attempting to recollect if this music is the four-star music or the five-star victory fanfare. The way in which the area prepare roars in with lovable mascot Pom-Pom able to welcome you to your newest goodies, or be blasted away by the sheer energy of excessive rarity. In actuality, it is solely round a 10-second sequence separating you from the fruits of your in-game grinding (or depleting your financial institution steadiness), however the entire thing is so bombastic and thrilling that for me it virtually looks like the principle occasion. 

It is a enjoyable, quirky little animation, one which I really feel speaks to how rather more personality-driven Honkai Star Rail is in comparison with HoYoverse’s earlier video games. I really like Genshin Influence, however Honkai looks like its cooler aunt who has a brilliant fascinating life with buck-wild tales to inform. Every part is ramped up on the wacky scale, whereas nonetheless grounding itself in a genuinely fascinating story. The tone feels extra pleasant and extra conversant in heaps of charisma. 

The chemistry and interactions between the protagonist, March seventh and Dan Heng is plausible and relatable, and I’ve discovered myself laughing aloud quite a lot of occasions on the textual content message interactions with the remainder of the case. Whereas it is slightly unfair to match the 2 video games too intently—one being a extra linear, turn-based RPG and the opposite being an open-world Breath of the Wildesque motion—it actually does really feel like HoYoverse has come a great distance in just some quick years. Even issues as small as a energetic gacha pull animation are proof of that.

It is a rad hype-up mechanic, however I really feel like I ought to add an enormous outdated footnote right here to say do not let it affect your spending habits. Watch movies of pulls on YouTube, and take a look at free gacha simulators that may assist get the urge to drag out of your system earlier than you go reaching for the wildly costly foreign money packs. Whereas it could be my favorite gacha animation, it isn’t one value breaking the financial institution over. Take pleasure in it inside motive, and I hope the RNG gods are endlessly in your facet.