Nier: Automata is one of those games no one really knew that we were getting. Back when the original Nier came out it was a mish-mash of different genres and while it was strange, it managed to work, but it was such a niche title that no one had even heard of. Almost 8 years later, we got a sequel to the game in the form of Nier: Automata and the game was released to critical-acclaim and considering the developers – Platinum Games – it wasn’t much of a surprise.
Nier: Automata takes place on a dystopian Earth that has been attacked by aliens from another planet, forcing the human race to flee to the moon to keep the human race alive. To combat the mechanised-robots the aliens used to take over the Earth, a new breed of soldier was designed, the Androids. These Androids are modelled after their human counterparts and are used for combat, reconnaissance, and any other purpose they can think of. Our story focuses on 3 different Androids working as a team, that simply go by the names of 2B, 9S, and A2. At the beginning, the story seems very one sided, but as you delve deeper into the alien-invader’s weapons and the world that they now inhabit, everything becomes very unexpected and interesting all at the same time.
Aesthetically speaking, the game looks gorgeous. All environments in the game are completely varied from one another, with different enemies and locations to find. Characters, weapons, and enemies have a great amount of detail implemented and really makes the visuals for this game a memorable one. There is so much vibrancy in the game, and even in the darkest recesses of Earth, Nier: Automata is still an incredible game to simply look at; let alone play.
One of the most important parts of an action hack-and-slash is the combat, and damn, did Nier: Automata get it right. Similar to how Devil May Cry plays, you have a light and heavy attack, along with a set of projectiles, all of which can be combed in unique and amazing ways. Not only is the combat fun, but it’s also incredibly varied. As you go through your combos, you can switch between different weapon sets and really deal some damage to your foes, while pulling off fancy combos that might get a bit difficult to keep track of after a while. The variety of weapons is what makes the whole weapon switching gameplay mechanic so much more interesting, as the variety of types allows for some seriously damaging combos.
Overall, Nier: Automata is considered one of the best games of 2017 and for good reason. When it comes to the story, gameplay, and visuals, all of them are just as fantastic as each other. This right here is a game that you could lose a lot of time in, without even realising, and that’s okay! Even if you didn’t enjoy the original Nier, this sequel changes more than enough to make this game feel like a completely different experience; one that has a story you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
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