Developer Platinum-Games Publisher Square Enix Format PS4 Release 2017
Platinum’s stock may have fallen slightly after its abysmal
TMNT game and a lacklustre showing for Scalebound, but rest assured, Nier: Automata still looks the absolute business. After
Mutants In Manhattan’s glacial pace, the nimble agility of Yorha 2B is a revelation; no doubt there will be some variation across the three playable characters, but the decision to showcase outright speed is a telling one, and welcome too.
That said, Platinum and publisher Square Enix say the guiding philosophy for the game is accessibility. Much of that is down to the way the game falls between two stools, as likely to draw in fans of Platinum’s complex action games as it is those of Square Enix’s JRPGs. Square Enix has supplied the story and advised on world design, enabling Platinum to focus on a more accessible take on what it does best.
A three-minute time attack against waves of enemies yields little information beyond the fact that this is, indeed, a Platinum game. The dodge is the beating heart of the game: there’s no Bayonetta- style slowdown, but instead a counter attack that launches foes into the air, taking you with them. It may be more accessible than Platinum’s typical fare, but there’s plenty here to be excited about, not least a boss battle that is the best 3D approximation of bullet hell we’ve ever seen.