Nier: Au­tomata

Poised 2B bet­ter than ’Netta?

Games Master - - Feature -

Af­ter an en­dear­ing but ut­terly odd­ball first in­stal­ment (you want to do what with my 40-hour save file, Nier!?), the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic ac­tion-RPG is re­turn­ing. In the very ca­pa­ble and very tal­ented hands of Plat­inum Games, the stu­dio be­hind Metal Gear Ris­ing and Bay­o­netta, the evo­lu­tion’s in­stantly more fo­cused and far friend­lier. Slick, combo-cen­tric, bul­let hell-in­flu­enced com­bat makes du­els be­tween an­droid hero 2B and bio-me­chan­i­cal bosses an ef­fort­less dance of dashes. With Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV’s En­gine Blade now a fea­tured weapon (grant­ing Noc­tis’ eva­sion tech­nique), it’s clear the de­vel­oper is out to make chums this time. Our save data’s prob­a­bly safe…

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