Rise of the machines
A brilliant experience
There aren’t many games that are able to evoke a sense of anticipation and awe like NieR: Automata . A sequel to 2010’s NieR (which itself is a spin-off from the Drakengard series), NieR: Automata is a tale filled with secrets and plenty of action-packed gameplay.
If you’ve played any games by Yoko Taro, you’ll likely know that he likes to create games that have multiple endings, and the act of unlocking the ‘ultimate’ ending will require you to go through several playthroughs. NieR: Automata is no different – you will need to go through the game several times before all the questions are answered, and that’s a good thing, as each playthrough reveals more secrets and more content than the one before.
A game of numbers
The condensed version of the plot is that Earth was invaded by a race of extraterrestrials simply called ‘Aliens’. The Aliens forced mankind out from Earth, who in turn created ‘Androids’. These Androids were then sent down to Earth to combat the Aliens, but the Aliens then created ‘Machines’. Thus began a centuries-long war between Androids and Machines. You play as 2B, 9S, and A2 – three Androids who are dispatched to help the local resistance.
Gameplay is fluid and dynamic, with furious combat and intense boss fights. What’s interesting though, are the camera angles. In
NieR: Automata , the camera switches between the standard 360-degree view, to that of a sidescroller, and sometimes even overhead, similar to that of NieR.
In your quest to uncover the ‘ultimate’ ending, you can equip the characters with upgradeable weapons and Chips that imbue them with enhanced skills or attributes, such as more health or lifesteal. There are also two crossover weapons you can get in the game, one being Noctis’ Engine Blade from Final Fantasy XV. In its entirety, playing
NieR: Automata is a superb experience. Its presentation is excellent, the soundtrack is mesmerizing, gameplay is highly robust, and its characters are (somewhat) relatable. If you’re an action RPG fan, we’re almost certain that this game will be able to hold your attention, at least until Persona 5 comes along.
There are portions of the game that feature side-scrolling elements.
Combat is fast, fluid and dynamic.