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NieR:Automata

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NieR: Automata is an action RPG, a sequel to Nier and a spin-off to the Drakenguard series. The story is set in the middle of the war between humans and machines where you take on the role of an android warrior called 2B. The story develops around the theme of androids' ability to feel and make their own decisions.
The gameplay of NieR: Automata combines RPG elements, such as character progression, with action-based combat and some platforming features, including climbing and jumping over obstacles. Except for traditional light and heavy attacks, there are quick time events that if the completed result in a highly damaging counterattack. You can use four weapon types during the battles: short swords, long swords, bracers, and spears. While you play as a robot, you can upgrade your body with special chips that increase your stats. 
The game is set in an open world and features numerous NPCs and side quests. You can explore it on foot as well as ride a wild animal or pilot a flying mech. There are also shops where you can get useful items including potions to restore health.

System requirements for PlayStation 4

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System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 /8.1 /10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2100 or AMD A8-6500
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 VRAM 2GB or AMD Radeon R9 270X VRAM 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX® 11 supported
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard and game pad (XInput only). Screen resolution: 1280x720. This product only supports MS-IME keyboard input. There is a possibility that other IME will not function correctly with it.
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 8.1 /10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4670 or AMD A10-7850K
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 VRAM 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380X VRAM 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX® 11 supported
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard and game pad (XInput only). Screen resolution: 1920x1080. Depending on the monitor and PC graphics card environment and setup used, this title can expand its display resolution to 4K. However, please be aware that 4K resolutions are not officially supported. This product only supports MS-IME keyboard input. There is a possibility that other IME will not function correctly with it.

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NieR:Automata reviews and comments

I did not enjoy this game.
It felt off to me both it terms of pacing and agency.

As for pacing - I felt like I was racing from peak moment to peak moment, with no real content in between. As a result, the highs didn't feel very high, and I did not feel any connection to the story.

As for agency - yes, I had multiple attacks and had a choice of weapon, but they didn't seem to matter much. The fights were either killing cannon-fodder where nothing I did seemed to change the outcome, or fighting bosses where, again, I felt like I was just going through the motions.
It might get better in late parts of the game, but it didn't feel worth it to try and get there.

Also, I found the movement a bit annoying. Especially the way jumping interacted with running, where it'd feel like you stop before you jump.

There was also an abundance of invisible walls, which drove me insane. You need to get somewhere, and you see a gap you can _definitely_ fit through. But you can't!
NieR Automata (PC) - Finished on January 19, 2020.
Just beautiful. Play all the endings
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
perfection just like 2b's rear
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
Among the story-driven video games, this is one of the best, boosting an exceptional story and OST. The plot is engaging from the start while being pretty deep in its themes. The characters are very interesting despite their initial shallowness, due to the wonderful work of the voice actors (most notably Ishikawa as 2B and McCarley as 9S).

The OST is well-varied and original with some astounding work done by both the composers (Okabe, Hoashi, Takahashi) and the singers (Evans, Nicole, Nakagawa).

The gameplay is extremely fluid and enjoyable, but also always either too easy or too hard, without a real "goldilocks" difficulty. Checkpoints are pretty badly spaced across the levels too.

The graphics are the same photorealistic ones as any other AA / AAA modern video game, but with some evocative and thought-provoking shots sprinkled here and there.

In a nutshell: extremely good story and OST, with good enough gameplay to carry the player through the whole plot.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
My first game in the NiEr franchise and my favourite one. The story is great having multiple endings like 26 and only 5 are the main endings for the story you can get. The combat is great having options to choose what weapons you want to use. There are 3 playable characters in which you play the others at the other half of the game.
The music is in a league of its own, while exploring the world or in battles every OST is perfect.
«Blew my mind»
«Underrated»
The only story in a video game that will make you shit yourself as much as this one is NIER replicant so go play that shit right now. oh and the OST is enough to make you stand still while dying repeatedly and shitting yourself. 10/10 
Masterpiece
«Blew my mind»
«Underrated»
Nier: Automata isn't a perfect 10, I was so ready to get my mind blown away by this game because I've heard and read so many good things about it..... It's a bit of a let down for me, there is no explanation on a lot of the game mechanics, lots of pointless wandering in an open world, you have to do several play throughs to get to the real ending, but in the end it does still manage to tells a compelling, emotional,layered story with many twists, bringing up and exploring philosophical and moral themes.... oh and let's not forget that with awesome soundtrack.

Positives:
Great Story
Fun Combat system
Mix and Mash of different genres of gaming
Awesome Soundtrack

Negatives:
No Autosave
Constant Reading
Having to hold in the fire button all the time
Bad UI
No explanation on how chips work
I have watch YouTube Video for tutorials
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
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