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NieR:Automata review
by xXWoodinatorXx

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Interesting start to the game. The half old school bits at the beginning were fun. At the beginning there is something about the style of the game I actually kind of liked right off the bat but didn’t  really know why. After the opening ~2 hours my enjoyment fell off for about 3 hours when the game slowly transitions into a more traditional open world game. My enjoyment began to pick up again around hour 5 when I was able to roam around and complete quests, upgrade my character, experiment with different load outs, and just had a general better idea of how the game works.

The music in this game is shooting for super epic. It’s this large peaceful Japanese music at times. It’s a big epic piece next. It’s like a Japanese lord of the rings soundtrack. That’s what they are going for. They are going for a big fantasy sci fi feel. It fits and I like it. This game has been very peaceful to begin. It’s calming. At one point it’s just piano and this little girl singing “la la la la la” a bunch of times in nice ways. It was hilarious. I love this soundtrack it’s ridiculous. Especially in the robot village.

The graphics are not great. The environment is empty and the enemy variety is very minimal. So why do I still like the art style? I don’t really know why. I haven't played a ton of Japanese games so the weirdness and uniqueness was entertaining to begin. That’s probably why. This effect wore off pretty quick though. By about the 10 hour mark I wasn’t impressed with the art design or presentation.

The combat is quite good. I just played DMCV and I prefer this combat for sure. The weapon variety is reasonable. Mix and matching different pods, weapons and plug ins has been enjoyable. At around the 10 hour mark I’ve been a bit more bored with the combat simply because the enemies are all the same and it isn’t that difficult on normal, but I don’t really think the game is good enough to warrant upping the difficulty. It’s still not bad though.

The beginning of the game doesn’t do a good job explaining the rpg mechanics. It seems like it should be deep with different weapons, pods, chip upgrades etc. After devoting time to learning it on my own I liked the different systems but I think the game does a poor job of showing the player how things work. Also the upgrades don’t feel like they come often enough. I wish I had a better sense of what I got for completing quests. Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to materials.

Not sure how I am going to feel about this story. Early on I got vibes this will be weird. And I was not wrong. The main character being a French maid robot with upskirts happening is unnecessary. The robots with personalities things they are doing seems super obvious a message about humans being evil is coming. There is a strong sense this game is Japanese. The writing almost always falls flat, but because they are robots it sort of works. Some of the side quests are comical, again, not really in a clever way but I don’t know why i don’t mind it. That scene when the robot head opens and this weird face ball pops out and starts talking to them. What the fuck was that!? Honestly this story is so dumb that it’s fun. But it’s more fun when you are stoned. I don’t understand why these types of games get good reviews. Like everybody is just in on some unspoken agreement that we ignore the fact the story is super dumb? The become as gods part was cool though. I liked that.

Side quests have been quite bad. Very uninteresting. Main quests have been better. I usually liked the different camera angle parts. I also liked doing the old school space shooter parts.

At this point I finished ending A. Everything above this paragraph is Route A thoughts. At ending A my score is a low B+. I am concerned this game is going to be very repetitive; the rpg elements have not been active enough so far.

The opening to the next route is good. I like the change up so far. I was concerned I’d have to do it all again but the new parts have been fun.

I’ve started to notice that my enjoyment of this game is greatly affected by whether I’m stoned or not. I’ve never really had that great a time playing sober. But I have had some good sessions when stoned.

I’m liking the story more so far. The Adam and eve stuff, the robot dress lady. Both good. I’ve been mostly skipping the side quests because 1 I don’t think they are good and 2 lots look like repeats. The  challenge style ones at least continue so that’s nice.

At this point I finished Route B. I liked the Adam
And eve stuff and the robot background stuff in this route. I am more interested to see where the story goes but I am getting a bit bored with the gameplay. Game still sits at a low B+. 

I was loving the start to Route C. Then I died twice and didnt get to my body because I forgot that was a thing since it had been many hours since I had died at all. I was super mad because my chips were so good. I tried to play without them but very quickly realized I’d never be able to do enjoy it. So I reloaded a file that I was lucky to have and had to replay 1 hour 10 mins. Not thrilled about that. But luckily it’s a fun part of the game. The opening to route c is probably my favourite part of this game so far. Hacked androids was great. Finally a small amount of enemy variety. It’s almost going to start rising in my ranks.

It’s growing on me a bit. I’m starting to see it now, just a little bit, about how it’s actually well done. Route C has been the best so far. I liked the switching between A2 and 9S sections.

I’m finally liking the rpg elements more. I feel like my character builds are awesome and these recent sections have been much more challenging so I have had to consider my strategy more which has been a positive improvement.

Pascals robot children committing suicide was pretty great. Route C continues to be the best. It’s taken like 22 hours for this game to start to click for me, which is way too long. I probably would have given up on the game early if I didn’t know that this game had a “great story”. But it is getting there.

Some great hacking games going on. Then that 9S memory bit was awesome. The scene where he stabs 2B. That’s a great scene. 

Just finished Route C and it was hands down the best part of the game so far. I enjoyed it noticeably more than the previous 2.

Opening to Route D is the same and is boring. Way too much repartition here. They killed the momentum they had with Route C. To top it off during the city Goliath fight with the flight suits I got glitched into the ground and couldn’t move so I had to restart. Not thrilled about that especially since none of this portion is very fun.

After wasting like 3 hours of my time I tried google to see what is up with route D. Turns out it’s not a thing. I was supposed to just chapter select to redo the last fight but pick 9S??? Like what the fuck game. How the fuck am I supposed to know that’s what I need to do. What a sour taste. This game could have ended on a waaaay higher note. I had like 20 minutes left in the game. But wasted a boring 3 hours plus I didn’t have the recent events on my mind like I should have. Also the endings weren’t anything that great.

Route C was the best and was an enjoyable 5 or 6 ish hours but for a game I played for 30 hours I’m disappointed overall. I don’t agree with the critics. Game ends as a mid level B+.

Final Score: B+

Other reviews27

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»
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 
«Blew my mind»
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.

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

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»
One of those games you remember for the rest of your life
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
If you rate this game anything other than "Exceptional" I don't know what to tell you. 
«Can’t stop playing»