Posts Tagged ‘NieR Automata’

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EU Release Date: Mar 10, 2017 (for PS4)
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Square Enix

Cover ArtDirector Yoko Taro once gave a talk titled ‘Making Weird Games for Weird People’. ‘Weird’ is definitely the word to describe Nier Automata.

Following loosely from 2010’s Nier, Automata takes place several thousand years in our future – somewhere around 12,000 AD. Mankind has retreated to the moon and sent an army of androids to reclaim the planet from the alien ‘machine lifeforms’. Or have they? Just like its predecessor, Automata keeps you guessing, ready to rip what you think you know from beneath you at any moment.

You play as YoRHa No. 2 Model B – 2B for short – a female combat android whose Lolita looks belie her ninja quick skills with support from 9S, a seemingly super-rare male reconnaissance android. Together, you run around a post-apocalyptic world smashing up machines and trying to work out what the hell is going on.

The gameplay itself comes out in a mash of styles. At its core, it’s a hack-and-slash RPG, but it doesn’t stay within the confines of the genre. As you run through the map, the camera will suddenly change, thrusting you into a top-down shooter-style battle and then pulling away again, leaving you with a side-scrolling platformer. And the combat isn’t limited to swords and spears; you also have access to a variety of ranged attacks via a device called a Pod and in some places, a flight unit for complete aerial battles. This constant switching between styles is one of Automata’s strengths – it keeps you on your toes, eager to see what’s coming next.

The game isn’t without its flaws, however. The camera movement isn’t always smooth. The voice acting is sometimes a little hammy. Some of the AI decisions are questionable. But then you wander into a dilapidated amusement park full where machines with painted smiles ride around on a tank spewing balloons or you see a new adaptation of Romeos and Juliets where the romance quickly descends into a murderous brawl with the last surviving Juliet blowing herself to pieces. Where else are you going to find that?

Would I recommend this game? Well, it’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but that’s what I love about it. Maybe I’m just one of the weird people this game was made for.

So I’ve been quiet this year, but then 2016 has been something of a wash-out for me at least, so I’m just keeping my head down and focusing on not going mad. But this is something that I can’t resist sharing, a little glimmer of light in this doom and gloom year.

It’s new footage from the upcoming game NieR Automata.

The distant future…

Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing a new type of threat: weapons known as “machine lifeforms.” In the face of this insurmountable threat, mankind is driven from Earth and takes refuge on the Moon.

You play as YoRHa, a series of androids designed to combat the alien invaders. The female is 2B (YoRHa No. 2 Model B) and the male is 9S.

If you’re interested, there is also a video of gameplay footage below, with commentary from some of the team behind the game. Although the enemies are not like the ones in the first game, I’m sure you’ll agree that there is something quite familiar about them… Horribly familiar…

I’m pretty sure this game is going to be just as heart-breaking as the first.

 

 

So apparently this happened at E3. And nobody told me about it. I think Nier is one of my favourite games ever and if they’re seriously releasing a sequel, I’m going to be very happy. *Please don’t let me be dreaming. Please don’t let me be dreaming.*

The quality isn’t the best (I’ll link another if I find a better one) and I’m sure it’s a prank (come on, they’re promising me a FFVII remake, a new Tomb Raider and a Nier sequel in the same year? I don’t think so.), but it’s enough to pique my interest, so check it out!

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