Posts Tagged ‘NieR’

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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.

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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, they’ve given what was formerly known as “Nier: New Project” a proper name. NieR: Automata.
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With many of the original NieR team returning and new members such as Akihiko Yoshida, responsible for character design in my other favourite game (FFXII) and the Platinum Games people, this looks set to be awesome. Check out the trailer:

Although penned as a sequel to 2010’s NieR, you don’t actually have to have played that game, nor any of the Drakengard series (from which NieR was a spin-off) for it to make sense. It’s a very weird game and that’s all you need to know.

The story of Automata is set on Earth, after mankind fled to the moon during an invasion by mechanical lifeforms with superior weaponry. Now, mankind are using their own androids to take back their planet. That’s the girl you see in that trailer. Its name is YoRHa 2 Model: B – 2B for short – and it is an android, not a woman.

The original NieR story is linked to this only by location. Although some of the characters from that game may be mentioned, they are unlikely to appear. The gameplay, however, will be more similar, with a range of different play styles to keep the audience on their toes. You can almost guarantee that it will have multiple endings, the story won’t be anything like what you were expecting and there are going to be some ridiculously oversized swords in play. Oh, and the game’s producer says it will have a happy ending… just like the first NieR…

Currently, the game is only set for release on PS4, but no date has been given.

Welcome to the first Tuesday Tunes! Every week (or so), I’m going to bring you a track from a game soundtrack that I think is brilliant and everyone should hear, whether they’ve played the game or not. This week’s track is Grandma from 2010’s NieR Gestalt & Replicant Original Soundtrack, composed by Keiichi Okabe and performed by Emi Evans.


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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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Rating: 7-5
EU Release Date: April 23, 2010 (for Xbox 360)
Total play time: 34:58:29 (Normal Mode)


I loved this game. From the very first line of dialogue, this game was working its way into my favourites. And the longer I played, the more I loved it.

The tutorial level begins in 2049, in the ruins of a big city. You are introduced to your character (referred to by the game manual as “The Father”), struggling to protect his young, ill daughter Yonah from shadowy monsters. After a seemingly endless wave of monsters and a whistle-stop tour of all the magic available in the game, something happens and you find yourself 1300 years in the future.

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I think I’m going to like this game. It reminds me a lot of FFXII and older Tomb Raider games – on map battles and lots of puzzles to solve. And, like most Square Enix games, the soundtrack is brilliant.
In fact, I was being won over before I’d started playing; the very first line dialogue in the game is shouted at you by an angry-sounding young woman and liberally sprinkled with profanity.
The tutorial level is set in 2049 and lets you experience the kind of manic, seemingly endless battles that you will encounter throughout the game. You are the father and you are fighting the monsters to protect your young daughter. But something happens and, for some reason (I haven’t worked it out yet), the next time we see them is 1300 years in the future. The mystery deepens… and I’m looking forward to solving it!