Nier: Automata is an open-world role-playing game and sequel to Nier (2010) released by PlatinumGames and SquareEnix. Both producer Yosuke Saigon and director Yoko Taro return, along with character designer Akihiko Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV), bringing to life an intriguing story set in a beautifully crafted world. It is available for the PS4 and Microsoft Windows. An Xbox One version is expected, but release date has not been set.
An unknown amount of time has passed since the events in Nier. The human race finds itself in trouble after alien invaders attack with machine-driven life forms. Humanity takes refuge on the moon to avoid destruction. They create an android army, the YoRha squad, and send them to Earth to battle the machines. The story follows 2B and 9S as they assist their fellow androids in the battle against machines. Eventually they meet Adam and Eve, humanoid creatures that were birthed by machines, and the story twists as it slowly reviles the true fate of Earth, humans and aliens. As the story progresses, androids begin taking on more human like characteristics though not on a real level more as a robotic interruption of what human actions and human emotion are influenced by or derived from. The androids never quite get it right, creating a somber and dark mood throughout the game.
Nier: Automata provides an addictive action driven storyline and combines the best attributes of action and role-playing games. Automata has over 20 possible endings, five which are considered main endings, and plenty of side missions to keep you busy. As the recycling story progresses the theme of repeating ourselves becomes apparent as the same environments must be explored by different characters often resulting in fighting the same battles multiple times. Fortunately, the repetition allows plenty of time to level-up characters and weapons.
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