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BRSxIgnition
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This OT is best viewed with the Dark Theme and best enjoyed while listening to 'The Weight of the World' by Keiichi Okabe. (YT)



DEVELOPER: Platinum Games
PUBLISHER: Square Enix
PLATFORMS: PS4 & PC
RELEASE DATES: Feb. 23rd, 2017 (JPN PS4) | Mar. 7th, 2017 (NA PS4) | Mar. 10th, 2017 (EU PS4) | Mar. 17th, 2017 (PC Worldwide)
TECHNICAL INFO: Native 900p 60FPS on PS4 & PS4 Slim | Native 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro
LANGUAGES: English & Japanese Audio. English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German Subtitles. (All Versions)
GAME LENGTH: ~30 Hours (True End), 55+ (Completionist)
DEMOS: North America Demo | Europe Demo
THEMES: 2B | 9S (JP PSN Account Required)
GAME SIZE: 46.7 GB (PSN) (Demo Size: 4.7GB | 2.32 GB Day One Patch)

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What is NieR?
Sadly overlooked as one of the hidden gems of last generation, the original NieR was an action RPG released 7 years ago that told a story about a man trying to save his daughter from a seemingly incurable disease in a post-apocalyptic world nearing its end. Though it didn't release to critical acclaim, it resonated with many passionate fans who praise its story and music to this day. Directed by none other than Yoko Taro - yes, this guy - it shunned expectations and left a mark all its own, combining genres and shocking players with its raw storytelling. (Text Adventure Pun Intended)
What is NieR: Automata?
NieR: Automata is an Open World Action RPG that places a strong focus on storytelling. Though you don't need to have played it to enjoy the game, NieR Automata takes place thousands of years after Ending E of the original NieR. Unlike the original however, Yoko Taro & his crew are this time backed up by Platinum Games, known for their high quality action games like the Bayonetta Series & Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, and they've been given almost complete creative freedom by publisher Square Enix.

In short, NieR: Automata is set to combine more of the deep, surprising storytelling of the original with a completely redone combat system created by some of the best action game developers in the business.
What if I want to play the original first?
If that's what you want to do, you should take a look at Amazon for your country, or a local game store to see if they have any used copies. Otherwise, you should be just fine catching up to speed with either - or both - of these:
How long is the game?
Yoko Taro games include multiple endings, branching paths, and alternate stories, and as with all Yoko Taro games, there will be 'endings' before the actual end of the game - usually to mark timelines or reveal additional information - as a result, to experience the full story of the game and get to the true ending, expect 25-30 hours. If you want to collect/upgrade/explore/do everything, then expect 55+ hours.
What's with that OT Title?
Yoko Taro is a wonderfully weird man.
I've seen all the endings! Where do I go to talk about spoilers freely?
You can go right here.




Special Message from Square Enix
Upon completing the first story route in the game (Route A), players are presented with the above message from Square Enix. Remember to play through the entire game, everyone!



Game Synopsis
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.

The Council of Humanity organizes a resistance of android soldiers in an effort to take back their planet. To break the deadlock, the Resistance deploys a new unit of android infantry: YoRHa.

In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world...






Okay, but why should I buy NieR: Automata?
I could just say it's to give this guy more money & more chances to get his crazy stories out there and be done with it - but that wouldn't be giving it enough credit. Knowing that, here are some highlights of what you can expect going into NieR: Automata:

  • Platinum, on the Top of their Game:
    NieR: Automata combines smooth 60FPS gameplay inspired by Metal Gear Rising Revengeance & Bayonetta with RPG systems new & old and a seamless open world. Control 2B, 9S, and A2 as you use both melee and ranged attacks (often at the same time) against ever changing enemies & bosses in a battle to retake the planet from the machine lifeforms. Combine and combo inputs to open up entirely new attacks, pair up different weapons to allow for new combos or even simply switch your weapons around to discover completely new attack trees & specials.
  • The Heart of an RPG:
    Described by the game's producer (Yosuke Saito) as "60-70% RPG, 30-40% Action", NieR: Automata invites players to obtain new weapons, unlock their stories, level up, pick weapon combinations that work for them out of multiple weapon types (each with their own strengths and weaknesses), and customize their characters attributes, move sets, and even HUD through installing and uninstalling plugin chips. (Just avoid uninstalling that OS Chip!) All of this is in addition to the Pod Support System, which can be outfitted with battle upgrades, maneuverability enhancements, or both.
  • Yoko Taro's Wild Ride:
    If you've already watched Clemp's analysis videos for the NieR and Drakengard series, or played the games yourself then you know what I'm talking about. Call him a mad genius, a tortured artist, a weirdo, whatever; Yoko Taro puts out some of the weirdest, most shocking & touching stories in video games out there today, and he does it while switching genres, camera angles, and subverting expectations at every opportunity. Ever wanted to see how an Action RPG can go from Boar Racing to Top Down Shooter to Side Scroller to Bullet Hell Game to Text Adventure and back to Action RPG again? Now you can.
  • Souls in the Shell:
    In a wonderful story-related combination of the above three points that will be immediately familiar to fans of the Souls games, NieR: Automata features a mechanic called the Reliquary System. (Android System in Japanese) When you 'die', your old body stays behind - with your items and plugin chips - and your memories/data are uploaded into a new body. If you come across your old body again, you can either retrieve your old body & equipment for a bonus, or reactivate it as an ally. If too long has passed, however, it may have become corrupt and will revive as an enemy, in which case you'll have to defeat your previous self. (Doing so grants a larger bonus than a regular Body Retrieval) If you fall against your past self, or fail to make it back to your body at all, your plugin chips & items will be lost. If you're online, you can even come across the bodies of other fallen YoRHa androids. Coupled with this feature are messages that you can leave for other players, which you can use to either warn or mislead.
  • Full Customization:
    If adjusting your HUD, character attributes, weapon upgrades, and plug-in chips wasn't enough, NieR: Automata also features full controller customization & button mapping. If you don't want to use R2 to dodge, or play on Hard and don't need the lock-on, feel free to remap the controls as you see fit.
  • That Music:
    If you haven't heard the music of NieR and its composer before, please do yourself a favor and get on that. Don't worry, I'll wait. Okay, done? Well good, because Keiichi Okabe is back again, and it sounds like he'll be blessing player's ears once more.
  • Character & World Designs:
    NieR: Automata boasts a unique view of the far-apocalypse, thrusting players thousands of years past the age of humanity and into an age of machines with character designs by the talented Yuya Nagai and Akihiko Yoshida. If the art used in this OT hasn't yet convinced you the designs needed needed their own bullet point, then click here to view a full album of concept art, character art, and enemy designs from the game.
  • Original NieR Remaster:
    According to a recent interview, if NieR: Automata sells enough copies, there's a possibility that some form of remake/remaster of the original NieR will be made for modern consoles or PC.
If that's not enough to get you interested, be sure to check out the Trailer Playlist, as well as the GIF, Screenshot, and Artwork Galleries below.





Players who pre-order the game or snag a Day One Edition copy get the following bonus DLC:
  • Machine Mask Accessory
  • Grimoire Weiss Pod
  • Play System Pod Skin
  • Retro Grey Pod Skin
  • Retro Red Skin
  • Cardboard Pod Skin
Players who pre-order the game through Steam get the above DLC + an exclusive Valve Accessory.

Players who pre-ordered the Black Box Edition get all of the above DLC - barring the Valve Accessory - plus:
  • YoRHa 2B Figurine (~14cm Tall)
  • Hardcover Artbook (64 Pages)
  • Steelbook Game Case
  • NieR Live Soundtrack CD (13 Tracks)
  • Collector's Box
In addition, all Players be able to find the following crossover weapons in game:
  • Cypress Stick Weapon (From Dragon Quest)
  • Engine Blade Weapon (From Final Fantasy XV)
DLC (Costumes, etc.) outside of the above content have been confirmed, but specifics have not been offered.



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NieR: Automata |OT| Rules:
  1. Be respectful and try to keep discussion SFW. (Otherwise please use spoiler tags!)
  2. Refrain from posting spoilers. (Text, Images, GIFs, etc.) If you're even slightly unsure of whether or not something is a spoiler, please use spoiler tags. Example: 2B is actually very cool.
  3. Posting screenshots and GIFs is welcome and encouraged, but throw some words in there too, contribute to the discussion!
  4. Have fun!
* Special Thanks to mcz117chief for his help with structuring & checking the OT, as well as providing the Greek Names used in the character section.
Antiwhippy
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(06-21-2017, 09:11 AM)
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Become ass gods.
spiritfox
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(06-21-2017, 09:13 AM)
I'm glad I we chose this title.
BRSxIgnition
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(06-21-2017, 09:16 AM)
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If a mod could fix the title to read:

"You're thinking about how much you want to **** this game aren't you?"



... That'd be great.
OniBaka
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(06-21-2017, 09:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

Become ass gods.

It all makes sense now.
killatopak
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(06-21-2017, 09:34 AM)
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this can continue
Renewed
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(06-21-2017, 09:41 AM)
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Proposal: Immediately subscribe to this thread.

Here's to more people seeing the light. If you can call it that.
Fat4all
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(06-21-2017, 09:43 AM)
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**** yeah
LotusHD
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(06-21-2017, 09:44 AM)

Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition

If a mod could fix the title to read:

"You're thinking about how much you want to **** this game aren't you?"



... That'd be great.

It's all my fault, I dunno how I didn't catch that lol

You prolly should PM someone, I don't think any mods really frequent here D:
Antiwhippy
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(06-21-2017, 02:09 PM)
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http://www.siliconera.com/2017/06/20...ugust-5-japan/

Novelisation with behind the scene stuff?

Stahp yoko.

Stahp.
avrophantasm
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(06-21-2017, 03:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

http://www.siliconera.com/2017/06/20...ugust-5-japan/

Novelisation with behind the scene stuff?

Stahp yoko.

Stahp.

Time for the waiting game.

I wonder what he's gonna fuck up now. *bites fingernails*
AerialAir
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(06-21-2017, 03:23 PM)
I've been waiting to play this game for such a long time, loved OG Nier, do you guys think SE will release a GOTY edition? I want to have the full package with all present and future DLC when I start playing.
Hektor
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(06-21-2017, 03:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by AerialAir

I've been waiting to play this game for such a long time, loved OG Nier, do you guys think SE will release a GOTY edition? I want to have the full package with all present and future DLC when I start playing.

I don't think se ever released a GOTY edition for their japanese titles, at least I can't think of one
AerialAir
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(06-21-2017, 03:40 PM)

Originally Posted by Hektor

I don't think se ever released a GOTY edition for their japanese titles, at least I can't think of one

They did it with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, though that's a multiplayer-only game, oh well, I suppose I can't have everything in a shiny collectable disc, will buy DLC separately.
Manu
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(06-21-2017, 05:02 PM)
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So the spoilery thread title won, huh. Shame.
petethepanda
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(06-21-2017, 06:03 PM)
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I keep immediately bouncing off every game I've tried to start since finishing this last week and I'm burdened by a desire to find meaning in life

Can Square-Enix support help with this
LotusHD
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(06-21-2017, 06:21 PM)

Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

http://www.siliconera.com/2017/06/20...ugust-5-japan/

Novelisation with behind the scene stuff?

Stahp yoko.

Stahp.

Oh man...

Originally Posted by AerialAir

I've been waiting to play this game for such a long time, loved OG Nier, do you guys think SE will release a GOTY edition? I want to have the full package with all present and future DLC when I start playing.

I doubt it.

Originally Posted by Manu

So the spoilery thread title won, huh. Shame.

What ever do you mean ;D

Also one of the other options was far more spoilery. This is just a reference to a surprising line that turns out to be further layered anyways. Not a big deal.

Originally Posted by petethepanda

I keep immediately bouncing off every game I've tried to start since finishing this last week and I'm burdened by a desire to find meaning in life

Can Square-Enix support help with this

Nope!
broz0rs
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(06-21-2017, 06:41 PM)
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I'm on my 2nd play through and repeating quests are getting boring. Will completing them produce the same outcome or will some of them be a bit different? I'm thinking about skipping the ones I've completed in my 1st play through and only completing ones that are new.
yrba1
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(06-21-2017, 06:45 PM)
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Was hoping the thread title would be |OT2|B or not 2B
LotusHD
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(06-21-2017, 06:48 PM)

Originally Posted by broz0rs

I'm on my 2nd play through and repeating quests are getting boring. Will completing them produce the same outcome or will some of them be a bit different? I'm thinking about skipping the ones I've completed in my 1st play through and only completing ones that are new.

Huh? If you complete a sidequest, it won't appear in the next route. Only the ones you didn't complete or never started would reappear, along with new sidequests.

Also if you're getting bored of them, consider this list of recommended sidequests:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...ostcount=18814

Originally Posted by yrba1

Was hoping the thread title would be |OT2|B or not 2B

The majority have chosen otherwise, I'm sorry.
sackboy2197
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(06-21-2017, 06:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by yrba1

Was hoping the thread title would be |OT2|B or not 2B

It looks like it wasn't meant 2B.
Dreams-Visions
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(06-21-2017, 06:49 PM)
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*takes off shoes*

Glory To Mankind.

o7
yrba1
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(06-21-2017, 07:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by LotusHD

The majority have chosen otherwise, I'm sorry.

Haha don't be, the majority has spoken.


Anyways, completed Route C, looking forward to the last endings. Poor 9S going through some Shinji Ikari levels of despair
Sayad
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(06-21-2017, 07:11 PM)
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Glory to mankind.
LotusHD
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(06-21-2017, 07:12 PM)

Originally Posted by yrba1

Haha don't be, the majority has spoken.


Anyways, completed Route C, looking forward to the last endings. Poor 9S going through some Shinji Ikari levels of despair

Ah, so close.

Originally Posted by Sayad

Glory to mankind.

Originally Posted by Dreams-Visions

*takes off shoes*

Glory To Mankind.

o7

sloppyjoe_gamer
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(06-21-2017, 07:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by sackboy2197

It looks like it wasn't meant 2B.


This cannot continue....this cannot continue....this cannot continue
falconxcrunner09
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(06-21-2017, 08:30 PM)
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Okay there is a bug/glitch in my game

Character SPOILERS
Emil isn't appearing anywhere on the map,
no matter what chapter I'm on. I have done literally everything to get him to appear, reloaded the save, exited the game, teleported to a bunch of different locations. HELP PLS
Vic_Viper
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(06-21-2017, 08:51 PM)
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Ended up reloading an earlier save during Route A to go back and do the side quest 11b's Memento. Got the item by her body but havent turned it in yet. Is there something I should know before turning it in?

Are there any other Side Quests or Items/weapons I should do/find before finishing Route A?

What items are "Safe" to sell? Which Items are just vendor trash?
LotusHD
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(06-21-2017, 08:53 PM)

Originally Posted by Vic_Viper

Ended up reloading an earlier save during Route A to go back and do the side quest 11b's Memento. Got the item by her body but havent turned it in yet. Is there something I should know before turning it in?

Are there any other Side Quests or Items/weapons I should do/find before finishing Route A?

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...ostcount=18814

What items are "Safe" to sell? Which Items are just vendor trash?

Machine cores, pretty much anything that says can be exchanged for money other than Desert Roses.
Vic_Viper
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(06-21-2017, 09:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by LotusHD

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...ostcount=18814

Machine cores, pretty much anything that says can be exchanged for money other than Desert Roses.

Thanks for that!

What about the items like Gold, Silver, Copper, and Crystal? Are those ok to sell or should I be keeping them?
Baalzebup
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(06-21-2017, 09:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Vic_Viper

Thanks for that!

What about the items like Gold, Silver, Copper, and Crystal? Are those ok to sell or should I be keeping them?

Upgrade materials. You'll need 'em eventually.
Vic_Viper
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(06-21-2017, 09:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baalzebup

Upgrade materials. You'll need 'em eventually.

Ok thanks! Thought they were important for something.
Son Of Sparda
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(06-21-2017, 10:02 PM)
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Beautiful OT and great title.
HardRojo
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(06-22-2017, 03:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by yrba1

Was hoping the thread title would be |OT2|B or not 2B

Yep, there were much better choices. Thread title is disappointing, unlike the game.
And OP should contact a mod to add the "about".

Edit: Will try and clean some easy trophies on Friday and might try progressing through others, I want to get the plat by Friday next week, when Crash launches.
Marmaladefire
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(06-22-2017, 04:06 AM)
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I'm thinking that it's time for me to revisit this game. I love existential suffering.
LotusHD
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(06-22-2017, 04:08 AM)

Originally Posted by HardRojo

Yep, there were much better choices. Thread title is disappointing, unlike the game.
And OP should contact a mod to add the "about".

Edit: Will try and clean some easy trophies on Friday and might try progressing through others, I want to get the plat by Friday next week, when Crash launches.

Well don't look at me, that's what the people voted for. Jk, I voted for it too. Also I messaged Duckroll, apparently the word "about" actually doesn't fit, so... this is what we're gonna stick with. :P
OniBaka
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(06-22-2017, 04:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by Marmaladefire

I'm thinking that it's time for me to revisit this game. I love existential suffering.

Me too.

Though if you want a game with tons of suffering you should try the house in Fata morgana.
didn't want to be that guy but game needs the exposure and story is fantastic.
Antiwhippy
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(06-22-2017, 04:47 AM)
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Fata Morgana isn't really about existential suffering though.

More just about suffering in general.
HardRojo
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Originally Posted by LotusHD

Well don't look at me, that's what the people voted for. Jk, I voted for it too. Also I messaged Duckroll, apparently the word "about" actually doesn't fit, so... this is what we're gonna stick with. :P

|OT2|B or not 2B was simple and straight to the point :( Oh well.

On topic: I've been listening to this game's OST for the whole week it's just too amazing. I think my favorite track is "Possessed by a Disease".
BRSxIgnition
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(06-22-2017, 06:00 AM)
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I'm all for switching the title to the 2B variant if that's cool with everyone else?
Antiwhippy
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(06-22-2017, 06:04 AM)
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Eh does it really matter. :P
LotusHD
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(06-22-2017, 06:05 AM)

Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition

I'm all for switching the title to the 2B variant if that's cool with everyone else?

Not cool with me. :P

Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

Eh does it really matter. :P

No, at least not enough to randomly change it lol
OniBaka
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(06-22-2017, 06:08 AM)
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This cannot continue
BRSxIgnition
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(06-22-2017, 06:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

Eh does it really matter. :P

Originally Posted by LotusHD

Not cool with me. :P

No, at least not enough to randomly change it lol

Never mind then, we'll keep it.
HardRojo
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(06-22-2017, 06:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition

I'm all for switching the title to the 2B variant if that's cool with everyone else?

I'm totally down for it. I really don't like the current one lol and it doesn't help that it's not accurate since that it's missing the "about".

Why the fuck are there trophies for looking at 2B's panties and playing for over an hour with 9S sporting his boxers?
OniBaka
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Originally Posted by HardRojo


Why the fuck are there trophies for looking at 2B's panties and playing for over an hour with 9S sporting his boxers?

The first post in this ot sums it up.
LotusHD
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(06-22-2017, 07:04 AM)

Originally Posted by HardRojo

Why the fuck are there trophies for looking at 2B's panties and playing for over an hour with 9S sporting his boxers?

Because trophies are dumb :P
Mubrik
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(06-22-2017, 10:14 AM)
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe_gamer

This cannot continue....this cannot continue....this cannot continue

Cane to post this. Lol
Antiwhippy
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(06-22-2017, 10:46 AM)
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http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEODAI-21750

Nier automata mug! Nier automata mug! Nier automata mug!

Sh*t Square enix!
Sayad
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(06-22-2017, 04:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by HardRojo

Why the fuck are there trophies for looking at 2B's panties and playing for over an hour with 9S sporting his boxers?

A lot of trophies in this game are there to force you into doing things they don't want to do, "Want that shiny trophy? Better sink to the level of those perverts you despise so much... Or pay for it. ;p".

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