NieR: Automata – You’re going to buy it, right?

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In the footsteps of the amazing Yakuza 0 and Gravity Rush 2 threads, I've decided to take it upon myself to see if we can't throw more money at this guy. (You know which one I'm talking about) With only around a month left before release, and hot on the tails of it going gold, NieR: Automata is still unfortunately flying under a lot of radars, and that's a damn shame.

So let's fix that, shall we?

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4 & PC
Release Date: Feb. 23rd, 2017 (JPN) | Mar. 7th, 2017 (NA) | Mar. 10th, 2017 (UK)
Technical Info: Native 900p 60FPS on PS4 & PS4 Slim | Native 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro
Demos: North America Demo | Europe Demo
Length: 25 Hours (True End), 55+ (Completionist)​

Game Synopsis said:
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...




What is NieR?
Sadly overlooked as one of the hidden gems of last generation, the original NieR released 7 years ago and told a story about a man trying to save his daughter from a seemingly incurable disease. 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?
Though you don't need to have played the original NieR to enjoy it, NieR Automata takes place thousands of years after Ending E of the original and is an "Open World Action RPG" in the same vein - though this time, Yoko Taro & his crew have backup from some of the best action game developers in the world: Platinum Games, and combined with the immense freedom given to the project, it seems like we're in for a treat.​

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 do just fine catching up to speed with either - or both - of these:

Okay 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. Oh no - there's so much more going on here that I almost don't know where to get started. Here goes:


  • 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 Text Adventure and back to Action RPG again? Now you can.
  • Platinum, on the Top of their Game: As many critics have had a chance to point out from the PSN & Showfloor Demos, Platinum is hitting it out of the park this time. NieR: Automata combines smooth 60FPS gameplay inspired by Metal Gear Rising Reveangance & Bayonetta with the open world RPG systems of the original.
  • That Music: If you haven't heard the music of NieR 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's also on the top of his game.
  • Those Designs: Don't believe me? Take a look @ the Character section below. It's okay, you'll be able to pick that jaw off the floor eventually.
  • They Need It: This is the part where I get real and tell you why I was spurred to make this thread... They just need the support. Specifically, Yoko & his team do. Originally announced on December 5th, 2016, NieR: Automata once had a very well placed release date. That was until Nintendo game along and decided to release the Switch and a new Zelda game in the same week as Yoko Taro's wild ride: robo-edition. Now he's worrying about a helluva lot more than Persona. So yeah, if you've got the money to spend, do them a solid & show you care - there are so many worse ways to spend the rest that paycheck anyway.
  • Original NieR Remaster: According to a recent interview, if NieR: Automata sells enough copies, there's a high possibility some form of remake/remaster of the original NieR will be made for modern consoles or PC!






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Ready to Buy?
Great, glad to hear it! Here are some links to help you find the game in Canada, America, or the EU/UK.*
(*If there are other big stores/territories not included, please let me know)​
 

EhoaVash

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no its stacked between so much fucking releases i don't think so. + its platnium games, will bomba price drop very quick ..
 
Fantastic thread and yes I'm going to buy it. I already love Platinum games and Yoko Taro is a precious man I wish to protect.
 

DMONKUMA

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Depends on when PC version is coming. If it's not close to March and it's gonna be while I'll bite the bullet and get it on PS4.

But I'm extremely excited for it of course :)
 

orochi91

Member
I'm in it for the hips.

And OST.

Really want that Steelbook, but it's too pricey; will settle for the regular copy :/
 
I'm not missing out on what'll probably be the most fun set of combat mechanics of the year for me. It's close to BoTW, but dammit, it's a Platinum game and I can't miss those.
 

Hoje0308

Banned
I want to, but I'm not sure how much free time I'll have before summer and I'm more interested in Horizon. Will pick it up eventually though.
 

Kazuo Hirai

I really want everyone to know how much more Titanfall 2 sold than Nioh. It was a staggering amount.
No, I am not an anime boy.
Frankly I watched a few streams but found the streamers always focus on 2B's pantsu and performed very...hentai.
Make I doubt the quality of this game.
 

Falchion

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I know almost nothing about it but what I've seen and heard sounds interesting. I like the aesthetic a lot.
 

Corpekata

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Whenever they deign us PC plebs worthy of a release date instead of kinda just ignoring the version's existence, sure.
 

Strimei

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Definitely buying it, one of the final things that pushed me to get a PS4. Money's a bit tight so I had to decide what to buy on release, and this was one of the three I chose (the other two being Yakuza 0 and Persona 5).

I can't wait. And to think just a year ago all I knew about Nier was "its related to that dragon game, right? What was it...Panzer Dragoon?"

Thank you so much, Pat and Liam, for doing an LP of Nier and getting me into it

Also good that you included Clemps' video analysis of the previous game and Drakengards. Very useful.
 

Ouroboros

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I bought Drakengard 3 day one and didn't regret it. I will get this day one if I can. Zelda will take up a lot of time.
 

Jimrpg

Member
Yes but im going to wait and see between the PC version and the PS4 version.

With Steam I sometimes get regional pricing and with stronger PC hardware oftentimes it makes it a no brainer!

Beautiful thread!
 
It's tops on my most anticipated list.

I never thought we'd be fortunate enough to get another Yoko Taro game, never mind an actual NieR title.

And yet here we are in this strange world.

As far as I'm concerned, this game existing is miracle-tier.
 

-MD-

Member
I'm buying it on PC but mostly because it's a Platinum game, not so much that it's a sequel to Nier.

If it was the same team behind the first one I probably wouldn't care.
 
It's Yoko Taro and Kamiya making a game together.

I'd liquefy it and inject it directly into my veins if I could.

Fucking god damn right I'm buying it.
 

Raptor

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If you dont buy this a fairy will die in a distant planet, you are warned.

Do whats right, do what your heart tells you.

Also 2B has some of the best piece of ass I have ever seen, god damn it!!
 

Eccocid

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Dunno..First Nier game was a blind purchase for me so it was very special experience without any expectations ala Demons Souls.... Now this is a sequel which screams made by Platinum games which doesnt mean it will be bad of course but it wont be an experience like Nier.
It is a sequel to a game which never needed and has a special place for me. So i will skip it to avoid spoiling the Nier that i liked.
 

TissueBox

Member
Good call OP!! These threads are a pretty cool idea. ^^'

And yes, I will buy it. *calms everybody down* I know I know, I'm full'a surprises.
 
I dunno. I played the demo, and after a long anticipation, I just wasn't able to get into it. Felt more stiff than I thought it would be. I just couldn't figure out how to make the combat flow like I've seen others do.

I've never been into beat 'em ups, so I'm not too surprised I feel this way.
 

Bronetta

Ask me about the moon landing or the temperature at which jet fuel burns. You may be surprised at what you learn.




Nioh and Nier day 1 baby. Character action games are my jam (or ARPG if thats what we call em now)
 
Yes. Would hope for launch but it's coming up next to Zelda. Might buy it at launch and play it afterwards but the demo was amazing and I love PG's stuff.
 
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