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  • Summary: NieR Producer Yosuke Saito, director Taro Yoko and composer Keiichi Okabe return, teaming up with character designer Akihiko Yoshida and PlatinumGames to present the next entry in the saga – NieR: Automata.
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  1. Positive: 98 out of 101
  2. Negative: 0 out of 101
  1. May 5, 2017
    100
    Nier: Automata is an absolute masterclass in game design. It surpasses expectations time and time again resulting in an experience not to be missed by fans of action titles.
  2. 100
    Put simply, NieR: Automata is the greatest game ever made. It’s not just that it is the deepest and most narratively potent game ever developed - and it is a truly deep narrative experience - but more than that, Yoko Taro has finally found perhaps the developer on the planet capable of doing his visionary work justice. This game is a true, genuine work of art, and anyone who wants to prove that gaming does possess an equivalent to the greatest novels, operas, theatre plays, or paintings, now has that very game to point to. Yoko Taro is gaming’s Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Welles, all rolled into one.
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    93
    Yoko Taro and Platinum Games form an alliance that elevates the NieR franchise where probably no one expected it to be years ago. Automata is a great action extravaganza with so much love for the games as a medium as we, the players, should have for it.
  4. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    Thanks to Platinum Games' knack for riveting and gratifying combat, Automata is Yoko Taro's most exciting game to date. The combat mechanics click after hurdling a low learning curve, and the end result is a skillful dance where balletic dodges complement wushu-inspired aggression. Moreover, this multi-ending trip is generously peppered with surprises and revelations, as well as easter eggs that call back to the first game and the Drakengard series from which Nier spun off. It's a meaty, often exhilarating trek that showcases Platinum Games' and Yoko Taro's unique blend of genius.
  5. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    NieR: Automata mixes many genres while it tells a mature, complex story, and it does it all in an impeccable way. It has some minor flaws (secondary missions, average graphics), but it is overall a game you should not miss.
  6. Mar 6, 2017
    87
    Nier: Automata is one of the most original, surprising and brilliant games of this generation. Not perfect, but unmissable.
  7. Loads of interesting ideas and plenty of good intentions, but nothing sticks. It’s like it was made by a team of people with super short attention spans. They’d come up with a good idea, carry it half way, then get distracted by another thought, and do it all over again until ending up with an unfocused, unsatisfying, incomplete product.

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  1. Negative: 53 out of 865
  1. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    This game blew past everything I expected in the most positive way you could imagine. Everything just fits so perfect together. From thisThis game blew past everything I expected in the most positive way you could imagine. Everything just fits so perfect together. From this beautiful world to the awesome soundtracks for each location and boss fight that will just give you chills, the awesome badass and smooth combat system from Platinum games we all know and love, and of course the story . Without spoiling anything I just want to say how much of a emotional roller coaster this games story is with so much happy and sad emotions . The game really delivers when it comes to story telling , also thanks to the different endings you can get. Everything is so thought out and makes sense in this game, all the weapons you can get have a backstory you can read, the ability management which uses "chips" that use memory because your a Android. , how you respawn and so much more.
    Now stop reading this review and BUY THIS GAME !
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  2. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    NieR: Automata - another masterpiece from Platinum Games. I was fascinated by this game, and I'm ready to go back again and again. The gameNieR: Automata - another masterpiece from Platinum Games. I was fascinated by this game, and I'm ready to go back again and again. The game reminded me the best of Metal Gear Rising.

    Atmosphere +
    Story + (A lot of endings, some very tragic, you'll cry)
    Characters + (A2, B2 sweet)
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    2017 is very good! NieR: Automata is now on the list of my favorite games that nobody should miss.
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  3. Jul 2, 2020
    10
    Simply put, this is one of the best games of all time. Yoko Taro finally balanced an amazing story with great gameplay, making this game aSimply put, this is one of the best games of all time. Yoko Taro finally balanced an amazing story with great gameplay, making this game a masterpiece in the action RPG genre. The replay value is amazing and the pacing of the story is excellent. If you still haven’t played this game, hurry! It’s one of my personal favorites of the PS4/ONE generation. Expand
  4. May 31, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have been a fan of JRPGs since i played one of the Tales series from bamco, but never i have encountered a game that's both cool and emotional. This game perfectly express each and every moment during your gameplay, from the curiosity of entering a amusement park in a post apocalypse timeline to the last moments of your life leading to an inevitable death. IMO this is one of PlatinumGames' strenghts, since Metal Gear Rising they have hit the mark in the soundtrack, you can feel every moment as if you're living on it. In terms of storytelling, Yoko Taro may have created his greatest work in my honest opinion, the plot was perfect, the different perspective is perfect, the slight but great freedom of choice is amazing, even if its just for the joke endings still. NieR: Automata is no doubt my GOTY, Game of the Generation even. Out of the all reviewed games in metacritic, i think this game deserves to be on top of the list, this game is just to perfect to this imperfect world. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2017
    10
    Everyone should go out and get this amazing game right now. At least, try the demo! Everything about it is practically perfect from the plot,Everyone should go out and get this amazing game right now. At least, try the demo! Everything about it is practically perfect from the plot, the ambience, the music, the animation, the fighting, the RPG elements. It has almost perfect balance. Also, it is a wonderfully intelligent and thoughtful game that could actually make you laugh or even cry. It's sort of a shame that it came out at the same time as Zelda and HZD because it should not have to share the spotlight with any other game. Truly unique and amazing! Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2020
    9
    As it is part of the drakengard/drag on dragoon and Nier lore, I had to play this wonderful game. For Fans it has many references to the oldAs it is part of the drakengard/drag on dragoon and Nier lore, I had to play this wonderful game. For Fans it has many references to the old ps2 classics. If it would have more gameplay hours about the story like in Nier and Drakengard, it could be a 10 for me. Instead I got a bit disappointed getting all the various endings pretty soon. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2021
    0
    The game developer must really hate gamers! UI is a mess. it is like early PS2 era games. Old, cluttered menus deep in other menus. Combat isThe game developer must really hate gamers! UI is a mess. it is like early PS2 era games. Old, cluttered menus deep in other menus. Combat is button mashing while having no idea what is happening in the screen. Oh and saving and famous game restart and watching aaaaaall cutscenes and tutorials after each death in game prologue. Those guys in Platinium really hate gamers. :D Expand

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