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- October 18, 2006
RPGFan has reviewed the action RPG NieR: Automata:
More information.NieR: Automata
In a year full of high-profile sequels and shiny new releases, NieR: Automata is a surprise. Sure, it's a sequel to a Square Enix published game, but the original NieR faired poorly in both sales and reception. We loved it here at RPGFan, and even awarded it an Editor's Choice. In fairness, NieR is a difficult game to get into — it plays awkwardly, looks stagnant, and won't suit everyone's tastes, but thematically, conceptually, and musically it's fantastic. It was entirely different to anything else on the market and is looked back on fondly by fans. NieR: Automata is the sequel we didn't expect we'd ever get. With Cavia, the developer behind the original game, now defunct, PlatinumGames has been handed the reigns with Yoko Taro still very much in charge of things. And boy, does it live up to the fans' high expectations.
NieR: Automata is a surreal and special game. It's a game that needs to be played more than once to really understand and appreciate everything it's offering. There's so much I can't tell you without ruining major parts of the plot, but as things begin to unfold, and as you reach your third and fourth playthrough, you'll start to understand what makes Automata such a wonderful experience. Its oddball tone won't always be for everyone, but if you're looking for a stellar action RPG with a provocative and thoughtful storyline, NieR: Automata should be the first and only game on your list.
- Oct 18, 2006