NieR: Automata fails to live up to any of its potential, whether in terms of gameplay or story. With even bare mininum optimization for the PC version and some better approaches to the hacking and bullet hell shooting sections (especially for bosses) it would be in the NO THANKS caliber instead, but the mind-numbing labor of grinding through endless identical enemies pushes the experience deeper into negative territory. The lack of worthwhile characters or setpieces keeps the player searching for something fun and special to do, but the moment never comes.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild nears the point of perfection for a series that has long struggled to reclaim its former glory. Rather than overcompensating with predictable fanservice or lazily recycling elements from the past, Nintendo boldly takes the reigns and creates a world worth living in. With some better characterization and a more generous serving of music to keep us entertained it would be a faultless experience for those seeking adventure and heroism. Better yet, it’s unlikely that Nintendo will be able to deny the lessons learned from this game’s success.