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Dual Review: NieR: Automata & The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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.

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chris2351177d ago

huh? nier got to be one of THE games this gen. with so man refreshing elements it's just a jewel.

while this zelda thing must be one of the big yawns this gen. we've been playing open world adventures and rpgs for more than a decade now. in this day and age it needs more than what nintendo is able to provide.

bluefox7551177d ago

"NieR: Automata fails to live up to any of its potential, whether in terms of gameplay or story."
Lulz

TheOptimist1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

Stopped reading since "lack of set pieces"

Yeah right you want some set pieces, find some other game which takes control away from the player and is highly directed. Don't expect that in a RPG which has much more actual gameplay depth. And while Zelda is a good game, saying that Zelda has a 'generous serving of music' and not at all mentioning Nier Automata's soundtrack, this site is undoubtedly worth blacklisting.

guyman1177d ago

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."

Load of bullshit. Nier Automata absolutely nailed everything. It completely lived up to expectations. In fact, it met my expectations and exceeded it a bit. It's one hell of a ride

slappy5081177d ago

Yeah, What a goat fucker. Seriously Nier is one of my favourite games this gen, not just this year

ninsigma1177d ago

Nier was fun and a good game, not a failure for me. The soundtrack was particularly amazing. BOTW on the other hand for me started of great but quickly became un-fun. People call it a masterpiece but I highly disagree. It borrows a lot from games from last gen and the combat isn't fun. There are much better games than BOTW that wouldn't even be considered masterpieces. It's not even the best Zelda game imo. Wind Waker takes best Zelda game for me and if someone were to say THAT was a masterpiece I wouldn't be able to disagree.

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