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Games of the Generation: NieR: Automata

Cultured Vultures: We're arguing that Platinum's barmy NierR: Automata is one of the most influential games of the eighth generation of consoles.

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TheOptimist41d ago (Edited 41d ago )

It is not influential I would say, because it never got as popular as some hard hitting franchises (5 million vs 10-15mil). Many developers aren't really going to take inspiration from such a game because:

1. Very few (I would argue, like 0.000001% of the populace) can write a story like that
2. It won't sell according to the shareholders.

But is definitely a medium defining piece of art. It definitely plays to the strength of games as a story-telling medium and excels in every little aspect. I loved the hell out of it and it is easily one of my games of the generation.

P_Bomb40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Sweet game that will no doubt make some more end of gen lists. Looking forward to the Replicant Remaster.

LucasRuinedChildhood40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

UNPOPULAR OPINION:
I want to enjoy this game as much as everyone else but I just can't. The story in this game peaked my interest and the soundtrack is great but the combat was way too basic for me, especially compared to Platinum's other hack and slash games like Metal Gear Revengeance and Bayonetta.

I got really bored after a few hours (played it on Hard as well) and had to gave up on it. There's no real combos that you can learn and experiment with at all. I was shocked that no major reviewer highlighted that as an issue. There's not much going on besides being able to time a dodge or equip Chips, and it's too easy.

I think I've developed very particular tastes over the last 4 or 5 years and maybe I'm not the demographic for games with this kind of combat? I don't know. Does anyone else share a similar opinion, but to a much lesser degree where the combat wasn't a deal-breaker?

P_Bomb40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

All good. Nobody has to like all the same things. Combat wise it’s been about 3 years since I played it so honestly, I don’t remember. I know it gets more hectic later in the game with more enemies and bullethell + some boss encounters that can put up a fight. I just remember laying down a lot of suppressive fire and skirting around while laying down my quicks and heavies. Maybe I’ll try it again later and get some muscle memory going.

If you’re jonesing for a lil’ deeper combat, I recommend Nioh 2 from earlier this year. I really dug the new burst counter mechanic. Nice way to turn the fear of a heavy into opportunity for a stagger.

UnSelf40d ago

talk that ish in the Colisuem on the higher levels.

Sunny1234540d ago

Its one if the best games I played this generation. What a breath of fresh air. I remember it releasing the same time as horizon zero dawn, though once I started nier, I couldn't stop until I finished it, and enjoyed it more than horizon. We need more games like this.

mgszelda140d ago

It's in my top 5 this gen

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