Why NieR: Automata Is The One Game You Must Play

Black Leather? Improbably Sized Swords? Blindfolds? NieR’s got it all!

Sterling Elson
October 2, 2020

NieR: Automata is an open-world action RPG well known for setting benchmarks for video game scoring  and storytelling. Automata can be a 30-hour game depending on your play style, but the length can be stretched for dozens of hours more. This game has fighting, comedy, and drama, all perfectly with a good story to jump into for a weekend. 

Now, let’s get into the list about why this game is a must-play for anyone. Here are six reasons to check out NieR: Automata:

  1. Visuals and Animation: The visuals of NieR can be stark, bleak, and are sometimes in black and white. However, the colour palate fits with the story and the emotions it’s meant to invoke in you. The animations in the game are perfect and every action seems complete.
  2. A Completionist’s Adventure of a Lifetime: For anyone who likes to “100%” games, this one will push you to your limits, as it contains twenty-six endings. Another thing that completionists can do to challenge themselves is collect all of the game’s weapons and learn their backstories. 
  3. The Sequel That Doesn’t Need the First Game: NieR: Automata is indeed a sequel to the first NieR game. However, you don’t need to have played the first title to understand this one. NieR: Automata has a well-balanced story that doesn’t require DLC or for you to play the first game to have a good time.
  4. An Amazing Soundtrack: The soundtrack in the background as you play is beautiful and makes even more sense the more you play. The game’s studio even joins together in a song and sings together as a way to say thank you to the player.
  5. The Game of Many Things: NieR: Automata isn’t only a fighting game. It’s also a 2-D side-scrolling game, a shoot-em-up, a text adventure, and includes many other sorts of games as well. NieR chooses many genres to give you a game that keeps it interesting, game-wise, and visually.
  6. The Ending Will Leave You Emotional for Weeks: NieR: Automata’s ending will put you questioning a lot about yourself and your philosophies. The game will give you a choice that will help other players, but in order to help the other players playing, you must give up something of yours.

To sum it up, this is a game with a story only you could get through a video game. I don’t mean to say that you can watch a playthrough: you actually need to play it. The story will take you through an adventure that will make you both feel and try, while also enjoying what the game has to offer. It can be found on Steam, the Xbox One, and the Playstation 4. 

To get a look at the game, here is a clip of NieR with a remixed song from its original soundtrack, City Ruins, created by YouTuber Sergeant Barrels.

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