NieR Automata is set in a world where humans and machines are engaged in a long running war to claim Earth, a war that has forced humanity to flee to the Moon. Fighting on the human’s side are the Androids that are the main focus of Automata, with the three playable characters 2B, 9S and A2 all being androids with their own purpose and abilities. Despite the lack of humans in NieR Automata, the three androids and their supporting cast all have distinct motivations, emotions and missions that ironically make it feel like one of the most emotional games I’ve played this year and I was fascinated by each main character in some way from start to finish. If you want all your thoughts about the humanity of humans, androids and machines challenged, NieR Automata will do it in its first 10 hours and drive that point home for another 20 until its true final credits roll, with plenty of conflict stemming from very powerful thoughts about the state of the world and existentialism.
I did at first), but I really like the way that each ending did create a satisfying end to Automata, while still making the true ending the best one.
The world of NieR Automata also provides lore and replayability for those who want to dive even deeper in the fascinating world. Since I found replaying Automata to get its true ending more essential than postgame content usually is, what I now have left over after that are weapon stories, some less essential endings and quests to better get to know the world NieR. Although I want to leave these until after I’ve played the original NieR and Drakengard games as some of the side quests have nods to previous titles in the NieR universe, I like feeling like there’ll be something waiting to enrich my time in its world after I'm done. With a universe as unique as NieR’s, it's great to have reasons to come back to it even after 5 endings.
I need a figure of those little machines by the way. Just saying.
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