Wow, the PlayStation 4's on some run, eh? While many would argue the platform got off to a slow start – it's not necessarily a sentiment we agree with – it's unquestionably finding its feet these days, with the early half of 2017 bringing a cavalcade of exclusive content. And one of those titles is NieR Automata, the sequel to an oft-overlooked PlayStation 3 action RPG. But is it any good? Oh boy… You may need to sit down.
This is being developed by Platinum Games in collaboration with Square Enix, and all of the hallmarks of the cult Japanese developer are plain to see. The controls are quick and fluid, while the combat feels uber-responsive. You control a character called 2B, an android in her favourite LBD. Story-wise it seems brutally anime thus far, but it's the frenetic gameplay that's clearly going to be the draw here. And it rocks.
A little like Furi earlier in the year, the title blends bullet hell with traditional character action. This means that you can strike with your sword, but also weave through patterns of deadly orbs and return fire using a drone that flies above your shoulder. Sometimes the game will pull out into a 2.5D perspective or even a Super Stardust Ultra-esque isometric viewpoint, and this completely changes your approach.
With quest lists, items to collect, and an entire open world, too, this is sounding like quite the proposition. But Platinum Games diehards need not worry that the studio's insanity may be diluted due to the introduction of so many other elements; the boss fight in the demo that's available to download from the PlayStation Store right now ticks all of the boxes, pitting you against a humongous industrial robot that's partially perched in the ocean.
While a PC release is also planned at some point in 2017, this is a reminder that the PS4 really is the platform to own next year. Between this, Nioh, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Yakuza Zero, and Gravity Rush 2, it really is shaping up to be a stellar start to the year. And that's just the Japanese games. If Santa's bringing you any money this Christmas, you may want to pop it to one side – it's going to be an expensive 12 months, we suspect.
What did you think of the NieR Automata demo? Will you be adding this to your 2017 wishlist? Return fire in the comments section below.
I will get the demo when I get home.
@sinalefa It's worth the download. I did capture a full playthrough for those who don't want to grab the demo, though.
You can watch that here:
Ah didn't see this when I posted on the forum. Either way, it's number one on my radar after playing the demo.. Love this kind of game. Loved the soundtrack too!
My only gripe is the top down camera sections, felt weird and couldn't manage my jumps properly
100% must own.
@sinalefa See, I told ya, demos are good. Play the Gravity Rush 2 demo too if you can. I played it awhile back and it was really good, Bayonetta 3 good.
Is there any connection between this game and the first? I need me some Grimoire.
Demos are good when I want the game, as they are like previews. I have yet to find a demo that has convinced me to get a game I didn't think I wanted. They usually make me avoid the game, saving me some money in the process.
I also want the GR2 demo, and the first one is in my backlog. @JaxonH thinks that game made you pull the trigger on the PS4, I insist it was the price that got you.
Cool, downloading it along with both Gravity Rush 2's and Valkyria Azure Revolution's (JPN) demos now.
Loved the demo. Bit of church organ music in an arrangement gets me every time and the ending just leaves you wanting more. Now on the 'to get' list.
It definitely looks awesome and I'll buy it day One. Though, like said once before, I don't think the game will remain as a PS4 exclusive for a long time since Square are considering an XBO port (probably). I know it all depends on the sales but seeing how everyone are extremely positive towards the game, no doubt the game will be a big seller, especially with Persona 5 delayed to April.
Just finished the demo for this. Love the rock solid framerate, Bayonetta-esque gameplay, and the wonderful, moody music. The game is a bit visually bland, though. Bayonetta 2 looked nicer, and that was on drastically weaker hardware.
Probably not a day one buy for me, but it definitely has my interest now, which is a step up from my previous apathy toward this title.
'Timed Console Exclusive'.
I'm sure it'll be good. If it's anything like Bayonetta I love it.
This has unfortunately fallen way down my list. The marketing has been kinda shady. First a PS exclusive, added a same day PC release and are on record that they'll put it on XB1 if sales are good. It's also [email protected] on OG PS4.
I'll get it down the line like I do with all my multiplats. I also want to buy less games in the new year. Only finished about 1/3 of the games I bought in 2016.
Much more excited for Nioh.
RE7 isn't an exclusive, guys. Like...not at all.
Give PlatinumGames enough time and money to fully develope a game and you'll always get a masterpiece.
@Fight_Teza_Fight Yeah, if squareenix want to port it to pc just tell us from the beginning rather than say it's a ps4 exclusive, then pc also got it, then maybe xbox1 will get it too, it's weird.
But since I like bayonetta 2 and nier story (watch it on youtube) I want to try this game.
This was already on my radar but it's now jumped to the top of my most wanted (along with many others!)
I love Bayonetta (the second one is in my all time top ten) and I generally like Square Enix JRPGS but this demo bored me to tears: too many pointless enemies and not many combat options though it definitely feels like a very dumbed down Bayonetta.
What totally kills this for me is the color palette and art direction, I really don't want to spend 30-50 hours looking at all these subdued browns and greys...this world doesn't pull me in at all.
Finished the demo last night, liked it. The movement and combat are smooth. The soundtrack was really good. On my watch list.
Mixed feelings about this one. Loved the way it combines three different genres, and the gameplay is really good, but I'm quite disappointed from the visuals. It really looks like a PS3 game, and the colour pallette isn't doing it any favours either. Bayonetta 2 was a gorgeous game, and it was running on a Wii U. I'm hoping there will be a bit more variety in the final game.
@wiiware Yh I feel like that was always the plan. The original didn't sell well apparently, but it did release on XB360. Announcing it as a PS exclusive certainly brought attention to this game and I'm sure its going to sell far better than the original. Marketing.
@JoeBlogs I agree, but I do think that this is a result of pushing more out of the Pro. Build to the Pro than downscale.
I wonder if a remaster of the first game is in the works too. I have it for ps3 but I just don't want bro go back to my ps3 lol. Lazy, I know
@readyletsgo Just watch the story on youtube, the first nier has good story, character, and atmosphere but the gameplay is not good.
@sajoey I didn't say it was.
On the upside, maybe if the Switch does well we'll get a version for that console along with an Xbone port. This game sure doesn't look like it's pushing the PS4 hardware at all.
@wiiware good idea! Thanks
I'll have to download the demo, give it a shot. After 5 DMC games, bayonettas, and transformers, i feel like i'm a bit burnt out on the platinum formula, but hey, free demo.
Gameplay's pretty interesting, changing from hack and slash > top to down twin stick shooter > side-scrolling platformer > flying shooter but the grunt enemies get pretty boring after a while.
I do however quite like the character design for B2. I love Akihiko Yoshida's artwork as he's one of my favorite game character designers. I think he's also designing the characters for GranBlue Fantasy which is also developed by Platinum Games.
It's about time PS4 got a proper Platinum exclusive... heck even a proper Platinum game at all for that matter. Wii U got Bayonetta 2 and Wonderful 101, Xbox One has Scalebound, and PS4 gets Nier Automata. I'm also interested in Granblue Fantasy, which I hear is coming to VR? It better. I want RPG on VR.
After downloading and finishing the demo, this game goes from "I'll buy it sometime after launch" to "how much is the special edition going to cost me in my country", it's really good, the movement, the action and the character & boss design.
Update: if you swipe the touchpad on ps4, yorha 2b pet his little robot, nice touch
@JaxonH I agree, Platinum Games really owe PlayStation fans one after the PS3 port of Bayonetta.
I know there was Transformers and TMNT... but let's be honest. Those games sucked and were definitely not from one of their A teams.
This game here... this is a real Platinum game.
Quite enjoyed this, as referenced above, very Bayonetta.
Be interested to see more as i assume this is an early, if not the very first level... So along as the enemies are varied enough, i can take the relatively bland gfx, although in the confines of the world, it does suit the game....
Will be watching this with great anticipation.
@sinalefa I only bought a PS4 to freak out Sammy.
I was honestly going to buy 1 when U4 came out, but they didn't have any good deals in the US, UK got a 1TB HDD w/ the overpriced artwork. Then I was going to buy 1 for FFXV Sept 30th, but well delays.
I would have bought 1 last Christmas if not for my $80 XCX Collectors Ed. I really wanted that game. I'm pretty sure if that game had been delayed to Switch in the West I would have had a PS4 last Christmas.
Two typesof games - those i buy a system for - U4, FFXV - and those I'll buy if I have a system already. GR2 is the later.
@JaxonH Transformers was awesome, my friend!
ehhhhhhhh.... Well I know it was a great game for anyone who grew up or is into Transformers, and the combat was still solid as ever... but speaking purely as a P* game it was more Korra than Bayonetta. As someone who's not big into Transformers, I lost interest half way through the game. The only 3 P* games that lost my interest before finishing them.
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