Nier: Automata is a new action-oriented JRPG developed by Platinum and directed by Yoko Taro. Recently released on PS4 on March 7th with a PC Steam release coming on Friday, Nier is launching within a very stellar and crowded launch window and is, unfortunately, being easily overlooked.
Having to compete with the likes of the extremely well-received Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U and Switch, which has quickly become one of the highest critically rated games ever made. Nier: Automata is struggling to keep it’s head above water. That is all without mentioning Mass Effect: Andromeda which releases later this month.
However, that hasn’t stopped reviewers and most of those who have played it, from praising the game as much as Horizon and almost as much as Zelda.
Gamespot gave Nier: Automata a “9/10” and stated, “Automata is Yoko Taro’s most exciting game to date”.
IGN gave the game an “8.9/10” and stated, “Nier: Automata is a crazy, beautiful, and highly entertaining journey full of nutty ideas and awesome gameplay. It may not include the most sensical story or compelling characters, but its frenzied combat — coupled with beautiful visuals and a stunning soundtrack – make it too much fun to pass up.”
Long-running Japanese publication, Famitsu, hold the game in high regard and gave it a “39/40”. Famitsu appoints 4 different reviewers to critique and score each game out of 10. 3 of the 4 reviewers gave the game a 10/10 with one stating, “Poetically beautiful visuals, and emotional sounds, and the stories of the androids painted with melancholy, instantly stole my heart.”
Famitsu also doesn’t give away such scores lightly. During the many decades that Famitsu has been active, they have only given 46 games this “near-perfect” score and even fewer titles have been given 40/40. According to them, this would put Nier: Automata in the same caliber as games like Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and even Super Mario 64.
Many have gone on to praise the game particularly for its soundtrack which was composed by Keiichi Okabe and Keigo Hoashi. ACG(Angry Centaur Gaming) a popular youtube critic even went as far to seemingly state “it is probably the best soundtrack this generation” as well as stating it is “[his] favourite platinum game ever” giving his recommendation to buy.
Here are some more scores from various reviews:
Videogamer.com – “9/10”
Destructoid – “9/10”
GamesRadar – “4.5/5”
CGMagazine – “10/10”
DigitallyDownloaded – “10/10”
Game Informer – “7.75/10”
Hopefully, if the PC port is at least ok, Nier will find a decent audience as it seems this isn’t one we should miss out on. Stick around for a possible review from us!