NieR: Automata Review Round-Up: Is the Game as Glorious as 2B?

By Melvyn Tan on Mar 7, 2017

While it's currently uncertain whether the PC version of NieR: Automata will be available in Malaysia (and other Asian countries besides Japan), the PS4 version ended up on our shores last month, with Japanese dub and English subs available to boot. Today's the date of the western release however, and so it was only last night that multiple reviews for the action-RPG started popping up.

If you've been thinking of buying the game but haven't yet, the majority of the reviews that NieR: Automata is getting might make that decision so much easier to make (hint: that decision involves emptying your wallet). Here're the reviews that we've rounded up.


DestructoidNieR: Automata is nearly as good of an RPG as it is an action game, which is a mighty tall order. It's tough to really strike that balance as many action-RPGs tend to favor one element over the other, but Platinum Games, with the help of Square Enix, has tapped into its innate ability to captivate us with combat while keeping the rest of the journey engaging.

Game Informer - Some parts of Nier: Automata genuinely thrilled and surprised me, but it is a constant exercise in sacrifice. Combat has improved compared to the original Nier, but it still isn’t fully engaging. The progression system has cool ideas, but doesn’t offer enough depth. The premise is fascinating, but it is dulled by repetition. Ultimately, tapping into the sad and unique story that flows under the surface of Nier: Automata makes these trade-offs worthwhile, but I’m disappointed by how deeply it’s buried.

GameReactor - This is Platinum's best game for a long time, with the total disaster that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan and the cancellation of Scale Bound, it feels like an important game and proof that the studio has actually mastered this genre, again. Nier: Automata is one for those who like frantic action accompanied by a heavy story. Along with some experimental camera angles, this is a wonderful package that feels both classic and modern at the same time. 

GamesRadar - While it's certainly not perfect, Nier: Automata is nonetheless a breath of fresh air that will challenge your thumbs as well as your thinking - a game with hydrocarbon heart and silicon soul that will stay with you long after you've set the controller down.

GameSpot - Thanks to Platinum Games' knack for riveting and gratifying combat, Automata is Yoko Taro's most exciting game to date. The combat mechanics click after hurdling a low learning curve, and the end result is a skillful dance where balletic dodges complement wushu-inspired aggression. Moreover, this multi-ending trip is generously peppered with surprises and revelations, as well as easter eggs that call back to the first game and the Drakengard series from which Nier spun off. It's a meaty, often exhilarating trek that showcases Platinum Games' and Yoko Taro's unique blend of genius.

iDigitalTimes - If you tend to bounce off of character action games (like Bayonetta) or struggle to get invested in the nonsensical stories common to JRPGs, NieR: Automata might not be for you. But anyone else, from casual action-RPG fans to the genre’s most diehard supporters, is doing themselves a serious disservice by skipping out on Platinum’s latest. There are already too many titles vying for gamers’ attention, and  it’s only March, but I’d make damn sure NieR: Automata isn’t one of the games you miss this year.

IGN - 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.

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A secretly eccentric college student who mostly plays shooters on PC, although his gaming interests also extend to sneaking around in sizeable environments and slashing at things. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice, and thinks that NieR: Automata's 2B is waifu material.
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