Daily Rant, Video Games

Day 218: My Current Thoughts on NieR Automata

Okay, right off the bat, this isn’t a review. I am nowhere near the end of the game (is that a pun? I hope that wasn’t a pun) and I don’t even know where to place it on my game shelf (I organize it by how much I enjoy each game). This is just me talking about what I’ve noticed so far in my playthrough. That being said, there will be a few minor spoilers, so if you haven’t played through the first two hours of this game, feel free to skip this one.

That being said…

What. The. Fuck.

This is one of the most bizarre games I have ever played. Don’t misunderstand, that’s not a bad thing. But it must be said: I thought I was prepared for what this game had to offer.

And I have never been more wrong.

The moment I realized I wasn’t prepared for this game was, without a doubt, the robot orgy scene. After moving my way through sand filled tunnels filled with dead androids, I was expecting some giant super-powered monster that I would have to kill. What I wasn’t expecting was a hole bunch of robots humping one another while some other robot rocks an empty cradle back and forth.

Oh, and I’m only just getting started.

After slaughtering a few of these, they all clump together into a giant ball and, with a crack and the release of a lot of white liquid, drops a naked man devoid of any genitals. After an odd but incredibly fun boss fight, you stab him through the chest…

And another one crawls out of it, blows up the cavern, and carries his own dead body before being crushed by rubble.

Again, I must ask: What. The. Fuck.

Now, keep in mind: this game did come out last year. It’s already been talked about a whole lot, and I worked really hard to avoid all of them. I went into this game knowing practically nothing about it. All I knew was that it was a Platinum action game published by Square Enix.

Both of which are good signs for me.

Gameplay wise, I was expecting a mix of Metal Gear Rising and Final Fantasy. What I wasn’t expecting was a bullet hell shooter that then transitioned into Metal Gear Rising. I was even more surprised then to see the two merge seamlessly throughout the level, creating a bullet hell-Metal Gear Rising hybrid game.

And then they threw in robots, waifus, and a story all about existential waifu robots.

Never before in my life have I needed something so badly and not known until I’ve received it.

Now, in terms of story, that’s about all I can say. But I’m super intrigued, engaged, and mildly (okay, a bit more than mildly) creeped out. Frankly, I’m eager to get today’s post done and published so I can get back to playing it.

Mostly because I need to finish it and move on to Metroid Prime Hunters and 3.

Now, there is one more thing I wanted to talk about: the music. This game won the ‘Best Soundtrack’ award last year, beating out Persona 5, Mario Odyssey and many other worthy contenders. Before playing this game, I disagreed. I mean, come on: Persona 5’s music was an incredible 11/10.

Now I realize that an 11/10 cannot defeat a 15/10.

This game’s music is fucking incredible. Even the most mundane tracks that play while crossing the desert or forests is fucking amazing, and it only gets better when it starts to pick up. So far, I love the story, gameplay and the graphics. But Jesus Christ, the music is easily my favorite part so far.

I really like this game, at least so far. I can see where all the hype is coming from, but again: I haven’t beaten the game yet. For all I know, it could crash and burn from here on out. But I have hope that it will keep the train going and give me a good time.

And a depressing time. As well as a strange one. And a sort of creepy one on top of that.

This game is a lot of things, guys.

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