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Nier: Automata’s Impressive Arsenal

Platinum Games is known for its action gameplay (the Bayonetta series), and the new trailer for Nier: Automata shows that off quite well, giving a look at protagonist 2B's weapon prowess.

There are four weapon types in the game: small swords, large swords, spears, and combat bracers, and these can be switched up mid-attack depending on what you need. Combine this with 2B's light, heavy, and charged attacks – as well as ranged support from her aerial Pod – and she becomes unstoppable.

Nier: Automata comes out on March 7 for the PS4. For another look at the game, check out this previous combat trailer.

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Nier: Automata Trailer Focuses On The Fight For Mankind

Square Enix and Platinum Games have teamed up to bring a sequel to 2010's Nier, a bizarre RPG that gained a cult following. The sequel, Nier: Automata, continues the wackiness of the first in a post-apocalyptic setting. Recently, a new trailer was unveiled for the upcoming game.

This teaser puts emphasis on grandiose battles and contrasts them with dramatic moments. Nier: Automata stars protagonists 2B and 9S, who are androids sent to fight off hostile machines on Earth in an attempt to save mankind.

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Nier: Automata releases for PlayStation 4 on March 7. – The Feed

NieR: Automata PS4 Demo Available Now

NieR: Automata, the sequel to the cult darling NieR, now has a demo available on PS4. You can access the demo by searching for it on the PlayStation Store.

You can read our review of the original game here as well as a piece by fellow editor Andrew Reiner defending its interesting qualities.

Nier: Automata is out on March 7 for PS4. It will come to PC at a later date.

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Sqaure Enix Announces Nier: Automata Availability On PC

Sqaure Enix has announced that post-apocalyptic RPG Nier: Automata will be launching on PC through Steam as well as the originally planned PlayStation 4 launch.

Nier: Automata is the follow up to 2010 title Nier, and tells the story of androids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they fight to reclaim a world currently over-run by machines. Some recorded gameplay of the title surfaced back in April during a Square Enix event, and we even got some hands-on time the game and developer Platinum Games during E3 2016. 

Although there's no specific release date for Nier: Automata, Square Enix says PlayStation 4 and now PC users can expect its arrival sometime in early 2017. – The Feed

Platinum Games’ Nier: Automata Channels The Action Of Bayonetta

Square Enix's Nier: Automata, a sequel to the 2010 role-playing game Nier, takes place in a dystopian world ravaged by a proxy war between humans and robots. We spoke with Platinum Games and had a brief hands-on session with the upcoming action RPG to see the game in action.

In Nier: Automata, mechanical enemies have overrun Earth. Humans have left the planet, outside of The Resistance, a group of humans who stayed behind to fight off the robotic enemies. You play as 2B and her companion 9S, both of whom are androids that are aiding the humans to fight off the hostiles. 

"As an overarching story, the machine lifeforms in this world start to act a little weird, a little different. So that’s when 2B and 9S start to get involved," says Nier director Yoko Taro.

The demo begins at a settlement camp for The Resistance, which is surrounded by crumbling concrete and NPCs huddling around campfires. Here, you can upgrade your weapons and buy items. Game designer Takahisa Taura explains that Nier is being created by the "younger generation" at Platinum Games. "They really try to get that feeling of our previous in this game, as well," he said. Even the strange mix of genres that appeared in the predecessor, from horror elements to a brief section taking the form of a text adventure, is a concept that the team is hoping to bring to the new game.

Nier: Automata features an open world that progressively becomes more explorable as the story progresses. Two of the areas I was shown, a barren desert and a grassy, post-apocalyptic looking city, are connected to one another. You can walk from one area to the next seamlessly.

Nier: Automata's combat feels much smoother than its predecessor, and Platinum Games' influence is instantly recognizable with a flow that feels similar to Bayonetta. In the short, three minute time trial I play, I am tasked with having to defeat as many robotic enemies in the elapsed time as possible. Playing as 2B, I swiftly evade oncoming attacks by holding down R2, and switch between spiked gauntlets that are perfect for melee attacks, and a powerful Katana on the fly. You can also switch these weapons for other ones, as well. Similar to the last game, both heavy and light attacks can be used.

A new addition is a small robot hovering above 2B's head at all times. This pod is controllable, such as using it to aim and shoot bullets at enemies. 2B can also latch onto it to float above enemies, and you can simultaneously attack foes while in the air. "For those that are not really comfortable with shooters, we have a lock-on feature so you can lock onto enemies and it will automatically shoot in that direction," says Taura.

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Certain unique enemy attacks from the last game return, like the rows of dangerous red bubbles being shot at you. Some foes have shields that deflect your pod's bullets, but you can use melee strikes to break them down. There are also tall, colossal enemies with multiple layers to their bodies, which must be destroyed before they can be killed.

With a more refined, action-oriented combat system, Nier: Automata plays well, without sacrificing its RPG roots. Nier: Automata releases for PlayStation 4 in early 2017. – The Feed

Nier: Automata Gameplay Surfaces, But Might Not Be Live For Long

New Nier: Automata gameplay has emerged on YouTube from the Square Enix event from yesterday, NieR Music Concert and Talk Live. All footage was live streamed through a paid live stream broadcast that was limited to those who purchased tickets, therefore the YouTube video below may be only available for a short period of time before Square pulls it offline.

The video was uploaded by YouTuber Xenosaga7, and you can view it down below. Because the video of gameplay footage was captured during the live stream, the quality is significantly lower, but keep in mind that this is in no way representative of the finalized game's frame rate.

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Nier: Automata is expected to release at some point this year for PlayStation 4. For more on Square Enix live streams, you can watch the archived stream of Star Ocean from last month here.

Thanks to our moderator Nightcrawlerash13 for the news tip.

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Square Enix Shows Off Platinum Games’ Nier: Automata Gameplay

We haven’t heard much about Square Enix’s new Nier title since its announcement at E3, but Paris Games Week brings a nice surprise. A new trailer features Platinum’s high-flying gameplay and new details about the game.

Nier: Automata stars an infantry android named 2B, who fights with both sword and gunfire from her “pod.” The story centers around an otherworldly invasion, as the attackers deploy machines of war around the world. 

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2B is part of the squad designed to fight the invaders, leading to machine-on-machine conflict. You can check out the gameplay trailer above and our coverage from E3 2015 here. – The Feed

Video: Nier director discusses making weird games for weird people

At GDC 2014 Taro Yoko, director of games like Nier and the Drakengard series, talked about the process he uses to create worlds and stories that get noticed and foster dedicated fans. …

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Cult Classics – Nier

On those rare occasions where I find myself not wanting to play any new games, I retreat to my library to look for a title I’d consider playing again, or never got around to playing when it originally released. There are also games like Dragon Age 2 that I started, shelved, started again, shelved, but never finished. I’m determined to finish it before Dragon Age 3 comes out. For whatever reason, it’s my Kryptonite – and this is coming from someone who routinely finishes some of the lowest scoring games each month.

Once my eyes gloss over during one of Dragon Age 2’s story sequences, my mind often drifts to other games I could be playing. These titles are usually monster hits, like BioShock, Left 4 Dead, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Red Dead Redemption. I also find myself contemplating playing Nier, a little-known RPG developed by Cavia and published by Square Enix in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In Nier, players step into a distant future where humanity is on the brink of extinction. The world is overrun with creatures known as Shades. These vile beasts roam the land, eliminating all life they see. They appear from thin air and take on many forms, some in the shape of humanoids or familiar beasts.

You play the role of a father (named by you), who is seeking a cure for his daughter, Yonah. Her blood is contaminated with an ancient disease that produces black tattoo-like runes across her skin. People call this illness the Black Scrawl.

The game begins with you racing to save her life. What lengths will a father would go to to save his girl? You'll find out as this emotional tale unfolds. With the help of a magical talking book, calling itself Grimoire Weiss, you take the battle to the Shades and anyone else who stands in your way, even humans.

This is a hell of a build up, and the story that follows stays strong, even after snaking unpredictably through many twists and turns.

When I reviewed Nier, I said that it “held my attention for over 30 hours,” yet I was quick to point out that I spent half of that time walking. Fast travel becomes available later in the game, but it's not enough to cut down the amount of time spent running across plains, exploring vast dungeons, and completing errands for villagers. In addition to doubling as a walking simulator at times, Nier runs into problems with some of its side content and puzzles, such as having to read pages of text to solve a strange riddle. That's not fun. As I said in my review, “Nier just needed an editor to cut the fat out of an otherwise excellent game.”

When Nier is firing on all cylinders, its combat satisfies, and is capable of dishing out 100-hit combo strings uniting powerful sword strikes with crazy magic. Your character isn’t the only one doing the fighting. Grimoire Weiss lends a hand…er…page to unload fireballs and demonic slashes. Other companions join your cause, too. Like the feisty Kaine, whose banter with Grimoire Weiss is clever and entertaining to watch. The game offers a robust selection of enemy types, many pushing the player to approach them in different ways – whether it’s full-on combo flurries, stun approaches, or picking away slow from a defensive posture.

Some of the gameplay sequences force unwanted camera switches on the player (such as Zelda-like isometric views for puzzle solving), but these moments are few and far between in a game that offers a wealth of variety in its gameplay. Fishing, farming, boar riding, platforming, and several other diversions are included. I got a kick out of most of them. Weapon upgrading and leveling up are a part of the picture, as well. The gamer offers plenty to get swept up in. And let's not forget the wonderful soundtrack, which has been turned into four official albums. 
The more I talk about Nier, the more I want to play it. I’ve already played through it twice (something that is required if you want to soak in the full story), and will probably give it a third look over this extended Memorial Day weekend. If you’re looking for a lengthy story loaded boiling with intrigue, give it a try, unless you can’t stand extensive overworld exploration and fetch quests. The game is loaded with this stuff.

The Nier video below is from Game Informer's Extra-Life Marathon. Ben Reeves provides abstract commentary to Nier while former Game Informer intern O'Dell Harmon tries to keep things on track:

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GoldenEye And Nier Highlights From Our Extra-Life Marathon

This past weekend we gamed for 24 straight hours, earning over $ 10,500 for hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. We let big donators choose which games we would play during the livestream as a thank you. For your enjoyment, we're posting our slappers-only GoldenEye multiplayer match and Nier session.

Reminder: It's not too late to donate to Extra Life.

Game Informer associate editor Tim Turi, video producer Ben Hanson, intern O'Dell Harmon, and former intern/Extra Life coordinator Jack Gardner are rudely reminded that GoldenEye has aged quite poorly:

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Ben Reeves provides abstract commentary to Nier while O'Dell tries to keep things on track:

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You can also watch the entire 24-hour marathon by visiting our TwitchTV channel. – The Feed