Robots have taken over the world! Well not just yet entirely, however it is quite the case in one game. Deviating from the fantasy realm, Square Enix turns to the technological world of robots. Set in the same environment as Nier (PS3, Xbox 2010), Nier: Automata is a spin-off of the Drakengard series first released for the PS2 in 2003. Though the full version is yet to be released, the demo is available now across multiple platforms. The story revolves around 2B, also known as YoRHa No. 2 Model B, a female combat android and 9S or YoRHa No. 9 Model S, a male combat android. Their mission is to work hand in hand to protect humanity from machine domination. Collaborating with PlatinumGames, it appears the developers have created a sort of homage or throwback to an earlier game released in 2013, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance starring Raiden a ninja cyborg (Metal Gear Solid series). From the character designs sporting silver hair to sword play battle styles, such traits are quite noticeable in both games.
In the demo, players get immediately sucked into the post-apocalyptic era where human life is running scarce. 2B is joined by a mini robot acting as a sidekick, assisting her in battles by shooting down enemies. With her fellow comrade, 9S, the duo fights monstrous machines to cease the war between man and machine. In the final scene of the 30-minute gameplay, they are forced to battle against a giant Gundam-looking robot, when 9S goes ahead and makes an attempt to strike at the opponent. Unable to withstand the look of her injured partner, 2B lashes out at the evil automaton with all her strength, defeating it at last. The ending shows the two protagonists staring at each other in relief, as they hold two black enigmatic cubes in their hands.
Nier: Automata is an JPRG game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. The full version is scheduled to be released in February in Japan, followed by a Western release in March 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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