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Re: Video Games

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I just played through Nier: Automata.

I don't like writing reviews, but it's now one of my favorite games. What is it? It's a JRPG explicitly about the pointlessness of existence, and how a pair of androids cope with this ugly truth. It has everything from suicidal machines who can't find meaning to their own pain to beautiful melancholy locales. There's hope at the end, but it's bittersweet.

I normally find JRPGs infantile, but N:A is something special. There's no rush, though. You can wait for the inevitable price drop. I was lucky enough to borrow a copy from a busy friend.
Is it better to play the original Nier on Ps3 before Automata? I've recently bought a Ps3 for cheap, so I'm trying to decide whether to play the original or its spiritual successor first.
You will enjoy Nier: Automata more if you'ved played through Nier. They're both beautiful games. Keep in mind that both are tragedies. Yoko Taro, the creator, doesn't like traditional happy endings. The throwbacks to Nier in Nier: Automata have been downplayed or overlooked by critics.

Also, keep in mind that neither game is a AAA title with a huge budget, though N:A includes far better gameplay. You push through both for the story, characters, and world building.

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