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by Saint of Killers » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:57 pm


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by Tafdolphin » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:23 pm

Just finished my second playthrough and this has gone from good to great. No spoilers but holy moly I was not expecting that.

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by Rubix » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:40 am

Completed this now, platinum trophy although not 100% genuine (no spoilers)

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by Saint of Killers » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:23 am

Well, looks I won't be starting P5 until Saturday at the earliest :x :fp: so I may as well try and get the 'E' ending in this before then. That is *if* I can get my copy back off a work chum.

| (•_•)| S: This is the best date I've been on since my last date. PB: This is not a date.
S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by Saint of Killers » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:29 am

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S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by Rubix » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:51 pm

Saint of Killers wrote:Well, looks I won't be starting P5 until Saturday at the earliest :x :fp: so I may as well try and get the 'E' ending in this before then. That is *if* I can get my copy back off a work chum.


Do it, it rounds up the story

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by Tafdolphin » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:52 am

BAKA wrote:I have a horrible feeling this will die a death with the Switch launch, Zelda and Horizon in such a short period. :(


Thankfully not!

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nier- ... 0-6449192/

Word of mouth seems to have done it wonders. It's certainly how I came to it.

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PostRe: NieR Automata (PS4) - Platinum Games - Demo on PSN
by Tafdolphin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:45 pm

Well...strawberry float.

So, first off I finished the game. Ending E get. And it was magnificent. At the end of said ending, you are presented with a choice which anyone who's gotten that far will recognise. And...I chose to sacrifice my data.

Which made me feel good and worthy, until I realised I hadn't done half the side missions and never found the Blacksmith to upgrade any weapons to level 4. Balls. Guess I'll have to look all that up online.

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PostRe: NieR Automata (PS4) - Platinum Games - Demo on PSN
by Saint of Killers » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:59 am

Never in a million years would I have guessed *that* was ending 'E'.

The feels! (When the choir kicks in.)

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Tafdolphin wrote:Well...strawberry float.

So, first off I finished the game. Ending E get. And it was magnificent. At the end of said ending, you are presented with a choice which anyone who's gotten that far will recognise. And...I chose to sacrifice my data.

Which made me feel good and worthy, until I realised I hadn't done half the side missions and never found the Blacksmith to upgrade any weapons to level 4. Balls. Guess I'll have to look all that up online.


Are you playing on PS4 and do you have PS+? Your previous cloud save may be intact.

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S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by Tafdolphin » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:38 pm

Nope, PC.

In a way is good, got a shitload of games to get through, so I'll come back to this after I'm done!

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by Death's Head » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:22 am

How long does a play through take? Wondering as some of you have multiple play throughs.

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by Saint of Killers » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:15 am

Death's Head wrote:How long does a play through take? Wondering as some of you have multiple play throughs.


Dunno, not very long? (Hopefully someone else can you give a more specific answer.) I mean, according to howlongtobeat.com, a completionist run takes close to 55 hours. You don't need to 100% the game to see all the main endings. (Endings A, B, C, D, and E.) Play nothing but main missions in your first playthrough until fast travel is unlocked, after this it will always be available (bar a handful of story specific moments) and so will help cut down on your play time.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:57 am

Death's Head wrote:How long does a play through take? Wondering as some of you have multiple play throughs.


"Playthrough" in this context is...not what it usually means. To complete the game took me about 33 hours. However, my first playthrough took about 15.

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by Saint of Killers » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:11 am

Tafdolphin wrote:
Death's Head wrote:How long does a play through take? Wondering as some of you have multiple play throughs.


"Playthrough" in this context is...not what it usually means. To complete the game took me about 33 hours. However, my first playthrough took about 15.


Trust me to leave out the most important point :fp: Yeah, that.

Do not let the second playthrough colour your judgement too much as to what will come next. Unless you're being *utterly* bored by it all, keep on going.

| (•_•)| S: This is the best date I've been on since my last date. PB: This is not a date.
S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by Death's Head » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:50 am

Not bought it. Curious about it but weighing up my time vs the multiple play throughs being mentioned here.

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by Saint of Killers » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:19 am

Death's Head wrote:Not bought it. Curious about it but weighing up my time vs the multiple play throughs being mentioned here.


I hadn't assumed you'd bought it. You may also want to add it being one of the most unique experiences available to your time vs multiple playthroughs weighing up process.

I did most of the sidequests in my first playthrough and then zoomed through the rest. Obtaining the five endings doesn't last all that long at all. (Example: I came back to the game yesterday morning. I hadn't done playthrough D and E, and I'd guessed getting them would take a day or two. I did both in less than an hour. Would have been even quicker had I not been so stubborn on one of them.)

| (•_•)| S: This is the best date I've been on since my last date. PB: This is not a date.
S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by Death's Head » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:57 am

Saint of Killers wrote:I hadn't assumed you'd bought it. You may also want to add it being one of the most unique experiences available to your time vs multiple playthroughs weighing up process.



Interested, but there are quite a few PS4 games I'd like to get but haven't got round to yet. I think I will forget about this one unfortunately (until it is cheap in a deal).

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by Saint of Killers » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:17 pm

Play it down the line whenever you're able to, as it's definitely a game worth checking out.

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S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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by jiggles » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:21 am

Wrapped up endings C, D and E yesterday. I haven't played a Yoko Taro game before, so I imagine I could only pick up on the surface detail, but man.

I'd say that one of my biggest fears in life is ending up with dementia. I've had to deal with a lot of stress and overload in the past decade that has taken a noticeable toll on my ability to remember things. I forget names and faces in a way that I never did before, some of my extended family (cousins, aunts, uncles) are just gone at this point. Worse still is that I notice it happening, which has made me consider if not knowing I used to remember things better would be sweet release. If I ended up with severe dementia, would not being able to recognise the people I love be blissful ignorance of the problem, or would it be a fate worse than death? It's a situation I hate to think about.

I haven't read any spoiler-filled assessments of the game's themes yet, so I might be off-base, but NieR: Automata, to me, is a game about this question. It's a game about memory, and specifically, its degradation and loss. From the very opening, it's clear that 2B and 9S place the utmost value in their memories. Their bodies are disposable, and it's the memories that define them. The A ending highlights this further by having 9S transfer his memories to the machine network and become one of them. He's still 9S, but he's no longer a 9S. But this also means that the loss of memories is the loss of the person.

The Wandering Couple sidequest ends with a dark revelation. In a pseudo-suicide pact, they agree to both be wiped clean to forget all their hardships and live in ignorance, but trusting to fate that they will again fall in love and be together. The husband goes first, but the wife refrains, revealing they'd been through this many times before, and that she always clears his memories while retaining her own, because he's easier to manage when he can't remember the bad times.

In the C playthrough, Pascal sees his village destroyed and all the children kill themselves. He asks you to either make him forget or kill him, to rid him of the heartache. While on the surface this seemed like a simple request to make the pain stop, the deeper question is really "is it better to lose all your memories than it is to die?". For me, this was a rough choice. Yes, Pascal is better off without the trauma, but is he better off without his good memories? Is he still even Pascal after that? I don't know, but I wiped him because I selfishly didn't have the heart to let him go. Later, I found him stood among the corpses of his dead friends, blissfully unaware, and selling off the children's cores for a quick buck. He was happy, but he couldn't remember anyone he cared for. I was crushed.

When the endings rolled around, it hammered home the futility of YoRHa's existence. Reliving the same things over and over while getting your memories erased at the end each time. Everything ultimately being meaningless, and that final gut-punch comes where I find myself asking "what is the point in life if you can't remember it?"

And then the game turns into an arcade shooter. A distraction. A toy that explodes with sound and light to entertain. Forget that existential question, here's a game to play to make you have fun. That's why you're here, right? That's what you've been doing these past 30 hours? Look at all these encouraging messages! You can do it! You're enjoying yourself now. Isn't that all that matters?

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PostRe: NieR Automata (PS4) - Platinum Games - Demo on PSN
by Saint of Killers » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:50 am

Thank you for writing that, Jiggles.

| (•_•)| S: This is the best date I've been on since my last date. PB: This is not a date.
S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)

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