The PS4 version of Nier:Automata has launched today in North America, while the European launch starts on March 10. Steam version is up on March 17, and you can check here to see if your PC specs are good enough.
The launch trailer does not tell us a lot about the story, but it does present the mysterious world of Nier: Automata and showcases a lot of moves that the frantic Nier battles promise to deliver. Huge bosses intersect the landscape and empty deserts of scrap heaps interchange with lush forests.
The only thing that stands out in a negative light is the voice acting. It is unpleasantly reminiscent of anime dubs which are generally inferior to the originals. Still, it is up to your preference, as the voice language can be changed in options. Interestingly enough, D. C. Douglas, of Wesker fame, is voicing one of the side characters.
Nier: Automata is a sequel to 2010’s Nier, which itself is a spin-off of the Drakengard series. Nier was an interesting game as it had different editions for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a younger main character for the PS3 version. Presumably, this was done to appeal more to the Japanese audiences for the PS3 and a western one for the Xbox 360 version.
Following the game’s release, Square Enix released two free PS4 themes in Japan last month. They are now also available on the US Playstation Store. The European PS Store is expected to have them as well, as soon as the game is out, on March 10.
If there was anything about this game that did not give off a perfectly glorious Japanese vibe, then there’s this as well – it has fishing in it.