NieR: Automata has, finally, been released worldwide and we’ve 10 tips and tricks to get you off to the right start.
You can watch the video version of our tips below, or read on for our best tips.
1. It’s like ten games in one…
You’re going to have to master a number of different gameplay modes in NieR: Automata, but, don’t worry, the game manages to stay true to the control scheme throughout. All you’ll really need to pay attention to is where the enemies are coming from.
2. Fight! Fight until the fighting’s done
It’s becoming increasingly popular in video games to have a stamina gauge to limit the player’s ability to fight and defend but android 2B doesn’t have that problem – in NeiR: Automata you can fight until you – or, preferably, your enemies – drop. That’s not limited to your standard attack, either – while your heavy attack may take longer to wind up, you can still use it as much as you’d like, and don’t be afraid to jump, dash and dodge while you’re at it.
3. Run or gun
Pressing the ‘Dash’ button (circle on PS4) will give 2B a swift boost to her forward momentum, but, if you hold the button down after the dash, she’ll continue to sprint forwards. As there’s no stamina gauge, 2B can sprint indefinitely but she will stop sprinting if you jump, attack or collide with another obstacle.
Perfect timing on your dodge can result in an opening for 2B to counter with a swift attack. Later on, you’ll have the opportunity to use different counters, too, but, when coupled with the fact that you can dodge to your heart’s content in NieR: Automata, there’s no reason for you not to be able to pull off the perfect dodge-counter time after time. Just don’t forget to attack once you’ve evaded the hit.
5. Exploration never goes unrewarded!
It absolutely behooves you to get out there and explore the open world in NieR: Automata. You’ll almost always be rewarded for your investigations with new items, weapons and Plug-In Chips. Not only that, but getting to experience more of NieR: Automata’s world is often reward enough.
6. Save zone
NieR: Automata doesn’t save automatically. Dotted around the world you’ll find little terminals, generally guarded by a small mob of machines. Take them out and you’ll have access to new map data and the ability to save your progress. Certain other safe areas will also allow you to save, but, whatever you do, make sure you make the most of the save zones before heading out into the wilderness.
7. Plug it in, plug it in…
Plug-in Chips are the key to making the most out of 2B. This new system of developing your character really makes the most of the fact that 2B is an android in that you can expand her memory so that she can hold more of these amazing chips. Plug-In Chips themselves can affect your prowess in combat, your resistances and even your speed. There are also chips that affect your HUD!
8. But don’t be afraid to take it out again!
As 2B’s available chip slots are limited (particularly at the beginning) and additional slots swiftly ramp up in price, you’ll need to ensure that you’re making the most out of your Plug-In Chips.
9. Difficulty curve
At any point in the game, you’re free to change the difficulty. Finding things a bit of a slog? Drop it down to Easy until you feel you’re getting the hang of it. Up for more of a challenge? Ramp things up with Hard mode. Just don’t forget that you can always change it up or down again a bit later, if you like.
10. The end is just the beginning…
When the credits roll, you may think that you’re all done. Wrong! With this being a game in the Drakengard series, that’s simply not the case. Get ready to head right back out there for more story and adventure.