Many gamers will remember the original release of NieR: Automata back in 2017 on the PC and PS4, as it was quickly applauded for its enjoyable combat, story, sense of scale, art styles, music, and more. When a portable version titled NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition was announced in June with developer Virtuos in charge of bringing the game to the Switch, some players might have been asking if it’s worth revisiting after half a decade, or if it’s worth experiencing for the first time on a system with decidedly less power than its original consoles. It may be a fair bit uglier looking, but the ability to carry NieR: Automata The End of YorHA Edition everywhere might convince some to return and others to get their first taste of the NieR universe.
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The primary aspects introduced by original developer PlatinumGames and publisher Square Enix that made NieR: Automata popular in the first place are still present. It features a story that starts off confusing and ends with philosophical questions such as the difference between androids and robots and delves into even deeper inquiries are still there. The frenetic action RPG combat that changes slightly based on which character is being controlled remains intact. Obtaining quests and missions from a variety of sources hasn’t changed very much, if at all. All 26 endings can still be discovered through a variety of methods, including the hilarious self kills that might sneak up on players that aren’t paying attention or just want to see what happens. The switching of perspectives, from open 3D areas to 2D restricted pathways, is still an abnormal but enjoyable experience most users might never have experienced before. And 2B is still just as striking, or more, of a protagonist as any others that have come along since she was first introduced.
There might be some disappointment from longtime fans when they find the only new items are free DLC cosmetics: six new costumes,…