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Game of the Year: Vanquish

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Adam Saltsman knows a few things about movement in video games. As the game designer behind Canabalt, he arguably created the endless runner genre that now dominates mobile phones. So when Saltsman calls Vanquish the “Speed Racer of video games” in an epic piece of games criticism, you should pay attention. Now that Vanquish is available on PC, I’m not quite convinced it stands up to the one film so far that’s been amazing and reality-warping enough to earn a Game of the Year award. However, Platinum’s blistering Japanese action take on the Western third-person shooter is still slick, stylish, surreal, and superb enough to take home a Game of the Year award…


NieR: Automata Reaches 1.5 Million Copies Sold

Released earlier this year for PlayStation 4 and PC, NieR: Automata has moved more than 1.5 million copies, Square Enix announced today. Back in early April, it had crossed one million. “Over 1.5 million copies of #NieR:Automata have been shipped & sold digitally worldwide!” They wrote on Twitter. “Thank YOU for your support, we’re a bit overwhelmed!” As part of their latest financial briefing, Square Enix said NieR: Automata generated sales “significantly above our plan.” In a recent interview with Kotaku, Director Yoko Taro was asked if there’s something he wished other game developers would stop doing. “It would help me if they would stop creating games. Having less competition would make it easier for me to do business,” he replied. Asked the same question about players, he said, “I’d like for them to stop saying things like ‘shut up old hag!’ to their moms and others.” The first DLC pack for NieR: Automata, 3C3C1D119440927, is $13.99 USD and includes new coliseums and sub-quests. Did you help NieR: Automata reach 1.5 million? [Source: NieR, NieR Game, Kotaku] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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'Life Is Unfair': A Q&A With Nier: Automata's Director

Nier: Automata is both a wild action game and an introspective look at the things that make us human. We corresponded with director Yoko Taro via e-mail to talk about the game’s themes, what goes into writing memorable characters, and what he’d like video game players to stop doing. Here, in full, is our Q&A: SPOILERS AHEAD Heather Alexandra:  Nier took inspiration from September 11th and the War on Terror. Were there any real world events that guided your writing for Nier: Automata? Advertisement Yoko Taro: I wasn’t directly thinking about it but, looking back, I do feel like I may have been influenced by the changes that were happening in the world. For example, changes from “reason to emotion” and “objective to subjective,” which are represented by “President Trump being elected” and “the UK leaving the EU.” The fact that I’ve aged must be related to it somehow as well. Alexandra: What would you consider to be the main theme of Nier: Automata? Taro: Since I believe that themes in video games are something that players should find out themselves, I have not specified one. However, I do think that the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Vanquish PC Glitch Makes Players Take More Damage At Higher Framerates

I just got done spending some time with Vanquish’s newly released PC version, and it’s a solid port. Looks sharp, moves well, and offers an acceptable array of graphics options. There’s just one problem: it has a really, really strange graphics bug. First reported by Wesker on NeoGAF, the bug essentially causes you to take more damage—almost immediately forcing you into “oh shit, oh shit” slow-mo mode—if your framerate is above 30 FPS. Check out these GIFs. This one’s at 30 FPS: GIF This one’s at 60 FPS: GIF In the first, noted cigarette and whiskey connoisseur Sam Gideon can take significantly more damage (and even stumble a little) before entering “you’re gonna die if you don’t get the fuck out of here” mode. In the second, it takes only a couple light taps to send Sam to the flashing red rave we all attend before we die. Advertisement Advertisement I tried this out on my own PC, and the results were similar. I could take markedly more damage playing at framerates closer to the game’s originally READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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NieR: Automata Developer PlatinumGames Teasing New IP

NieR: Automata studio PlatinumGames confirmed at this year’s BitSummit that it’s working on a new IP. Producer Atsushi Inaba teased the announcement during a keynote but remained secretive about it. According to IGN, Inaba described the yet-to-be-revealed title as “formless” but did say that a new Director is working on the project. Additionally, we’re told that Platinum isn’t sure if it will continue with its release pace of launching a new game every year. The studio suffered a bit of a setback earlier this year due to the high-profile cancellation of its Xbox-exclusive, Scalebound. CEO Kenichi Sato said that the team was disappointed by the development and promised to continue delivering high-quality games. Microsoft recently renewed its Scalebound trademark, giving birth to speculations that the project may still see the light of day. Platinum’s recent release, NieR: Automata, launched worldwide in March to critical acclaim. We’ll update our readers when we have more information. In the meantime, let us know what you’re hoping to see next from the studio. [Source: IGN] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


NieR: Automata Gets Discounted to $45 for Limited Time on Amazon

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Pretending To Be Yoko Taro Is Hard Work 

Is Yoko Taro really going to take off that mask and reveal his face? Nope! That isn’t the mysterious Yoko under the Nier mask, but Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya. Advertisement Yoko helmed Nier: Automata, of course, with Platinum developing the game. Kamiya agreed to appear on the title’s most recent live stream at Square Enix Cafe. However, he was hidden under the mask for a good twenty minutes, pretending to be the mysterious game designer—and doing a humorous job gesturing as the real Yoko spoke off camera. Then, the food came, so the other team members agreed that it was time for him—Yoko Taro—to take off his mask and show himself. They asked people if they really wanted to see what was under that covered mug. And then he pulled off the mask, revealing… Hideki Kamiya. “Nice to meet you, I’m the director of Nier: Automata, Yoko Taro,” Kamiya said. For a split second, it didn’t quite sink in! So Kamiya put on his sunglasses. Advertisement About the mask-wearing experience, Kamiya said, “You can totally enter your own world [while wearing the mask].” “For me, this kind of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


NieR: Automata Gets a Battle Trailer, Trophy List Revealed

[embedded content] In the new NieR: Automata trailer today, titled Arsenal of Elegant Destruction, Square Enix introduces the weapon types, combo system, and battle mechanics. “The game will feature four weapon types available to protagonist 2B (small swords, large swords, spears and combat bracers) that can be switched mid-combo to maximize 2B’s range of abilities and effectiveness,” they said. “Players can also unlock a diverse arsenal of weapons and upgrades to the player’s Pod support system to enhance their gameplay.” Thanking you for playing and rewarding you for viewing the final credits, the full NieR: Automata Trophy list has been revealed by Exophase. We removed potentially story-spoiling Gold and Bronze Trophies, but we left all other Trophies (including the Silver ones for achieving the different endings), so be aware of potential spoilers ahead: Platinum Final Words – Thank you for playing. Gold The Minds That Emerged – View the final credits. Silver One Battle Ends – Achieve ending A. A New Battle Begins – Achieve ending B. Leaving for the New World – Achieve 9S’s ending. Beautiful World – Achieve A2’s ending. Cherish Our Resources – Have 100 bodies collected. The Mercenary – 80% of all quests completed. Weapons Maniac – All READ…


NieR: Automata Producer Explains Why there Are No Plans for an Xbox One Version at the Moment

In a new statement, Saito talks about the unlikelihood of an Xbox One version of the game after previously stating that he would consider the possibility. …Read More The post NieR: Automata Producer Explains Why there Are No Plans for an Xbox One Version at the Moment by Logan Moore appeared first on DualShockers.


Square Enix Releases Strange NieR: Automata Pre-Order Video, Says It Has No Plans for Xbox One Release

[embedded content] NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro has a “special message” for fans in Europe. When you pre-order the game, you’ll receive a t-shirt. Pretty straightforward, eh? Except the promotional video above just becomes kind of weird. After announcing the pre-order bonus, Taro hands his mic to Platinum Games’ designer, Taura Takahisa, then proceeds to tackle him, take off his t-shirt and roll over on the ground in excitement, shouting “Shit, Square Enix!” and repeating “NieR: Automata t-shirt!” several times. Interesting. We’re not sure if this is going to encourage anyone to pre-order the game but as of now, the offer only seems to be available at participating retailers in Europe including Amazon UK. In related news, producer Yosuke Saito has told Express UK that the developers have no plans to release NieR: Automata on Xbox One primarily because Microsoft’s console doesn’t have a strong market in Japan. He also said that working on a single console gives the team the added benefit of remaining more focused and ensuring a high quality product. The main reason for this is that the Japanese market for Xbox One is not strong, so the decision was made to focus on PlayStation 4 rather than to READ…


Here’s 29 Minutes of NieR: Automata Gameplay

[embedded content] In the latest episode of PlayStation Underground, the PlayStation Blog sat down with members of Square Enix to play NieR: Automata on PlayStation 4. During the 29-minute gameplay video, you’ll get to see the Android resistance camp, early open-world gameplay, and some combat (beginning at 3:25). Over on the PS Blog, Square Enix Marketing Lead Francis Santos offered up some details on the open world and backstory of NieR: Automata: The world is in ruins, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden caches strewn across the harsh, dystopian landscapes. The game is open world, and with double jumps, mid-air dashes, and super speed, 2B can reach heights and treasures that no mere human ever could. Mankind has fled to the moon… but life is not completely gone. Yes, don’t forget about the wildlife that inhabits Earth! Using special items to lure them, you can mount creatures to traverse the world and even attack your foes until they’re scrap metal. If you die in NieR: Automata, your memory and data are uploaded into a new body. If you return to the spot of your death, you can either retrieve the body for a bonus or attempt to repair it. Santos adds, “If players attempt READ FULL…

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HMV Japan presents their Nier: Automata Loppi HMV pre-order deal

As the most of you probably already know by now, Platinum Games upcoming action/RPG “Nier: Automata” is now less than two weeks away from release in Japan (February the 23rd, for the PS4 to be exact), and the North American and Europe release isn´t all that far away in time either (NA gets the game on the 7th of March, and Europe… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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HMV Game Japan presents their Nier: Automata Loppi HMV pre-order deal

As the most of you probably already know by now, Platinum Games upcoming action/RPG “Nier: Automata” is now less than two weeks away from release in Japan (February the 23rd, for the PS4 to be exact), and the North American and Europe release isn´t all that far away in time either (NA gets the game on the 7th of March, and Europe… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


NieR: Automata “Glory to Mankind” Trailer Features Battle Scenes and More

[embedded content] Square Enix has released a brand new trailer for NieR: Automata to help us learn more about androids 2B, 9S and A2 and “their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.” Called “Glory to Mankind 119450310,” the video lasts a little over two minutes and features some intense battle scenes so make sure to check it out if you’re looking forward to the game. The following description accompanies the trailer: Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on… A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world. NieR: Automata is headed to the PlayStation 4 on March 7 in North America and March 10 in Europe. A PS4 demo is currently available for download. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!