Neir Automata

March 6 – March 12

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It's hard to imagine a lifelong Zelda fan wanting to play anything other than Breath of the Wild the week after release, especially on a shiny new Switch. But then comes NieR: Automata, my most anticipated game since The Last Guardian was announced back in 2009. Platinum Games somehow managed to crank out this follow-up to a gaming cult classic and personal favorite in roughly 3 years. I have a ridiculous collector's edition on the way, set to arrive on release day, and couldn't be more excited to get started.

I must confess. I cheated and bought the game via the Japanese store on the Japanese release date of February 23, so I'm deep into the game already. Still, I'm incredibly excited to unpack the Black Box edition on March 7th and see what treasures are inside.

For those lacking a PS4, a Steam version has been slated for release on March 17th.

Greg "Doubtingthomas396" Decker

The impish jokester in me wants to pick Infektor this week, partially because it looks fun, and partially because it seems appropriate to pick a game where you play as a contagious disease during the week of PAX East. The jokester is suppressed by the part of me that doesn’t want to open myself up to epic Godsmack. (Voodoo. Voodoo. VOODOOO!)

There’s a lot to pick from this week. There’s the new Nier, the new Ghost Recon game, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 gets re-released with all the DLC, all of which I want to pick up at some point. Then there’s the usual stack of small indie titles that are worth your time, like Blink and Streets of Rogue, which will likely work their way into a TL;DP one of these weeks.

In the absence of anything emerging as a true standout, though, I’m going to cop-out and pick PAX East as my game of the week. I’ll be there with the whole family (My wife, Doubtingthomas397 and the kids DT398 and 399), so if you see us wandering about looking overwhelmed, don’t shy away from saying ‘Hi.’

Also, as I appear to be the only person from the front page who’s going, you can all expect my price for autographs and memorabilia to double.

Chris "C" Cesarano

Being the front-page fan of Japan, this week's pick can only be a single game: Nier: Automata. One of the most niche, cult-classic titles that released on Xbox 360 and PS3 last generation actually managed to score a sequel. It's moments like this that give me faith in the games industry. Hell, that Drakengard 3 happened at all was enough to be thankful for. Platinum Games on board to bring game director Yoko Taro's homage-laden play concepts to life is the Japanese equivalent of Bioware and Bungie teaming up to make a game.

That it is releasing on Steam gives me – and forum member tuffalobuffalo – hope that maybe, just maybe, a great Japanese role-playing game can at least hit #10 on the community's Game of the Year tally.

It's not just about Nier this week, though. I only played the original Blaster Master for about an hour at a friend's house when I was a kid, but Blaster Master Zero has some secret ingredient that's captured my interest. For $10, it's an easy download to justify on my new Switch..

Felix “A Glorious Thing” Threepaper

Not many games can lay claim to causing diplomatic rows. I’m avoiding Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, but not just because I want to stay neutral in the upcoming Franco-Bolivian war. Really it’s because Ubisoft’s open-world design sparks all my “you’ve got chores” anxiety subroutines. Besides, everything I’ve seen about the game screams “poor person’s MGSV”.

As for games I actually would play, let’s start by age group. Lego Worlds finally puts Lego into its wheelhouse: making Minecraft clones. The prospect of making vehicles may entice the kidlings, however the decision to replace crafting with using in-game coins to unlock stuff sets my microtransaction-sense a-tingling.

As the verbosely-titled JRPGs whizz overhead, I instead focus my vote on Buccaneers, Bounty & Boom!. Don’t let screenshots of its hexy, cheerfully colourful board-game aesthetic fool you. The key to its dread appeal lies in the ominous words “by the makers of Neptune’s Pride”. Iron Helmet Games is still doing simultaneous turn-based gameplay, but with iterations. This time there are more victory conditions: earn victory points by acquiring buccaneers, bounty or firepower (hence “boom”). Combat is more complicated than simply who has the most ships. You can upgrade your ships, as well as select different crew types for different boons.

No doubt Buccaneers, Bounty & Boom! will still allow players to unleash their inner Machiavelli, slowly corroding all their friendships and spending every waking hour for months plotting and scheming, because that’s the Iron Helmet Games special sauce.

Erik "wordsmythe" Hanson

Just a quick note: Fix Me Fix You is not the Black Flag/Coldplay mashup you didn't know you were waiting for. It's a visual novel set in Santa Barbara.

This week:

PC

  • Abatron
  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
  • Blink
  • Buccaneers, Bounty & Boom!
  • Chess3D
  • City of God I - Prison Empire
  • Danmaku Unlimited 3
  • Fix Me Fix You
  • Ghost Blade HD
  • goalunited PRO: football manager for experts
  • hack_me 2
  • Hurricane
  • Infektor
  • Lego Worlds
  • Lightspeed Frontier
  • Loot Rascals
  • Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery
  • My Vet Practice: Marine Patrol
  • One Sole Purpose
  • SimAirport
  • Space Jammers
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subsiege
  • Switch – or die trying
  • The Filmmaker: A Text Adventure
  • Ticket
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Where is my Brain!?

PS4

  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
  • Cyber Danganronpa VR: Class Trial
  • LEGO Worlds
  • NieR: Automata
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Xbox One

  • 2Dark
  • LEGO Worlds
  • Table Top Racing: World Tour
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Verdun

Switch

  • Blaster Master Zero
  • VOEZ

Wii U

3DS

  • Blaster Master Zero

Vita

  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

RIFT

Vive

Comments

NieR: Automata for me! It'll be on the backburner as Zelda is so damn good.

garion333 wrote:

NieR: Automata for me! It'll be on the backburner as Zelda is so damn good.

Dude! Same.

Additional releases not listed:

PS4:
2Dark
Clicker Heroes
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Disc Jam
Gem Smashers
Loot Rascals
Shift Happens
Sublevel Zero Redux
Talisman Digital Edition
Total Jigsaw

PSVR:
Darknet
Unearthing Mars

Vita:
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Gem Smashers
Talisman Digital Edition

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/...
http://www.psnstores.com/2017/03/pla...

kazriko wrote:

Additional releases not listed:

PS4:
2Dark
Clicker Heroes
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Disc Jam
Gem Smashers
Loot Rascals
Shift Happens
Sublevel Zero Redux
Talisman Digital Edition
Total Jigsaw

PSVR:
Darknet
Unearthing Mars

Vita:
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Gem Smashers
Talisman Digital Edition

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/...
http://www.psnstores.com/2017/03/pla...

That's my bad. I told Greg I'd cover the PS blog since it updates after he puts the list together and then Switch happened. Sorry about that.

How could you neglect Clicker Heroes, guys? Geez.

Talisman on the PS4 is kinda cool -- it will have local multiplayer, as well as cross play between PS4 and Vita (for anyone who still has one).

I'm not sure how it holds up as a board game compared to all the others, but I loved it as a kid and may dip in, to show my kids. I wonder if they'll do the expansions later.

Nier most definitely and Atelier I will probably wait until it gets on to steam.

garion333 wrote:

NieR: Automata for me! It'll be on the backburner as Zelda is so damn good.

Between Zelda and Mass Effect, both of which I've already paid for (not to mention the ongoing games of Fallout 4 and Witcher 3), Nier is going to have to wait.

Jonman wrote:
garion333 wrote:

NieR: Automata for me! It'll be on the backburner as Zelda is so damn good.

Between Zelda and Mass Effect, both of which I've already paid for (not to mention the ongoing games of Fallout 4 and Witcher 3), Nier is going to have to wait.

Spoiler:

IMAGE(http://68.media.tumblr.com/db23a9f0ad876ccda077c2ec1b550f58/tumblr_olhft4rgZP1tt3wuco1_250.gif)

Yeeks.

I must be a prude or something but that .gif completely turned me off to Nier.

Anyway, totally stoked for CK2: Monks and Mystics.

Woohoo!

She's an android, if that makes a difference.

Yoko Taro (the director of Nier) games tend to have some skeevy designs to characters. His games are meant for the hardcore of the hardcore and in Japan that seems to equate with upskirt shots.

Yeah, the game looks pretty sweet thematically, aesthetically and mechanically.

I just have a pretty low threshold for stuff like upskirt.

Not judging or anything, it just doesn't work for me.

The character designer insists that's a leotard and not panties.

I'm pretty much part of the problem, though. That gif looks really cool.

You know, it didn't even occur to me that that GIF might be NSFW. I put spoiler tags on it.

Aaron D. wrote:

Yeah, the game looks pretty sweet thematically, aesthetically and mechanically.

I just have a pretty low threshold for stuff like upskirt.

Not judging or anything, it just doesn't work for me.

As mentioned, I didn't think about that being a problematic GIF, but I've played a ton of the game. Totally might not be your thing. I will say, in the game's defense, that there's a lot more male nudity than what is revealing in 2B's costume (that's the android in the GIF). Skin is kinda part of the package with this game. I definitely never felt like it got gross or explicit in context.