'NieR: Automata': New Gameplay Video Showcases Open World Gameplay

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 15, 2017 03:57 AM EST

Action RPG "NieR: Automata" was announced like an undercard during a title bout, when it was overshadowed by the hype surrounding "Final Fantasy XV" last year. Nevertheless, gamers were surprisingly attracted to its unique charm and gameplay, which highlights fast-paced action and an apparently interesting storyline. Some reports also note that the game from Square Enix and Platinum Games is poised to become a sleeper hit in 2017.

RPG fans noted the game's pleasing visuals are top notch, while gameplay was reportedly fun and action-packed thanks to the officially released demos. Its post-apocalyptic design and scenery remind gamers that it is a rightful sequel of the original "NieR" game. Players also noticed a big improvement with the game's combat system and controls compared to its predecessor, Game Rant reports.

To further establish "NieR: Automata" as a game for players to consider in 2017, a gameplay video was shared by Playstation Underground showcasing some of its unannounced features. In the video, players can clearly see the combat skills possessed by the game's protagonist. The combo-heavy encounters and aerial attack movements obviously flaunts Platinum Games' forte with action games, while characters and lore are definitely handled by Square Enix.

The gameplay video also shares a view of the game's human settlements and few NPCs. There are some parts that flaunted the RPG staple activity of fishing, but instead of a fishing rod used by most characters, the protagonist uses her robot companion to lure the fishes, as shared by VG24/7. Moreover, some points of the demonstration revealed that players can ride a moose as well as other creatures for quicker transport across the map.

The combat gameplay of "NieR: Automata" looks flashy and engaging, which is definitely Platinum Game's trademark. It was also compared to "Final Fantasy XV" and "Kingdom Hearts," both of which are from Square Enix. The excitement for its eventual release is further highlighted by the recent announcement of the game going gold. The game is scheduled to be available for retail on March 7, 2017 for the PS4, while its PC release following sometime this year as well.

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