My Notes on Nier Automata

I highly recommend playing the game before reading this post.  I will not elaborate the storyline into details.  My intention is to share my summary of the game which may differ from yours.

For those who followed this blog from the beginning probably knew that I was anticipating for Nier Automata (2017) ever since its announcement.  In fact, I was very hungry to play another game like Nier (2010)  and was hoping Drakengard III (2013) would be just as good. To my disappointment, I  didn’t enjoy it as much mainly because of the frustrating gaming mechanics ( I didn’t enjoy flying the dragon).  And yet I stuck with it because of the storyline and it’s humorous dialogue.  I have not reached the ultimate, final boss yet which I heard was difficult.

Zero_(Drakengard)I had to stop the game because I couldn’t understand  Zero’s (the protagonist) cruel intention to kill all her sisters. The character was hard for me to relate.  I was definitely playing a killer.  But after I watched Yoko Taro’s interview Philosophy of Violence, I learned to appreciate his approach in storytelling and the concept behind it.  I realized Zero’s behavior is natural, but primitive.  Instinctively we want to remove whatever is in our path.  Defeating our obstacles give us a sense of control and remove all of our competitions.  However, if we killed everyone in our way, we would end up dying alone and the aftermath would be Nier Automata.

I came to conclusion because I had to grasp my head around this killing frenzy around Yoko Taro’s games,  so I categorize his three games that I played into the following:

  • Drakengard III- killing to be the only one
  • Nier Gestalt- killing is justified as long as you think it is right
  • Nier Automata- killing loneliness

*One important thing to note, this is just my notes for the time being.  I really would like to complete the Drakengard series *

Onward to the main topic,  so when I started Nier Automata, I already knew it was about killing.  The game started off strong, which reminded me of Xenoblade Chronicles’ introduction where the characters are thrown into battle against the machines.   Once I arrived to a safe place (a city reclaimed by Mother Nature), I sensed that I was entering a world where a great civilization (mankind in general) once stood, but mysteriously drove itself to extinction.

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All we have left are machines and androids fighting one another.  In some ways, the game has a particular viewpoint about existence, which is hard not to notice if you do the side quests. It clearly points out that all lifeforms don’t want to fight all the time– they just want to co-exist. What meaning is there to killing? Why?

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The real motive behind all the killing is more than just impaired thinking– it’s loneliness.   In the end, no one stands. But the tragedy is not the cycle of destruction, it’s actually the inability to view the world harmoniously, which is probably why 2B and 9S wear blindfold. They exist to take orders without comprehending their actions.

I won’t go any further into details about the game’s concept because I am beginning to develop my own theory, which is probably not what the game intended.  I do just want to mention  my overall experience with the game is good, but it is not one of my favorites. I like the first installment more partly because of nostalgia. The game did however, made me want to play Ikaruga, which has been sitting in my backlog of games to play.

Lastly, my final thought in regards to Nier Automata,  I’m starting to understand that it’s difficult to introduce big ideas and incorporate gameplay due to unforeseen limitation (e.g, technical, budget, translation etc.).  So I really do appreciate when game developers attempt to give meaning to their creation.

Well that is it for now. Thanks for reading guys. Until next time, take care!

P.S

Think I will play Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon next to clear my backlog before I jump into a new game.  My backlog began to grow back in 2010-2011 when I started playing co-op/multiplayer games. It is time to seriously tackle the single-player games list!

 

Trying Not to be a Game-a-holic

I did some spring cleaning inside my head after the doctor advised me to sleep my full eight hours, so my immune system can work properly.  Currently, my health is not in the best condition because of stressful changes in my life that I had to get accustom to in the last few years.  Health comes first. If I’m ill and fatigue, I can’t enjoy games properly.  Last year, I think I only finished three games and that was considered a lot to me, since I was struggling to juggle with personal and work life.

Life surely does come first and games have always meant to be enjoyed.  I’m not going to lie and pretend my life is perfect, my gaming addiction became intense for awhile because I was once in a bad situation.  But now that things are becoming relatively normal, I had to take a step back and re-evaluate this hobby.  Do I feel happy? Am I realistic with how I spend my free time? If I’m not happy, then what is the point in torturing myself with games simply because it feels like a chore?  Most of the games I enjoyed in the past, had a high learning curve.  And that was consuming a lot of my time and energy.  I considered myself a decent player but not great.

So lately, the game have been playing currently, Nier Automata, brought this to my attention:

Whether or not you enjoy something simply depends on your own heart.

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The statement is very true. Lately, I prefer casual games with light puzzles for health reason.  I remember when I was younger, I played games twice: 1)for the story and 2) for the gameplay.  With anything, I realized I can’t just jump into something  and expect to be good at it.  Gradually I will become good.   I don’t know why I was so hard on myself in the past. I can’t enjoy games if I have this mindset: ” I must become good!” It’s a villain-like attitude similar to one of the bosses in Nier Automata, when it said, “Must become more beautiful. ” There is no difference really.  I think I exhausted myself mentally.  I had to remind myself, the most important thing is not to forget that games are meant to be enjoyed.  Gaming, after all, is just practicing our muscle memory and strategic ability for the most part.  Sometimes we just need to set a time to cool off so that we don’t get burnt out from gaming.

I am beginning to enjoy games a bit more now because I had to be realistic with myself.    It might take me a couple of months to complete this game since I have no intention to play it every day.  If I truly like this game, I probably will 100 percent it naturally without feeling forced. In the meantime, I am taking pictures and just trying to take it easy.

Thank you for reading, and take care folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nier Automata Demo

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After completing the demo, I am more excited than ever for March 7, the released date for North America. Flying machine robots, hacking and slashing with speed, it’s my cup of tea.  I believe this game is coming out for PC as well, which is a good thing. Great games deserve a wider audience.

I remember playing Nier during the summer of 2010. It was one of the most memorable summer of my life. I was so immersed in its world that my reality felt like a video game. Everywhere I went, whether I was dining at a restaurant, or walking in the park on a sunny day, I heard the music from the game playing inside my head. I think I was in love.

I will be in love again this coming March definitely. I am impressed with the demo and the soundtrack. Go try it out!  ♥

 

Video Games with Female Protagonist

I wish the gaming community is not sexist.

Anyway, here are my  list of games I want to play that have respectable female protagonist:

  1.  MariAri

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Quite frankly, this game is a bit hard to locate.  It’s a Japanese indie puzzle game. It looks cute but it is difficult from what I’ve seen. Strangely, watching the gameplay, it lifted my melancholic mood and made me happy.  I really want to play this game! If somebody know where I can get it, let me know please!

2. Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates

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I don’t know there is something appealing about dragons and female protagonist.

3. Valkyrie Profile

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I played Valkryie Profile 2: Silmeria and enjoyed the characters and the music. I think I will enjoy this one as well. I listened to the soundtrack over and over.

4.  Hellblade

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A woman with mental illness. Sound interesting. Here is a link to the game.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn

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I like the fact that the female protagonist looks like she is built for this type of world. She is athletic and therefore, it’s appropriate.

6. Nier Automata

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If you haven’t noticed, I always mentioned in this blog that I am a fan of Yoko Taro. Yes, Nier Automata is going to be the game that I will absolutely play over any games once it is released. Sorry Dark Souls.

 

If you have any recommendations, please feel free to comment.