« on: April 17, 2017, 01:24:54 pm »
Well, the game's got two major modes of gameplay: third person action and shoot 'em up sections. The former takes up the majority of the game and shifts between standard third person, platforming, and even a few top-down sections. You travel around the game's world, completing various objectives and doing side quests along the way. It's sort of an open world game in that regard, but smaller and more succinct than your average AAA title. The second mode of gameplay comes in two flavors: level set pieces and hacking. The former involves piloting a flying mech and destroying waves of enemies and bosses. It mostly plays like a typical shmup, but you have a bit more freedom of control at certain times, allowing the mech to fire in multiple directions and use a sword to destroy enemy projectiles. Hacking features a much more simplified version of typical shmup gameplay (you just move around and shoot), but has far more unique applications for other parts of the game. Describing it in detail would be going head-deep into spoiler territory, though, so I'll just say that a lot of fourth wall breaking and plot moments happen as the result of hacking.
The appeal of Nier Automata is mostly the sum of its parts. It takes a bunch of mostly conventional video game features and frames them in a number of interesting plot set pieces and other stuff like that. It's not for everyone, but it's damn good for what it tries to do.