I remember laying eyes on Nier Automata at a local retail store where a Sony representative was playing the demo on a PS4 Pro system last year. I was blown away by the buttery smooth gameplay and especially the epic soundtrack which I listen to constantly to this day. So you know I bought it and fell in love with it every step of the way, but always wondered why Square Enix dropped their work on the Xbox One version.
I’m glad they picked it back up and released the ultimate package for Microsoft’s console in NieR Automata: Become As Gods Edition. It still has a few technical hiccups from the PS4 and Steam versions, but this edition is still the best way to experience one of the best video games out there.
One quick note: our own Cory Galliher reviewed the PS4 version last year and loves it just as much as I do, so feel free to check out his take for all of the plot details and more as I go into my take on this version.
As soon as I started playing this on my Xbox One X, I could immediately see the difference between this version and the original PS4/Steam ones. The lighting, shadows, and overall picture looks brighter, cleaner and much more detailed than the previous releases. Sadly, it’s not without faults, as some of the nasty framerate dips and stutters from those versions rear their ugly heads here as well, almost as if Platinum Games were too ambitious for their own good with the gorgeous looking scenery, graphics, and particle effects that tax any GPU thrown at it. Maybe we can’t have it all.
The main difference in this release outside of it being digital only is the inclusion of the 3C3C1D119440927 DLC (that’s not an error code or typo either) where you can wear the ‘Revealing Outfit’ costume for 2B, a “Young Man’s Outfit” costume for 9S and the “Destroyer Outfit” costume for A2. If none of that makes sense now, it will after you finish playing the game – trust me.
You’ll also be able to enter into some battle coliseums where you’ll get to fight against (!) Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda and Platinum Games’ president Kenichi Sato (!!). That’s not a joke or typo either. There’s also some cool skins for your pod and a machine mask for your character to wear as well.
If you’ve been wanting to play NieR: Automata but have been holding out for a deluxe edition, or just weren’t sure on checking it out, I highly recommend NieR Automata: Become As Gods Edition, especially if you have the Xbox One X. No matter which platform you choose, however, it’s going to have some technical hiccups that are more annoying than anything, but it’s still one of the best video games you can play and definitely one of Platinum Games and Square Enix’s best.