Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jul 5, 2018
    100
    NieR: Automata remains a fantastic action RPG, bringing an alluring world, compelling characters and a real sense of agency together to craft something I really can’t recommend enough. If you’ve yet to play this gem, the Xbox One is currently one of the best places to do so.
  2. Jul 3, 2018
    100
    Beautiful, eccentric and whimsical, Yoko Taro’s one of a kind dream child is something every Xbox One owner should experience – and who knows, maybe in exchange we’ll get more unusual Japanese games appearing on the platform too.
  3. Jul 2, 2018
    100
    The story has impact on both a base level and philosophically, and will no doubt leave you with questions to consider for days after you finish if you enjoy that kind of thing. I wish I could have more games like NieR: Automata, but I'll probably be waiting a while — it's only so often a game this excellent comes around.
  4. Jul 16, 2018
    98
    Many games get forgotten once completed, as I’m glad to have played many, but very few stick with me for quite some time, and even less that I euphorically have to recommend experiencing. NieR:Automata is one of those must have games, as it’s completely unique and unlike anything else I’ve ever played. Thank you to those directly responsible for bringing this amazing gem to the Xbox One for more fans to enjoy, as I probably would have never gotten to experience it otherwise.
  5. Jul 6, 2018
    95
    Rest assured, if you love a great story told with devastating style, you need to play through Nier Automata several times.
  6. Jul 5, 2018
    95
    Being that the game is unchanged from last year, it’s no surprise that the Become As Gods Edition doesn’t disappoint. If you’re Xbox-only and haven’t given this game a go, there’s no better time than the present.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    95
    NieR Automata lands on Xbox One and is the same game that launched on PS4 last year. The Xbox One X version, though, is smoother and prettier than its PS4 Pro’s counterpart. The same great game, but with enhanced graphics.
  8. Jul 3, 2018
    93
    Nier Automata finally arrives to Xbox One, including every DLC released, and with improved resolution for Xbox One X. It is one of the greatest J-RPGs of the generation: difficult, rewarding and with great characters.
  9. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Nier: Automata has been one of the most unique games in recent years, and now, Become as Gods Edition lets Xbox One users to experience it too.
  10. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    There is a ton to see and do in Nier: Automata. Talking about much of it does it a disservice to the player. Don’t think about it. The game is finally on Xbox One. The more platforms the merrier. Perhaps one day Switch owners will get to experience it as well. This is a once-in-a-generation type experience. Go buy this game. Play it multiple times. It is worth every second of investment and I enjoyed pounding through all the endings for a second time. Somehow it was even better.
  11. Jul 2, 2018
    90
    NieR: Automata is a product of auteur game making at its finest.
  12. Jul 2, 2018
    90
    One of the best games of this generation (and one of the best action rpgs ever) finally comes to Xbox One, in a slightly refined version and with a price cut: do we really need to recommend it once more?
  13. 90
    A fantastic mix of explosive action and thoughtful storytelling, that results in one of the most unpredictable and ambitious action role-players of the modern era.
  14. Jul 1, 2018
    90
    NieR: Automata is nothing short of outstanding. Its storytelling is deep and engaging, its gameplay is in-depth and remarkably fluid, its design remains innovative throughout and its pacing is second to none. Rarely do we see such a high level of attention to detail in games of this type. Simply put, this is a near masterpiece that more than deserves your time and attention. It’s a truly sensational experience.
  15. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    Automata is a shining and delicate pearl that any action game lover should possess.
  16. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    The award masterpiece of Platinum Games arrives on Xbox One: the story is captivating, the world is alive and evolving, the combat is engaging and the soundtrack is simply amazing.
  17. Jun 26, 2018
    90
    Thanks to Platinum Games' knack for riveting and gratifying combat, Automata is Yoko Taro's most exciting game to date.
  18. Jun 28, 2018
    89
    As good as it was on PS4, but with a bit more content, and it's cheaper. A win-win situation despite its delay.
  19. Jul 16, 2018
    88
    A brilliant and visionary action-RPG with a great plot, awesome music and rock-solid gameplay. It's still got some technical problems, but it definitely remains a must buy.
  20. Jun 28, 2018
    87
    Finally the wait for this masterpiece on Xbox One is over. If you are tired of run-of-the-mill action-adventures, this is the game you need.
  21. Jul 3, 2018
    85
    Automata is the perfect evolution for the NieR series with its smooth and dynamic combat. This is an excellent version for Xbox One.
  22. Jun 28, 2018
    85
    NieR: Automata makes some very brave choices when it comes to gameplay and direction. Platinum’s work on the combat and the bullet-hell comes off strongly and cleanly, and with Yoko Taro’s insane vision and obsession with morality and philosophy fuelling the narrative, the result is a game with a split personality that makes you fall in love with both sides. NieR: Automata is unlike anything else you can play on Xbox One.
  23. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    NieR: Automata is a masterclass action game with deep RPG mechanics, and a beautiful open world. While it’s held back by a weak narrative and a clunky game format that mandates replaying hours of content, it offers a wide variety of enjoyable experiences that make it well worth the asking price.
  24. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition gives to all Xbox One players the chance to play one of the most ambitious and loved games we had last year.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 68
  2. Negative: 8 out of 68
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    10
    Square enix did it yet again. Nier: Automata is the single player hack and slash RPG every xbox gamer wanted to come to our platform, and itSquare enix did it yet again. Nier: Automata is the single player hack and slash RPG every xbox gamer wanted to come to our platform, and it did.

    In a time where aliens invade earth with machine lieforms, the human race hangs by a thread on orbiting "bunkers". There are so many things that this games does perfectly that tons of other games attempted. Lets start with the constant POV changes. One minute you're in the standard 3rd person, next you're playing as a 2D sidescroller, usually finished with a top down sequence. The game blends the POV so well in a way that comes off as refreshing in the gaming world.

    The combat is fluid and satisfying. Every blow to an enemy feels significant and wonderful to do. Nier: Automata in a way reminds me of a faster paced Bloodborne. If you aren't evading enemy attacks you could instantly die to a combo in higher difficulties. (You'll die instantly from one hit on the hardest difficulty regardless). The boss battles always have your adrenaline running which is something I haven't personally felt since Cuphead.

    Story wise, the game is pretty straightforward and makes you question your morals and the cause you're fighting for around halfway through the game. Otherwise, the game is spectacular in every respective way. My only complaint is that there are a few questionable texture pop in times here and there. Nonetheless, Nier: Automata is the perfect game every Xbox player should own.
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  2. Jun 28, 2018
    10
    Amazing game, graphics are first class on the Xbox one X (Digital Foundry have found this version to be the best console version). GreatAmazing game, graphics are first class on the Xbox one X (Digital Foundry have found this version to be the best console version). Great gameplay and story, 10/10. Full Review »
  3. Jun 26, 2018
    10
    an excellent balance for this edition besides that it excels graphically in comparison of its edition for ps4 definitely this is the true facean excellent balance for this edition besides that it excels graphically in comparison of its edition for ps4 definitely this is the true face of nier automata and not what they showed us in ps4 I have nothing to say so someone wants to play fortnite? Full Review »