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    Rex's Nier Automata (PC)

    [September 28, 2018 12:36:25 AM]
    Nier:Automata, through its many features (music, combat, world building in general) does a tremendous job in creating a new (and yet, familiar) world to explore through the eyes of strangers (the androids, 2B and 9S). While, at times, there were moments where the game's systems didn't always seem to blend perfectly together, I can overlook these slights due to all the positives I experienced in my short time playing.

    My final play session through this game did not really unearth any new or groundbreaking, but it still gives me plenty to think about in the meantime. At the beginning you see the machine life-forms as nothing more than monstrosities that you must destroy. As you move forward through, you realize that these machines are more than just animated hunks of metal. They have thoughts of a sort, they react to your presence, some are frightened of you for what you are, some hate you for what you are. Certain machines have a sense of loyalty to some monarch, some just want to live in peace. Given how inhuman they can be, particularly in appearance, there is a lot of humanity within them.
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    [September 27, 2018 01:37:14 AM]
    Today's session went quite a bit shorter than the previous did (first session was ~3 hours, while this session lasted ~45 minutes). But, during this time, I learned that the peaceful village of machines somehow disconnected themselves from an overarching network of some kind that the all machines should be connected to, as it's how they were receiving orders from the aliens in the past. Moreso, while investigating an alien structure buried beneath the Earth, 2B and 9S discover two androids that seem to have been created by the aliens to combat YoRHa (that's how I pieced it, anyhow). And now they desire to exterminate the remaining human survivors on the moon.

    So: rephrasing the question from the previous log, given new information.
    We know that certain machines are setting up their own societies, and the individuals of certain societies are strictly non-aggressive and peace-loving. Is it alright to leave these machines alone, while only eliminating the machines that we see as "bad"?
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    [September 26, 2018 04:23:42 AM]
    Going into the game, I had no idea what to expect besides some bullet hell type gameplay. The game starts you off immediately in the middle of the action as a squadron of androids is sent to eliminate a target. Here, you are quickly introduced to 2B, and 9S minutes later. After this starter segment ends, you learn the purpose of the androids, to liberate Earth from a machine threat placed by extraterrestrial forces some time in the past. However, as I moved forward the machines started showing some unique behavior.

    More specifically, aside from the machines you encounter in the beginning segment of the game(which are 'brutish' in a way, aggressively attacking you on sight), the machines seem to be developing a...consciousness, awareness, or some intelligence. They seem to be developing or adapting to their "new" home.

    For example, in the desert, you begin to sight some machines that seem to be developing a tribe of some sort, donning tribal masks, and wearing some type of cloth, almost like bandanas.

    Additionally, some of the machines react to your presence (one notably runs from you in fear, starting off a chase sequence for a few minutes).

    Later, 2B and 9S encounter an opera singing machine, who seems to have some sort of notion of beauty (she adorns herself with the corpses of androids, so a bit of a morbid idea of beauty, but an idea nonetheless).

    Which brings up the question: these machines have had the Earth for an unspecified amount of years, and have been changing slowly to almost human-like levels. Is it actually right to send androids to exterminate them? Perhaps they're just surviving on this new planet?

    This entry has been edited 1 time. It was last edited on Sep 27th, 2018 at 01:30:55.

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    Rex's Nier Automata (PC)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 25 September, 2018

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