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What’s the Best Way to Play NieR: Automata?

NieR: Automata is one of the most stunning, riveting, and best action JRPGs of the last decade. If you are ready to finally dive into this emotional and beautiful tale of the androids 2B and 9S, the most overwhelming part is how it is available on just about every platform. But these are the best ways to play NieR: Automata today.

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Best way to play NieR Automata
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Nintendo Switch

Since this beloved JRPG is available on all modern consoles and PCs, it ultimately comes down to your personal preference and what you own. However, if you have the benefit of choice, there are two main ways to play that we recommend. The first is Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch version of NieR: Automata is surprisingly fantastic. The game looks and plays way better than you might expect. In addition, this is the complete The End of YorHa Edition so you get all of the DLC. Better yet, you are able to play it on the go. Bonus points if you have the OLED model, where the post-apocalyptic world truly pops.

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The other main place we recommend you to play, if you have the option, is on PC via Steam. The first reason behind this comes from the incredible level of performance and visuals you can get out of this version, depending on your setup. In addition, it offers portability, too, if you have a device like the Steam Deck.

However, the PC version’s main draw comes from mods. There are quite a few mods in existence that offer an endless amount of fun you won’t find on console. For instance, you might want to play as Hatsune Miku, instead of 2B. If you’re looking to spend as much time with this game as possible, this is the version to get.

NieR: Automata is available right now for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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Cody Perez
Cody is a writer who has been sharing his love for video games and anime since his high school days in 2012. When he isn’t writing about the latest JRPGs and anime series, he can be found in Final Fantasy XIV, occasionally playing some Call of Duty, or lurking on Twitter @SoulcapCody.