Ignore Dominic's review - Nier;Automata is a great game that you should definitely buy. The mixture of genres within N;A is really well done - if we were talking about the original Nier, perhaps his comments would make sense, but Nier;Automata is, while less ambitious than its predecessor, very successful in combining a number of interesting styles of gameplay into one game. The combat in the game is exciting and, unless you're a boring player, has a number of options that let you keep things exciting. Similarly, quests are only unfulfilling if you don't play the game properly - a lot of the quests involve "fetch quest" type mechanics, but most are very easy as they either force you to fight challenging mini-boss enemies, or involve collecting common parts you already have, and upon completion reward you with everything from interesting lore to helpful upgrades. Not to say that all quests are like this, as they vary so massively to the point that some are as strange as racing Machines across the map, which is fun and surprisingly challenging. The narrative being "dull anime cliches" is... not quite accurate. As someone who's seen around 1200 anime, I feel I'm probably qualified to talk about "anime cliches", and I daresay that, for the most part, any story conventions that Nier;Automata uses, it uses well, giving a fun and bizarre story set in the distant future, that slowly unravels to reveal that it actually is a sequel to the game it shares a name with. Ignoring Dominic's review and continuing my own, N;A's best elements are actually in its characters, and its music. Watching the relationship between the two protagonists, we see subtle development from both sides that show that despite being "androids", these two are very human. And the music, ahh the music. No video game in 2017 had music as good as Nier;Automata -- not even Persona 5, the game everyone was in love with the music of. The music is lush, rich and exciting. Textured and atmospheric while being in your face without being at all obnoxious. It's grandiose in the best of ways. Definitely, definitely don't think of this game as a faux-deep mediocre boring game with oversimple combat. This is the kind of game that FFXV wishes it could be.