Celebrate Nier: Automata’s first birthday with 9 surprising facts about the PS4 action RPG classic

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Nier:Automata‘s uniqueness really set it apart even in a month which featured other critically acclaimed heavyweights like Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5. The franchise sequel pulled in fans and the curious alike.

Its success and overwhelmingly positive reception is well deserved, and to celebrate the game’s first anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of little known facts that might surprise you about the NieR:Automata’s universe. You might even have played through the game and missed some of them. Enjoy!

1. Nier’s universe actually started in another game

In fact, before the original Nier came out, the very last ending of PlayStation 2’s Drakengard was believed to be a joke ending, due to how utterly bizarre it was. In this segment, the game’s main protagonist and its final boss are both teleported from their own fantasy world to modern-day Tokyo for a famously intricate boss fight.

It was quite a surprise to find out that these events gave birth to the post-apocalyptic world of Nier and Nier:Automata, as Drakengard’s dimension-travelling protagonists brought to our world a fatal disease that threatened mankind’s extinction. You can read more about the unique lore in our lore guide.


2. The original game had two versions – Nier:Gestalt and Nier:Replicant

Another oddity about the first Nier was the fact it had two versions of its main protagonist when it was released in Japan. In the original PS3 release in Japan, Nier is Yonah’s brother and he is doing his best to help cure his sister’s illness. The game was titled Nier:Replicant.

When they discussed releasing the game in the west, the Western marketing team believed that the story of a wiser and older father figure would resonate better outside of Japan. Even though it was additional work for the development team, they stuck to creating two versions of the game and released Nier:Gestalt with a fully redesigned Nier that was now Yonah’s father.


3. You can get the Iron Pipe from the original Nier’s prologue

Even though Nier:Automata story is self-contained, a lot of little details and lore bits connect the game to the first Nier.

One of the most obvious Easter eggs is the appearance of the Iron Pipe weapon – the very first weapon that you get in Nier’s prologue – which you can collect when fishing in the waters of Nier:Automata’s world. Was it there all this time?

4. A lot of the characters you meet are named after philosophers

2B or not 2B? Nier:Automata’s main theme dives heavily into existentialism, so it is no surprise to find that there are a lot of references to philosophy scattered throughout the game.

Keep an eye on NPCs in particular, as you will find they’re often named after philosophy figures. World-famous names like Blaise Pascal, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and many others make an appearance…



5. You can buy Trophies with in-game currency

Once you’ve reached a certain point in the game, a secret shop will appear in the main hub and propose you “spend money to get certain things done”.

You guessed it, for in-game currency you can now unlock any of the game’s Trophies. No need to sweat this particular Trophy you’ve been trying to unlock, just spend a few thousand G and you can get it right now! Will you be as proud of yourself for getting that Platinum, though? That’s another story.

6. You can change the voices to sound like the Shades of the first Nier

In the first Nier, the enemies you go against are called the Shades and their speech is unintelligible and the sound very particular. As you go through Nier:Automata’s second route, you’ll unlock a voice changer that affect the ranges of 2B, 9S and A2.

The slider is in Settings > Other and will adjust how robotic your android protagonists voice will sound. Get the slider up to max and it’s going to be full modem! On the other hand, turning it all the way down will make 2B and 9S emit weird grunts just like the Shades from the first game.


7. The Death Rattle chip will have enemies emit death cries if defeated by hacking

Another voice changer is available in game, but this one for enemies. Equip the Death Rattle chip and hacking machines will make them emit weird noises when they’re defeated! It takes a slot and does nothing else but it’s quite worth it!

8. You can battle the CEOs of PlatinumGames Inc. and Square Enix in the DLC

Nier:Automata has its share of epic fights, but the one against the CEOs of PlatinumGames Inc. and Square Enix is just… something else. We’re not going to spoil you on the fight but let’s just say the music, visuals and attack patterns take the series signature ‘crazy-factor’ and crank it to the max!

9. You can fight a mecha-Godzilla (well, kind of)

This one easter egg was missed by a lot of players due to appearing only under certain circumstances, but gather the right conditions and this impressive mini-boss will be waiting for you in the forest.

The T-Rex machine looks just like Godzilla but it’s when its body starts shooting purple lasers, you’ll see the obvious visual reference to Hideaki Anno’s 2016 movie Shin Godzilla.

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How about celebrating it with a discount in the PS store?!


Yes, waiting and waiting and waiting and still $82 or 66 euro or 61GBP. That’s insane!

I don’t know if it still is, but I just bought it a few days ago for half off. 30$ US


In US prices are low as water level cause you’re poor country. EU is rich and that’s why we got games for 250% of normal price… X_x

Great timing for me since I just got it handed to me in my mailbox yesterday. Havent started playing it yet though.

but buying trophies for ingame currency is such a great way to go in my oppinion. I have so many games where I just miss a couple of trophies because they are based on luck or are so hard you need to play 8 hours a day for a year to get. Hopefully its not to cheap and easy to buy them.


I think getting platinum should be rewarded for commitment to the game.

GOTY2017 <3 And a discount for dlc please ;)


It’s so good you won’t pay full price. Bravo!


Main game was worth it, dlc is not. Still wanna play it.

surprising fact number 10: this is the best game released on ps4.


Not Nierly close to it. That honour would go to Bloodborne.

GrumpyMcGrump 13 March, 2018 @ 16:50

fact #10: there still hasnt been a patch for pc

Fact 10 – The game is a total hype job that fails to be as good as the original NieR on every level.

Great idea for you, how about giving us a discount ? Would be prolly best fact that you can come up with ….

PerryVenture 13 March, 2018 @ 21:03

Why is it on sale only in the US store and not also in EU?

blacksheepwall_ 14 March, 2018 @ 13:20 Edited

Fact no 1 – This game isn’t half as good as people would lead you to believe. Being able to buy trophies and delete it was the most pleasurable part of the game.


Great, when is the game in discount? It has been only once…

I think a great way to celebrate it is finally get a discount for it in the UK ps online shop! since it’s also not that easy to find a hard copy of this game (almost no one have copies and when they have it’s super super expensive!!) so a digital option on a decent price for a game that already pass some time will be nice for us :)


10 – The crappy DLC is 13 euros.

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