Nier: Automata debuted two years ago, and one of my biggest regrets in modern gaming is that I didn’t pick it up when I first had the chance. This action/RPG is about life, death, consciousness, loyalty, humanity, and androids dressed like French maids who wield enormous katanas.

So, before you ask, yes: It’s from the developer of Bayonetta and the publisher of Final Fantasy. It’s also one of the weirdest games of this generation. And after an endless succession of battle royales, looter-shooters and remakes, we can all use a little weirdness in our downtime.

The newly released Nier: Automata – Game of the Yorha Edition ($40, PS4) is the easiest way to play the game if you haven’t before. (If you have, there’s nothing new here; it’s just the original game plus all the various DLC that’s come out since 2017.) This is my first time through the bizarre and beautiful world of Nier: Automata. Although I haven’t yet fully explored the postapocalyptic Earth and defeated all of the maybe-sentient machines that inhabit it, I would like to add my voice to the chorus of gamers insisting that this title is something special.

A multitude of games in one

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