Have you been entranced by this one-of-a-kind game? Does the mind-bending and thought- provoking story speak to you? Or are you more into exploring this post-apocalyptic word while destroying machines in fast-paced, action combat? Well, no matter what you’re here for, there are more Switch games like NieR: Automata for you to experience.
Platinum Games is responsible for bringing Yoko Taro’s vision to life in NieR: Automata. So, if you enjoy the signature Platinum combat and the sex appeal of 2B and the other androids, Bayonetta is a great series to play. Bayonetta’s combat is more in-depth than Automata’s, so you have a more mechanically rich experience to enjoy. Bayonetta also leverages her “charms” in very different ways than 2B. Bayo is more in your face with it. In Automata you had to rely on easter eggs and costumes to get the sex appeal. Bayo has it woven into her character and skill set. Bayonetta does have some interesting lore and fun characters to dive into, however, it isn’t quite the same as NieR: Automata. So you’ll be missing out on Yoko Taro’s writing style here.
Astral Chain is another Platinum game, with a focus on action combat. If you enjoy Platinum’s take on action, then this will be sure to please you if you liked it in Automata. Unlike Bayonetta, Astral Chain has more RPG mechanics and is a meatier game content wise. Bayo is more mission-based, but Astral Chain has a big city to explore. That is much closer to the world of Automata. The Platinum action and RPG mechanics create a gameplay blend closer to Automata. However, the story and tone of Astral Chain still doesn’t match Taro’s style. There are similar plot points, such as playing as a task force that is defending humanity from an alien threat, but Astral Chain’s direction is completely different.
Voice of Cards series
So, let’s say you enjoyed the story and characters the most during your NieR: Automata experience. I recommend you try more Yoko Taro games. There’s his other series Drakengard on the PS2 and PS3 and ofc other NieR games on PS3/4 and PC. However, let’s focus on Switch. One of his newer series is on most platforms and still has his distinct writing style; the Voice of Cards games. Three of these games have been released in the past year. They are turn-based JRPGs that follow a strict card/tabletop presentation, to the point where you even have a game master voicing the events to you. The same composer for NiER also contributes to this series’ soundtrack.
Yoko Taro is also involved in mobile games such as SinoAlice, which revolves around alternate takes on fairy tale characters. This is an accessible way to enjoy more of his style. Also, NieR: ReIncarnation is available on mobile. It absolutely won’t hurt to try it out if you enjoyed NieR: Automata. It is another NieR game, after all. There are other Yoko Taro games
such as more Nier and his Drakengard games, however, they are not available on Nintendo Switch. If you need more Yoko Taro games… then go play more of ‘em! No matter the cost!