NieR: Automata [Review]

NieR: Automata [Review]

Post-apocalyptic gothic android Hack 'n' Slash. Need I say more?
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The fate of YoRHa lies in the hands of a Gothic, blindfold wearing android: 2B. This is NieR: Automata, the sequel to NieR (2010) a JRPG/Hack 'n' Slash from Square Enix with 80+ hours of gameplay released on Playstation and PC in February earlier this year (which is 2017, in case you've time-traveled without realizing it).

To start off, you're dropped into a classic arcade-style bullet hell situation reminiscent of titles like 1942. You and a highly untrained squadron of fighters that are unable to dodge gigantic, obvious lazer beams zoom across the ocean towards a city devoid of sentient organic life getting picked off one by one. This introduction both throws the player's expectations of the gameplay and builds on what is to come, as the majority of the game is 3rd-person Hack 'n' Slash style combat with an innovative helping of deadly geometric lazer patterns thrown in.

The pressure only builds in this sadistic tutorial. The moment you land, a couple of basic enemies run your way, before a monstrous buzz-saw decides it doesn't like the building you're in and crashes through the entire wall and ceiling. Only once you defeat the boss after this one will you find a save-point, which is a long way away. A fair warning to those attempting Hard Mode first time round. You will have to cry while you do it all again, cutscenes and all.

If you've played games like Devil May Cry, Bayonetta (which certain aspects of the characters bare a visual semblance to as well), or God Hand then the main combat features will be familiar to you.

Light attack, heavy attack, jump, dodge and varying combinations of these actions will create many different combos depending on the weapons you have equipped. You are able to create two weapon sets, which you can switch between mid-combo to create even longer chains and varieties of attacks.

Foes range from tiny to super-massive, pitting you against hordes of one-hit-kill enemies and singular behemoths as tall and indestructible as a block of flats. There are a lot of re-skins in this game. However, the re-skins are backed up by the plot itself, which kind of helps you accept it.

Also, the main robots are kind of like Lego, they come with a different attachments, faces, make-up, hair-styles and clothes to create a surprisingly diverse cast despite all their bodies being the same. Kind of gets you thinking about humans... anyway, the detail on enemy types in the pause menu is interesting in this respect. In many ways the game is a slow burner, so keep going if you're feeling tired near the start. There is a lot more to come. For example the main antagonists: two naked men with groins flatter than Ayer's Rock.

As well as an AI ally called 9S, who makes the sparsely populated world a little less lonely and deals decent damage, you have a PoD hovering above your shoulder that can utilise many kinds of weaponry and shields. Aspects of the world and how you journey through it are similar to titles such as Dark Souls and Fallout, with save points to be discovered and used to fast travel to other locations.

NieR: Automata includes a level-up system, which boosts your stats while you boost your combat skills as a player. This system acts as a barrier to certain areas, which become unexplorable due to being one banged because the enemies are level 50 and you're level 5. The foes in the main areas of the game raise in level so that you gain exp at a consistent rate and don't need to play for four months just to reach a higher level like on Runescape.

While the roaming can become tiresome before the fast-travel function is available, there is a surprising amount of depth to the environment and familiar areas change dramatically as the story progresses. There are other tedious and overdone aspects to the game though. The side-quests are hardly imaginative. Expect all the classics: escort, search and destroy, collect 6 sproggled springs. You get the picture.

It's an extremely immersive game that is visually awe-inspiring and complemented (perhaps even more so) by the epic soundtrack and interesting sound effects. Walking through the desolate landscape of an abandoned and crumbling city in the desert to an orchestra led by an incredible female singer is memorable.

The soundtrack features a lot of vocals, from opera to choirs and other styles that sets it apart from other titles. Perhaps a reason so many human voices appear in the soundtrack is the games central theme and question: what is it to be human?

Overall, my personal experience with this game gives it a 7 out of 10 rating. My issues with the game are to do with the seemingly endless (and often very slow) running around and the stale side-quests. Also a question I can never get out of my head: Why is the entire army of combat-loving androids that live in space pretty much all young white women that fulfill the criteria of our current paradigm's generic idea of beauty?

I'm sure that its nothing to do with dated marketing techniques and that the story-line explains it one way or another. Maybe there's a note somewhere in the game that tells you that they put Hugh Hefner in charge of designing the army of androids. In spite of these questions and tediums, what keeps me afloat is the delicious combat, the absorbing soundtrack and the level-up/ability systems being complex enough to keep you interested in the pause menu for hours.


Have you played NeiR: Automata? If you thought it was a massive pile of wank, let me know below!

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:

-@brandonwoelfel

-@tess_and_sarah

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-@cats_of_instagram

-@zodiac.signs

-@thegrilledpineapple

-@jazzjennings_

-@chipper_thegolddog

-@llauratheleo

-@heyshalice

-@sailorhaley

-@sandcloudteam

-@photosabss

-@sharkbaitblond

Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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If it was not for the internet, I would have never met my soulmate.

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Whenever people ask, "how did you and your boyfriend meet?", and I tell them on the internet, they tend to get really judgmental.

For years, online relationships have been deemed as dangerous, "not real", invalid, and a set up for heartbreak.

Coming from the generation of technology, I strongly disagree with that opinion. There are so many people in this world... How can everyone find their soulmate face to face coincidentally?

My boyfriend and I, Steven, met in 2016 on the app Instagram. We were both sixteen years old at the time, and we were both completely clueless about where each other lived.

We both live in Georgia, but where I live and where he lives are two completely different worlds. He lives in a suburban town with a million gas stations, a Walmart just two minutes down the road, and an assortment of different fast food chains.

I live in a small town where we have two places to eat, a Dollar General, and Walmart is fifteen minutes away.

If it wasn't for the internet, how would we have met? Where would we be now if it wasn't for today's technology? Our paths would have never crossed if it wasn't for the world wide web.

Online relationships are more common than you think. The number of young adults who use online dating has roughly tripled from ten percent in 2013 to twenty-seven percent today, according to Pew Research.

And not only that. According to Dating News, nearly fifty million people have attempted online dating. That's close to the number of single people in the world, which is estimated to be around fifty-five million.

So why is online dating seen as a negative thing? There have been numerous times where people have not ended up to be who they said they are, however, that can easily be avoided. I made sure to not only have numerous phone calls with my boyfriend, but also use Skype and Facetime in order to see his face.

The internet led me to finding the love of my life, even if that can be labeled as a negative thing.

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