Anybody want to take bets on whether or not I copy and pasted that DLC name? Well, I did! Look at it! Typing that out would set my OCD something fierce and I’d spend all my time double checking to make sure I’ve put it in correctly. That aside, red hair for 2B is just the best.
There’s not a whole lot to talk about in this DLC due to its lack of story and lack of new gameplay mechanics, and if you’re interested in our thoughts on the combat then you can check out our review of the game here, but you’re not here for more story. No, you’re here because you heard of the arenas and want to test yourself against some of the strongest enemies that the game has to offer. What else is there, you ask? There are original NieR outfits as well as the ability to change the hair colour of 2B and A2. These range from pretty standard colours including red, blue, green and a few more, and they’re brilliant.
Everything is so wonderfully strange.
There are three challenge arenas to sink your teeth into, and one must be completed as 9S, as you fight waves of enemies up to level 80 before you can get the outfits — this is a pain, and it’s expected that you’ve already completed the game twice or so before you tackle the DLC, when really many people have likely put a second playthrough off because they want to do it in the new outfits. The combat is as solid as ever though, and the new voice lines recorded are a joy to listen to — the commentator in particular got a few laughs out of me.
The strangest thing has yet to come however, because you can fight the CEO’s of Square Enix and Platinum Games. They even attack you with copies of their own heads! It warns you that this battle may break your immersion but when it comes to Yoko Taro directed games, then there’s very little that can break your immersion — everything is so wonderfully strange, and his games provide unique, captivating experiences.
It’s a great DLC that offers more of one of NieR: Automata’s best aspects.
The 3C3C1D119440927 DLC (yup, copy and pasted) gives you plenty to do if you’re itching for more of the games slick combat, but if you’re looking for story then you won’t find it here — thankfully, it’s not advertised as anything more than series’ of battles to get stuck in. It’s a bit pricey at £11.49 and having to complete all three arenas to get all three outfits is a pain because it would be nice to battle in those outfits instead, but c’est la vie. It’s a great DLC that offers more of one of NieR: Automata’s best aspects, and it’s definitely a game worth supporting. Whether or not you wait for a sale though is up to you though, as £11.49 is a bit steep for something that’s mostly challenge arenas.
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