NieR Automata has kind of stolen my life since release >_>
I 100%'d the game, and now I'm starting over on Very Hard difficulty where a single hit kills you... in a bullet hell action RPG. Should be fun.
And by fun I mean suffering, but worth it.
Probably one of my favorite games I've played in several years. It's not perfect, but it is pretty damn good. Improves on the first NieR in several ways, though I still prefer the first. The first got me with much more of an emotional attachment.
The first game's combat was.... slow. It worked, and did what it needed to, but it was kind of awkward and tedious and dull after a while. Automata has platinum developing it, and the combat came out much faster and more fluid. The OST in the original was one of my favorite gaming OSTs, and Automata somehow blew it out of the water. The story in Automata is pretty decent too, but again, I felt more attached to the story and characters in the first game. There's also some hidden depth in Automata for people who've played the first, but it's not necessary to play the first to understand the story. That said, if you play Automata first, it does spoil some pretty big things from the original NieR.