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27 Great Games Like Nier: Automata

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Nier: Automata and have found the following:

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight of a combat android, her companion, and a fugitive prototype.

Unfortunately, Nier: Automata is not available on Android, Mac or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nie R Game (@NieRGame)

Costs: Purchase cost, In-Game Purchases and In-Game Pass

13 Hand Picked Video Games Like Nier: Automata

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Nier: Automata. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Nier: Automata, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 18 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Elden Ring

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Bayonetta 3 (Series)

Release Date: 29/10/2009, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Bayonetta 3 is the latest fighting game in the Bayonetta franchise, where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat monsters and hordes of enemies in fast-paced combat. As you move through the stages, you attack enemies with your wide...

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PS4

Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins...

Ghost of Tsushima

Release Date: 17/07/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.

Demon's Souls (Series)

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PS3 and PS5

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Heavenly Sword

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Heavenly Sword, similar to Enslaved, offers a heady mix of heroic storytelling and narrative. The fighting is styled on martial arts and the main character, Nariko, uses a weapon called the Heavenly Sword which changes into one of three forms depending...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an adventure fighting game set in the Sengoku period in Japan. You play a shinobi known as Wolf, who has lost an arm, as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord.

Ghostrunner

Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them....

Outriders

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Outriders is shooting game with a focus on collecting loot and upgrades with a role-playing edge. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire,...

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Release Date: 23/11/2010

Platforms: PS3 and Xbox 360

Enslaved, similar to Heavenly Sword offers a heady mix of heroic storytelling and narrative. You control a character called Monkey (played by Andy Serkis) in a third-person perspective and use power-staff combat moves, running...

Deus Ex (Series)

Release Date: 23/06/2000, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

The Deus Ex is a series of narrative-driven role-playing games where you use stealth, shoot enemies, and upgrade your character with body modifications to progress. In the latest main game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you explore a dystopian future on a...

Killer 7

Release Date: 07/07/2005, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS2 and Wii

Killer7 is a surreal action-adventure game about an elite group of assassins who work for the United States government. It's awkward to play and easy to dismiss with its unconventional control scheme, restrictive exploration, and complex dark plot....

16 Video Games Like Nier: Automata Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Nier: Automata. This includes games from the Fighting, Action, Adventure, Shooting and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Nier: Automata

If you like the sound of Nier: Automata but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Nier: Automata Accessibility Report.
 

Nier: Automata is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Nier: Automata in the following lists:

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 

Better The Second Time

They might say that "the first cut is the deepest", but when it comes to video games there are many experiences where the second time through is the one that you really love. From games that intentionally offer a "New Game +" where you go again with more equipment and upgrades, to games that are more fun once you know what's really going on, this is a list of games that people love to play a second time.

There are different reasons to play a game a second time, once you have finished it. Maybe, like Somerville, you just enjoyed it so much that you just want to go again. Maybe there's a twist, like Bastion, at the end that subverts what happened at the start. Or maybe, like Oxenfree, the game unlocks items or narrative that requires more than one play.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Get Children Into Writing Letters

Online games are often about immediate communication either spoken or typed in the heat of battle or survival. There are some online games that encourage communication much more like writing a letter to someone.

These games offer players the chance to write a note and then place it in the game world for others to discover. They can also, of course, also read messages and notes from other players.

With a little guidance it can be a lovely way to introduce children to the skill of letter writing, as well as engaging with other players online without the usual bad language (although that can happen here too).

Games like Subnautica, offer the ability to leave time capsules for others, that include a handful items, a short text message and a screenshot. Similarly, games like, Dark Souls and Demons Souls enable you to leave messages for other players to help them with tips. In Nier Automata you find the bodies of other fallen players that have a customized message left on them when they met their end.

Other games weave the letters and messages into the gameplay. Kind Words, for example, is a game all about responding to letters that other people have sent. The Things We Lost In The Flood, builds its play around the ability to send and find messages in bottles. In Animal Crossing New Horizons on the 3DS you can also put messages in bottles for other players to find.
 

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.