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9 Great Games Like Nier: Automata

These are hand-picked games similar to Nier: Automata. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Nier: Automata. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify 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 games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @NieRGame

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @SquareEnix

Players: This is a single player game

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a 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 an...

Ghost of Tsushima

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/07/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Developer: @SuckerPunchProd

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

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.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Demon's Souls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @Bluepointgames

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

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...

Outriders

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @PCFPeopleCanFly

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Outriders is shooter game that includes role-playing elements. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire, Devastators who can use seismic attacks,...

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/11/2010

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @Fromsoftware_pr

Players: This is a single player game

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

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Oml_Games

Players: This is a single player game

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....

Heavenly Sword

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

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...

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:

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.
 
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Lake

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Ete

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198x

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Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 
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Roki

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Portal

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PEGI Rating 12+ for PortalESRB Rating TEEN for Portal

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.
 

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 Collosus 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.
 
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Horace

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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Qomp

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Ord

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PEGI Rating 3+ for OrdESRB Rating EVERYONE for Ord
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ITTA

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PEGI Rating 12+ for ITTAESRB Rating TEEN for ITTA
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QWOP

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PEGI Rating 3+ for QWOPESRB Rating EVERYONE for QWOP
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Rust

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PEGI Rating 18+ for RustESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Rust
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DayZ

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PEGI Rating 18+ for DayZESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for DayZ

Explore Physicality

Video games offer an opportunity to inhabit another body. Whether we step into the powerful frame of a trained marksman or brave adventurer, while we play we have a different sense of our physicality.

This is not only an enjoyable way to escape the reality of daily life but a chance to reflect on and understand ourselves, and our bodies, better. Stepping into the shoes of a vulnerable, small or endangered character can help us understand for a short while some of what it is like to be someone else.

Whether this is into the awkward teenage years of Mord and Ben in Wide Ocean Big Jacket, the grandparent-escaping Tiger and Bee in Kissy Kissy, the fractured heartbroken body in Gris or the haphazard movement of Octodad we have a chance to reassess our own physicality and how we respond to and treat other people's physicality.

More specifically, to use body therapy language, games offer us a chance to discover the inviolability of our bodies, personal autonomy, self-ownership, and self-determination. In travel, as Andrew Soloman says, we go somewhere else to see properly the place where we have come from. In video games, we step into other bodies so we can better understand our own and those of the people around us.
 

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.
 
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Shu

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Fuel

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PEGI Rating 7+ for FuelESRB Rating EVERYONE for Fuel
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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Haven

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Fe

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Hitman

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PEGI Rating 18+ for HitmanESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Hitman

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 the:
  • 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.

 
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Hades

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Roki

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PEGI Rating 12+ for RokiESRB Rating TEEN for Roki
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Halo

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PEGI Rating 16+ for HaloESRB Rating TEEN for Halo


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