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Astral Chain, ahead of The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2.

The love for Nier Automata is perplexing. I do intend to give the game another go after quitting it after a good 10 hours the first time around, but so much about it doesn't quite come together as it should. Be it the design of the world itself where there's a lot of terrain to run through without offering anything of substance, the artistic choice with its odd occurences of draining out the colors, or the music which reminds me of The World Ends With You where the soundtrack diverted from the usual fare of video games and more often than not doesn't really fit or sound good. The combat, including the shoot'em sections, is the only thing I considered legitimately good, but that wasn't engaging enough when traversing the world itself was such a bummer. The story couldn't keep me going either, hence why I soon stopped after starting on new game plus.

Maybe it is one of the few rare games that begin to click when I give them a second chance - Bayonetta was significantly better the second time around - but it will be a while until I get around to play it again.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV will outsell Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I was wrong.