Been playing Nier Automata for a few hours (~5h) now.
Sadly, I'm not fully convinced as I have plenty of points to complain about.
- The map is garbage. I constantly have to pause the game and check it to see what points of interest are in my vicinity. Also since it's very monochromatic, it's hard to find locations you have already been to. The mini map might be even worse. Points of interest on different altitudes seem to be a huge issue as well.
- Quick travel unlocks around 3 hours into the game even though the main quest requires backtracking before that. Weird design choice.
- Controls. There are so many buttons to press simultaneously in battle, my hands are aching after only a short while. LT for lock-on, holding RB for turret, pressing LB to unleash turret skill, constantly running with LS, attacking with X, Y and regularly jumping/dodging with A & RT.
- Camera. In some boss fights the camera changes position in the worst way - usually when you have to dodge bullets. The field of view in these scenes is terrible though. (Specifically talking about the opera boss fight early in the game).
- Combat. The fun of the combat is kinda ruined when you can only take around 4 or maybe 5 hits before you die. I'm continuously running or dodging away because I'm afraid to get hit. Then I'm just using the turrets to finish the enemies, even if it takes a little longer. When there are more enemies and you get close, it gets incredibly hard to see if one of them is attacking due to so many effects happening on screen. It's really a shame as the combat is really fluid and could be fun. Also the enemies (especially the bosses, obviously) are bullet sponges and therefore take too long to get killed. It doesn't make them more challenging, it just takes longer to kill them.
- world design: Plenty of invisible walls. So many ruined buildings that have broken windows/doorways that would be easily accessible but the game says nope. Additionally, there are sometimes walls and other obstacles which aren't tall enough and look like you could theoretically jump on or over, but the invisible wall prevents you from doing that. Same with gaps in trees etc.
So far I would give it a 7.5.