After a luke-warm reception in its first outing back in 2010 on PS3, the NieR series is back for another bash in the shape of Automata - the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the mechanoid-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as "machine lifeforms".
In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race has been driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon. The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance.
Creator Yoko Taro hasn't held back second time round when it comes to the strange storyline and crunching signature combat experience, but Automata manages to blend everything together so much better.
This war between the machines and the androids immediately becomes one you want to see through to its bitter end, ably showcased through the stylish Japanese-inspired visuals and a stunning audio soundtrack.
Dispatching wave after wave of enemies becomes something of an art form at times, smoothly executed, but with such satisfying impact. If you missed the original NieR, don't worry, Automata is so much better in every way, so now's the time to dive into the action.