The Nier: Automata novel gives fans yet another playthrough

Set on Earth in 11945 AD, the 2017 video game Nier: Automata takes places thousands of years after humanity was forced to escape to the Moon after an alien invasion. Its story follows 2B and 9S, two highly advanced androids sent to Earth by humans to investigate and fight the aliens’ non-sentient combat machines, which have started to exhibit human-like behaviors.

The game’s new novelization, Nier: Automata: Long Story Short, isn’t a substitute for the original game, though it’s about as faithful as a purely textual adaptation could be. That’s not only because of how important interactivity is to the story the game tells — including side quests that offer more context — but the way its multi-ending, perspective-hopping story repeatedly…

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