Preview of NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console? – TGS 2022 on Switch

preview NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console? – TGS 2022

This October, the Switch will be receiving two huge masterpieces of modern J-RPG, both dating back to 2017: Persona 5 and especially NieR: Automata. The latter will appear on October 6 on the mixed console and was recently contacted. So, a new “miracle” port or a title too greedy for a Nintendo machine?

Just over five years after its release, should we still introduce NieR: Automata? Initially released on PC and PlayStation 4, this exceptional RPG / Beat’em all / shoot’em up (crossed out as applicable) Platinum Games I have received 19/20 is nicely free on JV when it was released. Then arriving on Xbox One with the subtitle “Become as Gods”, it was Yoko Tarō’s last game as a director that was critically acclaimed on many points, in particular Its captivating story, extraordinary soundtrack and ability to constantly renew itself, Several species alternated while maintaining an amazing overall balance. Its technical weakness (60fps away) has been regularly mentioned, making it a hit Perfect client for Nintendo Switch port, Console prefers non-greedy titles…

Preview conditions

We were able to experience the first two “chapters” of Nier: Automata – the end of YoRHa’s release during a press event he organized Square Enix in London. Our impressions come from this gaming session done on the Switch, both mounted on a 4K screen (not necessarily the best option to do justice) and on the go on an OLED model.


  • A clear and ambitious transportation project
  • Performance and (especially) liquidity at the junction
  • One of the Switch’s best ports, right down to its gameplay

A clear and ambitious transportation project

Last June, during a Nintendo Direct Partner Show, the officialization of the Switch port for NieR: Automata was one of the best announcements for the event. I must say that This release was expected by a lot of players Knowing that the hybrid machine nintendo He was clearly able to run this title with limited technical claims in the end. If this new edition turns out to be able to display HD resolution is very unrestricted, completely stable frame rate at least 30fps Astral Chain method (the only game in the studio that’s actually been developed exclusively for Switch yet), so we’ll be fine with that already, after all! It should also be noted that during a conference at the recent Tokyo Game Show, PlatinumGames teams hinted at it This production impressed Square Enix and that the idea for a NieR: Automata port would have come from there:

Performance and (especially) liquidity at the junction

NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console?  - TGS 2022

With NieR: Automata, the Switch welcomes another masterpiece, moreover, in excellent conditions.

But what about once in the field? Well, it’s simple, we will not cut corners: NieR: Automata is incredibly powerful when played on Switch, And impressive in portable mode, especially in the OLED version that takes advantage of its black and white display to give the hues high in the artistic direction of such a single work. If the drawn version left us at a loss, largely due to the inappropriate dimensions of the screen used which made everything a bit rough, this “The End of YoRHa Edition” nonetheless sticks to 1080p under the circumstances (better than 900px from the “chubby” PS4 version!), And 720p in mobile, all at a very stable 30 frames per second! Framerate drops have already turned out to be very, very rare, which to our delight, especially since NieR: Automata loves sequences with a lot of moving elements on the screen in the combat stages. Note that the game’s menus, very cool and full of innovation, seem to run at 60fps.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console?  - TGS 2022

Even in sequences loaded with effects and particles, the frame rate is very stable on the Switch.

This is where our main surprise came in: such a spooky game should be perfectly smooth, the amazing overall stability gives it sensuality, and a cushion in hand, similar to that of the Astral Chain of its time. Technically, it’s very simple: Switch never puts NieR: Automata to shame, Except in areas with a large viewing distance where cutting can cause damage. An obvious sacrifice (in a game that’s not really lacking in scenario) to ensure an enjoyable gaming experience, which will nonetheless convince players to discover Yoko Tarō and PlatinumGames’ masterpiece…as well as those who already know the game. To speak more to the latter with a concrete example of artistic excellence, The rocks of the valley that separates the city in ruins and the shopping center leading into the forest are displayed from a distance in low resolution, before one approaches them and discovers their true form. In our experience, this was the only price to pay to ensure a really clean presentation, but The title is still frankly beautiful, and above all, not much more than it was in 2017 On the first model of PS4.

Again, with such an excellent port, YoRHa has a lot to do on the Switch.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console?  - TGS 2022

One of the Switch’s best ports, right down to its gameplay

Finally, to the highest level, and to our great surprise (again!), This Switch version uses Joy-con during the confrontation sequence, In order to perform melee or evasive attacks. If it’s still a clever tool, we appreciate to see that the care given to this transfer extends to the controls that could have been stupidly modeled on the so-called “superior” versions; but not, The release of “The End of YoRHa” definitely wants to stand out and honestly do well. If we were able to praise in the past the almost miraculous qualities of adapting titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or DOOM Eternal on Nintendo’s hybrid console, it’s clear that Nier: Automata – YoRHa’s release end is still higher in terms of sudden portability. Sure, the original was less technically impressive, but the challenge was no less delicate.

Nier: Automata – The end of YoRHa release for the Nintendo Switch will be released on the 6th of October.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best port on a Nintendo console?  - TGS 2022

Our impressions

If one is clearly not faced with the best possible version to play such a gem (because, yes, it is), then what would the final version of NieR: Automata be more than honest in the circumstances, whether to discover it or revive it again because it’s so worth it . In the question, we might recommend that you prefer the mobile version if you have an OLED version of the console, but with just over two weeks after its release we can’t wait to confirm these sweet promises: it already seems unlikely that only the start of the game will technically hold And then everything will fall apart! With Nier: Automata – the end of YoRHa’s release, the Transformer should have one more core, and it’s still an excellent RPG, in case you haven’t grasped it enough already. Kudos to humanity and, above all, to the teams behind what may be the most successful switch port of an entire generation!

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