I feel Sq. Enix’s RPG soundtracks are gaming’s gold customary. Nier: Automata’s music, composed by Keiichi Okabe (of Tekken fame) is within the higher echelon of my favourite online game music, becoming a member of the likes of Nobuo Uematsu’s Last Fantasy VII and Yasunori Mitsuda’s Chrono Set off soundtracks. Automata’s rating isn’t mere atmosphere. As a substitute, it’s straight concerned within the sport’s design: Songs remodel relying on plot development. Pascal’s theme, for instance, is one in every of Automata’s extra upbeat tunes, mirroring the peaceable robotic’s childlike exuberance and cheery disposition. Nevertheless, throughout extra solemn story moments, the identical track performs once more however with totally different sonic parts like a melancholy chant or contemplative piano notes. In Automata, dialogue and participant selection are integral items of the narrative, however instrumental melodies and vocal harmonies spin advanced tales of their very own.
Moreover, Okabe depends on “chaos language” – a mix of two or extra languages (in Automata’s case, primarily German and Japanese) that create undecipherable, however oddly acquainted conlangs. This method displays the state of Automata’s setting and time-period: 2B and 9S’ futuristic, post-apocalyptic Earth is, abruptly, eerily international and acquainted.