After its successful run with the original Drakengard franchise, the series gave birth to an even more remarkable spin-off instalment called NieR. Although NieR’s debut was considered a solid addition to the franchise, it didn’t garner enough attention. It wasn’t until Square Enix joined forces with Platinum Games that the iconic NieR Automata was born, breathing new life into the series with its exceptional gameplay and stunning graphics. NieR Automata went on to become a widely acclaimed success, delighting gamers worldwide and solidifying its place as a standout title in the franchise.
The initial PC launch on Steam was plagued with serious bugs, glitches, and crashes, which ultimately led to widespread disappointment among players. However, the power of the modding community proved to be a game-changer, as enthusiasts came together to create a series of fixes that addressed the game’s many issues. Thanks to the dedication of these modders, the game was transformed into a more stable and enjoyable experience, allowing players to fully immerse themselves in the game’s world without fear of technical hiccups.
Today, we’ll be diving into the best NieR Automata mods you must download. The list comprises a handful of essential mods you must have along with extra mods you should put on your radar. Stay with us and read all about it down below.
Mods you need to enjoy the game at its full potential
At its initial launch on Steam, the game was riddled with a litany of issues that rendered it nearly unplayable, with game-breaking bugs, crashes, and other technical glitches plaguing its performance. However, a glimmer of hope emerged in the form of the FAR Mod, a passion project created by user Kaldein to address the game’s many shortcomings. Through sheer determination and dedication, Kaldein’s mod resolved nearly every issue that had previously hampered the game, transforming it into a more stable and enjoyable experience for players.
Although the mod is no longer essential after the game’s July 2021 patch, it remains a significant addition for players seeking to improve their gaming experience. The mod provides a range of enhancements, including improved textures and better performance for low-end PC users, among others. Furthermore, the mod offers several unique features, such as faster load times and enhanced render latency, which can take the game to the next level. For those interested in taking advantage of these benefits, the link provided above has everything you need to get started.
Another mod that should not be overlooked is the Nier Automata LodMod. It is a Wrapper DLL designed for NieR Automata that significantly enhances the game’s graphical quality, effectively resolves annoying graphical bugs, and introduces various improvements to the game’s mechanics. This mod is undoubtedly a valuable addition for players looking to optimize their gaming experience and should not be missed.
Combine this mod with LodMod, and your potato rig should act like an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card. Well, not really. However, users should notice a significant jump in performance by up to 10 frames, which is impressive. If you’re using a potato PC, and want to desperately play the game, this mod should help alongside the LodMod.
If you’re using a DualShock 4 controller and are bothered with the Xbox One/PC prompts, this mod fixes that issue for you With this mod, players can rest easy knowing that they will receive accurate controller prompts that match their device, improving their overall gaming experience.
Note: There’s also Spodi’s PS4 Button Prompts Mod which is just as good as ChaserJZX’s mod. However, the former requires the Special K Mod (Aka FAR Mod) to function properly. Both are easy to download and use. Check them out.
NieR Automata is undoubtedly one of the most charming games to come in years. But, sometimes you can’t help but notice that some areas in the game look really ugly, as shown in the picture above. Luckily, players can rest assured that with the texture pack mod created by GPUnity, combined with FAR Mod, NieR Automata will look absolutely stunning, with vastly improved textures and an overall more polished and visually appealing appearance.
Note: You will need the FAR Mod for the mod to work.
When players reach the Bunker for the first time, they will encounter a black-and-white aesthetic that reflects the grim and dark world of NieR. While this artistic approach is fitting for some, it may not be to everyone’s taste. If the visuals prove to be a nuisance, players can always use this mod that brings the Bunker’s hidden colours.
Roam the Bunker in full colour while conversing with NPCs and progressing into the story of the game, all thanks to this mod made by Alprazolam15.
It is undeniable that, at times, the quality of character models of 2B, A2, and 9S may appear subpar on certain occasions. This Android Remaster mod, which was created by Petrarca22 solves this issue. With character models built from the ground up and injected with 4K PBR textures along with some model revisions, this is one of the best ways to experience NieR Automata. Bear in mind that you will need a decent computer to run these models at smooth framerates.
Note: FAR/Special K is a must in order for this mod to function properly.
NieR Fantasy ReShade Mod enhances the graphics of the original NieR: Automata game by adding new levels of depth, colour, and visual effects.
Colour and visuals are strong assets in the video game industry as they enhance the experience further. If you’ve finished the game, and want to delve through a second playthrough, you may want to check this mod. Thankfully, it’s not as hardware-demanding as the Androids Remastered mod.
2B Hook is yet another essential for NieR: Automata you should know about. This Mod Menu features multiple functions within a single mod. Some of its capabilities include Godmode, No Fall Damage, No Enemy Damage, Level Manipulation, Buddy Spawning, Item Spawning, Pod Spawning, and Entity Spawning.
Note: FAR/Special K Mod is a must for this one to function.
Author: Hewell and others (check the link below)
What this mod basically does is it replaces all of Nier Automata’s slightly blurry 900p 30fps cutscenes with smooth 1080p 60fps ones. While the jump from 900p to 1080p may not be noticeable, the difference between 30 and 60 fps is like night a day. So, for those who want to view NieR Automata cutscene in the best quality possible, this mod is a must-have.
The modding community strikes once again with a very useful mod, made specifically for mouse and keyboard users. This mod created Methanhydrat addresses multiple input issues related to mouse and keyboard controls in NieR: Automata. Its functionalities comprise direct mouse input for camera and aiming movements, a brand-new crosshair aiming mode, unconventional bindings for dash/evade, pod automatic firing, and additional features to enhance gameplay.
Finally, if you want to have every essential mod in one place, the NAMH mod is a useful tool you should check out. It is easy to use and comes with the function to install and uninstall mods.
This marks the end of essential mods for NieR Automata mods on PC. Below, the article will dive into extra mods you may be interested in.
Additional mods for the game that you may be interested in
Some players just want to feel like a boss and slash through everything with ease. This mod fulfils that need. It comes packaged with a multitude of features that may pique your interest. Definitely check it out, especially if you’re struggling with the game on some occasions.
This outfit mod crossover between Alice in Wonderland and NieR Automata makes us wish for the two characters to somehow meet up in an alternate dimension. Especially the American McGee’s iteration of Alice.
Despite being an outfit from a spin-off mobile instalment in the series, 2B’s reincarnation outfit is simply fantastic. Those who had the chance to try out the mobile game may have already fallen in love with Reincarnation and 2B’s outfit. Luckily, this mod lets you replace the original 2B outfit with this.
If 2B was your secretary, your everyday encounter with clients will probably be a much better experience. This mod is simple: it replaces the original outfit in the game with this delicate and office-like outfit.
From an android killing machine to a regular high school girl, who would have predicted the change? This mod is as the following: it replaces the original outfit in the game with these casual clothes. Download it if interested, if not, keep reading till the end.
Originally released as an exclusive outfit for the Nintendo Switch port of Nier Automata, this mod manages to emulate the costume perfectly. It looks identical to the original. If interested, download it from the link provided.
Perhaps she was born for this, but each formal costume suits 2B. This mod is simple: it replaces the original outfit in the game with this delicate and contractor-like outfit. If you liked the secretary outfit mod above, you may love this one too.
This outfit mod crossover between Final Fantasy XIV and NieR Automata makes us wish Square Enix will one day make a game about the two. One can only hope.
This was bound to happen the moment a train was caught in sight. This mod that merges Thomas the Tank Engine and Emil is a delight for fans of both sides.
Miscellaneous mods you may be interested to check out sometime.
If Itachi Uchiha from the Naruto franchise had a showdown against 2B, who would win in your opinion? Well, let’s hear from you. But who knows, maybe 2B is a secret agent from the Uchiha clan ready to wipe out an entire village.
This mod wasn’t exactly on anyone’s wishlist, but it certainly made an impression. Essentially, the mod swaps out the Ancient Overlord or Angel’s Folly with either Captain America’s Shield or YorHa Shield. It’s quite a clever idea.
This is a mod that replaces “Ancient Overlord” (short sword) with the meticulously well-made purple sword from Genshin Impact. For these kinds of mods, you luckily don’t need the FAR mod at your disposal.
There’s no train to follow, nor any grand theft auto missions to engage in, just pure hack-and-slashing action experience, and Big Smoke by your side. To install this mod, read all about it from the link provided above.
With this sword mod, you can swap out 2B’s Virtuous weapon for The Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda franchise. The mod utilizes the model from Breath of the Wild. Check it out if interested.
In an attempt to introduce many hack-and-slash enthusiasts to No More Heroes, this mod replaces the 9S model with Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes two. In case this is your first time hearing about the series, it’s never too late to try it out. It’s also one of the best hack-and-slash games on PC!
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