It's taken 3 years and 10 months, but someone just found a secret Nier: Automata cheat code

Nier Automata
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Trusted hacker Lance McDonald – yes, that's the same Lance McDonald who was behind those extraordinary PT hacks (opens in new tab) – has uncovered the final secret of Nier: Automata.

After "hundreds of hours or reverse engineering (opens in new tab)", McDonald found a complex cheat code that enables the player to jump straight to the last of the game's many endings right after killing the first boss.

As McDonald takes pains to explain, no, it's not an exploit or a cheese - it's "an actual cheat code" intentionally coded into the game.

"I found a cheat code in NieR Automata that allows you to skip to the last ending immediately after killing the first boss and unlock the bonus modes," McDonald tweeted earlier today (thanks, PC Gamer (opens in new tab)). "I'll do a full video soon. It's not a glitch, it's an actual cheat code hard-coded into the engine."

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After copying in director Yoko Taro to flag his attention, both he and the game's official Twitter account acknowledged McDonald's accomplishment with a response, with the former tweeting: "3 years 10 months. (◎血◎)" in reference to how long it's taken for the secret to have been discovered. 

Nier: Automata received an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5 in the GamesRadar+ review (opens in new tab). We said that "while it's certainly not perfect, Nier: Automata is nonetheless a breath of fresh air that will challenge your thumbs as well as your thinking - a game with hydrocarbon heart and silicon soul that will stay with you long after you've set the controller down".

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Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.