If you’re new to NieR: Automata and Yoko Taro’s previous games in general, you might want to consider reading up a little bit on the series’ backstory here. While you don’t need to play the older games to enjoy Automata, having a basic understanding of the series’ history and lore will definitely help you make connections and spot references in Taro’s latest title.
Also, as a word of warning, this article will contain massive spoilers for NieR: Automata. I mean, we’re literally going to break down every major plot event, plot twist, and main story endings in the game. So if you haven’t beaten the game and you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read on.