By starting the game with a bullet-hell style space shooter section, Nier: Automata is able to jump immediately into the action, with a set of controls that even inexperienced players can pick up in a short period. This eases players into the action combat of the game as a whole, as well as introduces them to the concept of dodging and blocking strings of red orbs (or bullets) that often fill the screen. This is all done in the opening section, and allows the game to start off explosively.