To the detriment of 23 different strangers in Ultimate Fantasy 14’s first Nier: Automata raid, I spent practically every week of 2019 in a 2B-fueled, boss-rushing rampage. I used to be on a mission to take my beloved catgirl—who roamed the MMO as an unlucky Yorha knockoff—and costume her in genuine Nier garb. The RNG was not type. The duty made me depressing, working the identical handful of fights by means of a fog of fatigue-induced errors till luck blessed me with a classy new 2B outfit. Lastly, hallelujah, change into as gods, and so on., I may strut my stuff as Automata’s most well-known android.

Until bribed or coerced, I refuse to return into that raid ever once more. 

Dedicating numerous hours to appear like 2B is a type of shameful obsessions I ought to most likely really feel some disgrace in sharing, however I do not. Again then I used to be hardly alone in my FF14 cosplay conquest, and the additional we move from Automata’s 2017 launch, the extra I notice there is a ton of y’all desperate to see—or be—2B in all the pieces. And I do imply all the pieces. I’ve discovered myself down an Automata dress-up rabbit gap, compelling me to attempt quantifying simply what number of video games have some playable model of dressed-to-kill Yorha No.2 Kind B. 

The Science

Establishing some floor guidelines: I am counting 2B appearances in official and non-official capacities. Fixing for the Sq. Enix-approved variable is a far simpler endeavor than looking down each 2B mod in existence, however I am going to ship a closing sum of Whole 2Bs primarily based on a couple of standards. Does the mod change some form of player-controlled unit? Are you able to put on 2B’s iconic black and white costume? Is there a vaguely comparable tribute to her white hair or eye cowl? 

In different phrases, my try to search out each game with a playable 2B is predicated on the extremely scientific technique of vibes. Video games solely that includes her castmates, like 9S or A2, do not depend. Video games with a number of variations, like Skyrim, depend every time. I am additionally together with stuff you may play—defunct video games or mods that exist by means of video proof solely. Maybe “may play” undermines “can play,” however she’s already a Fall Guys bean. I am not inquisitive about bringing cause into this. 

2B is Agent 47

2B Hitman 2 mod

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Maybe my endeavor to show each character I management right into a 2B clone proves some better level that Nier: Automata strives to make on love and lust. Or possibly this stems from my underlying frustrations with enjoying the identical mediocre-looking man in each game. Possibly it is not one of the above—I simply suppose the costume is cute. Regardless, one in all my favourite threads on this all-encompassing search led to a Hitman 2 Nexus Mods add that turns Agent 47 into 2B. 

One other mod does the identical factor for Hitman 3. Reactions to each appear torn between demanding extra and calling it “cursed.” When one commenter requested creator unalteredepic if there’s any game with modding help left that hasn’t gotten the 2B remedy, they responded, “if there’s, make certain there will not be.” Weirdly ominous, however I dig it. 

2B belongs right here 

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For these holding a tally, the checklist is at 4 video games with a playable(ish) 2B. Whereas making my observations, I spotted there is a recurring theme among the many extra standard mods, a style we’ll name “video games that really feel like they need to have 2B however haven’t got 2B.” The unofficial assembly of beloved Sq. Enix hero with different beloved Sq. Enix heroes, like this mod from monkeygigabuster that replaces Dissidia Ultimate Fantasy NT’s Ultimecia with 2B. File that one below Free Good Thought.

Certain, 2B’s inclusion in most Sq. RPGs makes zero sense, however dropping fan-favorite character skins into unrelated worlds solely for aesthetics is a treasured RPG staple. I do not want the lore on why; turning Aqua from Kingdom Hearts 3 into 2B is simply neat. There’s additionally a Ultimate Fantasy XV mod on Steam swapping Noctis for her. 

Extra importantly, I can forgo all of Tifa’s different outfit choices on this Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake mod and provides her one thing higher. FF7R stands out as a type of where the fanbase overlap with Automata is a circle; scads of different Nier-related tweaks are in all places. We’re counting video games, although, and that brings us to eight. 

From Spider-Man to Guitar Hero

Whereas some fan creations appear becoming, most shortly loop again to spectacular and ridiculous. They reply why with “as a result of I can,” and video games like Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered are a bit higher for it. You could be Peter Parker, or shoot webs out of your wrists as 2B as an alternative. The selection appears apparent. 

In video games where avatars hold little canonical relevance, much less outlined personalities serving extra as participant inserts, 2B is in excessive demand. She makes her musical debut in a Guitar Hero World Tour mod, lives life as a viking in Valheim, and joins the limitless potentialities of Garry’s Mod. Some carry welcome modifications to boring character fashions, however different journeys into the feedback evoke a delicate oh no. That is 12 video games names to this point; I am assured three-fourths of these embody a remark part too sexy to learn in public.

Anyway, persevering with with the theme of gaming no-nos, 2B has flagrantly been added to in loads of video games with “no mods allowed” insurance policies, like Useless by Daylight and Genshin Impression.  Automata lovers appear at peace with risking their accounts for Yorha-related sins. The identical goes for slotting her into varied iterations of Hyrule, with modders keen to vary The Legend of Zelda’s Hyperlink into their favourite android no matter looming Nintendo ire. 

There is a layer of element to creations just like the Breath of the Wild 2B mod from Girl Lunanova that is strikingly considerate. It is centered on presenting 2B as a plausible addition to the world, and I discovered comparable allure in a retro Ocarina of Time costume. 

Someplace between realizing 2B’s modded into not less than six Resident Evils and each rattling preventing game, the daunting scope of quantifying her affect grew to become clear. Whether or not because of emotional ties compelling modders to take 2B in all places or simply an obsession with the oversexualized, 2B’s enchantment has change into too huge to actually measure. 

However ending prematurely is not honest to her admirers or the hours I’ve spent attempting to exchange Elden Ring’s Malenia. In one other ridiculous determine, this is a listing of 59 extra video games making 2B (form of) playable:  

  • Bayonetta
  • Blade & Sorcery
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night time
  • Brawlhalla
  • Code Vein
  • Counter-Strike: International Offensive
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Darkish Souls
  • Darkish Souls 2
  • Darkish Souls 3
  • Darkish Souls Remastered
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Useless or Alive 5
  • Useless or Alive 6
  • Satan Might Cry 4
  • Satan Might Cry 5
  • Do not Starve Collectively
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout New Vega
  • Ghostrunner
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Responsible Gear Attempt
  • Half-Life
  • Haydee II
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Left 4 Useless 2
  • Minecraft
  • Monster Hunter: Rise
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mordhau
  • Multiversus
  • Naruto Final Ninja Storm 4
  • Want for Velocity Payback
  • Ninja Gaiden: Grasp Assortment
  • Nioh 2
  • Oblivion
  • Payday 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Threat of Rain 2
  • Rivals of Aether
  • Saints Row IV
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Sifu
  • Skyrim 
  • Skyrim Particular Version
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sonic Mania
  • Avenue Fighter V
  • Tremendous Smash Bros. Final
  • Tales of Come up
  • Tekken 7
  • Tomb Raider 2013
  • Final Marvel Versus Capcom 3
  • XCOM 2

The Sq. Enix-approved

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With the exhausting half carried out, it is time to depend the remaining 2B appearances which are formally cleared. There’s the plain Sinoalice, Nier Reincarnation, and Nier Replicant mentions; something that is not Automata counts. Babylon’s Fall—god relaxation its soul—had a 2B-infused crossover, too. 

Sq. Enix is not shy concerning the android’s capacity to attract a crowd. She’s popped up in others from the writer, like Courageous Exvius, Star Ocean: Anamnesis, Lord of Vermilion, Valkyrie Anatomia, Servant of Thrones, and Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent. A few of these are lengthy gone, like Spelunker World, a game I did not know existed till simply now. 

Different crossovers in PUBG, New State Cell, Final Cloudia, Gravity Rush 2, Shadowverse, Soul Calibur 6, Monster Hunter Frontier Z, and Phantasy Star On-line 2 ship 2B in various levels of high quality, however nobody’s right here to evaluate. With each look, even half-assed, her status grows. That stated, no matter is occurring on this Punishing Grey Raven trailer guidelines. Weight of the World deserves its personal exhaustive listicle.

Fixing for (2)B

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In the end I’ve saddled myself with an unimaginable process. There are 2B mods tucked away in Discords, Patreons, and questionable Google Drive uploads. She’s in video games I’ve by no means heard of with single-digit Steam critiques, and mislabeled as A2 or Kainé in god is aware of what number of extra. 

Primarily based on my scientific expedition, you may play as 2B in not less than 96 video games—give or take rather a lot. A few of these appearances are nightmare gas, however others are becoming, considerate tributes to a personality clearly endeared to hundreds of thousands. 2B is simply as a lot a cultural phenomenon as Nier in its entirety—and I am by no means going to make it by means of Resident Evil 2 as Claire once more. That is simply Leon and his absolutely-canon-friend, YoRHa No.2 Kind B.