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  • Summary: Nothing is as it seems in Square Enix's latest action adventure game, set in a crumbling world plagued by disease and dark, unrecognizable creatures. Players assume the role of the unyielding protagonist, NIER, resolute in his quest to discover a cure for his daughter, who is infected withNothing is as it seems in Square Enix's latest action adventure game, set in a crumbling world plagued by disease and dark, unrecognizable creatures. Players assume the role of the unyielding protagonist, NIER, resolute in his quest to discover a cure for his daughter, who is infected with the Black Scrawl virus. With powerful allies and a mysterious book, NIER encounters things that will confound even the mightiest of warriors. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58
  1. Nier is an awesome game which brings a great story, lots of gameplay variation, interesting characters and a very good soundtrack. It is the surprise of this year!
  2. A great combination of action games like Bayonetta and RPG games like Last Remnant. Everything from bosses to the epic music deserves praise.
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Nier won't wow players with its basic mechanics, but in the story it tells, the characters it develops, and the themes present throughout play, it will easily win over anyone seeking something emotionally exploratory and well off the beaten path.
  4. 70
    The ideas that Nier was built on are extremely solid -- the execution just falls short.
  5. AceGamez
    65
    Provided you can make it through the disappointing introduction and swallow your outrage every time Kaine makes a show of bending over, Nier is a classic action RPG with some refreshing elements and a reminder that streamlined gameplay need not mean a restrictive experience due to its minimal but innovative weapon and ability upgrade system.
  6. Thanks to a strong narrative and a relatively good concept, Nier is to be considered a decent addition to the PS3's and 360's RPG catalog. Although its visuals aren't surely breathtaking and its gameplay doesn't excel in terms of depth, the game will in fact manage to guarantee a likable experience to any fan of the genre.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    As far as being an actioner that's worthy of your time, this is not up to the standard we'd expect. In fact, it's nowhere Nier. [June 2010, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 76
  2. Negative: 2 out of 76
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    10
    (SPOILER FREE!!!)

    Wow what can I say! This game really is one of the best games of 2010. The story and characters are really great and
    (SPOILER FREE!!!)

    Wow what can I say! This game really is one of the best games of 2010. The story and characters are really great and touching. The graphical art style is fantastic.

    The combat is very fun.

    There are lots of optional sidequests throughout the game and there all different.

    The game probably has one of the most amazing beautiful ost's ever.
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  2. Mar 4, 2017
    10
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  3. Jan 4, 2014
    10
    NIER is, simply put, astounding.

    The gameplay, though not revolutionary, is fluent and engaging and the incorporation of magic into the
    NIER is, simply put, astounding.

    The gameplay, though not revolutionary, is fluent and engaging and the incorporation of magic into the combat is done in a less than conventional way to add a flavour of uniqueness to the gameplay.

    However, where the game shines brightest is the soundtrack, the story and the characters. The soundtrack is amazingly well crafted, in some ways quite simplistic but beautiful nonetheless and it suits the setting perfectly. The story is mature and quite emotional, as it tells the story of a man trapped in a dying world trying to save his daughter. There are some twists and turns along the way and altogether it makes for a very engaging experience.

    Finally, the characters. The primary protagonist is a middle-aged man who is, as stated previously, fighting to save his daughter. He's a hard worker and skilled warrior that makes his living by putting his skills to good use and hiring himself out to help the villagers that have showed he and his daughter so much kindness and charity in the past in whatever tasks they need help with, from doing their shopping and hunting down eggs (hidden by some very canny chickens) to taking on a ferocious wild boar. He is a hard man, also quite different from what some would expect from a JRPG in that he looks like he's being beaten over the head with an ugly stick.

    The interactions between the characters are terrific, in particular between our hero and Weiss, his floating companion. Overall, this game is terrific. I've loved it since I bought it and I think any RPG fan would enjoy it thoroughly.
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  4. Nov 23, 2015
    9
    epico ,sublime ,unico,caviar videojueguil,sensaciones unicas y a la vez sensaciones de algo clasico,o lo amas o lo odias ,asi de claro.puroepico ,sublime ,unico,caviar videojueguil,sensaciones unicas y a la vez sensaciones de algo clasico,o lo amas o lo odias ,asi de claro.puro espectaculo narrativo ,intensamente emocional y una de las mejores bandas sonoras de la historia.SUBLIME !!!!! Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2012
    9
    Some expert reviewers have called it 'boring' others called it 'ugly', but against these criticisms fans still openly think this game is aSome expert reviewers have called it 'boring' others called it 'ugly', but against these criticisms fans still openly think this game is a classic. I just cant fathom why the poor reviews! As a game the controls and combat are fluid and intuitive, the voice acting is great, and the story is one of the best i've seen to date. Its an unusual mix of Western and Japanese RPG / Action adventure, and anyone interested in either should give this game a shot. No doubt it has its shortcomings - some of the side quests are a little tedious, and the grinding involved in achieving the trophies is beyond masochism. Regardless of these slight problems NIER is a joy to play, its characters are endering, and the end play is spectacular. I hope the poor reviews dont stop this fantaastic game becoming the cult classic it deserved to become! Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2018
    8
    NieR is a great experience. The story, music and characters are all spectacular. However, the graphics and visuals are not very good. AnotherNieR is a great experience. The story, music and characters are all spectacular. However, the graphics and visuals are not very good. Another issue is that the main character is very bland and doesn't have much of an interesting personality. However, this game is a great way to get a solid introduction to the story of NieR: Automata, and is worth playing even if that game didn't exist. Hopefully Square remasters this forgotten gem so fans of the established NieR: Automata can give this game a shot. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2016
    0
    though to give it a try as of the upcoming Nier: Automata, But this game is too boring, you have to read all the conversations EACH AND EVERthough to give it a try as of the upcoming Nier: Automata, But this game is too boring, you have to read all the conversations EACH AND EVER ONE and press a key to read next and so on, it was so boring and meaningless. Your Avatar moves faster then a car! And during hunting or looting they will continuously bother you with item found and you will have to press a key. OHH...... And the music i couldn't bear it so i had to mute the TV. Expand

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