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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: 18 out of 60
  2. Negative: 3 out of 60
  1. It's a game I adored without really being able to put my finger on why, and even with the heavy-hitter, AAA titles that have come out this year, I'd say Nier is simply one of the most enjoyable and unique gaming experiences of 2010.
  2. 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.
  3. Nier comes with a bizarre mix of influences and its own accomplishments. Not all of it works, but it's a commendable effort, and a great experience.
  4. Nier could have been something if more thought was put into the actual gameplay and leveling system, rather than making it a linear path through mediocrity.
  5. Nier is just a well done average game unable to live up to action rpg's fans expectations. Its combat system can be fun, but the less than stellar story and the plagued graphics don't help in winning this epic battle.
  6. Ultimately, Nier is more remarkable for the things it does wrong than for the things it does right.
  7. 42
    I'm just not convinced that this grab bag of half-baked ideas and gratuitous filler makes for a great videogame. And I learned something about myself, as well: It takes a lot more than sassy books and hermaphrodites to keep my interest these days.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Apr 16, 2012
    10
    It's one of the best games I have ever played!The atmosphere and story are incredible!The fighting is very addictive.Do yourself a favor and buy this!
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    Nier is one of those games that will require some time and effort to fully enjoy it. I admit, the gameplay is pretty generic at times, and theNier is one of those games that will require some time and effort to fully enjoy it. I admit, the gameplay is pretty generic at times, and the graphics, while fine to me, look dated. Nier looks like what a maxed out PS2 game would look like, and I don't think that's a bad thing. The story, music, characters and locations are all absolutely fantastic. Easily the most detailed linear story based game I've ever played. While not spoiling anything, replaying the game's 2nd portion atleast once makes the overall experience much better, which adds a bit of replayability to Nier, as there are 4 endings. The storyline itself may seem dull or confusing at first, but when you reach the many twists and turns, and finally uncover the truth, you'll find that the game's very few low points were worth trudging through.

    I highly recommend this game.
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  3. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    One of my favorite stories in video game history, I have never been impacted so strongly by a story before, this game has characters that youOne of my favorite stories in video game history, I have never been impacted so strongly by a story before, this game has characters that you can really bond to and care about unlike many games where you don't really care whether they die or not. The second time you play through the game it gives you such a different look on everything, I have never wanted to just let a boss kill me in a game before because I felt so bad about what I was doing. The sound is amazing in this game, if you take the time to listen to the soundtrack it is one of the best I have ever experienced in a game. In-game the songs can get a little repetitive but when actually listened to in full they are beautifully written. This game may not have the best graphics but I do think they fit the setting well. The gameplay is pretty good, I never really found myself mad about the controls or anything and the boss fights are generally pretty fun. Yes, the fishing part was stupid as hell but if you get past that one part you are good to go the rest of the game. The replayabilty is pretty high I would say, if you want to get the full story at least play it quick a second time, it will change you feeling about the entire game and you only have to play the second half again. Overall this is a great game and deserves a much better score than it has. Don't listen to the bad ratings when a lot of them gave up after an hour at the fishing part, if you give this gem a chance you will be thoroughly glad you did! Expand
  4. Jan 30, 2013
    9
    This game is enchanting. At first I thought what have I got into here but the game gets its hooks into you and you can't walk away. It hasThis game is enchanting. At first I thought what have I got into here but the game gets its hooks into you and you can't walk away. It has that charm that only Japanese games can master. The fishing is tedious and the weapons upgrades take forever as items are rare and not always where they should be but if you just play through the story and side quests there is fun to be had and like I said a strange compelling captivation prevails. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2013
    8
    The best way to describe Nier without saying much of anything is; a rare gem, hidden amongst lesser games. There is a deep narrative,The best way to describe Nier without saying much of anything is; a rare gem, hidden amongst lesser games. There is a deep narrative, accompanied by unforgettable characters, a fantastic soundtrack, and decently fun game-play. The best way to describe Nier would be to call it an "artistic" game. Later levels make use of unique color pallets and perspective swaps that intrigued me greatly (considering the type of game this is), in addition to the story, which is deep, and unique. The game has 4 different endings, each of which requires a separate play-through to witness. All through the world there are secrets giving insight into the mysterious world of Nier, all to entice you to keep going to the end. The combat is decently good. You can use three different styles of melee attacks (though two are not unlocked until later) and a wide array of magic spells, each of which tend to have unique effects. The graphics are poor considering the year the game came out. Some environments look like a PS2 game (however this could an artistic choice, based on the games back-story), and character models, while decent, are far from top notch. The music is amazing, some of the best in videogame history. Probably the game's biggest flaw is the fishing mini game. You only need to catch one fish in the whole game, but the way the game tells you how to do it is flat out wrong, which can result in spending two hours (like myself) trying to figure out what the hell you're doing (just look up the method online). Despite it's flaws, Nier does what it does very well. The story will draw you in, give you characters to care about, and leave you with a tear in your eye at more than one point. Final Score: 8.3/10 Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Been playing Nier for 20hrs now and i am throughly enjoying the story and the relationships between characters,there are afew new ideas thrownBeen playing Nier for 20hrs now and i am throughly enjoying the story and the relationships between characters,there are afew new ideas thrown in to the rpg pot,some work some dont,also the apperence of the old tiersome back and forth side quest that Square keeps hanging on to which is just lazy and anoying at times mar the experience but the plus points of Nier keep you playing long enough for you to become hooked to the story and see whats going to will happen next.Overall Nier is a good game and with its £9.99 price tag is a good enough distraction till some big hiters come out later this year. Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2011
    4
    Not nierly as good as I thought it might be. Too linear, too generic, too JRPG cheesy for my tastes. Nothing to see here folks, move along,Not nierly as good as I thought it might be. Too linear, too generic, too JRPG cheesy for my tastes. Nothing to see here folks, move along, move along. Expand

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