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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
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: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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. Nov 19, 2011
    9
    The underdog of the decade, Nier does things and goes places that would be considered beyond risky for most developers, and if handed to anyThe underdog of the decade, Nier does things and goes places that would be considered beyond risky for most developers, and if handed to any publisher in its base form they'd be insane not to shoot it down. And yet, here it is, un-intruded-upon by outside interference and stunningly brilliant in every understanding of the word. Nier is the wonderfully-told tale of a tragedy on a massive scale, and yet it is the individual characters and their humorous interactions which carry the day - and connected to those characters you will doubtlessly become. A must-play for those seeking something breathtakingly original and painfully ignored. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2010
    8
    Nier is one of those games that really catch you off guard. when I first started playing this game I was thoroughly let down. the openingNier is one of those games that really catch you off guard. when I first started playing this game I was thoroughly let down. the opening sequence is, down right horrible. However, the game simply picks itself up and dusts itself off from this point on. overall the combat is simple but effective, the graphics are terrible, but it seems the game wouldn't look as nice with any other look. I know this doesn't really make sense, but it is the best way I can describe it. overall the story is pretty bland, but is certainly made up for with the amazingly unique characters. overall I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is looking for something a little different from square enix's common formula. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2010
    8
    Nier isn't a best looking game alright. But if you can forgive the look of this game and get through the somewhat slow story-telling (andNier isn't a best looking game alright. But if you can forgive the look of this game and get through the somewhat slow story-telling (and tedious quests) through a third of the story... you'll find yourself one great game of 2010. The story is interesting and never given anything out before the right time, you'll be adventuring in the shoes of the hero and his companions trying to save his daughter and his village without the clear knowledge of what's is happening in this cursed world, the truth will unfold itself slowly but interestingly and that's the beauty of this game.

    The gameplay mechanic is fine (standard control scheme for action/adventure game. the buttons layout is right and working fine) There are some jumpy and stiff animations and stuffs but the overall experience of the combat system is quite fluid and somewhat challenging when you face bosses or the more complicated enemies later in the story. There are some dumb platforming sections which are not really challenging but kind of annoying because you have to perform the jump and run in right spots and yes, you will fail. (but good thing is that the game doesn't have enough of them to make you quit)

    Art direction is the gem here. In some parts of the game when you entered building or structures, instead of a normal behind-the-character view... the camera will switch to fixed position (or fixed distance) while showing the interior from a cross-sectional view. This might look weird for gamers who grew up with FPS or TPS style of camera. But I found that it is a very nice decision and attempt to give players something fresh and different (but old-school RPG gamers will recognize this camera use is similar to old school Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest games)

    Nice voice casts and it has one of the most interesting set of characters too.

    The musics in Nier define one of the best scores in 2010 video games. The mixture between traditional JRPG style musics with somewhat New Age-esque tunes with touches of tribal vocals will draw you deeper into the world of this game (of course if you are the kind of gamers who think music is an important part of story-telling). Although this is not gonna happen but I strongly think that musics of Nier should put the game up as one of the candidates for 'Best Original Sound Track of 2010', that's how good the musics in this game are.

    If you're always on the look for hidden gems, Nier is one of them.
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  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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