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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: 96 out of 107
  2. Negative: 1 out of 107
  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. Apr 8, 2020
    10
    When I played this game it became my most loved game on the PS3 and in general ever, the music is transcendent, the game play is fun af andWhen I played this game it became my most loved game on the PS3 and in general ever, the music is transcendent, the game play is fun af and the bosses are some of the best I have ever experienced and the story is so powerful, although I understand that japan has "replicant" in which the main character is a brother but I am honestly glad I got "gestalt" in which the main is the father because a father daughter bond is more powerful than a brother sister one. Expand
  3. Apr 12, 2011
    10
    Nier completely surprised me, no, shocked me. I thought I was buying a decent action rpg by Square Enix and I found an incredible rpg with aNier completely surprised me, no, shocked me. I thought I was buying a decent action rpg by Square Enix and I found an incredible rpg with a soundtrack that could easily compete for the best of the genre's history, a story that moved me to play the game multiple times just to get all the possible endings (the last one left me speechless) and the ability to use mechanics from many genres to differentiate its sections, ranging from survival horror to text adventure to shoot'em up. Its heroes were one of a kind, and I can guarantee that anyone who buy it will be blown away by the way this game handles its story.

    It hasn't the best production values of a Ps3 jrpg (it's quite mediocre, to put it bluntly), but anyone willing to look over the polygon count is in for a great ride, something that more polished home console rpgs haven't been able to deliver in this generation.
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  4. May 29, 2016
    9
    Qué más puedo decir de Nier, una obra de arte con una historia emotiva, unos personajes que derrochan carisma, una jugabilidad adictiva, unaQué más puedo decir de Nier, una obra de arte con una historia emotiva, unos personajes que derrochan carisma, una jugabilidad adictiva, una banda sonora sublime y guiños a montones conforman uno de los mejores juegos que he podido probar. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2014
    9
    Im glad to write this years after playing it so my head is cold enough to give it its proper rating. The weakest aspect of this is theIm glad to write this years after playing it so my head is cold enough to give it its proper rating. The weakest aspect of this is the gameplay itself, but is not bad, controls are excellent and maybe its too easy, be sure to play it on hard. The game never feels repetitive thats also another good thing, how it changes sometimes radically.
    High points are the soundtrack which is one of the best ever and suits the game like no other but is the story what makes this game a joy, and earns its high score even if the gameplay gets a 7.
    Nier probably has one of, if not the best story ever in a videogame, is very adult themed, kind of sad and gets uncovered the more you play the game (great replay value, i finished it 3-4 times i think to get its extra endings). The second time you play it, you see the argument from your enemy perspective with incredible results.
    A cult game and a hidden gem indeed, Nier is one of the games that touches you and you never forget about it.
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  6. Aug 10, 2020
    8
    This game is good. I like characters, story is great, music is awesome. But some game features are controversial (the passage of the sameThis game is good. I like characters, story is great, music is awesome. But some game features are controversial (the passage of the same fragment with minimal changes and Forest of Myth on second playthrough, lol).
    All in all, this game is a prime example of that a good game can be created without huge budgets.
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  7. Jun 3, 2012
    1
    bought this game free along with the sims 3 ps3 any ways i played thru first 10 min it was so boring now it same like final fantasy but finalbought this game free along with the sims 3 ps3 any ways i played thru first 10 min it was so boring now it same like final fantasy but final fantasy series way better


    this game i got it collecting dust now
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