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  • Summary: NERO is a first person adventure game based on puzzle solving and exploration. NERO is a wonderful journey in an magic world where a kid is the key to all locks and the nights is not as frightening as you could think. Play the role of this kid, followed by a mysterious black cloathedNERO is a first person adventure game based on puzzle solving and exploration. NERO is a wonderful journey in an magic world where a kid is the key to all locks and the nights is not as frightening as you could think. Play the role of this kid, followed by a mysterious black cloathed companion, discovering the truth behind this epic journey. Use the Sphere of Light to interact with the environment, explore and experience emotions and feelings that are uncommon in videogames, with a brand new next-generation visual novel reshaping the genre. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jun 20, 2016
    75
    Nero stays true to its billing as an interactive novel, and while there are plenty of hiccups in nearly every facet of the game, none of them are particularly experience-ruining.
  2. Jun 30, 2016
    70
    A walking simulator that drops you into an intriguing story, set in a wonderful world and scored with beautiful music, but still a walking simulator - and one with illogical puzzles and occasionally tricky controls at that.
  3. 70
    As a story-focused first-person adventure game, NERO is quite remarkable. It’s surreal, heartfelt, bittersweet, and thought-provoking, and that should have been more than enough to carry it without the need for shoehorned-in “gameplay”. As it is, it’s a very good game, but it would have been so much better if it hadn’t tried so hard to avoid the “walking simulator” criticism and just ran with its strengths.
  4. Jun 27, 2016
    65
    A narrative experience that's only suitable for a very specific audience that be delighted from start to finish while avoiding their obvious shortcomings.
  5. Jul 12, 2016
    65
    N.E.R.O. fails at generating an exciting or mentally challenging experience, but it really doesn’t try to. This visually stunning title places a great emphasis on its narrative, which is both uplifting and devastating – you’ll be thinking about this one for a long time afterwards.
  6. 55
    A visually beguiling though relaxing explorative adventure, N.E.R.O fails to properly capitalise on its unique setting as its simple puzzles, brief duration, and lack of replayability ultimately damages its long-term appeal.
  7. Jul 5, 2016
    30
    N.E.R.O. relies on philosophical lessons in order to create its story, but in terms of gameplay it feels too clumsy and simple.

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  1. Aug 12, 2016
    8
    N.E.R.O. Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
    A strangely calming adventure.
    It’s so hard to talk about NERO without spoiling it, so I’m not going
    N.E.R.O. Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
    A strangely calming adventure.
    It’s so hard to talk about NERO without spoiling it, so I’m not going to go into story details even a little bit. ..
    I will only say this is a story about acceptance…
    If you’re looking for awesome gameplay, don’t look here... this isn’t what Nero is about
    the magic here is in the journey and story telling...
    The atmosphere in this game really is perfect excluding 1 on the 4 chapters...
    This is a quote unquote walking simulator with light puzzle elements thrown in here…
    As you explore the beautiful levels with calming ambience, you’ll run into pieces of pictures and puzzles that completing them will give more insight into the story…
    It’s a real joy exploring these 4 levels so these collectibles do not feel like a chore at all to search for…
    The puzzles in this game are for the most part very simple and involve mainly pressure pads and throwing an orb of blue light to activate a switch… you’ll even get a companion early on to help with a couple puzzles throughout your journey… and a handful of these puzzles can actually be completely skipped… but if you want the most out of this 2 hour game, it’s definitely worth seeking all 29 out…
    I will say there were probably about 4 puzzles that I had to look up a solution to... not because I couldn’t figure it out. .but because I had no idea what the puzzle was asking me to do in the first place…
    which unfortunately does break the immersion the rest of the game did such a great job at placing me into…
    But the story makes it all worth it…
    it’s just as beautiful and mysterious as the rest of the world and even brought a few tears to my eyes..
    NERO may not have the best puzzles... but the puzzles do their job at keeping the pace…
    And if there’s one thing NERO does have, it’s one of the most heartwarming experiences of the year.
    I give NERO Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
    an
    8/10
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