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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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  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: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Jul 7, 2012
    10
    This game has such a overwhelmingly immersive story I can over look any flaws, It's seriously shocking how different things can be playingThis game has such a overwhelmingly immersive story I can over look any flaws, It's seriously shocking how different things can be playing through a second time. This game can be picked up dirt cheap go buy it if story is a main draw of video games for you. Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2016
    10
    It is very hard to review this game without setting the wrong expectation or giving away too much information that may ruin it for you. I'llIt is very hard to review this game without setting the wrong expectation or giving away too much information that may ruin it for you. I'll put a few criteria below. If most of these match you, stop reading reviews and information about this game until you've played through at least the 2nd ending:

    1. Doing everything you can to save your daughter from a incurable illness appeals to you.
    2. You like reading.
    3. You like doing external research when necessary to fully understand strange events.
    4. You like a good tragedy (depressing stories).
    5. You like weird JRPGs.
    6. Humans making major sacrifices to obtain what they think is right, despite their natural instincts, external pressures, positions, or society, is beautiful to you.
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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. Dec 6, 2016
    9
    I just recently beat bought and beat Nier at the request of a friend and boy did I miss out. When this game released I scoffed at it andI just recently beat bought and beat Nier at the request of a friend and boy did I miss out. When this game released I scoffed at it and passed it up because I thought it wasn't going to be good because of the relatively lower review scores but that was a mistake. This is actually an extremely good game. The story is very well written by Yoko Taro, the characters are all very original and interesting. Especially Kainé. She is awesome.
    But be warned. This game is not for the weak of heart, it will take your heart and crush it. So many sad and emotional moments in this game and the voice acting is done very well and compliments that.
    For a 2010 game the graphics still hold up fairly well. So did the controls. I never felt frustrated. Though it is a little dated by todays standards. The combat is very simple and one note, but it didn't really bother be because you can switch through a variety of different weapons, weapon types and spells to change things up. The game is also a decent challenge but not too hard as to turn away more casual players.
    This game also sports one of the best original soundtracks I have ever heard made by Keiichi Okabe. I find myself listening to it all the time on YouTube! If you haven't played this game, I highly suggest it if you can find a copy. I can't wait for Nier: Automata in March 2017! :D
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  5. Jul 22, 2011
    8
    NIER is a game that should not be missed by gamers looking for a unique storyline with engaging characters and well written plot. TheNIER is a game that should not be missed by gamers looking for a unique storyline with engaging characters and well written plot. The delicious gooey center of great storytelling is housed within a hard shell of mediocre gameplay, but those willing to brave the lackluster controls, quest system and combat will reap some impressive, and emotionally heavy, moments. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    8
    Nier is a solid action game with a decent combat system, a compelling story, and only a few significant flaws.

    The gameplay itself is nothing
    Nier is a solid action game with a decent combat system, a compelling story, and only a few significant flaws.

    The gameplay itself is nothing special: use melee weapons and magic attacks to hack, slash, and/or shoot your way through hundreds of enemies to victory. The melee part of combat is the sort you would expect from games like Elder Scrolls 4, where you repeatedly attack enemies as quickly as possible in hopes of dealing out the most damage the soonest. It's really the magic attack part of the combat that truly shines. Using a rebounding energy bar, the damage range of magic attacks is quite large, spanning from machinegun like projectiles to giant black spears to a ginormous band of fists, all of which can be summoned at your beck and call, provided you've discovered the ability and have enough reserve energy. Many of these attacks seem brilliantly overpowered, though this will only add to your enjoyment as you blast and/or pummel your way through hordes of enemies in quick succession. Most of the magic abilities you have must first be found by going throughout the game's several environments and unlocking spells called Sacred Verses during certain missions in the first half of the game's main story.

    Which leads me to my next subject: the environments. While Nier is heavy on backtracking (the second half of the game has you returning to locations introduced in the first half) the locations themselves are lifelike and diverse. Most mission levels are well thought out enough that such backtracking is not a problem, but one location in particular (a robot factory) will always take you about five times too long to get through, and you end up going there not one but four times. But aside from this, the game is wonderful to explore, with other levels such as a desert, a dream forest, a village on the side of a massive cliff, and a few others.

    The storyline of the game is nothing truly stellar, but definitely engaging enough to provide the incentive you need to get through the game. Taking place 1312 years after the fall of human civilization, a horde of monsters called Shades are wrecking havoc on the last remnants of those who managed to survive. You take the roll of a middle aged father named Nier, who's daughter has fallen victim to a strange illness called the Black Scrawl, and unless he can find a cure his daughter will be lost forever. His quest leads Nier upon the aforementioned environments and sets the premise for the first half of the game. The story is far from predictable however, and at both the halfway mark and the ending you will stumble upon twists that will be truly unexpected. The ending sequence, unfortunately, is a bit much to get your head around, and in order to understand all of what's going on you will have to use the New Game + feature to complete the game not twice but four times to unlock the three bonus endings. The storyline is compelling, but unfortunately not so much as to warrant that much replayability. Regardless, it does work well enough for one playthrough, and at between 15 and 20 hours in length that is enough to satisfy myself, as well as most other players.

    To sum up, I do recommend this game to anyone who loves JRPGs. It is a decent game with only a couple of noteworthy flaws (primarily its reliance on backtracking) that are balanced by engaging gameplay, a lush and believable world, and a compelling story. You will find it a worthy addition to your gaming collection.
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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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