Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. May 13, 2015
    90
    It's a game that prioritizes emotion above all else, and it does so wonderfully. But as the boy at the heart of this tale learns, emotions are tough to understand, and thus NERO is tough to understand. You'll just know that you felt something, and that sensation alone is worth the journey.
  2. 80
    Nero is a beautiful contrast between light and dark, love and pain. It's not a fast-paced game, but rather a reflective, insightful, and emotional experience that is a very different kind of game that what we're used to.
  3. Aug 7, 2015
    75
    It's definitely a Westernized way of approaching the visual novel, but if you look at it just so, you can see how it might fit in that box.
  4. Jun 9, 2015
    70
    As a debut for Storm in a Teacup, Nero is a partial success that you should try. While not free from defects and with puzzles that, in many cases, leave something to be desired in terms of originality and variation, the touching story told by Nero has been able to excite us in many moments.
  5. May 17, 2015
    70
    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.
  6. 70
    NERO is pretty to look at but is decidedly lacking when it comes to substance or involving players in the intricate story it’s trying to tell.
  7. 70
    Nero is a flawed but admirable project, a clear labour of love, and absolutely an experience worth having. One in the win column for self-publishers everywhere.
  8. May 23, 2015
    68
    A faulted, but interesting first effort from the Italian team named Storm in a Teacup. A deep and moving adventure a bit too thin on the gameplay side and with a few tech issue which is still worth your time.
  9. May 18, 2015
    68
    Nero tells an interesting story in an original way, and if you're into narrative experiences, you should consider it. On the other hand, many technical aspects have been overlooked but the dev team, and that's a terrible shame.
  10. May 17, 2015
    68
    A peculiar and highly niche experience, which explores a new way of storytelling in video games at the expense of a more "playful" interaction. More novel than game, its story can be really touching but an almost irritating exploration slowness and several technical problems keep it from reaching its full potential.
  11. Jun 1, 2015
    63
    Nero calls itself an interactive story, and does fine by itself with the story aspect, however interaction is sorely lacking.
  12. May 17, 2015
    60
    Nero is an interesting adventure, but it has very important technical issues that make it feel worse than it is at its core.
  13. May 19, 2015
    59
    An emotional experience, NERO is also a brief and expensive game, hampered by a myriad of technical issues and uninspired mechanics.
  14. May 16, 2015
    50
    Your mileage may vary depending on how much the story grabs you, but most will find that the asking price here is too high for what you get.
  15. May 15, 2015
    50
    No dice. Nero is a failure, however you look at it. It's a (pricey) indie title, but nevertheless it's technically more than mediocre; gameplay and storytelling are trite and stale, and so are the puzzles. Nero is the Italian word for black, and this game truly gives the developers a black eye.
  16. May 15, 2015
    50
    Nero is a flawed non-game, with boring puzzles and lackluster visuals. Its interesting and captivating atmosphere is not enough.
  17. 40
    As a visual novel and piece of fiction, NERO is an absolute treasure. As an actual game? It is almost a complete disaster, with slow, boring gameplay, and technical hiccups abound.
  18. May 15, 2015
    40
    Nero holds a lot of promising ideas and a neat little story back with a smorgasbord of technical mishaps and slow, choppy gameplay.
  19. May 29, 2015
    35
    A few interesting puzzles can’t save Nero from being an overwritten, mawkish plod that runs so poorly on the Xbox One it’s tough to play without feeling sick.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 58
  2. Negative: 7 out of 58
  1. May 16, 2015
    10
    Great indie title with a good narrative, parents should get this for themselves and children it would be a bonding experience definitely worthGreat indie title with a good narrative, parents should get this for themselves and children it would be a bonding experience definitely worth the buy. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2015
    10
    Reviewing this game means take your time to explore, read, think and use brain. Reviewing this game as a non game means you didn't play itReviewing this game means take your time to explore, read, think and use brain. Reviewing this game as a non game means you didn't play it well. Great experience in the end, if you loved Journey take a look at this game even if it has a few tech problems. Worth 20 bucks for sure. Amazing music, great story, fresh use of narrative. Not for kids. Good job Microsoft, push it now! Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2015
    10
    After just a few seconds I felt home. It instantly reminded me the Myst series, particularly Myst Exile, my favorite. I always liked storyAfter just a few seconds I felt home. It instantly reminded me the Myst series, particularly Myst Exile, my favorite. I always liked story driven games and this one is no exception. Love the puzzles, everyone give a little emotional reward and keeps you going. Always, with this type of games, the biggest disappointment is when the game finish. You would like to keep going forever.
    Great mood, great visuals, loved the music and the storyteller. Waiting for the next one. :)
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