Review: Nier

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Review: Nier

Crazy costumes, big swords, yep, this is pretty standard fare.

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I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

This game is BEGGING for a demo.

Is it me, or does it actually sound pretty awesome?

Each dungeon represents a different gametype, including a farming sim and a text adventure?

Buti guess teh same combos over and over would get kind of boring...

I like the look of it, but, I will likely be one to pick up up down the track some point.

There are some nice little aspects of it, but, not enough for me to want to commit too much...and, the article pretty much confirm that for me too

My friend has this game and I think I watched him play for about 3 1/2 minutes before my id demanded I go buy it. Looks so much fun!

Now if I can just be bothered to traipse into town...

Onyx Oblivion:
I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

what about hot chicks swearing in their underwear? :)

EDIT: Incidentally I bought this during the week for 12.49. Yeah, there's no typo there.

Bad game is bad check your bargain bin.....

aaronmcc:

Onyx Oblivion:
I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

what about hot chicks swearing in their underwear? :)

EDIT: Incidentally I bought this during the week for 12.49. Yeah, there's no typo there.

I'd just like to point out that canonically speaking, said hot chick is a hermaphrodite, canonically speaking.

xitel:

aaronmcc:

Onyx Oblivion:
I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

what about hot chicks swearing in their underwear? :)

EDIT: Incidentally I bought this during the week for 12.49. Yeah, there's no typo there.

I'd just like to point out that canonically speaking, said hot chick is a hermaphrodite, canonically speaking.

lol

EDIT: ok Onyx what about hot hermaphrodite chicks swearing in their underwear?

This sounds like it would have been a good game for the JRPG set, if only it had come out on a slower year. Coming out this late after FFXIII isn't doing it any favors. Same with Mass Effect 2, Dante's Inferno, Dragon Age Origins, etc. On the other hand:

Flauros:
Is it me, or does it actually sound pretty awesome?

Each dungeon represents a different gametype, including a farming sim and a text adventure?

Buti guess teh same combos over and over would get kind of boring...

Exactly this. Didn't think about it till I saw this, I love the idea of having a turn of Zork intermixed with turns of Farmville, Sim City, Oblivion, Halo, Zelda, etc. Doesn't sound like the main focus of this game. But a game of nothing but that - like a Warioware without the time-constraint, that would be sweet.

'Mommy, why's the TV calling me a little bitch?'

Best line I've heard this week.

The game's faults feel like the developers are repeatingly kicking me in the balls but I can not... stop playing.

Overall, it's an ok game i guess.

I threw this one on my GameFly queue for the hell of it-- I guess "average" isn't really so bad.

Onyx Oblivion:
I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

This game is BEGGING for a demo.

Beat it last week (4 times mind you for 4 different endings) with all but 1 quest completed -- the damned "pink moonflower seeds" just couldn't be effectively done on a rental. My advice is: rent it. It's pretty short and easy. I got 90% of the available trophies in 1 week.

But it is worth a go.

I've just rented Star Ocean 4: International and that feels like a purchase to me. Enough content to keep me satisfied for a few weeks anyway.

Very good review! Really sums the game up well. I'm about 15 hours into it and it has been pretty fun. Nothing groundbreaking but it will keep me occupied until Red Dead Redemption comes out next week. :D

s69-5:

Onyx Oblivion:
I honestly thought this slipped under the site's radar.

Fan of Square Enix: Yes.

Fan of Action RPGs: Yes.

Fan of chicks swearing in underwear: No.

2/3. Guess I'd better get it.

This game is BEGGING for a demo.

Beat it last week (4 times mind you with all but 1 quest completed -- the damned "pink moonflower seeds" just couldn't be effectively done on a rental. My advice is: rent it. It's pretty short and easy. I got 90% of the available trophies in 1 week.

But it is worth a go.

I've just rented Star Ocean 4: International and that feels like a purchase to me. Enough content to keep me satisfied for a few weeks anyway.

Don't even bother trying for all Battle Trophies, though. That achievement/trophy requires dedication of an unprecedented level. I loved the combat, liked the plot, hated the characters, hated the dialogue. And no, I'm NOT switching the audio the Japanese.

Ghostwise:
Very good review! Really sums the game up well. I'm about 15 hours into it and it has been pretty fun. Nothing groundbreaking but it will keep me occupied until Red Dead Redemption comes out next week. :D

How far in are you game wise?
Have you met Emil yet, has he come to your hometown?

Onyx Oblivion:

s69-5:

I've just rented Star Ocean 4: International and that feels like a purchase to me. Enough content to keep me satisfied for a few weeks anyway.

Don't even bother trying for all Battle Trophies, though. That achievement/trophy requires dedication of an unprecedented level. I loved the combat, liked the plot, hated the characters, hated the dialogue. And no, I'm NOT switching the audio the Japanese.

I already switched mine to Japanese... My wife is even looking into the game as she is excited by the prospect of turning all of the menus into Japanese as well...

EDIT: Yeah, Star Ocean battle trophies are always insane. I think I MIGHT have gotten 50% in SO3.
I had the "voice board" in SO2 at about 60%...

This looks like the sort of thing I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight consider checking out later, when I've got some free time and there's not much else coming out. Or I might rent it.

Sounds like it's pretty standard fare, but if it's wrapped up in a slightly weird aesthetic that might be enough for me. I like weird. Plus I find the idea of a grown woman shouting at a book hilarious.

s69-5:

Ghostwise:
Very good review! Really sums the game up well. I'm about 15 hours into it and it has been pretty fun. Nothing groundbreaking but it will keep me occupied until Red Dead Redemption comes out next week. :D

How far in are you game wise?
Have you met Emil yet, has he come to your hometown?

I can see where the reviewer is coming from, however saying nothing new is a slap in the face. The fact that it alone takes so many different game play elements is something new and refreshing. I was just shocked when each new dungeon I went to was something completely different and the good old MUD days were relived when doing the tasks in the forest of myth. At times the story seems like they just drew straws to go a certain way with it, but it is a pretty damn good one, specially for JRPG standards. I had fun with it and it will be an RPG that will sit on my shelf and play again down the road.

If you are on the fence about it, rent it's well worth the rental. However if you are an JRPG lover of all colors this will be something you will want to hold on to because I don't think we will ever get something this cool and gameplay changing again at least in this genre.

You should mention, however, that that the chick who swears while wearing (only) her underwear has a penis.

So... uh... you should probably not let that last reason be part of your buying criteria.
*Snob-Snob*

Alright, but seriously, the game looks like it will be fun, albeit not top-notch, and I'll probably get it when the price drops, but I don't know if I want to play through the game 4 times to get the 4 endings (or however you get the four endings.)

Mstrswrd:
You should mention, however, that that the chick who swears while wearing (only) her underwear has a penis.

So... uh... you should probably not let that last reason be part of your buying criteria.
*Snob-Snob*

Alright, but seriously, the game looks like it will be fun, albeit not top-notch, and I'll probably get it when the price drops, but I don't know if I want to play through the game 4 times to get the 4 endings (or however you get the four endings.)

You only need to replay the last third of the game. The beginning is only played once. The game also remembers what quests are complete and those carry over (as well as weapons, words, level and spells). So it's not too bad. Like I said previously, I got 90% of all trophies and all 4 endings in 1 week.

I was only about $80,000 away from the $1,000,000 trophy before I had to return it to the rental shop so that would have been 91%. I think I was missing maybe 4 - 5 trophies total.

meh looks alright I rather go back to play God of War.

Not my kind of game, but I feel to compelled to share the fact that "nier" means "kidney" in Dutch.

That's probably not relevant to anything at all, though.

Awww, come on!!! Not even one little mention of the absolutely amazing soundtrack?!

Sonicron:
Awww, come on!!! Not even one little mention of the absolutely amazing soundtrack?!

That was maybe my only real minus with the game. It was cool at first, but soon it got REALLY repetitive. I think the music loops too often (or is just too similar from "verse" to "verse").

s69-5:

Sonicron:
Awww, come on!!! Not even one little mention of the absolutely amazing soundtrack?!

That was maybe my only real minus with the game. It was cool at first, but soon it got REALLY repetitive. I think the music loops too often (or is just too similar from "verse" to "verse").

It gets a bit repetitive when you're grinding sidequests, but other than that there's huge variety in it. The OST contains 2 discs, packed full with tracks.

Well, you've done enough to make me interested in this once the price drops a bit. Right now, though, I don't have Nier the budget required to buy this new.

gotta say i absolutely LOVED grimoire weiss's voice, its just orgasmic and hes so sarcastic, its hilarious as hell

I disagree. I am about 15 -20 hours in and I am loving it. I know the sidequests are repetative (they are all delivery or fetch quests) and I am constantly backtracking. Things that in any other game would have me popping in a different disc. I don't mind it at all in Nier. I love the characters and I am immersed in the game. Could be because I'm a father myself so his motivation is something I can relate to. I am loving the story because it isn't spoonfeeding me or bogging me down with BS. It feels natural (even though one of the characters is a talking book with an attitude). My big complaint and something that should be in any proffesional review is the fishing. Not that the fishing is bad once you get the hang of it. The instructions both ingame and in the manual (which I am happy to report is like a real manual from days past) are wrong. This can lead to frustration when you are given the first fishing quest (which is mandatory).

squid5580:
I disagree. I am about 15 -20 hours in and I am loving it. I know the sidequests are repetative (they are all delivery or fetch quests) and I am constantly backtracking. Things that in any other game would have me popping in a different disc. I don't mind it at all in Nier. I love the characters and I am immersed in the game. Could be because I'm a father myself so his motivation is something I can relate to. I am loving the story because it isn't spoonfeeding me or bogging me down with BS. It feels natural (even though one of the characters is a talking book with an attitude). My big complaint and something that should be in any proffesional review is the fishing. Not that the fishing is bad once you get the hang of it. The instructions both ingame and in the manual (which I am happy to report is like a real manual from days past) are wrong. This can lead to frustration when you are given the first fishing quest (which is mandatory).

Ooh boy, I cursed the fishing at first, until I learned to NOT PRESS X! Just pulled back on the analog stick and then I was able to catch me some fish. I ended up catching 'em all (kind of like Pokemon, if I were younger).

But yeah, the fishing explanation (and quest information) is pretty vague.

s69-5:

squid5580:
I disagree. I am about 15 -20 hours in and I am loving it. I know the sidequests are repetative (they are all delivery or fetch quests) and I am constantly backtracking. Things that in any other game would have me popping in a different disc. I don't mind it at all in Nier. I love the characters and I am immersed in the game. Could be because I'm a father myself so his motivation is something I can relate to. I am loving the story because it isn't spoonfeeding me or bogging me down with BS. It feels natural (even though one of the characters is a talking book with an attitude). My big complaint and something that should be in any proffesional review is the fishing. Not that the fishing is bad once you get the hang of it. The instructions both ingame and in the manual (which I am happy to report is like a real manual from days past) are wrong. This can lead to frustration when you are given the first fishing quest (which is mandatory).

Ooh boy, I cursed the fishing at first, until I learned to NOT PRESS X! Just pulled back on the analog stick and then I was able to catch me some fish. I ended up catching 'em all (kind of like Pokemon, if I were younger).

But yeah, the fishing explanation (and quest information) is pretty vague.

Well we can't blame the beach thing on the game since there is the big red X where you are supposed to fish lol (ya I got suckered by him as well). it is the whole press left or right without telling you hold down and angle it slightly that killed me. Now I'm a pro though. None of this fishing for 20 minutes for 1 fish like a lot of people are bitching about (which is thier own fault for trying to catch fish above thier level)

I just rented the game, it's pretty good, great storyline, but yeah, the gameplay does get rather repetetive as it goes on, pretty much just found myself using the Phoenix spear and Dark Lance for everything, mainly cause by the end of the game, you don't have enough time to stick around for a long combo, so just smacking [Y] for the quick spear charge was the easiest way of beating everything.

Personally, I wish the game had taken place in the snowy post-apocalyptic city from the intro, seemed like a much better setting for a game of this style than the one they went with [A.K.A, Hyrule].

squid5580:

s69-5:

squid5580:
I disagree. I am about 15 -20 hours in and I am loving it. I know the sidequests are repetative (they are all delivery or fetch quests) and I am constantly backtracking. Things that in any other game would have me popping in a different disc. I don't mind it at all in Nier. I love the characters and I am immersed in the game. Could be because I'm a father myself so his motivation is something I can relate to. I am loving the story because it isn't spoonfeeding me or bogging me down with BS. It feels natural (even though one of the characters is a talking book with an attitude). My big complaint and something that should be in any proffesional review is the fishing. Not that the fishing is bad once you get the hang of it. The instructions both ingame and in the manual (which I am happy to report is like a real manual from days past) are wrong. This can lead to frustration when you are given the first fishing quest (which is mandatory).

Ooh boy, I cursed the fishing at first, until I learned to NOT PRESS X! Just pulled back on the analog stick and then I was able to catch me some fish. I ended up catching 'em all (kind of like Pokemon, if I were younger).

But yeah, the fishing explanation (and quest information) is pretty vague.

Well we can't blame the beach thing on the game since there is the big red X where you are supposed to fish lol (ya I got suckered by him as well). it is the whole press left or right without telling you hold down and angle it slightly that killed me. Now I'm a pro though. None of this fishing for 20 minutes for 1 fish like a lot of people are bitching about (which is thier own fault for trying to catch fish above thier level)

I meant pressing X to reel in the fish once you've got a bite (then pressing back). It was WAY easier to just pull the analog stick back as it automatically sets you in the proper position.

s69-5:

squid5580:

s69-5:

squid5580:
I disagree. I am about 15 -20 hours in and I am loving it. I know the sidequests are repetative (they are all delivery or fetch quests) and I am constantly backtracking. Things that in any other game would have me popping in a different disc. I don't mind it at all in Nier. I love the characters and I am immersed in the game. Could be because I'm a father myself so his motivation is something I can relate to. I am loving the story because it isn't spoonfeeding me or bogging me down with BS. It feels natural (even though one of the characters is a talking book with an attitude). My big complaint and something that should be in any proffesional review is the fishing. Not that the fishing is bad once you get the hang of it. The instructions both ingame and in the manual (which I am happy to report is like a real manual from days past) are wrong. This can lead to frustration when you are given the first fishing quest (which is mandatory).

Ooh boy, I cursed the fishing at first, until I learned to NOT PRESS X! Just pulled back on the analog stick and then I was able to catch me some fish. I ended up catching 'em all (kind of like Pokemon, if I were younger).

But yeah, the fishing explanation (and quest information) is pretty vague.

Well we can't blame the beach thing on the game since there is the big red X where you are supposed to fish lol (ya I got suckered by him as well). it is the whole press left or right without telling you hold down and angle it slightly that killed me. Now I'm a pro though. None of this fishing for 20 minutes for 1 fish like a lot of people are bitching about (which is thier own fault for trying to catch fish above thier level)

I meant pressing X to reel in the fish once you've got a bite (then pressing back). It was WAY easier to just pull the analog stick back as it automatically sets you in the proper position.

I find it easier to hit X personally. Fish bites, hit X once, hold down stick and angle accordingly. This system has worked for me for all 5 gambits and the 5 sharks for the innkeeper (this is for the PS3 version).

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