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About the product
- Experience a rich, twisting storyline of a world plagued by human anguish, buried secrets and a ravaging disease
- Explore a beautiful, immersive world presented in signature Square Enix style
- Diverse and action-packed game play heightened by a combination of chain attacks and crushing magic abilities
- Multiple weapons to master, each with its own characteristics
- Unlock magic abilities to unleash crushing blows to enemies near and far Cinematic event scenes that draw the player into the world of NIER
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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 with the Black Scrawl virus. With powerful allies and a mysterious book, NIER encounters things that will confound even the mightiest of warriors. With NIER, experience seamless in-battle cinematics and explore hauntingly familiar lands, intense action-packed battles, and storytelling like only Square Enix can do.
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Nothing is as it seems in Square Enix's latest Action-RPG 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.
Black Scrawl, Nier's daughter...and himself.
devastating combo attacks.
and powerful spells.
With NIER, experience seamless in-battle cinematics and explore hauntingly familiar lands, intense action-packed battles, and storytelling like only Square Enix can do.
The Next RPG from Square Enix: NIER, the newest franchise from RPG masters Square Enix, delivers unique and memorable characters, intense action-packed battles, explosive magic and storytelling like only Square Enix can.
Unbelievable Story Twists and Reveals: Immerse in an amazingly intricate storyline set in a world plagued by human anguish, buried secrets and a ravaging disease. With plot twists hiding around every corner, NIER's story needs to be seen to be believed.
RPG Gameplay Injected With Action-Packed Combat: Battle ferocious and mysterious enemies by combining proven RPG-style gameplay, such as magic, character development and faithful allies, with action-focused explosive swordplay and combat.
Powerful Magical Abilities: When his sword isn't enough, Nier can call on a remarkable array of stylish and powerful spells to augment his combat moves and overcome adversaries. As players progress, upgraded spells will help defeat ever-more-deadly enemies.
Brutal Combat Moves: Face off against evil creatures and unleash brutal combat moves along with devastating combo attacks. Unlock an arsenal of devastating weapons, each with its own design and attack style.
Formidable Allies: Travel with a dynamic party of allies and do battle against monstrous giants as a powerful and united party.
A Dynamic and Stunning World: Travel across an unforgettable world filled with dynamic landscapes featuring the hauntingly familiar remains of modern society.
Jump into the title role of the unyielding Nier as he begins his desperate quest to discover a cure for his daughter, Yonah, who is stricken with the deadly Black Scrawl disease. Armed with powerful magic as well as mighty swords, Nier will battle alongside formidable allies against waves of dark enemies and giant bosses to discover the truth about the disease, his daughter...and himself.
Top customer reviews
This game has a great story and cast of characters, one of my favorites in recent memory. It's a very weird and complicated story, but interesting the whole way through, and had me continuing to play so that I could have answers.
The soundtrack is probably the best part of this game besides the story/characters. It's very good, and is apparently the most well-received thing about this game. It's received awards and has a few remix albums in Japan.
The game itself is not all that fun to play. It's not bad, it's just... the same through the entire game. It has short dungeons like a Zelda game, but almost no puzzles in any of them. It's always "enter room, kill enemies, leave room". And most locations will have to be visited more than once through the story, and then even more if you're going for 100% completion. The game also has a sort of new game plus feature that you use to get the game's four different endings, all of which are pretty good. And there is enough new content in the second run through to make playing again worth it. Each ending is better than the last, in my opinion, with the final one being very intense.
I would recommend this game to anyone that likes good RPG stories and soundtracks, but it's hard to recommend buying it at full price. So if you see it at a discount somewhere it is worth picking up.
The music is phenomenal! There really aren't words that can describe how wonderful and majestic it truly is.
After listening to the Temple of the Ruins songs 800 times (literally) I looked up the trailer for the game. I figured it might be good. Instantly, there was this woman cursing and shouting and new music is introduced to me with the cinematics. By the end of the trailer BAM! It caught me Hook, Line and Sinker! (Kind of Ironic since there is fishing in the game ;) I didn't even bother with reading reviews at the time. It was on my list to buy for Xbox 360, which I barely play, but then I found out it was on PS3. Now I look for the right price and in 2 days of wanting it I have been sucked into all my favorite game worlds at once.
Nier in my opinion are all of the great Japanese titles that everyone I know loves. Shadow of the Colossus, Zelda, Monster Hunter, and a Mature Rated Final Fantasy VII/X. If you could have that wouldn't you want to play it too?
My only quam for the game is when you zoom in on the father sometimes, the graphics are extremely blurry. That's it. I love everything else about it. I started off playing it and doubted buying it at first, but the story was so ambiguous and mysterious it makes you want to play more so you can find out what's going on. Plus, with the music playing in the background it makes it hard not to turn it off. Unless you buy the soundtrack, which is definitely worth owning. The songs stand on there own without the game.
So, I recommend Nier to anyone who likes those games I listed in similarity. You most certainly will enjoy it!
One thing some people seem to misunderstand are the sidequests; if you're a completionist, you'll hate this game. There's a pretty good number of them, and a decent chunk result get you little else outside of having completed the quest. But, the game goes out of its way to point out that no one's making you do this stuff - the 'sidekick' character will repeatedly point out your habit of performing absurd tasks, one person will degrade you for your habit (before giving you a painfully time consuming task), and your character will even reflect what a terrible waste of time one particular quest was. When you consider that the driving plot of the game is a father searching for a cure for his daughter's disease, it makes a good deal of sense that spending hours on sidequests isn't something the game strongly incentivizes. The one good reason for doing a sidequest though is that there's usually some quest-specific banter between the members of your party which, given the quality of the game's voice acting, is a pretty decent reward in and of itself.
Overall, this game is probably about 15-20 hours of content if you stick to what's actually enjoyable. As a final note, if you do buy the game and beat it, it's extremely worth it to play the new game+ type mode.