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- 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-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
So the gameplay is very, very good. But what pushes Nier over the top is the story and characterization. I loved that I actually understood the story, unlike so many JRPGs where it seems that the designers work to make the story incomprehensible. It's a simple story of a man trying to save his daughter from a mysterious menace, with some fascinating side stories that serve admirably to draw the player in.
I've saved the best for last; the character design and dialog in Nier are absolutely top-notch. I won't spoil it for you by giving details (really, try not to learn too much about this game before playing it; you'll ruin many great surprises), but in particular, the characters of Weiss and Kaine are absolutely superbly written and voice-acted. Be warned, though, that one of them uses some fairly coarse language, so those with delicate sensibilities might want to stay away.
The icing on the cake is a dollop of humor; this is not your father's dead-serious JRPG. Nier is truly greater than the sum of its parts, and if you love great games, you owe it to yourself to play this one.
Essentially this game is a brain melter. In a ruined city Nier, a rugged looking middle aged man is wielding a lead pipe against creatures composed of jumbled floating text. These abominations are called "shades" and it is assumed they almost wiped humanity clean off the face of the earth. Nier is not trying to save the world. His more immediate concern is protecting his sweet daughter Yohna .
Suddenly an evil talking book on the ground tempts Nier with power. "You can't fight them all off. You know you want to defend the little one you love." Any of us would bargain with the devil at this point.
While wielding the pipe I could do evasive rolling, jumping, and hammer on shades with quicker yet weaker attacks or charge up more powerful yet slower swings. Pretty much Nier felt like a clunky God of war mixed with a 3D final fight. The whole motif of dear dad protecting his child in a ruined city also made me reminisce about the first Silent Hill.
Then the floating book comes into play. All at once Nier is pulverizing shades with giant fists, impaling lances, and wave shaped blasts of dark energy brought to hellish life by the arcane tome. Running back and forth I'm hurling bright red balls of power at my foes when it dawns on me now Nier is more like Smash TV, Death Smiles, and Bayonetta. It was at this decisive moment I fell in love with the game. It also hurt me to admit I saw reasons why others may hate it.Read more ›
Pros: -From early on, I gained an emotional attachment to the main characters daughter. They did an excellent job of keeping the main character gruff but caring, and making the daughter charming and not tiresome.
-Magic bar regenerates at a decent rate, and can absorb energy when enemies die. This makes magic an often used tactic, not hoarded Just In Case of surprise boss battles. They let you re-assign all of the shoulder buttons to either: block, dodge, or any discovered magic spells. I dropped block entirely, and never missed it.
-The talking book, your earliest sidekick, has a very good and fleshed out character. My favorite part was the many arguments between the talking book and your female sidekick (who is dressed like a lingerie model, also a plus).
-Earning words that you can attach to worn gear added a nice layer of customization.
-Some of the boss battles are utterly fantastic. I love the battle where a four-story tall monster comes to your village.
Cons: -This game came out in the US this year 2010, yet it's graphics belong to 2007.
-So many combat options, but few reasonable choices. There were only three spells out of the nine that I used at all. I only used about four weapons the whole game, even though you find around 25 different weapons in the game (amongst three categories). Broadswords move far too slowly, and short swords cap out at half the damage possible from broadswords or spears. Once I got the phoenix spear midway through the game, I never changed weapons again.
-Combat is too simple. All of the short swords use the same move set. Same with spears and broadswords.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly an incredible experience
I was recommended this by a friend and went in blind and was not disappointed by this incredible story. Read more
Quite decent game! I love the soundtrack and the story was so touchy, really looking forward onto the next game!Published 5 months ago by Raphaël Nolet
A surprisingly fantastic game. I'm very glad that I decided to pick this game up out of the blue to pass the time. I didn't think I would enjoy playing it as much as I did. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anthony P.
cool storyline about a man trying to save his daughter, snarky npc, funPublished 12 months ago by Handsome Harry