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Nier - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition

by Square Enix
PlayStation 3
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly biased and wordy review Jan. 10 2013
By lel
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Prepare for a biased review since I enjoy the game.

I borrowed this game from a friend after reading a "Let's Play" guide for it and the game is fun. In fact it was so much fun, I bought the DLC and bought my own copy of Nier. The game is great but it is not without its faults. However, the missteps in the game don't make the game unplayable.

The story is a bit odd when you first start it, especially if you look at the source material. Nier is the sequel to Drakengard's last ending. However, you don't need to know anything about Drakengard to enjoy this one. The trailers and official reviews can be a bit misleading about the game. Don't look at it's metacritic score either. You really should try this game out yourself and form your own opinion. To be cliche, "One man's trash is another's treasure", and it certainly is my treasure. I think the story is incredibly unique and compelling. It practically forces you to replay it, because you just want to know the truth.

The gameplay mechanic isn't completely balanced, but it won't detract from the experience of the game or be so hideously noticeable that it renders the game unplayable. Also please note the fishing minigame in Nier is mistranslated. So I would suggest watching a youtube video or reading an online guide on how to do it, since the in-game instructions are wrong. Like it's predecessor, Nier also has multiple endings that reveal shocking plot twists and information. So if you do buy the game. Please play it at least twice.

The characters are really well developed throughout the story and the characters aren't one dimensional. I fell in love with the main cast. Not in an obsessive fanatical way, but you really grow with the characters and feel for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable experience Feb. 7 2011
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
At first glance, one may think that this is a second rate game. It doesn't have the best graphics on the market and there are a number of somewhat boring fetch quests. The fishing is impossible until you realize that the instructions were translated incorrectly. However, despite all that, it is one of the most enjoyable games that I had played in a long time.
The story is far above average. What starts as a simple story of a father trying to save his sick daughter becomes more complex as it proceeds. And on the second playthrough you can hear what the "monsters" are thinking. Believe me, there were times when I almost started to cry.
The boss fights are very challenging and the music is probably the best I have ever heard in a video game.
If you like uber-realistic graphics, this probably isn't the game for you. If you want an excellent story and solid gameplay, then I highly recommend this title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 COOL July 12 2014
By Ceecee
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
it was 2 cool
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nier-ly Good June 22 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Nier is an odd bit of gaming. There is a compelling and interesting storyline, with some interesting characters, even the worst winey character of the bunch, Emil, is likeable and something of the pathetic character that you feel for as he sacrifices his very humanity to help his companions. Nier proves that a game can have a great story, but still it fails on a certain level.

Nier is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where you play as one of the ugliest characters I've ever seen. He's a dad, his name is Nier, unless you change it something else, and he's got white hair and inviso brows. Sure he gets a great eye patch at around the half-way point, but essentially Nier looks like the missing link. Although I applaud the attempt to switch from the usual cry-baby main character with an undetermined sex. The game diverges from that usual JRPG story-line at some points and returns to old convention often.

As the father, Nier, the mission is protect and find a cure for the black scrawl that has infected his daughter. And as Nier travels the 'world' he finds new allies, like Grimoire Weiss, Kaine, and Emil. Weiss is a magical book, Kaine is an a bit of dude but mostly gal, and Emil is a weird kid that initially change enemies to stone, but later makes a big sacrifice to save the day. While the game has a good set of main characters it's everything else that would make this game really good that Nier fails.

Graphically the game looks very old, last generation old. I realize that the world has lost a great deal with this story-line, but it's still for a lack of things to see. Villages, all three of them, while different don't add that personality that cities can do with the right games. Although the sea-side city of Seafort looks nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nier is a quirky innovative hit! April 27 2010
By Dharma - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nier is amazing.

I've been eagerly awaiting this game since I heard about it. I thought it would either be a total flop, or it may be interesting. The trailers where cryptic, no information online, and mostly skeptical critics commenting on demos they played. I heard that it was too hack and slash, then I heard that it was a totally in depth RPG complete with gardening and fishing. Its both.

I know, that's really weird. It doesn't usually go. But it does here. The game play is rather difficult at first, at least for someone not accustomed to hack and slash action type fighting. The fact that it lacks a "lock on" function is a real draw back to me, honestly. But over all, it's enjoyable, and challenging. Some of the fights have reminded me of Zelda with their puzzles and problem solving aspects to it.

The game starts out with a bang, and within the first half an hour I'm certain you will be intrigued and must play more! It makes you want to know more, it sucks you in. The story, so far, is like nothing I have seen before. It reminds me, in looks, of Shadow of the Colossus, except about a million times better because now there are towns and many people and creatures to interact with. It's also beautiful, and the back drop is indeed haunting, while still keeping a hint of Whimsy for the Square Enix touch. I'm so pleased that Nier has come out, when I was tired of being disappointed by SE's Final Fantasy releases post FFIX, and I was recently disappointed with FXIII's lack of an open world, well Nier fills that in spades.

The world is vast and gigantic! and you will be sent into it for many reasons, to deliver fragile packages that will break if you are knocked down or jump, to kill sheep and harvest mutton to a fussy lady with tons of fat children, or to run off and save your Daughter. And no, I'm not at all feeling that I lost out on the Japanese story, I like it much more as a father. I think it is more unique, and it makes more sense.

The characters are outrageous, and will often be saying very filthy things that will have you laughing out loud. I would not advise playing this game around small children. :x but many times I will laugh so loud that people who are in the other room will ask me what happened, and I will recount the video games content. It's very funny, and very unexpected.

The game is an all around hit. I've been playing it non stop since I got it, and I only stopped because I got caught on a particularly hard boss and my fingers started to hurt, not because I wanted to stop.

There are multiple endings, and quests that effect your characters proficiency in many of his day to day things, like fishing or gardening. And of course, he has his daughter at home, he cannot ignore her, he has to go home and check on her too. All of these actions affect the outcome of the game. The world is completely open, you decide in what order you do things, and it is beautiful and wonderful. It reminds me of the open worlds in old Final Fantasy games. (I am a Final Fantasy loving geek, so you have to understand, that is a huge compliment in my mind! hehe)

My only complaints is with the camera angles... some of them are terrible in certain boss fights, and the camera control can be buggy in small spaces. I dont consider it a huge issue, or any debilitating issue of the game, though it can be frustrating in the grand scale multi-tier boss fights. Also, it appears that you can only play as Nier, and not as Kaine or any of the other supporting characters.

The story is wonderful, the game play is fun and the music is absolutely fantastic. I would buy the Soundtrack without a blink if I found it on sale anywhere yet! All around, the game is a total hit! Any RPG or action fan would love it! I can see the "God of War" and "Devil May Cry" fans going for this, just as much as the "Final Fantasy and other RPG" fans as well! (I'm in the later category, and I have no complaints!) I love it. I recommend Nier, and I'm excited to see more of this new Franchise of SE's. ^^

Edit: I just found the soundtrack on iTunes, all 44 some+ tracks. It's amazing! This game is really phenomenal on all the right levels :)

Edit: I've played through the story, and I have played the second ending. Oh... my god. No really, I can only ADD stars to my review.

I the game has 4 endings, all revealing more shocking and unexpected story twists... new cut scenes, and other FUN stuff. After you beat the game, you do not have to restart the whole game and get to keep your character info and weapons/items (to avoid spoilers I will leave it at that) I love this game.

I find myself thinking about it, months after buying and playing it, and still wanting to play it. And the music, wow phenomenal! I still want to, and plan to play through the other 2 available endings, I'm procrastinating because once I play them, there will be no more Nier, not until they release another, and that makes me sad. This game is really something wonderful!
54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most unashamedly biased revew EVER. May 11 2010
By C. Mangone - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As stated above, this is what this review will be.

First things first: Yes, for a PS3 game the quality of the graphics are... lacking. You can see giant pixelated horror everywhere, ragged edges like they're going out of style, etc. But the overall style is nice enough and it's not like we've never dealt with pixels and ragged edges before. And yes, there is side-questing, and yes the running back and forth is tedious, but it's not needed unless you want to be able to get everything to see the C and D endings, and even then it only needs done once. The hack and slash gameplay is also average. It's solid. Not omg spectacular, not horrible. It's solid.

ON TO THE GUSHING. Okay, despite the sub-par graphics, average gameplay, runrunrunrun everywhere sidequests... I love this game. Am completely in love with it. I finish maybe - MAYBE! - 5% of the games I start. I got through two of the endings of Nier in three days. That was about 35 hours I spent playing Nier in three days. And it was an absolutely wonderful trip. Have also bought the soundtrack on iTunes. Absolutely amazing soundtrack, every song.

Maybe nostalgia is working in the game's favor for me. Something about the overall feel of the world reminds me of a SNES or PS1 game. Facade and the Aerie in particular just SCREAM old school rpg setting, and I expected little white-bordered blue boxes to pop up over the huts in the Aerie whenever someone inside spoke. But irregardless, the setting just sucked me in. I have a soft-spot for post-appacalyptic worlds with the remnants of civilization showing up here and there, slowly revealing sinister secrets that make you shudder.

I also found each character outstanding, from Nier and his companions to quite a few of the NPCs, to several of the enemies in New Game+. Nier's devotion to his daughter is just the sweetest thing I've seen in years and he made for such a breath of fresh air. The other party memebers are equally wonderful, and the banter that goes between them all is great.

Also, I'm not the type to get emotional when playing, watching, or reading something, and maybe it's because I was emerging nerves raw from a tough semester, but wow. I went through half a box of tissues in the first playthrough, and then went through the rest in New Game+. Nier does not pull its emotional punches, and if the game wants you to feel like a monster for progressing... yeah. Ouch. Definitely a point on the game's favor since I think the last game to make me bawl was Shadow of the Collosus.

So yes. I think it's time to bring my deluge to a close. If you have a soft spot for the strange desolate rpgs from the SNES and PS1 eras go for it. I've looked at many of the professional reviews online and I wonder if we played the same game... everything they found cliche or bad I found sweet and charming. Eh, maybe they've just become too jaded.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should you buy Nier? April 28 2010
By Edwin Ng - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A new approach from Square-Enix which is a combination of Hack/Slash with RPG elements. The question is, should you buy this game or is this game the type of game for you?

Graphics: 8/10
Overall the graphics are pretty good with the exception of the background and the building structures in the game being very bland and have no details at all. If you are looking for a God of War or Final Fantasy XIII graphics type of game, sorry this is not close to those two games.

Controls: 6/10
This is what really kills the game in my opinion. The controls are extremely clunky and non responsive, if the controls and movement were as fluid as Devil May Cry / Bayonetta I can say this game would be amazing. Not to mention at times you get the extreme awkward camera positions that blind / hinder you from moving or attacking mobs.

Sound: 9/10
The voice acting in this game is top notch; I can boldly say its as good if not better then Final Fantasy XIII. The composed score in the game is marvelous and Square-Enix fans would be able to fit in and appreciate it.

Gameplay: 9/10
As stated above, this game is a hack-slash type of game which shares RPG elements. For people who say this game is like Devil May Cry / God of War, they have no idea what they are talking about, because it is nothing like those two games. The basic structure of the game consist of your hero being able to equip different weapons, he also has a mysterious book which can cast magic. Upon leveling up your character you obtain more magic spells and able to buy/upgrade your weapons. The neat part is you can also customize your weapon and magic to enhance the effect with random enhancement items "Word Parts" This game has a decent open world, which a lot of side-quest attach to it. There is also a decent amount of humor between the hero and the talking book that keeps you excited and not bored out of your mind.

Overall: 8/10
The game was done beautifully and overall it's a great game with a pretty unique storyline. The game is not short compared to DMC / GOW, so you won't be paying $59.99 for 5-8 hours of play. Even with the controls and movement being clunky, I think the game deserves a rental at least. On the side note, the NA version of the game supports only the older Nier with a father and daughter relationship. As for the JP PS3 version it supports the younger Nier with a Brother and Sister relationship. There might be plans that the NA might get the younger Nier, since the start menu of the game has a section grayed out labeled "Download Content"
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It gets better, but still not great June 1 2010
By Kenneth McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Playing this game was a rather different experience for me. When the first part of the game ended, I was praying that it was actually the end of the game, because quite frankly, I just wanted it to be over. I found the combat bland, the graphics average at best, the sidequests were ridiculously bad, and story was weak.

However, the second half of the game was much better. First, the story got MUCH better, even moving at some parts (Emil and Kaine were great characters). Perhaps more important for the overall enjoyment of the game, the combat got more fun once I was able to upgrade my weapons and my magic spells to satisfying levels. The sidequests were still horrible (well, the fishing was kind of cool), but the more enjoyable combat made them tolerable.

I had two main problems with the game. First, I love RPGs, but this game felt like an RPG that the developer went out of their way to make it less RPG-ish. Leveling up made you more powerful, but you didn't have the opportunity to tune your character by spending XP on specific stats or anything like that. You could use "words" to upgrade your weapons and spells, but it felt pretty generic. As a matter of fact, I played through the entire game with only the first two spells that we were granted. I tried the others, but never really found anything special about them in relation to the first two. So in general, it looks like an RPG, but it really didn't play like one, which was a disappointment to me.

The second problem was the save system. In some cases, it was downright sadistic. A couple of times I had to waste over an hour of progress because I had to quit, and there was no save point in sight. Just be sure to get comfortable and have a large block of time before you enter the Barren Temple for the first time!

Had the game ended when I initially wanted it to, I would have given it a 1-star rating. However, it got much better, and I ended up enjoying it. It's not great, but it's pretty good. If you get it, just be prepared to get through a very slow start.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, mediocre game Aug. 28 2011
By glod - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Nier is an interesting game. It didn't get much media coverage so I didn't really find out about it until way later, and one of the only things I had heard about it was some big controversy over one of the main character's gender. So I went into this game not really knowing what to expect, and I came out pleased.

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.
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