gamers (100%) found this review helpful
When I first considered purchasing Neir, I was skeptical. Frankly, I had not had a lot of good expierences with square enix in the past, and simply wasn't sure what the point would be. I had read only one good review, and it seemed to be written by many monkeys trapped in a room together with a type writer. Long story short, I traded it for another game, and have no regrets.
What caused me to pick up the game at all was one small statement on the single good review. "It's like zelda for adults!" That sold me, and I came to find out that this was very true! The plot was somewhat difficult to follow at first, but after an hour or two I realized this was intentional. The game leads you through the main characters life, the events unfolding before you like a novel. As you go along you travel through a post apocolyptic world full of creatures called shades that seem to be made up of code. You gain companions, weapons, and magic abilities as you go along, and your guide is a magic book (SO not as lame as it sounds) who is often floating around near your head. (Navi?)
The biggest complaint I read was in relation to the "go fetch" style side quests that are around every corner. so many people complained about how desperatly tedious these were. This is true, however, THEY ARE SIDE QUESTS! Most of them are not even a little bit essential to the story. They are an excess source of income, and nothing more. I did some, but didn't feel any trepedition about avoiding most of those needy weaklings.
Long story short, it is a zelda style hack and slash with some of the more incredible graphics I have yet seen, as well as great character dialogue. A warning though, not for the faint of heart. My girlfriend watched me play one mission and nearly cried. It's post apocolypse. It is very realistic. People die, children are orphaned, and sometimes, you are the cause (inderectly). It's very sad sometimes, but if you can handle a little reality than I would recomend it to you.
F for Fantastic. Just like that analogy it may sound bad at first but ends off perfect. It started off with me hating the game thinking the fighting was bad and it was boring to do all the missions. but the more you play the more indepth the charactors get and storylines get. It also do an amazing job in story. one that if you play it again there is a HUGE TWIST. I never play games twice, expecially when they want me to by adding extra cut scenes or weapons but this one the whole story was effected. It was trully amazing and should be played if you like storylines. just get through the first play through then you'll be fine.
gamers (79%) found this review helpful
"Nier", the newest RPG to hit consoles, is a bit hard to describe. Starting in 2049, we find the main character defending his daughter who is afflicted with a disease called the Black Sprawl. Like "Prototype" you start the game pretty bulked up- you have good combat skills and an arsenal of magical abilities at your disposal. After beating a small horde of enemies and two giant foes, the game sends us 1300 years into the future, where mankind appears to have gone 500 years into the past. Confused? Therein lies part of the problem with "Nier", as its storyline is somewhat convoluted. There are also some camera issues (enemies will blindside you from off camera), graphics are not up to the usual Square Enix standards (they're not horrible, but they're not "Final Fantasy" quality either), and going in and out of certain areas prompts long load times. While the voice acting is decent, it's not always present, as sometimes the text is spoken and other times you need to read it for yourself. Still, despite its flaws, this is an intriguing enough game to play. There's a lot to do- multiple quests for you fellow villagers, exploration, fighting off enemies called Shades, and you can even do a little fishing on the side. The game seems to veer away from the main story often, but does manage to hold your interest. Still the story is not as compelling as other RPGs, nor are the characters as well realized. I don't know if I could recommend this as a buy, though there is a hefty amount of gameplay. But if you're looking for a bit of a different RPG experience, this one is definitely worth a rent. Give it a try. It might be for you.