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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the structure is by far the strongest and most interesting aspect of the whole game but i kinda don't want to even touch it because it's pretty much the only thing people talk about already. all i can really say about it is i think some of the vignettes are really really weak. the two brothers segment is too weak to justify having to do it 3 times and the aerie is honestly kinda rotten. a whole level of characters screaming "YOU'RE the real monster!!!" and that's it, and the context added by the replays is too vague to make it any more meaningful. it seems like the game agrees that that whole segment isn't worth dwelling on either considering how the characters all brush it off so quick with the facade marriage immediately after.
the writing is really spotty. the characters are great and the themes are salient but the concrete plot can be obvious at points. it all comes together so well that it's easy to look past the flaws but those issues only get bigger with each replay.
Visuals are dated, but my biggest gripe is the horrible bloom.
Environment design is meh but the art direction is much, much better.
Good/great is: Writing, although I got too bored to replay all 4 endings, the added insights elevate hidden details from being subtexts into a main position.
Art elements such as char design, music are all at the very least decent.
GIMMICKS!! Some story missions are unique experiences, it completely shifts the mood. Taking ideas from different genres and applied nicely.