21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A good effort,
This review is from: Nier (PS3) (Video Game)
Nier seems to me to be a somewhat messy offspring of lost of great and legendary games, mainly resident evil , god of war but most of all zelda. The game while good doesn't seem particularily original in any repsects. When compared with any other square enix can it is totally different and original but with many other games it just repeating whats already been done before but unfortunately not as well as it has been done before.
Many things about it though to merit praise as overall i quite enjoyed the game, for example the soundtrack is very epic and suits the gameplay perfectly, its one of those soundtracks that doesn't just play while you play the game , the soundtrack is part of the game and it enhances it rather than is just there because silence would totally suck.
Also very suprisingly it has a sense of humour, you collect grimoires throughout the game and each book offers certain powers to Nier, each book is obtained by defeating a boss, but, the books are alive and can have at times some hilarious banter with Nier about why you are doing certain side-quests instead of pushing through with the story mode, its rather refreshing to hear someone in a game at times reflect the players own thoughts and frustrations at what you feel in the game is unnecessary.
There are also a lot of side-quests, to some this mightnt be a big deal but i like having something extra to do in a game and not just bomb through the story.
The story itself starts off excellent and keeps its pace until about half way through, when questions that need answered aren't getting answered and it becomes very difficult to fully understand what is happening , but apparently if you play it through multiple times the whole story will get explained but to be honest i don't think i would be willing to play it through again just to get the whole picture when i should fully understand it after one playthrough.
The gameplay is rather good though, mixing magic with hack and slash is quite unusual but works well and the camera never gets messed up like i know it can in so many games so thats another thing they managed to get spot on in Nier.
Graphically its terrible, definately not worthy of a modern console, it has completely fallen behind and it looks horrible.
Overall its good , not great ,but good enough for 4*. But it took me 25 hours to complete it, with doing quite a few side-quests , so in that respect its good, i hate buying a game and only playing for 10 hours before its exhausted itself. So overall i would recommend Nier.