Summary: Nier is a game with obvious, easily identifiable problems, but it is also a game that does other things well enough those negatives are forgivable. Sure, the endless backtracking and fetch quests will wear on you after a while, but probably not until you have seen two of the four endings and played for 20-25 hours. Nier is one of those games you know isn't all that good, but you keep playing anyway because it tells a great story and is easy, mindless fun. We liked it.
Conclusion: That being said, I managed to complete all but one sidequest, despite loathing such busywork in any other game. I don’t think this vindicates them, but it does show how much I enjoyed being in Nier’s world and among its characters. It has genuine human emotion at its core, and a distinct feel to its proceedings which sets it apart from its contemporaries in ways which aren’t obvious when observing a screenshot or review.
Conclusion: Nier does nothing new with its combat system, puzzles, or little subsections of shooting game, text adventure, farm simulator and other oddities. The mechanics of the game feel totally disparate, as if they were pulled out of a hat. The plot is strong enough, but it is slow and at least one of the major twists is very predictable. Nier’s atmosphere – often lonely and depressing – is well-done and vaguely reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus.
Excerpt: Where to start with NIER, perhaps the most genre-bending game of 2010? This JRPG from cavia (Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles) is a hodgepodge of so many gameplay types that it's impossible to work out, even once completed, what, exactly, it is. This is undoubtedly a good thing.
Bloody, sexually charged RPG with an oddly touching story.
Common Sense Media
29 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Nier is one of the bloodiest Japanese RPGs (role-playing games) to come along in some time. Huge gushes of crimson spew from fantastical enemies and wild animals when struck, and humans are shown gravely injured in the game’s cinematic cut scenes. There is also one character that is highly sexualized and wears skimpy outfits that reveal her posterior and excessive cleavage.
Excerpt: Let's get this out of the way right at the beginning: Nier is one of the hardest reviews I've ever had to write. Before I had even finished the game, it became clear that I would have to explore every last inch of the bizarre RPG to have a chance of nailing this review. Why? Because even after spending nearly 50 hours with the game, I'm still not sure if it was a good one or a bad one.
Conclusion: Achievements are of a varied type ranging from the standard story based achievements to the more obscure and time consuming varieties. The bulk of the gamerscore is earned by completing the 4 endings. In conclusion go out and buy this now you won't regret it - it is one of the few titles in the current generation that has stayed with me and made a lasting impression.