Hey you might know me as 'that guy you confuse with Rust' or 'that guy who's obssessed with Valkyria Chronicles' or 'total asshole'
Anyways none of that shit matters because I'm here to talk about the greatest fucking game you've never played and that's Nier
What the fuck is Nier Rent
Nier is like a third person action-rpg that combines literally every genre of game that you can think of
into one game
God of War? Yep. Final Fantasy? Uh-huh. Demon's Souls? Of course. Monster Hunter? Yeah. Fucking Harvest Moon? Lost Odyssey? Resident Evil? Sin and Punishment?
Seriously, I'm not joking if you've played a game
in the last ten years, when you play Nier something in it
will remind you of that game
Anyways this game is developed by Cavia
You might not know who Cavia is/was- they were a small development studio on the Enix side of S-E pre merger and they developed a bunch of weird as fuck
Oh and Resident Evil Umbrella/Darkside Chronicles too
They got dissolved recently but pretty much everyone who worked in Cavia is still employed at S-E in some way so it's not a big deal
anyways if you've ever played any of the above games I've listed you'll notice that they're all horrible fucking games
, mostly due to having horrible gameplay and incredibly disturbing/depressing storylines
But Nier is different! Nier has okay
That doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement of the gameplay, because it's not, but Nier totally makes up for it in other areas
(In case you're wondering Nier's gameplay is, it's roughly equivalent to God of War's- combo based with plenty of powerful magic attacks at your disposal)
Gameplay ain't too hot though. I mean it's servicable but whatev's
why you play it:
Seriously this music is some of the best you'll ever hear in a video game, it is so fucking good
Now imagine that but everything in the game.
Seriously every track in this game is so, so good, and there's a shitload of them
Yeah this game has some excellent fucking bosses, they're really well designed and fun as hell to fight against, and they're all fairly unique encounters
Also there is a fucking ton
of boss fights. They just pile on the boss fights in this game, and it's great because they're all great
The Plot and Characters
This game's plot is, seriously, one of the best I've ever played of all time. It is so. fucking. good. If you came into this and saw that the publisher was Square Enix expecting some gay JRPG storyline you will be fucking blown away
by how excellent the game is
It is seriously so excellent. I can't stop talking about how great the storyline of this game is. It's the only game that I've played that's gotten me to laugh intentionally
It's also the only game that made me feel sadness, and soul-crushing despair after some of the events of the game
This game runs the gamut of emotions, from extreme highs to extreme lows and everywhere in between, and if you've until now never been invested in a game's storyline before well then buckle up because Nier will rock your fucking world
Anyways to be more specific the game is about Nier(you),
, a middle aged man with a young daughter, Yonah
, who has been infected with a disease called The Black Scrawl
Even though I used the name "Nier" for the main character, the main character is actually you
. This is an important plot point throughout the game, so if you play this game make sure to input your name when you name the main character
Anyways Nier (I'm using the name "Nier" for ease in naming conventions) is trying to heal his daughter so goes out into the world to try and find a cure for his daughter's strange illness.
He then meets Grimoire Weiss
, a talking book, who might know a bit about healing his daughter's illness.
Weiss is like a combination of Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry, and totally awesome. His sarcastic comments on the world around him and his acid-laced "conversations" with Kainé
are some of the game's best
's a swordswoman with a mysterious past and a filthy mouth. She joins Nier's team after a certain plot sensitive event and honestly, in my opinion, is one of the better examples of females potrayed in video games
Instead of being a useless plot device or a spineless lovestruck moron she's incredibly self-assertive and tough
Unfortunately she dresses like an idiot so everyone ignores how well Cavia actually potrayed a female in a video game that wasn't offensive or misogynistic and focuses on her clothes
Still though Kainé's awesome, disregard her clothing issue
Oh also there's another guy but his very existence is a spoiler so I'm not gonna talk about him
The dialogue in this game is fucking amazing, seriously one of the best localizations I've ever seen in a video game
It is so good
For instance this is the intro for the game
It is able to convey real emotion to the scenes, and helps the plot (which is fucking excellent
) move forward at a rapid clip
Oh man this game is balls awesome Rent where do I get it
You can get it for either the 360 or PS3
, and K-Mart is having a sale on Nier starting next week for twenty fucking dollars.
There is no excuse not to get this game, it is so cheap but seriously one of the best plots I've ever experienced in a video game.
Now normally this is the part where I'd link all the reviews that agreed with me, but actually this game reviewed really really poorly
However I'd say this is a situation where the reviewers really didn't get it, and focused on the gameplay (which isn't too great) or the graphics (which are shitty, but strangely appropriate for the game) instead of on what the game was trying
to do- tell a really great, well realized story
Anyways seriously get Nier
It is so good
Some warnings before you play the game though:
- The gameplay is not good. Don't come in expecting awesome gameplay.
- The game has some really low-res textures and has a SHITLOAD of bloom. Seriously, so much fucking bloom
- You'll probably want to have played or at least know the story of Drakengard 1 for this game (Nier is actually a direct sequel to Drakengard). "But there was a Drakengard 2?" you ask. Yeah, don't worry about it, it'll get explained. But yeah, you'll probably want to read The Dark Id's LP of Drakengard so that parts of Nier make more sense. It's not necessary to do so in order to understand the plot of Nier but it helps the backstory make more sense
- The fishing lies to you. You want to pull the analog stick away but TO THE SAME SIDE as wherever the rod is pointing, not to the opposite side.
- If you beat the game and are confused as hell by the ending, don't worry the game has three more! You just experienced ending A. Ending B is after beating the game a second time, and Endings C and D are after beating it a third whilst having all the weapons and making a certain choice at the end of the game. Make sure to get Ending C FIRST.
best fucking game you've never played