Whilst Nier didn't exactly wow the critics, it's still got a shedload of content and some neat moments. If you missed GAME and HMV's shortlived discounts, you'll now be able to pick it up for £14.85 from ShopTo. It'll save you just over £3 compared to Coolshop (the nearest price rival) and is probably worth a punt if you've been sitting on the fence.
Matt’s full review gives you a good grounding in what Nier has to offer, but let me give you my take on this confusing little title. A mature RPG that doesn't play by the rules, Nier offers a half-decent story, some excellent bosses and some seriously blue voice acting. The graphics sit on the grainy side of ugly, but there are several excellent moments that'll stick with you for a while.
Unfortunately, Nier then overcompensates by throwing a mess of ‘classic’ gaming genres into the mix. 2.5D platforming sections and isometric gauntlet-style arenas could have worked if they were handled properly, but their clunky and seemingly last-minute implementation makes them an annoying chore rather than a genuinely refreshing change of pace.
Having said all that, I will never rag on a developer for trying something new. Blending some unfamiliar genres together can make for some epic new game experiences (Puzzle Quest, for one)- and with a little more polish, Nier could've been something special. As things stand, it's just trying too hard to please everyone and comes away as a rather vulgar little upstart. If you've been sitting on the fence, however, this price may well knock you onto one side or the other.