Nier? I barely know 'er! In fact, Cavia Incorporated's eclectic RPG has barely been out for a fortnight: but it's already reached the magical sub-£20 level thanks to a titanic price cut. GAME are currently stocking Nier for £14.98, which will save you over a tenner compared to Amazon, the nearest price rival.
- Click here to buy Nier for £14.98 from Game (PS3)
- Click here to buy Nier for £14.98 from Game (Xbox 360)
In a nutshell, Nier tries too hard to do too much. Its story, characters and setting are genuinely interesting (thanks mostly to some excellent voice acting and mature themes that buck many of the staple Japanese RPG trends), but its core gameplay simply isn't fleshed out enough to compete with more traditional RPG experiences. The standard combat system is solid and there are a few impressively imaginative boss encounters, but the level design and objectives are uninspired and tedious.
Unfortunately, Nier then tries to stand out from the crowd 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 implementation makes them an annoying chore rather than a refreshing change of pace.
Still, I hate to rag on a developer that's made an effort to do something different. Nier isn't truly bad, rather, it's just going through an identity crisis- and it's low price tag makes it well worth considering if you're looking for an RPG that doesn't play by the rules. Why not check out Matt's full review to get a better taste for Nier's confusing mix of genres?
Thanks to andywedge at Hot UK Deals.