In the market for a quirky Japanese hack-and-slash title from the creators of Final Fantasy? If you're interest is suitably piqued, Square Enix's Nier can be nabbed from HMV for just £17.99!
- Click here to buy Nier from HMV for £17.99 [Xbox 360 Game]
- Click here to buy Nier from HMV for £17.99 [PS3 Game}
We expect Square Enix games to be lavish and cinematic, adhering to their strict formula. Nier is a departure from Enix's conventional design, but in the process suffers from poor production values and varied but unpolished gameplay elements. Matt reviewed Nier last April, and while he was critical of the game's unfinished state, he does recommend it for its well-told story and character work.
Nier follows the eponymous hero, who is searching the land for a cure to heal his daughter, afflicted by the Black Scrawl virus. Nier is a burly, muscle-bound hero, who carries a broadsword and a floating magical book. He's willing to venture anywhere in search of the cure, even into territory crawling with demonic forces thirsting for blood.
Nier is something of an homage to Zelda. It has a sprawling region to explore, with dungeons filled with monsters and a climactic boss-fight. You can even travel to the sea shore and fish, although I've heard doing so may result in destructive acts of Nier-induced frustration!