"NIER is far from perfect – in fact, it’s decidedly below average at times – but for every sloppy design decision or hackneyed rehash there are charming and often unique aspects that are worth the investment.
Like stopping to enjoy a one-man band, you’re not admiring each of the individual instruments in isolation or even the overall music produced, but the combined spectacle of watching it all come together. And though the song itself may be poor at times and probably out of tune, you can’t help but clap as so many moving parts work together, happily in unison. NIER is one such plucky street-performer. Flawed and disjointed in places, it’s often beguiling in its own peculiar way."