The Escapist writes: "I've been playing Nier for a week or so and logged over 20 hours in the game. Through all of that time, I never once was fully engaged in the game. Nier is not one of those games where you look at the clock and wonder where 12 hours went. I was hungry playing Nier, not only for food, but for some meaty sustenance to feed my gaming soul. That's not to say that it's a bad game. It isn't. It is just ... average."