NIER is a remarkable, divisive game. Striking and provocative, it manages to put a new twist on many of cliches and stereotypes that have come to define the baroque genre of Japanese role-playing games. For starters, the main character is not a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed teenager. Beneath his spiky hair is the square jaw and furrowed brow of an adult with a crushing responsibility: a sickly daughter with a terminal disease. His over-arching mission is to find a cure, no matter the hardship – no matter the cost. Rather than stepping into the shoes of some whinging little punk, you instead get to be the World's Greatest Dad – the sword-and-sorcery equivalent of Colonel John Matrix, or Mayor Mike Haggar.