Ah, NieR. An (apparently) low-budget game that saw unfaborable reviews, and that wasn't a success. Yet, it is one of the best games I've played this generation- a heart-wrenching story about a father, going through incredible ordeals, the only reason of doing so being his daughter's life.
A game where characterization is incredible- one of the best-written, most charismatic characters in the history of videogames being right there, in that game. Oh, he's also a book.
Your companions will laugh, will cry- will yell, will curse, will feel.
Incredible voice acting and writing would be two common praises- whereas gameplay may fall short, but boss battles are incredible. Graphics are rather bad, however.
It is a game that accomplishes something incredible: Making you feel. Feel sorry for the characters, feel sad because of the story- even shed tears in certain moments, it's there; the emotion.
An incredibly well thought-out world accompanies the amazing story presented in this game, as well. And, by last, the music. I'll embed a video of my favorite track in the game, just for the sake of it.
NieR is a criminally underrated and overlooked videogame I couldn't recommend more, I kid not. What is one of the best games this generation of videogames, stagnant with shallow experiences and flash over substance- a game that does things right, that gets to stand out, and gets to pull the strings of your heart. Mellow beats will accompany a certain character cursing you- and cursing god, for the death of her lifelong companion. A game where evil is not necessarily evil, when good is not good- when there's no such silly morality, instead opting for different points of view. A game that makes you feel horrible, for once. "Nothing is at it seems" is written on the box- and my friend, take those words to heart.
"No sympathy for your enemies, nothing shall stop your path" is a common theme; "Do you want me to feel SORRY for you?!" the main character yells in the saddening finale- ignorant to what he just did. He will push foward, not to be stopped by dreams, hopes, or the righteousness of what he's doing.
It feels all like a sick, twisted play- Misunderstandings, bloodshed, sadness- dancing with laughs, smiles, and jokes. It's a game I can't help but love because of that- because it avoids being dull, morally correct, and plain silly. Because it shows the grand best and worst of the human condition, questioning states of mind, philosophy, society and even humanity itself; all written masterfully like few videogames have done, to boot.
Sadly, however- the game is not without flaws. What many would argue are HORRIBLE side-quests plague the game- though the keyword is "side", as they obligatory are not. Push foward with the actual story, and you shouldn't see any issues.
The combat feels rather archaic for some, as well- lack of a lock-on button being a main criticism.
However, for a game that touched be so much- that I remember, even after months of beating it, I must say I overlooked those flaws easily.
The game may start off slow, and may not appeal to some- In fact, it has some questionable design choices; yet I just loved it, and I'm not afraid of recommending it to everyone I know.
Did I mention there's BOAR DRIFTING? Yes, you heard that right. Boar Drifting.
Go ahead, give it a try. The game's quite cheap nowadays, and it's an experience I feel not many should miss on; a really unique game that tells an incredible, shockingly well written tale unlike any other; accompanied by some awe-inspiring music, and that gets to be original; unique, and rather quirky, depending of your tastes. One of the most memorable games of 2010- scrap that, of this generation, NieR was for me.
That is why I wrote this blog post, recommending it to you, folks. If you appreciate a truly mature, deep, well-written and engrossing story, strengthened by incredible characters and great audio, NieR may be one of the best experiences you can have in this current generation of videogames.