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NieR is an action RPG with a touch of Japanese influenced gameplay. The story takes place around 1,000 years ahead of our time in a mysterious world, where the earth as we know it, no longer exists. Nier is also the name of the main character who is seeking for a cure for his dying daughter. Nier is accompanied by a talking book named Grimoire Weiss, also used to shoot projectiles at enemies. Progressing through the game yields new powers and different weapons.

Main and side quests lead the party to various battles, controlled in a hack-and-slash manner using melee and ranged weapons as well as magic spells. Weapons can be upgraded and specialized to deal improved damage against certain enemies. The camera can be controlled throughout most parts of the game. The view switches to isometric or 2D-side scrolling at some locations.

The Japanese version of the game comes in two editions: NieR RepliCant​ (PS3) and NieR Gestalt (Xbox 360). The major differences involve Nier's appearance and his relationship to the character Yonah. All other international releases are based on NieR Gestalt, regardless of the platform.


NieR Xbox 360 Title screen
NieR Xbox 360 Combat during prologue

Alternate Titles

  • "NieR RepliCant" -- Japanese PS3 title
  • "NieR Gestalt" -- Japanese Xbox 360 title
  • "ニーア レプリカント" -- Japanese PS3 spelling
  • "ニーア ゲシュタルト" -- Japanese Xbox 360 spelling

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The Press Says

Gamer.nl PlayStation 3 Apr 27, 2010 9 out of 10 90
3D Juegos PlayStation 3 Apr 23, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
Xbox360Achievements Xbox 360 May 23, 2010 74 out of 100 74
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 May 01, 2010 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Apr 23, 2010 70 out of 100 70
AceGamez PlayStation 3 May 03, 2010 65 out of 100 65
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 May 03, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 2010 3.2 out of 5 64
GameSpot PlayStation 3 May 03, 2010 5 out of 10 50
XGN PlayStation 3 Apr 24, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45


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Drakengard Connection

Although the game never explicitly states it as such, NieR is a sequel to a previous cavia game, Drakengard. NieR takes place in the far future of the same world which Caim and the red dragon are sucked into in the final hidden ending of Drakengard. There are several references in the game as well, such as Nier collecting many of Caim's former weapons, a tree that mentions a memory of a red dragon falling from the heavens, and the twins Devola and Popola being named after the sword Debolpopol (Skald's Song in the English translation).

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