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 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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Although the game never explicitly states it as such, NieR
is a sequel to a previous cavia game, Drakengard
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).