Square Enix’s remaster of the 2010 game Nier is called Nier Replicant ver1.22474487139…, referring to the fact that the game’s creators see this game as something in between a remaster and a remake. You see, Nier Replicant touches up its visuals for a more seamless transition between it and its newer sequel Nier Automata. Categorically, that would make it a remaster. On the other hand, the game’s combat has been redone and lots of new story content have been added, including an entirely new ending sequence. Thus, it’s less of a remaster and more of a… version update?
As if things weren’t complicated enough, you should know that 2010’s Nier came in two versions, titled Nier Gestalt and Nier Replicant respectively. Both followed the same story beats in the same settings, but they had different protagonists. This is a remaster of Nier Replicant.
This means that if you remember playing Nier back on the PlayStation 3 as Papa Nier, you’re about to experience the game a little differently in Replicant. The relationship between Nier (the main character and older brother) and his sister Yonah drives the early humdrum hours of the game. In fact, the biggest criticism I have is its astonishingly slow-moving first few hours, wherein you’re introduced to this post-apocalyptic world and its characters at a glacial pace. Nier Replicant is a game you have to stick with, like one of those TV shows that doesn’t quite get good until you’re a season or two in.
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