Writer’s Denial: Due to the nature of NieR games in general, this NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is… (PS4) is still under review, and I just finished my first playthrough of the game. I will update the review as I finish more parts of the game.
My entire experience with the NieR franchise was through the eyes of an outsider. As mentioned in my first article on impressions,
I have to admit that I’ve always been a peripheral fan of the NieR franchise. Most of my knowledge of the world and its games is based on YouTube views or readings on discussion forums, wikis, and second-hand experiences with RL fan friends. I loved the aesthetics of the games, and I always found the world of NieR to have a sense of high fantasy and a fan-service level of visual support.
And what I think of my first impression hasn’t changed since. Since I’m playing the game with an objective opinion of Automata and the first NieR (NieR Gestalt or even the first NieR game), I’m essentially experiencing the world of NieR at the very beginning, before Automata.
Replicant, my first NieR game, plays like a dying world with lots of action elements and a generally thought-provoking plot. The game follows the story of an unnamed hero who goes in search of a cure for his ailing sister, Yona. Hoping to restore his sister’s health, he sets out to find a cure for her deadly disease.
As the story progresses, the protagonist finds an amnesia book called the Weiss Grimoire, which not only gives him strength, but also allows him to understand his sister’s suffering and the situation in the world as his memories slowly return. The protagonist then enters a world larger than his own, and discovers by chance why the world is the way it is, and how his sister is part of it.
NieR Replicant storyline
Replicant’s plot is very reminiscent of anime from the early 2000s and late 1990s that begin with an intimate premise (finding a cure for the main character’s illness or a solution to his village’s problems and so on), but then the story unfolds into something bigger than what it began with. But just like in the anime, Replicant gets going, and you have to invest a few hours (about 10 if you messed up the game) before you get to the good part of the story.
This investment is not in vain though, as you not only learn more about the world, but also about the characters you meet along the way. After initially being bored by the turtles, I became invested in the characters I met on screen. Since this is my first NieR game, I am not determining who the characters are in the story that will replace Replicant.
As for the Replicant gameplay, I must say that I really enjoyed the modern update NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 … I had. As I’ve read and heard in previous reviews and in stories from NieR (and Gestalt) friends, the fast and fluid gameplay we experience with Replicant is something new to the game. The combos, attacks and spells have weight and feel heavy, the weapon selection is excellent, and the way the protagonist changes stance and the way he attacks based on the weapon is a joy to watch.
The controls are smooth and very intuitive, and when you consider that some of the puzzle and bullet hell scenes require precise movements, I shudder at the thought of the precise controls I now need to get through them.
Broken Grimoire White(?)
As for Replicant’s overall gameplay, one of the things I had to watch out for was the game’s rather flawed (though I really enjoyed it) Weiss Grimoire and word system. Once you unlock the Weiss Grimoire, you can add words to your weapon, giving you skills, stats, or effects not previously available to that weapon.
This gives the replicant’s weapon system a bit more depth to the gameplay, in addition to the already overflowing weapon scenarios the game offers for each of the 33 weapons in the game.
I’ve mentioned before that the game’s weapon system is rather flawed, mainly due to certain sets that allow you to take out enemy units that you can’t take out at the current level. Acquiring the word has allowed me to reach milestones and areas that were previously difficult to reach at my level. (Thanks to Migoy Too Many Games for passing on the information).
One of the most interesting features of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… are the stories about the weapons. Each weapon you acquire in the game has its own story, and upon further investigation I discovered that this is one of NieR’s core weapons and can also be found in NieR: Automata. Collecting weapons is also relevant to the story, as some games require you to complete a list of in-game weapons in different variations.
Another feature of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Additionally, the return (or the beginning, since it’s a remaster) is that the game has multiple endings, as previously mentioned. This means that you will have to play the game more than once to see these different endings.
That’s why I put a disclaimer at the beginning of this review, stating that I’ve only played the game for the first time. And to experience all that Replicant has to offer, I would have to replay the game more than once.
To say that Replicant is stupid is an understatement, as I still have a lot to unpack after my first loss. The appeal of the game (and the world its creator has created) has become more real to me after my experience with Replicant.
As for cheating, you can see how outdated the script is. Considering the original NieR game took almost a decade to complete (plus or minus).
Nevertheless, the main conflict of the play and the subsequent main, sub, and subplots resonate with what we experience in the world. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… It couldn’t have come at a better time. While the game offers more than a sobering atmosphere with several empty fields and humanoid events, the game offers a faint glimmer of hope for a fight.
It can feel like clutching at straws or implying something that isn’t even in the game, but I love the way the game portrays people struggling to make sense of the world they find themselves in. From Cain’s condition, and Emil’s life situation, they found each other and a group of people. It gives a little more perspective on my friend’s IRL and how we all deal with the current world situation. A game as austere and serious as NieR made me appreciate what I have.
The game is far from perfect, but NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Is a good first for me. The experience was actually good, which I’m looking forward to for NieR: The machines, as soon as I’m done with all the endgame stuff.
You can get the game via the PlayStation 4 Store here.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (PS4)
The story is interesting.
Arms stories and other content added
The story starts very slowly
You’ll get lost if you’re not careful.
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