Nier Impressions

We get a glimpse of Square Enix's new action RPG.

Nier, the recently announced action role-playing game from Square Enix, isn't playable on the E3 2009 show floor, but we did have a chance to check out a brief presentation behind closed doors. Unfortunately, the game's still in the early parts of its development cycle, so we didn't see too much, but we got a general idea of where Square Enix is going with the game.

The presentation started with Nier, the game's titular character, inside a building, talking to one of the game's non-playable characters. What's interesting about this first scene is that it's framed in a 2D perspective. We were told that the game will occasionally switch perspective for certain types of events. After exiting the scene, Nier made his way outdoors into an absolutely massive environment with rolling hills and trees sprinkled off in the distance. It's here that we were told that Nier will feature a full day and night cycle and that there will be some weather effects, such as wind gently blowing through the leaves on the trees. It's clear at this point that Nier will have much more in common with Western-style RPGs in that it seemingly has a greater emphasis on exploration than most typical Japanese RPGs. In fact, we're even told that Nier himself has been designed to appeal more to a Western audience.

After venturing through some parts of the environment, Nier made his way indoors, where we had our first glimpse of some combat. The first enemies that appear onscreen are tiny, shadowlike creatures that Nier dispatched rather quickly with a few swipes of his sword and a special attack that he had to charge to execute. Interestingly, while fighting a second wave of these creatures, a magic book--that appeared to the side of Nier--started firing fireballs at the enemy, which showed how Nier will be capable of using some magic attacks later in the game. For the most part, the action seems pretty fast-paced and more in line with something like Devil May Cry than most other action RPGs.

It's still way too early to make any formal assessment of what's going on in Nier and what it attempts to do, but we'll see more of the game before its 2010 release.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

29 comments
CapitaoNinja
CapitaoNinja

The Japanese NIER was way more appealing.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

I thought it was supposed to be called NIER Replicant?

KapG
KapG

liking the amount of blood I was seeing

savagehulk
savagehulk

I like the idea of the game I can't say anything bad about it yet since it is still in the early stages of development. I look forward to seeing how it progresses in the development stages def a game I am interested in.

raza3
raza3

i am not sure about that game

gmax
gmax

Still early for this one, it would seem.

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

If SE can pair their expertise with huge, engaging stories with the gameplay of action-RPG's like Fable then this game is going to be awesome. I just hope its not another trial run at something akin to Last Remnant or Infinite Undiscovery.

R34Vegeta
R34Vegeta

Wow, doesn't look anything like a typical RPG that SE would make. But i'm definitely going to keep an eye on this one.

aldovalera69
aldovalera69

Appealing......It's not the correct word! The trailer is good.

pakhair
pakhair

Appealing.............

Poisoned_Waffle
Poisoned_Waffle

Appeals to western audience = involves bludgeoning people to death Hells yeah

OF-5
OF-5

I like the switching between 2D and 3D idea it sounds fun.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

So that is the secret Square Enix's game.

TheBloodRed
TheBloodRed

I think they are trying to follow in where Fable II triumphed. A big expansive action RPG, however, might actually trump Fable II anyways! xD

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

"For the most part, the action seems pretty fast-paced and more in line with something like Devil May Cry than most other action RPGs." Kingdom Heart would have been a better example...

gamecrash
gamecrash

Doesn't look to bad something to keep an eye on.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

'We're even told that Nier himself has been designed to appeal more to a Western audience.' Good. I'm getting sick of blond pretty boys with swords.:x

LithuanianGamer
LithuanianGamer

It should be a great game,because Square-Enix is making it

vix
vix

I'm intrigued.