I was just thinking about overrated games and this came to mind. I decided to finally play it last year after all the fanboys I saw constantly praising the supposed "masterpiece" writing and deep philosophical story and boy was I disappointed.
The dialogue is cliché anime nonsense, complete with the typical anime gasps and immature tumblr/reddit-tier writing i.e "my girlfriend dumped me 2b...whaaa" "why did you kill my brother? Now I'll kill you!"
Characters are one dimensional with the cliché anime plot point of having a secret hidden trait i.e the stoic silent strong woman isn't so cold hearted really and shows that suddenly and spontaneously at one point.
Then there's the story, with a narrative requiring multiple repetitive playthroughs to get to the so called "enjoyable" bits, a narrative mired by one dimensional characters and terrible writing and in the end, what is that narrative? The generic concepts of infinite cycles, war being pointless and the question of what is free will and is our enemy any different from us? Philosophical questions explored far better in games like Dark Souls and Metal Gear.
"Whoosh" they said if you don't like the story. Jesus, the story point has been done far better in other series like Souls, Yoko Taro is OK at coming up with concepts but poor at implementing them.
The gameplay is a repetitive easy joke, dodge every enemy automatically just by bashing dodge. No timing required because you'll be sure to perform the evasive dodge required to counter strike afterwards. No tactics required because most enemies are the same. Exploration becomes tedious in its bland world filled with the same enemies who lack variety, side quests are just glorified fetch missions or "go here and kill x enemy."
By later playthroughs, everything is just a chore and tedious slog through the same old crap.
I'm not sure how this game ended up being rated so highly but I think it's mostly from anime fanboys who like anything that is anime or anime-like, then proceed to viciously overhype it in response to any criticism. Funniest part was hearing a few saying it's got better writing and dialogue than both The Witcher 3 and Yakuza 0. After playing through the whole game (and yes doing the subsequent playthroughs) I'm convinced that these people must be on drugs if they think Nier even compares.
Who else thinks it's overrated? I mean this is Platinum Games, I don't know how they went from Metal Gear Rising to this. Perhaps they should have got Hideo Kojima to oversee this game too, it would probably have had better gameplay and writing.