April 4, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
Earlier this week, Square Enix announced NieR Replicant ver 1.22474487139… for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This is an upgraded version of the original Nier, an action RPG that was released in 2010, seven years before its highly-praised sequel, Nier: Automata.
Nier had two versions when it came out in Japan, Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360 and Nier Replicant for the PlayStation 3. The two games were nearly identical, with the only difference being the protagonist. Gestalt starred an older man trying to save his daughter, while Replicant starred a younger man trying to save his sister. All other details remained consistent across both versions.
Only Nier Gestalt was localized, for both consoles. However, the upcoming remaster of Nier Replicant has been announced for the west as well as Japan.
NieR Replicant ver 1.22474487139… will feature re-recorded audio, a new character, and other new additions. The voice actors for 2B and 9S from Nier: Automata will play a small role, although the details of this are still unknown. Fans have wondered if a remaster might introduce “Ending E,” a fifth ending not present in the original game but detailed in supplementary material. However, it’s undecided at this point if the Nier remaster will include additional endings or not.
The string of numbers included in the remaster’s title, 1.22474487139, is the square root of 1.5. The significance of this is unknown.
A mobile game called Nier Re[in]carnation has also been announced for iOS and Android. Few details about it have been revealed so far, but producer Yosuke Saito explained they are approaching it more as if it was to be a multiplatform release and are more interested in “[causing] a stir]” than making a profit.
Director Yoko Taro described Nier Re[in]carnation as “quite new and puzzling” and “a strangely startling type of game.” A western release has not been announced yet.
Finally, the Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition for the Xbox One is now available through Xbox Game Pass, so Xbox One owners with an active Game Pass subscription can download and play this much-praised action RPG.Tags: nier, nier automata, nier reincarnation, nier replicant, square enix
October 25, 2016 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
Famitsu recently revealed details about the combat system for Nier: Automata, the upcoming action RPG from PlatinumGames and Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and PC.
The protagonist is an android named YoRHa No. 2 Model B, or 2B. She can wield a balanced one-handed sword, a heavy two-handed sword, and faster, short-range melee weapons. Her Pod support system also allows her to shoot enemies from a distance.
In combat, you’ll use the Square button for a fast attack and the Triangle button for a heavy attack. You can have two weapon sets (such as one set using a melee weapon and one-handed sword, and another set using the one-handed sword and two-handed sword), and you can swap between at any time using the d-pad. For ranged attacks, you’ll use R1 to fire your Pod’s guns and L2 to lock on to enemies.
Finally, R2 will be used to let you dodge and evade attacks. If you dodge at the exact moment an attack would have struck, you’ll become temporarily invincible and be able to use special attacks. This should sound familiar to anyone who has played Platinum’s Bayonetta games, although unlike Bayonetta’s Witch Time, it doesn’t affect the flow of time.
Like Platinum’s previous games, Nier: Automata should be filled with challenge for players who love action games. However, for those who are unable to play the action sequences, there is a special Auto Mode that lets 2B automatically attack and evade as long as you keep moving. Auto Mode can only be enabled if you’re already playing on easy. While this may seem like an odd decision, Bayonetta included a similar feature.
Nier: Automata is due out in Japan on February 23, 2017, with a worldwide release later that year. Although it is a sequel to Square Enix’s 2010 action RPG Nier (which is itself a Drakengard spin-off), director Yoko Taro has said players will be able to enjoy Automata even if they didn’t play the original Nier.Tags: nier automata, ps4