Alan Smithee

Square’s Nier – Dated

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lone protagonist, check. comically oversized sword, check. blood and gore, check. ok good game people!

If you’re a fan of action RPGs, and let’s face it, who isn’t these days? You should feel a bit more chipper knowing that Nier (aka Nier Gestalt in Japan) has been given release dates for the non-moonspeak countries. Gamers in the US and Europe can expect the game to arrive worldwide on the 27th of April. If you’re wondering what the hell Nier is about, just watch the trailer below.

The plot is as follows, you play as Nier, a father who is desperate to find a cure for the Black Scrawl virus which has infected your daughter. Joining you on your journey is the strangely appealing hermaphrodite who curses like a sailor Kaine who used to be all woman until she was possessed by a demon, and the sentient book Weiss who allows your character to cast magic.

Seems like a solid enough idea, but I can tell already that this game won’t sell all that great and will probably end up on the bargain bin shelf quickly enough, much like some of the other great Squeenix titles in the past. That’s probably right when I’ll pick it up.

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