Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:18 PM
Lousy graphic design, lousy gameplay, some alright bosses but nothing special. Plot is clever in places but in most others, it is so crassly emotionally manipulative that the game ended up cracking me up in pretty much every scene from the last dungeon on through the second playthrough when it aimed to elicit tears. People claim that this game has great emotion but I simply do not and never will see it. It's crude and unsubtle. The soundtrack too seems to be an endless competition to see which song can be the most grandiose, a word I only use because 'epic' is so poisoned.
Four playthroughs is an overstatement. The second playthrough, which begins at the halfway point, includes new narration (Why they required us to play this dismal game a second time, I'll never understand...) but the third and fourth add nothing but a divergence at the end.
Overrated as hell, but for $10-$15, you're not going that wrong. As much as I savaged it, the game is only KINDA a waste of time rather than a huge once so I say go for it. You might be one of the millions of people on the internet who likes the mindless constant refrain of OMG SO SAD. (Dammit, sorry, I did not want to part with an insult but I am still jilted by this game.) If it at all interests you, you may as well go for it. The voice acting and translation is phenomenal. Weiss is just acted exceptionally well and is a hoot, and some of the character play actually works. When Nier works story-wise, it actually is quite nice. Just a shame about everything else.
And BB clearances are always YMMV so you probably won't even score on this.