Originally Posted by Story
In the near future, plague ravages the earth and is wiping out humanity. Society is on the verge and in their desperation to save us, scientists discover and implement what they think will be a cure. Unfortunately, their "cure" brings about an even worse disease called The Black Scrawl. 1,300 (1,400) years later players will jump into the title role of the unyielding Nier as he begins his desperate quest to discover a cure for his daughter (sister), Yonah, who is stricken with the deadly Black Scrawl disease. Armed with a powerful set of magical abilities as well as mighty swords and armor, Nier will do battle alongside a set of formidable allies against waves of dark enemies and giant bosses to discover the truth about the disease, his daughter (his sister)... and himself.
Game Title: Nier Gestalt|Nier Replicant
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: Xbox 360|Playstation 3
Release Date (Nier, Nier Gestalt - 360/PS3 Worldwide): April 22, 2010 (JP) | April 23, 2010 (EU) | April 27, 2010 (NA)
Release Date (Nier Replicant - Japan PS3 Only): April 22, 2010 (JP)
OST Title: Nier Gestalt&Replicant Original Soundtrack
Release Date: April 21, 2010
Director: Yoko Taro (Drakengard series)
Producer: Yosuke Saito (S-E)
Co-Producer: Iwasaki Takuya (Ace Combat 2, Ace Combat 3, Drakengard)
Scenario: Sawako Natori (Drakengard)|Kikuchi Hana (BQLSI STAR LASER)
Illustration: D.K (Red Ninja: End of Honor)
Music: Keiichi Okabe (Tekken 6)
Code:Combo Fanatic - 15 points - Pull off a 50-hit combo. Combo Master - 30 points - Pull off a 100-hit combo. The Magic Man - 15 points - Learn every type of magic. Wordsmith - 10 points - Collect 50 percent of all words. Weapons Collector - 30 points - Find every weapon. Village Handyman 10 points - Complete 10 quests. Jack of All Trades - 10 points - Complete 20 quests. Go-To Guy - 10 points - Complete 30 quests. Man of Means - 10 points - Accumulate 1,000,000 pieces of gold. Educated Warrior - 10 points - Read the final novel segment. Legendary Gardener - 10 points - You successfully cultivated the legendary flower. Fish of Legend - 10 points - You caught a rhizodont. A Round by the Pond - 10 points Event - You caught one of every type of fish. Material Hunter - 10 points - You collected 50 types of raw materials. Upgrade Apprentice - 10 points - You upgraded 5 weapons to their maximum level. Reform Specialist - 10 points - You upgraded 15 weapons to their maximum level. Forging Master - 20 points - You upgraded 30 weapons to their maximum level. All Aboard! - 10 points - You rode a boar for at least five minutes. The Sheep Whisperer - 10 points - You killed 100 sheep. Lightspeed Fighter - 10 points - You completed the game within fifteen hours. King of the Lost Shrine - 10 points - Defeat a certain boss within two and a half minutes. A True Friend - 10 points - Defeat a certain boss within one minute. Boss of the Junk Heap - 10 points - Defeat a certain boss within four and a half minutes.
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Originally Posted by On the differences in Nier
NIER in North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is exactly the same game as Nier Gestalt for Xbox 360 in Japan. The only other version of the game is Nier Replicant only for PlayStation 3 and ONLY in Japan. The only difference between these two versions is the main character. In NIER and Nier Gestalt Nier is a father saving his daughter while in Nier Replicant a much younger Nier is a brother saving his sister.
The stories are exactly the same, other than the main character Nier who is younger in Replicant. There are obviously some minor script alterations to make the dialogue work, but aside from that, the story, characters, gameplay and experience are exactly the same.
There are no plans to bring Nier Replicant outside of Japan at this time.
Kaine | Half possessed by a demon, she was born a hermaphrodite. When she was young she was often bullied, and began to show off her feminine side more but talks and acts rough like a guy. She wields dual large swords that cut anything in her way.
Nier | The protagonist. He treasures his only daughter, Yonah, greatly. Caught between his kindness and his sense of justice, his concerns over his daughter's illness lead him on his journey.
Nier (Replicant) | The protagonist. A young man who always has a dark expression on his face. He treasures his only blood-related sister, Yonah, greatly. When she becomes ill, he journeys far and wide to find her a cure.
Grimoire Weiss | A talking book who essentially acts as a companion to Nier throughout the game. Nier's magic spells are made possible by Grimoire Weiss who lends his awesome power to Nier. He holds massive knowledge about the world.
No.7 | A skeleton-like creature wearing a robe and wielding an enchanted staff, No. 7 is a demonic experimental weapon that joins Nier and his companions.
Yonah | A child who is treasured by her father/brother. She is a brave little girl who persists for the sake of her father/brother. Born weak by nature, she contracts the deadly Black Scrawl.
Things that you may experience/do while playing Nier:
- Top-down viewpoint dungeon fighting
- Side-on perspective inside town buildings
- Fetch quests
- Mash the attack button repeatedly
- Dodge with the R2 button
- Switch weapons in real-time via the D-pad
- Cast glowing blasts of red energy in single or rapid-fire mode
- Deplete your magic gauge which then automatically replenishes itself
- Dodge forward to get to places quicker
- Find "Words" throughout the world to change the characteristics of weapons and spells
- Needless side quests
- Multiple endings (including a continuation of Drakgenard's E!)
- Move the camera freely with the right thumb stick
- Face off against evil creatures and unleash brutal combat moves along with devastating combo attacks
- Travel with a dynamic party of allies
- Gather flowers, vegetables, fruits, grains seeds and create a garden better than Mama
- Go fishing
- Mount a boar and traverse the lands in style