NieR: Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139… brings the original Nier to current consoles. But what’s really added to the game that improves over the original? Let’s shed some light on that, shall we? I hope you notice I haven’t used remade or remastered once here because someone called it a version upgrade, Yoko Taro.
Total visual improvements
This should come without saying and is quite blatantly very obvious. If the environments are the same models with fancy new texturing, I wouldn’t be surprised. Everything else, though, is a fancy step up. The rest of the game has been rebuilt, with characters and visual effects looking much better than before. This glow-up really helps the game shine.
Revamped combat system
The original Nier’s combat system was a decently serviceable battle system loosely inspired by western titles like God of War (on the PlayStation 2, not PlayStation 4), which meant it was good and serviceable, but nothing especially new.
This new version has revamped the combat system to align with how Platinum Games developed Nier Automata. Fast, fluid, and furious, no longer will your attacks feel stilted; with movement, becoming your very good friend. Unless you’re using the greatswords for the first time, those take a while to figure out.
Rerecorded and improved audio
Nier was already known for its fantastic soundtrack and voice acting. But it turns out you can improve upon perfection. Aside from the fact they got the voice cast back to reprise their roles, who have only gotten better over the past 11 years, they also decided that they should just rerecord the entire damn soundtrack. And even that wasn’t enough, Keiichi Okabe has decided that it would be a add new songs, and extend some of the other songs, so they’ve got even more song. Can anyone stop MONACA? Should anyone stop MONACA?
No. No, they shouldn’t.
They made the game ‘Justin-Proof.’
Back in 2010, there was a certain Joystiq article where the player ragequit the game four hours in because they couldn’t read a minimap with a red X marked on it. Well, if you, too, also cannot read a minimap with a red X on it, you’ll be in luck as there is now more dialogue at that particular point telling you where to go. Several other sidequests are easier now too, and they’re voiced so you can enjoy that sweet juicy banter in all of its glory.
New story content
There were quite a few things that didn’t make it into the original Nier for various reasons. NieR: Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139… has some of this content. If you’ve read through a fan translation of the Grimoire Nier supplementary book, then you’ve got a good idea of what could be there, but otherwise, I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil things. And it’s really #@$%ing good.
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