After playing and be thoroughly destroyed by Nier: automatonsI was curious whether Nier: Replicant ver.1.22474487139… the “version up” (as it is not a remake or remaster according to the developers) of the original Deny would inspire similar emotional devastation. I have faint memories of the first game. I remember the gruff father and the silent sadness of the sick little girl. But the only moment I remember was the opening credits, in which a lady uses a litany of colorful curses to threaten a seemingly sentient book.
Thankfully, this brilliant dialogue returns Nier: Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (Yes, the ellipses are part of the name) by prolific Laura Bailey, who also voiced the 2010 version. And so far, the only thing that makes me invest in this game is learning the context of those introductory words.
Coming April 23rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Replicants Fight is similar to Vending machines, with the same combo and dodge mechanics, but with far fewer options to customize your loadout. Grimoire Weiss, the sentient book mentioned earlier, is your snarky combat companion that hovers near your head, much like the pods of Vending machinesand can perform any number of magical attacks, from bullets to lances to magical big-assed fists. You can upgrade your weapons in a special shop and expand them and the magic of Grimoire Weiss with “words” received from defeated enemies called shadows.
I can imagine there will be a lot of people who, like me, either skipped or barely remember OG Denyplayed and loved Vending machines and looking to try Replicant to see if they missed anything. To be honest, I don’t know yet. Nine hours later, the story is still very general. The JRPG action boy tries to protect / save the sick little sister – no molds are broken here. I met Kainé, the bad-mouthed woman responsible for the polemics in the opening credits. She’s so refreshing that I wish she were the leading lady instead of the boy, even though I’m a little confused their choice in clothing. Open back panties? Girl you want dirt in your ass Because that’s how you get dirt up your ass.
The protagonist is not entirely boring. I enjoy his seriousness, as clichéd as he is, which didn’t quite get through when he was converted to be the father instead of the brother in OG Deny. The bombastic self-meaning of Grimoire Weiss is a joy and I never tire of hearing that voice.
But I can’t help but feel like I’m still waiting for it Replicant ‘s story to really begin. I’m good at history and nothing significant has happened yet. There were small, touching moments that interested me most, but I wouldn’t have played Vending machinesI don’t know if I’ve seen this before Replicant would be enough to keep me going.
Nier: automatons I hit my ass every day for a week and I loved it. After nine hours, two bosses, and dozen of side quests, I’m still waiting Nier: replicant to become a predecessor that is worth it Vending machines‘s brilliance, but because of that brilliance, I am willing to wait further.