Do you think Nier is better than Vesperia and Dragon Age ? I'm not asking this to piss you off or anything is that I'm sincerely thinking of giving Nier a chance, but that shallow hack n' slash nature of it kind of pushes me away. The story I know people are saying it's great but every video I see of it the impression I have is that all you have to do is press the attack button non-stop. Not to mention that those enemies between bosses look boring and lifeless as hell.
Nier is not a shallow hack'n'slash game. Well, at least not in the boss fights. Some of the regular enemies can get pretty repetitive. But regardless the best part of Nier's combat is the way magic attacks are implemented. It's a little different than normal but it just feels so right. The way it goes into slow-mo (but doesn't actually stop) while you aim/charge attacks. The game is also kept feeling fresh by the way it seemlessly switches between perspectives. Most of the time it's your usual 3rd person 3D camera but sometimes it's top-down in the classic Zelda style, sometimes it's a side-scrolling platformer, heck sometimes it's even a text adventure (seriously). And the way it transitions is flawless (yes, even to the text adventure).