Nier blows, avoid it. ^
That game fits my definition of "overrated" perfectly. Gets too much credit for being "different"
Plot-wise I think it deserves the credit for
how different it is (and having a peculiar theme of "justified killing"). And musically too (where I stand by my statement that the like 20 OSTs they've released have probably made more bank than the game itself).
The gameplay is bizarre and not very good, and a lot of reviews have indeed reflected that. So "overrated" isn't the best word I'd use. It's good as far as a B-grade title goes, I guess. I also never understood the "gameplay parodies" where they literally take from Zelda, Diablo, Resident Evil (in a "haunted manor" sequence no less), Bullet Hells, Plotformers (I think) and even dip into becoming a full novel at one point. It was fun to play, but I'm not sure how well it worked, especially for a game that *does* take itself pretty seriously.... but it's not like the game was really a "blast" to play outside it, so I guess there was no harm in trying to spiffy up otherwise repetitive combat.
NieR is about its plot (and music), and I think it's a good recommendation when you get those "plot-hungry" players. Hell, none of the Drakengard games have really played well, but their stories are what usually leave the impression instead. And when games are often apt to deliver a happy ending, this series like to break it down whenever it can and give a finger to that idea when it can. :|
I feel the same, or rather, the opposite about Star Ocean 4. The gameplay is a lot of fun. But the story is laughable garbage. Target? Gameplay-oriented players. (sure, it kinda sucks when a game almost "picks one thing" to do well...c'est la vie, they can't all be 10/10 I guess)
Ah well, at least NieR is like super cheap now.