I've never actually played a Drakengard game, but after Nier I'm intrigued. Should I go back and play the first two? Is the gameplay as bad as they say?
The gameplay in the first game is, unfortunately, kinda mediocre. One can basically sum it up as Dynasty/Samurai/Whatever Warriors gameplay but instead of dozens of fairly similar dudes murdering thousands upon thousands of faceless mooks set against ancient China/Japan/etc, its one dude (plus a few ally helpers who can be called in briefly) wielding dozens of fairly similar weapons murdering thousands upon thousands of faceless mooks set in a generic medieval fantasy. The big mechanical difference though is his Dragon (and a particular rhythm minigame, but the less said about that, the better) which not only has her own aerial based missions but can also be called down and used during most foot missions as well to either rain hellfire down upon the waves of trash mobs (except for the ones specifically designed to counterattack your dragon's attacks which do a fuck ton of damage to you as well as forcing you to dismount) or to cover large distances quickly.
That said through, that's not the real reason why Drakengard 1 is so memorable. No. Its the fact that both the narrative and the ascetics grow more and more grimdark/crazy until it hits full on batshit insanity. Its entirely a game about increasingly bad shit happening to bad people while everyone becomes more and more fucked over. In a way, it turns most JRPG plots onto their sides, since, as often happens in video games, the world starts off peaceful but grows ever more dangerous as the events in the game goes on, but with the caveat that unlike in those games, the hero doesn't magically save the day by beating the big bad, and in fact, doing so just makes matters worse.
Drakengard 2 however is a more technically competent game by having more than one proper playable character, but the few mechanical upgrades it enjoys come at the cost of not even going near the levels of batshit insanity that the first game does, but instead, opts for a lot more generic anime stupidity (and the mechanical upgrades do not nearly offset the stupidity surrounding the rest of the game). The only good thing in Drakengard 2 is that Caim, the protagonist of the first game, continues to be the same homicidal maniac he was in the first game (only more pissed off).
Really though, these games are best served by LPs so I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here.http://lparchive.org/
It has both Drakengard games and Nier for your perusal.
Well, it's far from the worst controlling I played, plus in the second half of the game you can get a weapon that just trashes everything, letting you steamroll just to see the story.
EDIT: Caught this on Neogaf:
Yoko and Okabe are back confirmed :D
EDIT 2: Got more:
According to the regular guy who breaks news on 2ch:
Creative Director: Yoko Taro
Character Design: Kimihiko Fujisaki
Music Director: Keiichi Okabe
Dragon aerial sequences are also confirmed.
I'll update the OP when we have a "visual" confirmation.
So yeah, really interested now. Just play decently enough or let me steamroll the game rather than being a nightmare like Drakengard 1 seemingly was.
Excellent! Simply excellent!
Also, you know that they're going to troll players by throwing in something batshit crazy difficult to do into this. I just hope they take the Nier route and not stick the ending that leads to the not shitty game behind a batshit hard rhythm game.
Scans. Flower out of the eye. Sounds painful. D:
God I love Fujisaki's weapon designs. They look like you could ...kill...things with 'em (I'm out of wit/creative commentary).
Hate to say it, but that sword looks familiar (also the blonde chick, I hope to god they're not Noway & Manna's children).
Edit: More details and another pick for the pile. http://gematsu.com/2013/03/drakengard-3-announced-for-playstation-3