Character Tirade Proves Nier's Edge
Square-Enix is not known for pushing the envelope in terms of maturity and questionable content. Despite a few scantily clad female characters here and there, this studio's primary goal is never to shock and titillate. But are we seeing a shift in their style with the upcoming mature RPG, Nier?
We've heard a bit about it in the past, including the game's motto, "Nothing is as it seems." Cavia is the developer - they were responsible for Drakengard - and they're building this adventure around the main character, Nier, who is trying to save his daughter from a certain deadly disease. But a recent video-less trailer has opened our eyes (er...ears) to another character: her name is Kaine, who typically wears even more revealing outfits than we've typically seen in Square-Enix-published titles and goes bonkers when yelling at Grimiore Weiss. You can listen to this expletive-laced tirade over at Game Informer and then decide for yourself if Square-Enix is trying to "grow up," so-to-speak.
Oh, an don't forget that recent scans from a Japanese magazine have referred to Kaine as a hermaphrodite, thanks to possession by a male demon during combat. Basically, she is shown as a full female (we think) but her aggressive behavior is due to the sudden influx of "maleness." See, we don't really know if she was physically affected by this possession; i.e., a true hermaphrodite, or if the demon merely affected her mentality. But either way, this isn't the type of thing we normally see from Square-Enix and it'll be interesting to see how the fans respond...
Related Game(s): Nier
12/28/2009 10:19:40 AM Ben Dutka