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I Hope PlatinumGames Maintains The RPG Feel In Neir 2

Two things I know to be true: 1. I loved Nier and 2. Platinum Games is a bad-ass developer.

One thing I'm not sure of: Whether or not Platinum should be working on an action/RPG.

It's certainly true that Nier was an action/RPG; it did press the player to be at least competent with a controller. However, it was still a role-playing game first and foremost in my mind, due to the fact that action did not take center-stage. No matter how skilled you are with a gamepad, if you're not well prepared (preparation and planning is a hallmark of RPGs), you won't succeed. Plus, we got a sprawling map, towns, and a central narrative that drove everything forward.

I'm not worried about the narrative; even though Platinum often gives us purposely cheesy stories (see Bayonetta), they're used to delivering linear, story-driven games. I just worry that with Platinum's background, Nier 2's emphasis will shift. If it puts action at the forefront, I'm going to be disappointed. If they simply build on the mechanic that existed in the original, I'll be ecstatic. Platinum knows fighting systems perhaps better than any other team on the planet; they just have to respect the game's RPG core.

Hey, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was a super fun game, and quite well done. But it was hardly Metal Gear Solid. It wasn't supposed to be, of course, but it's just another example of Platinum's madcap style and extreme emphasis on over-the-top action. Vanquish is another example. Great games all, but how will they handle a Nier sequel...?

I wonder.

Tags: nier, nier 2, neir sequel, platinum games

6/29/2015 9:47:59 PM Ben Dutka

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xenris
Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 11:20:11 PM
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I sort of disagree in that I believe NIER was slightly more action game than RPG.

I think to be honest if Platinum makes the combat totally Bad Ass and makes a cool combat system that is action based I will be happy.

To be honest the reason why NIER was so good in my opinion was the attention to detail it had and the story.

I love how if you talk to the girl in the first village the singing in the background music stops, and continues once you stop talking with her again. Because it is her singing the song.

The game had so many touches like this that just made me smile.

I honestly care more about those things being intact than the combat having an RPG core. It could be a full DMC inspired combat system and I wouldn't care as long as the story and details are still there, along with a big world to explore.

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Corvo
Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 11:50:53 PM
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The original Director writer and even the amazing composer are all returning for the sequel. Honestly I could say don't have any fear for the game. The only thing I can see going wrong is too much emphasis on gameplay kind of overshadowing the story but with the three heads that made NiEr so good being back at the helm there's not much to worry about.

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JackC8
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 7:09:56 AM

That's great news. Neir was such a unique game that without the same creative people in charge of the sequel, well it just wouldn't be Nier.

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TrueAssassin86x
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 7:04:41 AM
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I sttill need too play the first one yet is it worth a playthough.

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Kevin555
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 7:25:55 AM

Definitely worth a playthrough but can't promise you that you will love the game. It's a strange one and an acquired taste imo. I hated it to begin with but the more i stuck with it the more it grew on me. Didn't think it was possible to enjoy gardening in a game but i was oddly wrong.

I enjoy the more weirder games more these days though, just bought Deception Nightmare Princess from Asia and can't get enough of it, sadly it's most likely going to be an obscure title that doesn't get too noticed which is unfortunate.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 2:30:24 PM

I hated it then loved it. You gotta be prepared for weird.

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Kevin555
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 7:09:24 AM
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I still can't believe this is actually getting a sequel, good to see rare gems such as this getting more recognition.

Hopefully it does well and sells decent too, not sure what the sales were like for the first game though.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 11:25:02 AM
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I am happy if the game plays in nature to Metal Gear Rising, just as long as they don't let Platinum games touch the narrative! But considering how much of the original main players are working on this, I am not concerned.

I am just grateful that NieR is even getting the chance of a continuation, it was easily one of the games which defined the PS3 for be with a brilliant combat system, the best soundtrack I've ever heard within a game (Nope, not exaggerating either) and a compelling story which begs for mutliple playthroughs in a good way. I just hope this time they drop the redundant fetch quests or that nier-impossible gardening sidequest... took me 5 years to get that damn White Moonflow - Pain I don't care to repeat.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 2:32:50 PM
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I think it's still more action game cuz messing with weapons, magic, and words was minimum but it's not all about slashing. The game also transforms into a classic shootemup, a puzzler, and a vessel for a thoughtful plot.

If platinum can do that we're good. Plus I'd kind of like it to end when it's over. I dunno why but the first one made you play it 3 times to get the ending.

All that said, this is very exciting cuz in western world Nier would have been killed and never given a sequel. These unique games need sequels to grow and Nier was among the most unique of the last generation.

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ddsfan2
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 @ 1:20:29 AM
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I'm really looking forward to this game, but I hope that Yoko Taro focuses heavily on the story as he did in the first entry. I have a lot of faith that Platinum will excel in the gameplay and combat aspects of the game, though I'm worried that they might screw up the story if they try to handle it.

I liked the original Nier because the story and characters were significantly more developed than competing JRPGs. I don't even consider it an RPG, but unless the Yakuza games or Catherine counts as one, I'd rate it as the best of its generation hands down.

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