Configuring NieR Replicant
The Replicant follows the hero’s attempts to cure his sister of a disease called Black Scribble. The game chronicles her adventures, her attempts to find the elusive cure, and her various attempts to save her.
Replicant’s game is a third-person action game typical of DMC or Bayonetta. The exploration and progression of the story takes place on huge, sprawling maps and areas, and sometimes the point of view switches from TPS to top-down perspective. The game is also full of different puzzles to solve (at least in the areas I was able to explore for this article).
The action elements of the game are very reminiscent of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. The battles are fast, vicious and very entertaining. The shocks are heavy and the steering is quite responsive. If there’s one main point in combat, it’s the camera controls in the game. The game’s camera tends to be a bit unstable, especially when you’re already surrounded and want to hit the enemy more accurately. Problems with camera control also occur when I’ve been in boss fights before and have to aim for the final boss’s body parts. I noticed that I was aiming at the wrong parts because I was pressing the wrong stick or button, and I had to adjust my positioning and strategy.
Fortunately, my problem with the camera controls is not that I don’t play games. All I had to do (as a player should) was match my attacks and movements to the junk cameras, and voila, I don’t die as often or I almost never come out of the encounter unscathed.
There are other game elements I’d like to discuss, but I’ll save those for when I dive into Replicant.
Real World Atmosphere and Resonance Replicant
I have to admit that I’ve always been a peripheral fan of the NieR franchise. Most of my knowledge of the world and its games is based on YouTube views or readings on discussion forums, wikis, and second-hand experiences with RL fan friends. I loved the aesthetics of the games, and I always found the world of NieR to have a sense of high fantasy and a fan-service level of visual support.
What these texts, stories and plays couldn’t really convey to me was the intimacy of the story. Having an older brother myself (actually the oldest), I’ve always dreamed of finding myself in stories where the older brother would do almost anything to help his younger brother – a practice that has always been foreign to me, having grown up in a protected environment where I had to try to survive on my own.
The replicant’s character is both strange and familiar. His respect for Yona’s health and safety and the way she reciprocated not only sparked my family feelings for siblings, but became especially real when Hero is desperate to protect Yona.
The world situation in turn reinforces this emotional anchoring. It feels like the world is dying (as it is now), yet the siblings and other NPCs try to protect the little bit of happiness they have in all the doom and gloom. Traveling around the world, in the places I’ve been allowed to visit, I feel like there’s a sense of foreboding trying to suppress what’s left of replicant life, and it resonates in the long, empty places between cities.
Speaking of cities: The aforementioned premonitions are compounded by the fact that cities that should be bustling seem to be on their last legs, with empty, sparsely populated neighborhoods. I know the game is supposed to be an updated version of a ten year old game, but Replicant feels too real, especially compared to what we experience IRL.
I have not yet fully immersed myself in the world of replicants. I can see that Yoko’s Tarot world is in line with the call. Apart from the fanservice aspects of Replicant (I’m looking at you, Kane, but I’m not complaining), what I’ve experienced so far is about what fans should expect from the world of NieR. More than what the gameplay brings (since it’s a remaster, bravo Toylogic), it’s the atmosphere of the game and the relationship between the hero and Yona. I’m very impressed with what NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 has brought to the game so far, so I’m looking forward to spending more time in the game.
Expect a full review of the game (for PlayStation 4) later this month, and hopefully the full experience can match what I’ve experienced so far.
frequently asked questions
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