How long will Nier last me?

#1 Edited by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

The #1 thing I hear about this game is that you should avoid sidequests because they are way too stretched out and there are way too many like that. 
 
With that in mind, what's the average hour count I should expect with Nier? I'm the type of player who goes for more sidequests than the reasonable amount, so keep that in mind.

#2 Edited by supermike6 (3565 posts) -

19 hours for my first playthrough, after Ending B I had played about 23 (Subsequent playthroughs take much less time) while doing an average amount of sidequests (around 10 I think before I got sick of them). I'm guessing if you want to play Ending C and D it'll take you around thirty hours, since you have to collect every weapon in the game. Even if you don't go for Endings C and D, you should definitely at least play Ending B; the game isn't as special if you don't.  

#3 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -
@supermike6 said:
19 hours for my first playthrough, after Ending B I had played about 23 (Subsequent playthroughs take much less time) while doing an average amount of sidequests (around 10 I think before I got sick of them). I'm guessing if you want to play Ending C and D it'll take you around thirty hours, since you have to collect every weapon in the game. Even if you don't go for Endings C and D, you should definitely at least play Ending B; the game isn't as special if you don't.  
What deems the ending you get in the end? Do you really need to play the entire game again to get a different one? Also, why do subsequent playthroughs take so much less time?
#4 Posted by MetalBaofu (1393 posts) -
@Ventilaator said:
@supermike6 said:
19 hours for my first playthrough, after Ending B I had played about 23 (Subsequent playthroughs take much less time) while doing an average amount of sidequests (around 10 I think before I got sick of them). I'm guessing if you want to play Ending C and D it'll take you around thirty hours, since you have to collect every weapon in the game. Even if you don't go for Endings C and D, you should definitely at least play Ending B; the game isn't as special if you don't.  
What deems the ending you get in the end? Do you really need to play the entire game again to get a different one? Also, why do subsequent playthroughs take so much less time?
When you start another play through you don't start at the beginning of the game.  You start at a sort of midway point.   Been awhile since I've played it, so I can't remember exactly how far in you start, but it is a good amount.
#5 Posted by chrissedoff (2109 posts) -

0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart

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#6 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -
@chrissedoff said:
0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart
I'd ask you what you didn't like about the game if I didn't assume that you are probably basing your idiotic opinion on the Quick Look from the beginning of the game.
#7 Posted by monkeynuts8 (73 posts) -

I'm on 98% of the side quests, 1st playthrough, just about to hit 50 hours.

Ignore what other people think of the game, give it a shot and see if you like it. I do!

#8 Edited by Ghostiet (5284 posts) -
@chrissedoff said:

0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart

I wanted to link to vidiot's blog or write a lengthy piece about the game's storytelling, voice acting, atmosphere and screwing around with what the genre made us accustomed to and how it's all worthy of jumping through the hoops of mediocre gameplay, but then I've realized you're a tool and I would just make myself look like a moron for wasting my time on one.
#9 Posted by supermike6 (3565 posts) -
@metalhead87 said:
@Ventilaator said:
@supermike6 said:
19 hours for my first playthrough, after Ending B I had played about 23 (Subsequent playthroughs take much less time) while doing an average amount of sidequests (around 10 I think before I got sick of them). I'm guessing if you want to play Ending C and D it'll take you around thirty hours, since you have to collect every weapon in the game. Even if you don't go for Endings C and D, you should definitely at least play Ending B; the game isn't as special if you don't.  
What deems the ending you get in the end? Do you really need to play the entire game again to get a different one? Also, why do subsequent playthroughs take so much less time?
When you start another play through you don't start at the beginning of the game.  You start at a sort of midway point.   Been awhile since I've played it, so I can't remember exactly how far in you start, but it is a good amount.
Yeah, you start most of the way through the game, and you keep all your weapons and spells, meaning that not only do you play less of the game but the combat takes a lot less time. The ending isn't determined by choices in game; on your first playthrough you will always get Ending A, and all you have to do for the second ending is play the New Game +, but in order to get Ending C you have to collect all the weapons in the game (I heard that's not so hard, but I haven't done it yet).
#10 Posted by Toms115 (2316 posts) -
after finishing up lost odyssey i'm probably going to get on with nier. hopefully it's as long as suggested.
 
@chrissedoff said:
0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart
good one.
#11 Posted by paradox121 (317 posts) -
@Ghostiet said:
@chrissedoff said:

0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart

I wanted to link to vidiot's blog or write a lengthy piece about the game's storytelling, voice acting, atmosphere and screwing around with what the genre made us accustomed to and how it's all worthy of jumping through the hoops of mediocre gameplay, but then I've realized you're a tool and I would just make myself look like a moron for wasting my time on one.
I like you. 
I seriously don't know what it is about this game that makes everyone scoff and no one bother to play it. It's easily one of my favourite games ever, not because it has the best gameplay, but because it creates such a rich and vivid world with a beautiful score that you can't help but love it, no matter how tedious the combat and sidequests are. I wish people would give it the time of day rather than writing it off because of the quick look, or, even worse, simply because its a Japenese game at heart.
#12 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19353 posts) -

PLAY THIS GAME. 
 
My first playthrough lasted about 16 hours, 35 minutes and 29 seconds and I only did 3-5 side quests. There's an achievement/trophy for finishing the game within 15 hours, fyi. 
 
Nothing you do during your first playthrough will change the ending you'll get, so don't worry about it. In Nier, Ending A is the default ending for everyone who goes through it once. Ending B is the ending for everyone who goes through it in New Game+. Ending C or D is determined by a final choice the third time you go through the game, or in New Game++. 
 
I was very bored with the game in the beginning. But the story got more and more interesting and, in the end, I very much enjoyed my experience with it.

#13 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5834 posts) -

Somewhere around 30 hours if you choose to get all the endings.

#14 Posted by Chippy180 (161 posts) -

I really liked the game, and spent about 23-25 hours on the first playthrough. As you get to keep onto all of your levels and spells it makes the proceeding 3(Or 2 if you collect all of the weapons, create an additional save at the end of the game and replay it once you redeem the steel pipe at the end of playthrough 3) incredibly short.

It took about 4 hours to finish up Ending B, 2 hours for C and an hour for D, so you're basically looking at a 30 hour total assuming you don't go overboard with the sidequests. For what it's worth you start playthrough B,C and D at the halfway point of the game.

Also, the music is phenomenal.

#15 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

Now let's all pray that the dude who I'm waiting to get back to me about purchasing the game hasn't sold it already.

#16 Posted by Leviticus128 (217 posts) -

Took me around 25 hours to get to ending B. and it was a good 25 hours, Only messed with a few of the side quests.

#17 Posted by AuthenticM (3737 posts) -

The game has its charm, but it's janky as fuck. And repetitive. Really repetitive. Probably why I stopped playing it even after I bought it.

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#18 Posted by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

Took me a good 20 hours to get the first ending, I just looked up what the other ones were and left it there. Kaine's past was a great read though. I don't care for storylines that go way off the hook (what else do you expect from Cavia) but the characters are great and it has some pretty neat boss fights. Amazing music.

One minor thing that bugged me was Julie Ann Taylor as the voice for Emil, she sounded exactly the same as Karol in Vesperia. The character's tragic but all I could think of was Karol with his dumb/badass sunglasses.

#19 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -

A week or more

#20 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

The game must have some amazing music in it because after reading the comments about the music I've had a tune I heard in the Quick Look stuck in my head.
 
I watched the Quick Look when it came out I think.
 
How is that even possible?

#21 Posted by Simulacrum (462 posts) -

After doing all four of the endings it took me about 41 hours to get through.

#22 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

So apparently I'm getting Final Fantasy XIII in the same envelope as Nier as well. Is that still the Final Fantasy length of 50+ hours or am I looking at a 15-25 with that one as well?
 
Assuming of course I'm gonna like it. The whole reason why I'm getting it is that it was cheap enough for it to not matter much if I hate it and won't finish it.

#23 Posted by Natedogg2 (453 posts) -

Final Fantasy XIII is a much longer game. It's still a 40-50 hour game (more if you plan on doing sidequests at the end of the game). I just finished my first playthrough of Nier and I finished in under 15 hours. I imagine it will take about another 10 or 15 hours to see all the endings.

#24 Posted by SSully (4199 posts) -

@Ghostiet said:

@chrissedoff said:

0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart

I wanted to link to vidiot's blog or write a lengthy piece about the game's storytelling, voice acting, atmosphere and screwing around with what the genre made us accustomed to and how it's all worthy of jumping through the hoops of mediocre gameplay, but then I've realized you're a tool and I would just make myself look like a moron for wasting my time on one.

Well you already responded to him, making you look like a moron. Great job.

Also TC everyone's responses seem pretty accurate with the time. Enjoy.

#25 Posted by ESREVER (2694 posts) -
@Ventilaator said:
The game must have some amazing music in it because after reading the comments about the music I've had a tune I heard in the Quick Look stuck in my head.
 
I watched the Quick Look when it came out I think.
 
How is that even possible?
Without a doubt, the OST for Nier is the best thing about that game. That and Kaine. 
I love everything about this game, but the music is just something else. I'm not sure how long my playthrough was. I want to say 60ish hours, but that's because I tried to do everything. Sidequests, fishing, getting a field full of Lunar Tears for the hell of it. You can probably beat the first playthrough in under 15 hours. Seeing  how there is an achievement for that. However, if you skip the sidequests on the first half, you won't get a second chance to do them in the 2nd playthough. As others have mentioned, the second, third, fourth playthroughs start you at the midpoint.
  
#26 Posted by natetodamax (19208 posts) -

@Ventilaator: Haha, you won't even be halfway through Final Fantasy XIII after 15-20 hours.

#27 Posted by Ghostiet (5284 posts) -
@SSully said:

@Ghostiet said:

@chrissedoff said:

0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, if you're smart

I wanted to link to vidiot's blog or write a lengthy piece about the game's storytelling, voice acting, atmosphere and screwing around with what the genre made us accustomed to and how it's all worthy of jumping through the hoops of mediocre gameplay, but then I've realized you're a tool and I would just make myself look like a moron for wasting my time on one.

Well you already responded to him, making you look like a moron. Great job.

CURSE YOU, LOGIC

Without that Frusciante cover in your avatar, I'd call you a dickwad. I wanted to do that, but I can't. So, let's make out, I guess?

#28 Edited by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

Having now played a bunch of it, I have to say that Nier seems to be the most underrated anything ever. People like that guy from the first page who said it will last me 0 seconds if I'm smart obviously hasn't played it, or did play it for 15 minutes or so. The game took some time to get going, but right after it did I was fully in to it and found it really hard to put down.  It's a wholly 5 star experience in my book so far. The graphics and the basic gameplay aren't the greatest, but bad graphics are only a problem if they are painfully ugly (But in this game they are just sort of plain) and the gameplay is still perfectly functional and fun, so they aren't really that big of drawbacks. The story and the characters are just so fucking good, that I'm not really noticing any of the faults people say this game has because I'm way too absorbed in it to critique the game on a mechanical level. 
 
If I step aside from it and think about it then yeah, all of the things people say are true, but while playing it, it's by far one of the best games I've played in quite some time.
 
Also a question, I got to the "second half" of the game I guess,  and all of the quests I left unfinished are now in the list of quests that are uncompletable. Considering that the New Game+ of this game starts you from this second half, are those quests gone forever unless I restart?

#29 Posted by Karkarov (3133 posts) -
@Ventilaator: Yeap pretty much.  The sidequests are really the most time consuming part of it all too honestly.  If you are worried about it start a new game now, don't put it off for later.
#30 Posted by project343 (2828 posts) -

The timer will say about 20 hours. But in reality, you'll be playing through 3-4 hours of content that they recycle and recycle and recycle. This game is absolute garbage.

With that said, I absolutely adore it, and still recommend that you play through it. But yes, avoid all sidequests.

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