I haven't beat this yet but... *Spoilers*

#1 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

I think it's the most fucked up and just generally depressing story in video games.

I just hit the part where the Orphan's are exploring the junk heap and the older one shoves his little brother out of falling debris to save him. Then the little brother pulls his arm off trying to save him? Holy shit. These poor people.

#2 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

haha you haven't seen the half of it

#3 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19154 posts) -

Apparently Fragile Dreams is pretty depressing as well as the Mother series (Mother 3, particularly). But yeah, Nier has its sad moments and, even though I still don't understand the story, everything that you do in the game apparently appears much more grim when you finish all of the endings and understand what the story was about.

#4 Posted by kashif1 (1428 posts) -

interest in this game rising

#5 Posted by Benny (1937 posts) -

Well, whatever the opposite of 'you're in for a treat' is, that's what you're in for.

Nier has easily one of the most interesting stories in a game ever. The lore and history surrounding it is mind-boggling, super interesting though.

Make sure you replay it.

#6 Posted by Shirogane (3560 posts) -

You know how most stories like this a lot of horrible crap happens, but then in the end you somehow make everything ok and save the world and all that? Yeah, don't expect that from Nier, even every sidequest ends tragically. Seriously, do the sidequests.

#7 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

@Barrock:

Yeah, that part struck me too. But there's more ahead.

#8 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@Shirogane said:

You know how most stories like this a lot of horrible crap happens, but then in the end you somehow make everything ok and save the world and all that? Yeah, don't expect that from Nier, even every sidequest ends tragically. Seriously, do the sidequests.

Oh I know. The dead dog and then dead owner. The dead fisherman. The abusive dad. More dead people.

Does anyone have any recommended side quests in part 2? I know I need to do The Damaged Map. Or any weapon recommendations? Currently using Phoenix Spear.

#9 Posted by rubberluffy (411 posts) -
@Barrock said:


Does anyone have any recommended side quests in part 2? I know I need to do The Damaged Map. Or any weapon recommendations? Currently using Phoenix Spear.

Just don't do any quest that involves getting a certain type of flower seed (pink maybe?).  A lot of quests are relatively simple but that one pretty much requires you to follow a guide and spend numerous days with Nier's garden.  And the Phoenix Spear was pretty much my go-to weapon after I got it.
 
Also bookmark THIS and read the Backstory updates when you're done with Nier, it will really help you figure out just what was going on.  It's all info from the Grimoire Nier art/story/strategybook that was Japan-only.
#10 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

OH COME ON! On her wedding day!?

#11 Posted by WMWA (1159 posts) -

I bought this a year and a half ago for cheap and plowed through it. I really liked it, but I was shocked when I found out how big of a following it has

#12 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

@Barrock: How's your impression now? Have you beaten it yet? :)

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