@arbitrarywater: You should play Nier. You should read a Let's Play of the first Drakengard.
From the little I played of Drakengard, I tend to agree. The story beats in the original Drakengard are crazy and worth hearing about, but that game is pretty rough by today's standards. I would also say that about Nier, though. I HATED the way Nier played and had to lean pretty heavily on my desire to see the story firsthand to actually finish it.