I'm not stewing in rage over this; of course most people don't know what nier is and being the kind of game the original was, it's easy to see why none of the GB staff know the game. That's fine, but I keep hearing a lot of "uhhh...I think...I'm not sure", so, this:
-Nier IS an action rpg, not a traditional jrpg. It has very limited comboing with special attacks/spells. It isn't as heavy action as automata seems to be(my pc version unlocks in 11 hours, I've played the demo), or as action heavy as most of platinum's games, but it IS real time combat with jumps, combos and the like.
-There is only one nier game. There are two very slightly different versions. In japan on ps3("nier replicant"), you're this anime kid trying to save his sister:
In any other region, or only xbox 360 in japan, you're this bag of ugly trying to save his daughter("nier gestalt"):
The game doesn't change outside of whatever small dialogue changes occur because of the relationship alteration and is the same game otherwise.
-The original game also had weird camera shifts(not just 2d/straight overhead but deeper game references) and bullet hell stylings. Not so much a drakengard thing though those games do have different styles of gameplay, on a dragon or off, with some bad light platforming in 3.
-I'm glad in the quicklook the soundtrack is getting nods from the guys because the first game's OST is beautiful and haunting. Years of work and basically free reign given to the composer for what is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time.(more of a fanboy note than anything you "need to know about nier")
-The second playthrough of nier was CRUCIAL to understanding the reality of that game and world. I have only read and heard hints, but do not treat the first playthrough of this game to be "I basically saw and got everything". Also, guessing a bit more based off what I'm hearing of this game, the second(and third) playthrough of the original nier were much shorter and it seems to be the same here. In the first game, sidequests and your character carried over making early combat easy and you also only replayed the second half each time anyway.
-The mask Yoko Taro wears is a character from the first game. A young boy with a tragic past eventually gets put in a body and that is his new head.
Enjoy the game! I know I will be. This isn't any kind of serious OMG thing, just a fun "hey, barely anyone played that game, here's a few facts".