Nier Replicant is a fabulous remaster of a lauded but messy cult classic, improving it without giving up on its essential strangeness.
What is it? A full recreation of beloved and strange action JRPG Nier.
Expect to Pay: $60/£50
Reviewed on: Windows 10, Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, GeForce RTX 2060
Release date: April 23, 2021
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix, Toylogic Inc.
Link: Official site
If you didn’t know that 2010’s Nier was the final game from studio Cavia Games, you might be able to tell from playing it. The action RPG feels like a final act: a swing for the fences characterized by anger, tragedy, and a desperate sincerity. And like most desperate swings, it failed at the time: sales were poor, Cavia Games was absorbed into its parent company, and Nier’s creative director, Yoko Taro, moved on to ply his craft elsewhere.