NieR Replicant ver 1.22 is undoubtedly the most important release of this end of April. The cult JRPG of the early 2010s is back in a clearly improved version, although in our opinion that hasn’t stopped the title from aging as a whole.
May JRPG enthusiasts rejoice: the highly anticipated NieR Replicant Ver 1.22, an improved version of NieR Replicant released ten years ago, is available today on a whole bunch of different platforms. The opportunity for players eager for original experiences to discover this title that went a little unnoticed during its initial release, and brought back to light thanks to the sequel, NieR Automata. Today, Square Enix offers this new version of the game and indicates that it is not a remaster, but that we are not on a real remake of the game either. Claim that can only be confirmed after playing the game for many hours.
In terms of graphics, we are indeed on an improvement compared to the base game, but a drastic change likely to suggest that it is a remake. In terms of gameplay, the two games are not extremely different, even if for the occasion, we were entitled to some changes which are pleasant, especially at the level of the staging. And this is where we feel the influence of NieR Automata: some areas that are a bit boring to navigate in the original game are now completely changed in terms of design to allow immersion and a permanent variety of gameplay for the player. From a little boring open areas, we are sometimes entitled to a small side-scroller session, going through the top-view shooting game, while obviously not forgetting the little shoot’em up ingredient that we were able to discover length, width and width in NieR Automata.
A half-hearted narration
Regarding the narration of the game, we must admit that we had trouble getting into it. In our opinion, NieR Replicant lacks a great lack of stake, causing the player to want to find out what happens next. The characters are not developed enough and a little too generic for our taste to generate a growing interest in the story. Be careful, NieR Replicant ver 1.22 does not offer a bad narration, on the contrary, it is moreover the same (except for a few small points) as that of the original game. No, this storytelling just didn’t engage us enough to make us want to find out the rest of the story. Not as much as the gameplay and the action phases, which are very successful, and offer the dose of motivation that we could miss during some passages. It’s a simple matter of taste, and not having liked the narrative too much does not prevent us from noting all its qualities. It is also important to note that you can’t really go into the details of the story without actually spoiling the game, so we’re going to avoid doing that here.
A clearly improved version
Let’s also talk about the quality of life changes made to this NieR Replicant Ver 1.22: we are now entitled to a quality tutorial (which was not necessarily the case originally), a general presentation and a revised UI that allows the game to pass in the 2020s, and of course a graphic improvement making fights and action scenes more nervous than ever, thanks to a vastly improved framerate. Warning, it is important to note that for this test we were able to test the PS4 version of the game (on PS5), which runs extremely well. On the other hand, since the game’s release, it seems that a number of concerns, particularly related to framerate, have been noticed by PC players. It is recalled that NieR Automata may have suffered similar criticisms for the PC version … Concerns that we could not see on PS5.
Looks like a chore
Like NieR Automata, the structure of NieR Replicant prompts the player to navigate the game for multiple games. When we finish the game, we haven’t really finished it. This is one of the characteristics that made the success of NieR Automata, but we must admit that for NieR Replicant, whose history seems much weaker to us, it is a feature that we did not necessarily want continue. Not to mention the chore aspect of having to redo the same game several times in a row to really understand all the aspects of the storytelling.. Nevertheless, those who appreciate the universe and the atmosphere of the game will find hundreds of potential hours there, as long as they embark on the various playthroughs necessary to know the real end of the game.
To conclude, we could say that NieR Replicant Ver 1.22 is an excellent game, but … In fact, it’s a game that we would love to love with all our might, but for some reason we just don’t get it.. The question of taste obviously comes into play, although that doesn’t prevent us from noting all the insane intrinsic qualities of this remake / remaster (or neither for that matter), which will undoubtedly appeal to fans. of the original opus. If you liked NieR Automata, chances are you like NieR Replicant, although the game’s slightly old coating may repel some players.. Either way, it’s a great addition to this RPG Spring!