Nier Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Nier RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Square Enix NA Reveals NieR: Automata: "Arsenal of Elegant Destruction" Trailer Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:29:40 -0500 asilris

On February 21, 2017, Square Enix uploaded the newest trailer "Arsenal of Elegant Destruction" for their upcoming game NieR: Automata to YouTube.

"Arsenal of Elegant Destruction" highlights the game's four unique weapon types: small sword, large swords, spears, and combat bracers. These weapons can be changed during attacks to create unique combos. Unlockable skills bring valuable upgrades and additional abilities to weapons, including the "Pod" ranged support system.

NieR: Automata is an action RPG developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix for PS4 (and later PC). Taking place on a post-apocalyptic Earth within the NieR universe, the story follows combat android YoRHa No.2 Type B (2B) and her companion YoRHa No.9 Type S (9S). 2B and 9S fight to survive in the midst of a proxy war between machines, which were created by alien invaders, and the last remnants of humanity.

NieR: Automata will be released on PS4 on February 23 in Japan, March 7 in North America and March 10, 2017 in Europe. The PS4 demo is currently available worldwide and a free PS4 theme will be available on February 22. A PC release is also scheduled for 2017.

NieR Cosplays Yoko Taro Would Be Proud Of Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Dani Gosha


We have to admit, these amazing cosplays have made us just a bit nostalgic for the NieR games and if you never played them, hopefully they made you that much more interested in picking up a copy this week.


We are certainly looking forward to see what Yoko Taro and his team have come up with this time around. What about you?



Coslpayers: yoru0704 (right) and Shino (left)

This stellar cosplay comes from NieR RepliCant as Yoru and Shino dress up as both younger versions of NieR that appear before and after the game's time skip. It's absolutely amazing to see two breath taking cosplays side by side but it's even better that they are of the same character. We're not sure if Yoru and Shino are related but they are splitting images of each other which makes this cosplay such a success.



Cosplayer: 0kasane0

While we admit that we love the kabuki version of Kaine, there is just nothing like the original, and the lovely 0kasane0 reminds us how true that is. Everything about this cosplay and picture captures Kaine's cold and cruel disposition perfectly. From her pose to the cool colors and dark setup, this is Kaine through and through. 



Cosplayer: vega147

From teenage NieR to the NieR we all know very well, this killer cosplay is brought to you by one super talented male cosplayer. Vega147 has cosplayed a list of male videogame favourites such as Prince of Persia, Jecht and you guessed it, Vega. To see those cosplays as well as more of his NieR, be sure to check out his page.



Cosplayer: melvinopolis

One thing that is to love about RPG games such as NieR is the fact they often allow for costume changes through unlockables and we think it is safe to say that melvinopolis managed to unlock the kabuki version of Kaine. A striking difference from the white haired and baby doll dress wearing Kaine, this version and cosplay is absolutely beautiful. 



Cosplayer: Havenaims

While Emil started off our list of favourite cosplays, he makes another feature but this time in his weapon form. Cosplayer Havenaims created this replica oversize Emil skeletal head through the use of carving styrofoam and had she not given away her secret, many of us may have thought it was actual bone! Definitely one of the best Weapon Emil's out there. 



Cosplayer: Inushio

While we are used to a middle aged NieR from the original title, this cosplayer decided to take on the teenage version from RepliCant and it is spot on. From the printed lace up arm coverings to the fur trimmings, this cosplay is just perfect. And let's not forget the hair which can really make or break a look, but Inushio delivered and then some in this epic capture.


YoRHa No. 2 Type B aka 2B

Cosplayer: Disharmonica

Despite this cosplayer's name, there is no disharmony in this beautiful cosplay. Disharmonica dons the look of one of Automata's three protagonists, YoRHa No. 2 Type B, also known simply as 2B. Even as a human, Disharmanica managed to give us battle android realness in this cold yet colorful composition that looks like it could be straight out of a live action NieR trailer.



Cosplayer: HiddenRozel

Amazingly talented cosplayer HiddenRozel dons a cosplay of an early version of one of our favourite companions, Emil. The look is from the first game where we meet Emil who is wearing a blindfold to keep from turning anyone who looks him in the face to stone. The cosplay is dead on and we have to add kudos to the addition of Grimoire who is just barely seen in the bottom left.


Set to release February 23rd, NieR Automata is technically the fourth installment of the Square Enix game series, as it succeeds NieR, NieR Gestalt, and NieR RePlicant.


Series creator Taro Yoko had headed The Drakengard spin-off  production that started back in 2014 with a desire to make a game that returned NieR to the original spirit that the game started off with, as well as improving gameplay.


Well, Taro Yoko and crew aren't the only one's who are interested in capturing the true spirit of the game, as true spirit is one of the creeds of cosplayers -- especially those who choose to take on the Square Enix title.


From the original to the soon to be released Automata, check out these amazing cosplays that Yoko would certainly be proud of.

If You're Not Hyped About NieR: Automata, You Need to Be Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:00:02 -0500 SarahKel

Sometimes, a brilliant concept comes along and while it may be disliked by critics and shunned by purchasers, it can sometimes develop a cult following. Cult followings are quite common among books, films and music but not so much within the video game genre. But there's always an exception to this rule and NieR is that exception.

NieR was a spin-off from the Drakengard series and is set 1000 years after the original game’s fifth ending where the Earth is in a state of decay. You play as NieR, as he attempts to find a cure for an illness to which his daughter has succumbed.

Despite the spin-off receiving mixed reviews, the game's ever-growing cult following can be thanked for leading Square Enix to announcing a sequel -- NieR: Automata, a game developed by Platinum Games.

So, should we be excited about Nier: Automata? Well, yes actually and here’s why:

Platinum Games have a fantastic back catalogue of excellent games, such as the Bayonetta series and Metal Gear Rising: Resurgence. The game features Platinum Games’ signature combat, which is fast paced, alongside the odd and weird visuals expected from director Taro Yoko. As with other Platinum Games titles, we expect a great amount of replayability too.

The Trailer and Story

From the trailer we can gather that the game is set in the middle of a proxy war -- in the distant future -- between machine lifeforms created by otherworldly invaders and a resistance army of android soldiers -- both of whom seem unaware of the futility of their actions.

The story follows the battles of combat android 2B, her companion 9S and the obsolete prototype A2 -- known as YoRHa -- who have been deployed by the Council of Humanity.

The humans have been driven from Earth and have taken refuge on the moon, whilst the android soldiers fight for the Earth’s freedom and take back the planet from the nefarious invaders. However, this war will unveil the long forgotten secrets of Earth.

Game Thematics

The game play looks epic with its open world and dark themes. It is a new spin on steampunk with a dystopian style.

From the very beginning of the visually stunning trailer, we can clearly see what the characters are immediately up against, with stunning battles and boss fights.

They are quite literally dropped right into the action and the rest is a fast and furious journey fighting bosses, minions and more.

Boss Battles

The trailer of the boss battle looks truly amazing. It looks reliant upon players having fast reflexes and studying the patterns of the boss movements and their actions. Visually, the boss attacks look visually stunning, a full panorama of attacks, with fast and differing attack styles, from lasers to fiery bombs. The characters look absolutely tiny compared to the bosses which adds to the tone of the game.

The NieR: Automata is set to be released in March 2017 and will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Fans can expect to find out more details regarding the game over the next couple of months as the release date draws closer. Whether or not NieR: Automata can live up to the hope and expectations of the original is something that we will just have to wait and see.

NieR: Automata's first gameplay trailer is fast and explosive Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:12:40 -0400 John Adamczyk

Platinum Games has been on a roll six years straight, now. With hits like Madworld to Bayonetta to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the company has found a clear niche in creating the most over-the-top hack and slash games around. In 2016, Platinum is adding three console exclusives to its already impressive repertoire: Star Fox Zero for the Wii U, Scalebound for the Xbox One, and now NieR: Automata, coming to the PlayStation 4. 

When NieR released in 2010, it was not the most well-noticed of games, nor was it the most critically acclaimed. Fortunately, that did not stop Taro Yoko, the game's director and writer, who is also the creator of the Drakengard series, from arriving onstage at Sony's E3 conference this year (concealing his face, as is typical for the camera-shy creator), to announce, shockingly, another NieR game.

Today, Sony uploaded the trailer to this follow-up, titled NieR: Automata, fresh from their Paris Games Week conference.

Stylistically reminiscent of other Platinum Games, it seems we're going to be getting that same, solid gameplay we've come to expect from the company, intermingled with the artistic vision of Taro Yoko himself. 

The game is set to release in 2016, but an exact date is not yet determined.

Drakengard 3 Gameplay Footage on Youtube Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:44:29 -0400 GabrielKross

Drakengard 3 gameplay footage has made its way to YouTube.

I've yet to find my way into the world of Drakengard, but a friend of mine has done a good job of convincing me I need to. From what she tells me and what I've read online, Nier, which I've already acquired, also falls into the Drakengard world. As far as Drakengard 3 is concerned, besides new gameplay footage taken from the Niconico video stream being placed on YouTube, there are also some recent developments in the news department.

The 10th Anniversary Commemoration Edition is going to have a Kainé costume. I've also found out that Drakengard 3 will have weapon stories. So this installment will indeed feel like a natural Drakengard game. Combat within the game will allow you to switch weapons mid combo and each weapon will allow for its own unique role in the overall combat situation.

So far the only release date mentioned is the Japanese release in late October. No news of an English release of the game yet. While I wait on more information on a possible English release I will be tracking down Drakengard and Drakengard 2.

Composer Concerned Drakengard 3 Music Won't Reflect the Series or Square Enix Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:30:31 -0400 MirandaCB

Music is part branding and part experience for a game. Creating music that one can identify the game by is not always easy, but so delectable when done right. Nier composer, Keiichi Okabe, is in charge of bringing Drakengard 3 to life musically, but wonders if he can match Nobuyoshi Sano’s original works.

In an interview with Famitsu, Okabe remarks on Drakengard’s fanbase. Fans become attached to what makes a series tick, and sometimes that includes the epic music accompanying the environments and the themes that play over and over. For Okabe, “that makes it hard to figure out what to create to keep them satisfied.”

When you’re a newcomer to a franchise, it’s tempting to take what you’ve done successfully in the past or use what the original master formulated. Okabe mentions that he wanted to “avoid” both of those circumstances in regards to his work on Nier and Sano’s music.

Okabe hopes that his previous work won’t lead his fans to expect the same material in Drakengard 3. Diving into details, Okabe explains that he has “divided the musical style three ways between the stages, the events, and the boss battles, [then] deliberately aiming for a Nier-like feel with the event music.”

It’s difficult to follow in another’s footsteps, but with his own style and ability to back him up, Okabe will probably find a balance between the traditional Drakengard sound and his own.

Listen to Okabe's rearrangement of "Growing Wings," originally composed by Sano.


Drakengard 3 in Development, Heading to PS3 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:13:02 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The last we saw of a Drakengard title was back on the PlayStation 2, but it looks like we'll be getting a new injection of the cult-classic action RPG series soon. Famitsu has revealed that members of the original team are coming back together to work on Drakengard 3 (Drag-on Dragoon 3 in Japan).

Many of the developers from the Cavia Drakengard team worked on the PS3 title Nier, a spiritual spin-off/successor to the Drakengard series. According to Famitsu, key players in the original games' development and in Nier's are coming together in the Access Games studio to develop the official third entry to the series. Musical composer Keiichi Okabe is even getting in on this sweet sweet dragon action.

Drakengard 3 is planned for a Japanese release sometime in 2013. It may be a while until we see the title make its way to English-speaking audiences, if we see it at all. Let's hope Square Enix localizes this gem instead of ignoring it to focus on PlayStation 4 titles. The game's official Japanese site can be found here.