I finished route C in Nier. While it's indeed better than routes A & B, it's still a HUGE disappointment for me. I enjoyed some parts of this game, but i still hate it with passion. I'm not saying that Nier is bad game, i just really don't understand some of design choices. My main complain is still about how dreadful and bad openworld in this game. It had a negative impact on narrative for me, while all those route C events are potentially awesome, i couldn't care less about them because almost everything happened in the same fucking environments - running around this ruins and goddamn forest over and over again is so exhausting! Repetitive nature of this game is really painful, because story and combat is great, but you wasting most of your time on some unnecessary backtracking shit. Hacking was fun first 20-30 times, but it started to become repetitive very soon, even levels for boss fights were the same. Even a music, my god, i loved it at first hours, but now i can't stand those female vocal parts because they were repeated in every dramatic scene, i hear them in my nightmares now. Was it really necessary to bury all great parts of the game under endless fillers that mostly doesn't have any really interesting info to say? Again, some sidequests are great, but there is much more boring "visit points A, B, C and D in different places of map and then return to quest giver for reward". Just why...
Oh, and i want to talk about this prick 9S. Jesus Christ, this one of the most annoying and dumb characters i've ever encountered in videogames. Seriously, this guy is always complaining and overreacting about everything, he drives me nuts every time i was forced to see scenes with him. And he's ESPECIALLY annoying in comparing how cool and awesome is A2
, she's absolutely brilliant character, how she reacts on all those events is simply great. I wished to see her as main protagonist, but i guess she's dead
so dream is dead too. Route C ending was a huge let down, they gave me hope that i'll finally be able to kill 9S
and would never see him again, but nope! When A2 suddenly said "take care of him" and saved his ass again
, i was internally screaming NOOO, FOR FUCK SAKE, DON'T DO THIS, JUST LEAVE HIM ON THIS GODDAMN TOWER IF YOU CAN'T KILL HIM BECAUSE OF 2B's MEMORIES
. But i guess that's typical anime thing, every likable and sane character should tragically die while most annoying heroes will survive no matter what
, but it's still fucking depressing. I really don't want to start route D, because i'll probably see and be forced to play with that dumbass again.
This game, what a fucking rollercoaster. While there is a lot things to hate, there is also things i still love - some story parts was great, despite very limited locations where this story takes place, every character except 9S are well--written. And combat (not hacking, fuck hacking) is still fun, main reason why i'm still playing Nier. It's looks and plays awesome, especially with Devola and Popola combat chips like continuous combos and slow-mo near projectiles.
I didn't had such weird love/hate relations with videogame for a very long time. I'm not regret buying it for full-price though, this is quite an experience for sure, just not always pleasant unfortunately. One of the games i'll probably never going to replay again in the future. Still need to see what will happen in those D, E, G, F, W, Q and whatever routes.