NieR

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NieR
Developer(s) Cavia
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Series Drakengard
Release date(s) JP/AU April 22, 2010
EU April 23, 2010
NA April 27, 2010
Release type Console exclusive
Genre(s) Action, Role-playing, Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player
GameID(s) NieR
BLUS30481 (IRD), BLES00826 (IRD)
NieR RepliCant
BLJM60223
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NieR is a spin-off from the Drakengard series, and follows the fifth ending of the first game, the events of which have left the planet Earth in a state of decay. Set over one thousand years after this, the game puts the player in control of the titular protagonist Nier, as he attempts to find a cure for an illness, known as the Black Scrawl, to which his daughter Yonah has succumbed. Partnering with a talking book known as Grimoire Weiss, he journeys with two other characters, Kainé and Emil, as he attempts to find a remedy and understand the nature of the creatures known as Shades that stalk the world. The gameplay borrows elements from various video game genres, occasionally switching between them and the main role-playing-based gameplay.

In Japan, the game was released as Nier Gestalt (Japanese: ニーア ゲシュタルト Hepburn: Nīa Geshutaruto) for the Xbox 360, while an alternate version entitled Nier Replicant (Japanese: ニーア レプリカント Hepburn: Nīa Repurikanto) was released for PlayStation 3 with a younger main character. The game was developed to appeal both to older players and to players outside Japan, where the developer was based. The music was composed by Keiichi Okabe, head of Monaca, a music composition studio, and has sparked the release of several albums.

Nier was released to mixed reception; reviewers praised the story, characters and soundtrack and were mixed in their opinions of how well the disparate gameplay elements were connected. The execution of some gameplay elements was criticized, notably the side quests, and especially the graphics (which were regarded as substandard). Despite this, the game acquired acclaim among players over time, becoming a cult classic. A more successful sequel developed by PlatinumGames, titled Nier: Automata, was released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and in 2018 for Xbox One.

Configuration

Only options that deviate from the default configuration to ensure best performance are listed below. The full list of default options is available here.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Renderer Vulkan Recommended to get the best performance.
Framelimit 30 Without framelimiter, audio will de-sync in cutscenes and menu navigation will move too quickly
Anisotropic filter Automatic Changing to anything other than Automatic causes graphical issues.
Write color buffers On Fixes missing in-game visuals

Known Issues

Vulkan hang during final cutscenes

After the point-of-no-return at the final dungeon of the game, the game will freeze and crash during the cutscenes when using the Vulkan renderer. In order to bypass this, users are required to either skip the cutscenes or play the final sequence with the OpenGL renderer. This issue is tracked as part of Issue 6468 (Warning, contains major spoilers regarding the final boss battle).

Special Notes

Japanese text name

The Japanese version of NieR, Nier Replicant (BLJM60223), requires the character name to be entered in Japanese. However, the on-screen keyboard present in RPCS3's native UI is currently restricted to only English. Therefore, to input a name, users must first disable the native UI and then input any name in Japanese (such as ニーア) through the Qt dialog box. Note that you'll need to enter the name again at a later point in the game, so do not enable native UI immediately after the first dialog prompt.

FPS patch

Thanks to Whatcookie, an FPS Patch is available for this title. Be sure to set the enable VSync if you have a 60Hz monitor or use the Framelimit setting to cap your FPS to 60. Do note, that game speed will be unstable if you do not maintain a constant 30 or 60 FPS.