So you’ve heard about Nier Replicant or Nier: Automata, and you need to strive the critically adored sequence. One drawback: You don’t know the place to begin.

Relatable! The Nier sequence is notoriously dense, involving a number of endings, alternate variations of the unique game restricted by the geography of their launch, and lore tied to a wholly completely different (and largely forgotten) video game trilogy for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. That’s intimidating.

To decrease the barrier of entry, we’ve created this concise information to picking the order through which you play the Nier video games, dividing our advice for 3 various kinds of potential gamers.

A screenshot of Nier: Automata in which 2B pets her robot pod

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I simply need to see what the fuss is about, and I solely have a lot time.

You should start with Nier: Automata. It is technically the sequel to Nier Replicant, however it builds upon the unique game in each means. The fight is quicker and extra pleasurable, the story is less complicated to observe, and its alternate playthroughs change the game in dramatic methods. If you need to fall quick for the sequence, Automata has the very best shot at profitable you over.

If you like Automata, you will have extra endurance for Nier Replicant’s old style open world, slower tempo, and extra repetitive alternate playthroughs. On one hand, Nier: Automata will spoil some chunks of Replicant’s story. On the opposite hand, you’ll truly know what the hell is happening.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

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I hate spoilers, I’m affected person on the subject of older video game design, and I have some further time on my fingers.

You should start with Nier Replicant, which is a remake of the 2010 cult game of the identical title. Well, form of. In the U.S., we received Nier Gestalt, a model of Nier Replicant that featured an older protagonist. But the story of Gestalt was largely the identical as within the model of Nier launched for the PS3 in Japan, which incorporates a teenage protagonist and is the idea of the remake.

Even with upgrades to the game’s visuals and fight, together with some extra quests and lore, the remake of Nier Replicant (technically titled Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…) stays notably slower than Nier: Automata. The first 10 hours, specifically, generally is a grind as you carry out one fetch quest after one other. But taking part in Replicant first will help you expertise the sequence’ story as initially meant, seeing a lot of its weirdest twists and turns with recent eyes.

Beginning with Replicant isn’t a nasty choice. In no means is it a crummy video game. It’s only a sluggish one. If you’ve gotten the time and endurance (or should you actually hate spoilers), then that is the choice for you.

A scene from Drakengard 3 involving stuff I don’t fully understand if I’m being super real with you.

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No, you don’t get it. I actually hate spoilers. I’m a completionist. I should commune with artwork in its purest kind.

Play the Drakengard trilogy. Then get again to me.