The End-Times are NieR

Games I beat in 2015 - #14: NieR

In 2011 I became a parent. And I was scared. Never mind the responsibility, the sheer number of things that can possibly go wrong from conception until my own end of existence (The point at which when I can finally stop worrying about my own child.) is, well, hopefully going to be a long time. In 2012, finding myself with some time to spare, I picked up NieR Replicant. My copy being the Ultimate Hits version brought me that weird and pointless shame of not having gotten on the boat early. I plopped it in, playing at night when my wife and son were asleep, determined to get the good endings. I was doing all the quests. The fishing was frustrating. Then I understand the fishing. At that point I simply hated it for having frustrated me prior and it being fishing.

Three years passed.

Keeping a list of my "currently playing" games (Which sits at a count of twenty-seven at the moment.) is more than just that, but also a reminder of how much I intend to accomplish. When I gazed through my list a few weeks back I realized that NieR had been there for quite some time. Still scared at the thought of having to do all those fishing side-quests, I went back to work and found myself ready to move on to the second half of the game, but pesky side-quests were in my way. Nonetheless, I persevered, finished the first half of the game and then while complaining on Twitter, learned that the side-quests were not necessary to get those sweet, sweet endings.

NieR splits the game into two main chunks and there are some side-quests only available in the first half. Once the game is complete you can do a New Game Plus from the second half of the game, making these the ones to get the first time through just in case you think maybe one day you want that meaningful Platinum Trophy but don't want to do it all over. Not that I'm saying anything here. But the fishing wasn't important. Getting swords and spears and greatswords was.

Or you can just YouTube the endings.

Which I did for endings C and D. While playing the second half of the game again for Ending B was worth it, times three and four were not in my bones. Especially considering what Ending D asks of you. It is a delightfully perfect blend of real and game world mechanics. What you are asked to do in the game - and here come the spoilers - is to give up your existence in order to save someone else. So what does this mean? Everything is deleted. All save data, all everything is just wiped from your PS3. Gone. And the story continues. Boom. But 'you' do not exist any more. Nothing is left. Although, thanks to modern technologies I can experience that without truly experiencing it. My saves are nice and safe on my PS3 and Sony's servers thanks to PS+.

Which they will remain until the PS3 breaks, Sony's servers are brought down and I am no longer amongst the living to keep track of them. And years will pass and the fact that I didn't really complete NieR will be lost and then most of the memories of me will be lost and the memories of those who remembered me will be lost. But I had fun playing a game and enjoyed a concept I wasn't going to put myself through but instead sit and think "That was neat."