Review

Nier Replicant review: The definitive Yoko cut, warts and all

The remaster of the previously Japan-only version hits hard on emotions if not action

Creative director
Yoko Taro
Key Credits
Yosuke Saito (Producer)

Nier Replicant is at once an improvement over the original while still retaining its dated design frustrations that’s not quite at the bar of modern remasters. Yet for all its flaws, the story, bolstered by its grand otherworldly score, has the same deep emotional depths that first won over new fans, and if nothing else, you won’t find a more mismatched bunch of outcasts worth caring about.

  • Yoko Taro’s original vision including additional cut content
  • Beautiful re-recorded and extended soundtrack
  • Layers of depth to characters gradually revealed on subsequent playthroughs
  • Narrative pay-offs require some dull tedious grind
  • Shifting camera perspectives often frustrates
  • Remaster still visually underwhelming in places
3 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 4
Nier Replicant review: The definitive Yoko cut, warts and all
Creative director
Yoko Taro
Key Credits
Yosuke Saito (Producer)

Nier Replicant is at once an improvement over the original while still retaining its dated design frustrations that’s not quite at the bar of modern remasters. Yet for all its flaws, the story, bolstered by its grand otherworldly score, has the same deep emotional depths that first won over new fans, and if nothing else, you won’t find a more mismatched bunch of outcasts worth caring about.

  • Yoko Taro’s original vision including additional cut content
  • Beautiful re-recorded and extended soundtrack
  • Layers of depth to characters gradually revealed on subsequent playthroughs
  • Narrative pay-offs require some dull tedious grind
  • Shifting camera perspectives often frustrates
  • Remaster still visually underwhelming in places
3 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 4