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Oct. 21st, 2010 @ 04:10 am
I picked up playing Nier a bit tonight. Haven't played it in aaaages, but I was in the mood for Square Enix without all that "hope" and "optimism" and "love" crap in FF13. Nier is about as emo as a game about smashing stuff up with magic and huge swords can be.

Even the cover picture has Nier's hair falling across his face in a totally emo way. The only person who doesn't look tragic on the cover is Kainé - which is sort of appropriate, since she covers her angst with rage, as a rule. (Anger management is not her strong suit. The game's opening splash screen has a voiceover from Kainé that starts: "Weiss! Weiss, you dumbass!" and gets angrier from there.)

Some of the review-type stuff of Nier annoys me because of Kainé, though. Many reviews I've seen that discuss the characters claim that the source of her angst and self-loathing is her penis. Totally not true. The source of her angst and self-loathing is demonic possession and her - well, spoilers, but let's just say it's a bit of a "my beloved peasant village" thing.

Video games serve to distract me from feelings of abandonment today.

Kind of a PSA Jun. 15th, 2010 @ 09:45 am
If you are easily depressed by events in video games, kind of thing, you might want to avoid Square Enix's Very Not Final Fantasy game, Nier.

It's kind of tragic, and only avoids being hideously bleak by a lot of good dialogue.

When even Grimoire Weiss is sighing and saying, "Not quite the happy ending I was hoping for..." things are getting tragic.
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