The original Nier released in 2010 on PS3 and Xbox 360, and while it’s story is timeless, it’s gameplay elements weren’t that great. Nier Replicant ver. 1.22, out now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC isn’t quite a remake and not quite a remaster, but rather something in between–and it’s an astonishing improvement over the original version. This comparison encompasses the PS3 version of the original Nier and the PS4 version of Nier Replicant.
This upgraded version of Nier Replicant uses a brand-new combat system that plays closer to Nier: Automata with features like new combo mechanics, a revamped magic system, lock-on enemy targeting, smoother player movement, higher resolution, better textures and assets, and a much smoother frame rate. And as you see in this comparison, it stars “brother Nier” instead of “father Nier.”
In the video above, you’ll see a fight against a floating dictionary in Emil’s mansion to obtain some vital information. This should help you get a taste of how these two versions differ. You’ll notice that the cutscenes have been recreated one-to-one and preserve the strong overall narrative Nier was always known for, but they look much better with the visual enhancements. If you listen close enough, you may also catch that the voiceovers have been re-recorded by the original cast to give a modern edge to what were already stellar performances.
Nier Replicant is out now, and if you’re thinking about jumping into this tragic and emotional action-RPG, be sure to check out our full Nier Replicant review and prepare to cry.