Drakengard 1 Review: Insanity, Depression, Taboos, and Awful Gameplay

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Drakengard is akin to Marmite – you’ll love it, hate it, or just be confused by its existence.

After playing through and reviewing Nierย I decided to go back to Drakengard (the first game Taro Yokoย directed, and Nier’s “spiritual” predecessor) to see if the vague memories from a playthrough in my early teens held up.

Suffice to say they do.

Although I would still recommend Drakengard to anyone with an interest in dark fantasy, its flaws areย so great that I’d struggle to promote it outside of that niche.…   [continue reading]

Nier Gestalt & Replicant Review: A Perfectly Flawed Masterpiece

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This game – this damn game – is the reason I didn’t publish an article on Secret Cave for more than two months.

I’d planned out at least four different articles for Nier Gestalt in my head over that time, but none could do it justice. I had to keep playing until I’d reached 100% completion.

And once I saw everything it had to offer, I was at a total loss for words.

Nier is quite possibly the best gaming experience I’ve ever had.…   [continue reading]