Emerging more than a decade after its original release, those talented folks over at Square-Enix have decided to unleash a remastered version of NieR Replicant upon the populace. A more polished take on the title which preceded the excellent NieR Automata, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is a fresh new way for contemporary players to get stuck into the very first NieR title which started it all. That said however, there are a fair few differences between NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… and the version of Nier that it’s based on.
Is NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… A Remaster Or A Full-Blown Remake?
Rather than being a full, from the ground up remake such as Final Fantasy 7: Remake or Capcom’s recent Resident Evil games, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is instead a remaster of the same game which released in Japan back in 2010 on PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. This means you’ll be getting the same game and assets, albeit with lashings of increased visual detail thanks to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second support. Make no mistake; this is the best that NieR Replicant has ever looked.
How Does NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Compare To The Original?
Another key thing to know about NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is that it’s actually based on the Japanese version of NieR (also called NieR Replicant) which was never released in the west. Instead, what westerners actually got was NieR Gestalt (though it was just known as ‘NieR’ in the west), which changed up certain scenarios and aspects of the story. Chief among the differences between Gestalt and Replicant lay with the story. Rather than NieR being an older lad trying to cure his daughter of a terminal illness, Replicant instead makes the main protagonist a younger chap who instead is on a quest to cure his sister, Yonah, of the Black Scrawl. The latter story scenario is what Japanese gamers experienced when Nier Replicant released in Japan back in 2010.
Beyond the change in overall story scenario, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… also looks to make some subtle changes elsewhere as well with expanded weapon stories and more in-depth side quests for the player to take on. Essentially this means that even if you were lucky enough to play the original version of NieR Replicant, you’ll still be able to find some fresh quests that you hadn’t encountered the first time around.
With NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… bringing the visuals up to par in a contemporary sense, the audio side of things most certainly hasn’t been left behind either. With a newly reworked soundtrack by Keiichi Okabe that includes both new and rearranged songs, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… certainly offers something of a delectable treat for the old ear holes. Not content to stop there, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… also boasts fully voiced dialogue with a number of key characters having their lines re-recorded.
Quite simply, this is the definitive version of NieR Replicant and if you’ve got a NieR Automata itch that needs scratching, then NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…has you sorted. Get your PC copy right here!