Parents' Guide to


By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody, sexually charged RPG with an oddly touching story.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Simply awful beware!

Blood, gore, death, violence. Cursing to the max. Perverse outfits. Just stay away. Horrible disturbing ending. Anyone would be better off not playing this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

Lovely in its own way

While it's bloody, cursey, and features a scantily clad characters, teens will find meaty themes regarding circles of violence and revenge, the inherent othering of different cultures, and how the best motives can lead to ruinous consequences. It is wise and sad and funny, with a dynamite cast of weird losers who you will come to love, even as they become increasingly morally compromised. It doesn't glorify sex or violence, it's just an ok game, but it's a heck of a story.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (3):

Nier has plenty of surface flaws. Despite some impressive vistas, its graphics are surprisingly bland, featuring flat, spartan environments and characters lacking much in the way of distinguishing details. And the battle system starts off as exercise in mashing a single button as players tap it to carry out repetitive attacks.

However, give it a few hours and the moving story, which is filled with quirky personalities, such as a world-weary, wise-cracking book, just might sink its hooks into you. And the fighting eventually becomes more engaging once players begin attaching "words" to their weapons to increase their attributes and learn to master dodge, recovery, and magic abilities. Plus, fishing, plant cultivation, and weapon-forging activities act as nice distractions when you want to take your mind of the main quest. It's not the best role-playing game of the year by any measure, but there's a good chance it will hit the spot for adult fans of Eastern-style action RPGs.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: April 27, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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