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NieR V NieR: Food Edition

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of NieR are different. But which one is a lobster and which one is orange juice?


We haven't heard much on Xbox 360's NieR Gestalt and PS3's NieR Replicant since a Famitsu Xbox 360 interview detailed some of the differences between the two versions. Weekly Famitsu at long last returned this week with a more direct comparison story, some of which was posted at Famitsu.com yesterday.

Let's take a look at some of the differences, first with the two main characters, both of whom are named Nier.

The Gestalt Nier, shown to the left, is 44-years old. He has a strong sense of justice mixed with kindness, but he worries excessively about his daughter Yona. In order to save Yona, who's been infected by an incurable disease, he faces off against mysterious "Momono" (demons) who spread along with the disease.

The Replicant Nier, to the right, is a kind 21-year-old young man. His younger sister Yona, his only blood relative, has been afflicted with an incurable disease (the disease has the same name as that of Gestalt). He heads out on a journey in search of some means of curing the disease.

In addition to the appearance of characters named Nier and Yona, the two titles share a number of common points in their stories, characters and gameplay systems.

The Famitsu story has a look at two characters who appear in both games:

Kaine's body has been possessed by the Mamono demons. She uses two special swords to attack. (While the tiny profile at Famitsu.com doesn't mention that she's a hermaphrodite, the print version does -- don't worry, Square Enix hasn't removed this.)
Experimental Weapon 7
This character looks like Jack Skellington but with a bigger head. He somehow ends up traveling along side Nier. (The character isn't shown in the Famitsu.com article.)

Both titles will offer players three different types of weapons, detailed here:

Two-handed Swords
Deals the most damage, but also the heaviest, leaving the potential for an opening when you attack.
One-handed Swords
Quick and easy to use, and capable of combos. Not particularly powerful, but a good general purpose weapon.
A weapon that takes some getting used to. It's not particularly powerful, nor does it have great range, but it offers special attacks like thrusts and jump slashes.

The two games will also share a common weapon upgrade system. When you defeat enemies, you earn "words." You can distribute these words between your weapons, magic spells and even skills. Doing so gives the target item additional attack and defense strength, and also special effects, making the weapon, for instance, cause status changes to enemies.

The screens at Famitsu.com show Nier getting a word that adds 12% attack power to weapons. This particular word appears to only be effective on weapons.

Other screens show the "Word Edit" mode, where you actually allocate the words. It's a bit difficult to make out what's going on in the screens, but it seems that you're filling out sentences with multiple words.

The above pics that I swiped from Famitsu.com show the PS3 and Xbox 360 spear shots. PS3 is to the left, 360 to the right. In the Famitsu.com story, the screens throughout the article are color coded. Shots surrounded by blue are from Replicant. The ones surrounded by green are from Gestalt. Famitsu used a similar color coordination for its print version of the story.

One major difference between the two games that can't be conveyed through color coded screenshots was detailed to the print Famitsu by the game's director, Cavia's Taro Yoko. Replicant will have Japanese voices, with Square Enix assembling a major cast for the game. Gestalt will have English voices with Japanese subtitles.

Yoko said that he feels players will be able to experience the different tastes of the two games because of this, and brought up a few food comparisons to describe the differences. If Replicant is omrice (a Japanese dish that stuffs an omelette with rice), Gestalt is like barbecue. If Replicant is orange juice, Gestlat is cola. If Replicant is Ise Ebi (Japanese Spiny Lobster), Gestalt is lobster.

No steak comparison, Yoko?

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