I always get so excited when packages come, especially when they’re books, games or related to games. When it comes to strategy guides, it’s such a delightful combination for me.
Buying the strategy guide for Nier was not originally planned, so I honestly have no idea what to expect from the game. I’ve watched no clips, read no previews or reviews, so I’m going into this totally unprepared. Of course when my new shiny guide arrived today, I couldn’t help but flip through it and glance at the images and the walkthrough headings. I definitely couldn’t have predicted what this game is about, and I still may not know from the little I saw in the guide. It does seem to be non-generic, of which I’m glad, because when I first saw the hero with a giant sword, my first thought was, “Wow, typical Square hero. Yay.” However, if the screenshots in the guide are tell-tale at all, the graphics look to be of last-gen quality. That’s a little disappointing.
The guide, however, should be excellent. If you look at the cover’s bottom right corner, you will see that both Doug Walsh and Joe Epstein wrote this guide. Neither has failed me thus far in terms of guides (damn Costly Punch from Crisis Core aside), so I’m fairly confident this guide will be just as fabulous.
I can’t wait to delve into this adventure and finally give my poor Xbox 360 some love. It’s been neglected for so long, but the dust will be brushed off it soon enough, and then it will never turn off since Bayonetta, Darksiders, and Mass Effect are next on the list. My director told me that my review copy of the game is on its way, so everyone should see me on Xbox LIVE quite often very soon.