NieR Re[in]carnation is the first installment of the NieR saga for smartphones. Although it takes place in the same universe as the first two titles of the franchise, it shares neither a protagonist nor common locations. This time, your heroine is a Girl in White, a mysterious character who wakes up inside a Cage. As you progress through the game, you’ll start to unlock her memories to discover her true identity.
Gameplay in NieR Re[in]carnation is divided into two parts. On the one hand, there’s the exploration part, which takes you through beautiful and varied settings (if you’re a fan of the NieR saga, they’ll look familiar). During this exploration phase, you’ll find upgrades for your weapons and other secrets that help you advance in the story. On the other hand, there are combats, in which a group of three characters faces the shadows. You can also choose if you want to automate the combat or you prefer manual control.
As usual in this type of game, although you can recruit some characters during the story mode, some of the best heroes can only be obtained within the gacha system. So, depending on your luck, you can even recruit some familiar faces of the saga. However, it’s important to mention once again that the story in NieR Re[in]carnation is completely independent of those of NieR and NieR: Automata.
NieR Re[in]carnation was directed by Yoko Taro and the soundtrack was created by Keiichi Okabe. The game also includes spectacular production values. Clearly, these reasons are compelling enough for any fan of the saga (or video games in general) to give this smartphone-exclusive game a chance.