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There are many types of video game genres such as the First-Person Shooter in Halo, or the Platforming games like Mario. Nier on the other hand has many genres embedded inside. The main one is the fact that it is a Japanese Role-playing game (JRPG), which could explain why you are able to ride a boar with a tusk, more on the silliness of riding a boar here. The other more defining genres include Third-Person Hack and Slash/Beat 'em up where if you are in a hostile environment then the enemies would come up to you and attack you. But what is really interesting is how this game has certain a Text adventure and puzzle section of the game. The people of the Forest of Myth are caught in a dream caused by the strange tree in the center. Throwing a Text adventure in the middle of a Hack and Slash game is a very strange and not done at all, But I do have to say that I was interested in the change enough to unintentionally complete the quest, which is a good thing for many games.
Other notable differences is the fact the perspective changes from an over the shoulder style to a side-scrolling one when you enter houses and a top-down when you need to solve puzzles.
Tune in Thursday's at 9pm to listen to The Ravanator for Video Game Music from Nier on wnjr.org or 91.7 FM