I love the drakengard series. Except 2. The games are all terrible to play though. Drakengard was clunky and incredibly unfun when it came out, and a decade of aging has perhaps made it worse. The music feels janky at times and feels as if the game was scratched and the music keeps looping... But the music adds to the chaotic, insane features the game unfolds on the subsequent playthroughs. Caim and his merry band of insane psychopaths were not at all what I was expecting to play as, though it didn't really hit me the first time until I was massacring child soldiers in the game (I was 12-13, plus with all the censoring stuff like Leonard was rather obscured).
Nier is perhaps one of my favorite games despite not enjoying the gameplay. Sure, they try to do some neat things with it... but the gameplay is ass. It's okay at times, but it never rises above average. But the voice work, the amazing soundtrack, the interesting story and endearing characters all made the game memorable to me. Papa Nier was a Nier created solely for western Audiences. In japan, Nier is a much younger character and brother to Yonah with a different relationship to Kaine and Emil. Sadly, we will never see brother Nier in the west, but there are translations for the game and Grimoire Weiss (Supplement material) online. Even if someone gave up on the game, I recommend listening to the soundtrack because it's easily one of my favorite game soundtracks ever. It goes beyond just setting up the themes of the game, it really sucks you into it and it haunted me for a long time. Nier is one of the few games I platinumed.
Drakengard 3 is... A Drakengard game. I have a friend in japan who bought it on release, and we discussed the story as he played through it. I've known all about Drakengard 3's 'bad' gameplay since it was released, but it was still one of my most anticipated games of the year. The music is composed by the same person from Nier, and while it's different the soundtrack is still great. Going into Intoner mode turns the combat music into an orchestrated piece which I thought was pretty cool, and some of the boss themes (Phanuel, Abdiel, Two's themes) are great. The story isn't the same as Nier, but that's okay. The developer said that if you were expecting Drakengard 1 or Nier from the game, you wouldn't be getting it and it shows. Drakengard 3 has some pretty overt and obvious sexual tones, from Zero collecting a reverse harem, to even masturbating on Mikhails wing while he sleeps in an event. Besides the sexuality though, it mixes the usual Drakengard/Nier bleakness with a somewhat wicket edge of black comedy. Censoring things while still 'showing' or letting you listen to the brutality going on, having humor written into the game... Hell, even the soldiers propping eachother up and pissing their pants in fear of Zero during combat has an element of humor to it. And it does provide some relief to the doom and gloom. I finished the true end earlier this week, i'm hoping we get the rest of the intoner sister DLC's in the west, even if I already know about them.
Part of the reason Nier and Drakengard feel so 'bad' is because they had a literal shoestring budget, especially Nier/3. The developer spent what money he had on what he felt was important, and I respect that. But if you're looking for gameplay in these games... I would definitely advise you to steer clear.
Anyway! Yeah, I noticed the DDS games were put on PSN, as was nocturne. I picked up Nocturne to replay it, andI hope to play through the DDS games sometime soon, since I never got the chance to. I'd love if we could get Wild Arms 3 on the PSN, but Xseed has already said low chance of that happening.
Other games i've been playing are Risk of Rain (miner is the best character!), Valdis Story (A fun PC metroid-esque game with 2 characters to play, and 3 more coming as free DLC), and Muramasa Rebirth on the Vita, really fun game. I'm also looking forward to Azure Striker Gunvolt and Freedom wars, hoping we get Gunvolt before too long. Also of course hoping for a quick translation of persona Q.