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Different Kind of Storytelling in Mobile Games – NieR Re[in]carnation Storytelling Deconstruction

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With a view to focus on a few of these narrative elements, some story twists are going to be spoiled. If you happen to don’t wish to be spoiled on this particular recreation, please play by way of the primary 12 chapters of the sport your self.


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What’s NieR Re[in]carnation?

NieR Re[in]carnation is a cell recreation associated to the world of console video games NieR Automata and NieR Replicant, though, at this level, it isn’t but clear precisely how. The storytelling within the collection as a complete is thought for darker and tragic fates. The video games additionally experiment on quite a lot of gameplay kinds because the hack-and-slash gameplay can abruptly flip to Bullet Hell, text-based recreation, or sidescroller. The collection has recognizable music that’s appreciated by many.

Earlier than shifting on to the storytelling half, let’s first check out the options of the sport to get a fundamental understanding of the sport as a complete.


The battles in NieR Re[in]carnation are carried out in a 3D area with Auto-battle mechanics. Characters carry on randomly attacking enemies with their fundamental assaults. Gamers could make an enemy a centered goal by tapping them or their 2D picture above their HP. There are two weapon abilities, one character ability, and as much as three companion abilities accessible for use. Every of them has its cooldown timers, however companion abilities can solely be used as soon as per battle for every companion. Auto-battle may be activated to take away the necessity for handbook ability use. As a gimmick, gamers can transfer their foremost character round on the battlefield, however it solely has a beauty impact.


The participant collects and develops characters like in any RPG. Right here, nonetheless, there are solely a handful of individuals as the brand new characters are often the identical previous characters with completely different costumes and abilities. Every character can have their ranges and abilities upgraded individually for that particular particular person. An individual may also have their stats boosted by way of all costume variations on a “ability tree” like attribute growing system known as Mythic Slab.

Gamers may also gather loads of tools gadgets. There are weapons, companions, and memoirs to gather, with every sort having its personal improve supplies and strategies.


Storytelling just isn’t essentially the one facet that makes NieR Re[in]carnation stand out from the group. Normally, cell RPGs are inclined to have you ever be both within the menus or within the battles. This recreation deviates from that sample by having gamers traverse by way of the placement known as The Cage as gamers progress within the story.

In exploration, gamers journey by way of The Cage with just a little ghost that chats with them.

This covers the fundamentals of the sport. If you wish to take a more in-depth have a look at, e.g., monetization mechanics or First Time Consumer Expertise, take a look at our evaluation within the GameRefinery service. Let’s now transfer on to the primary subject.

Storytelling in NieR Re[in]carnation

Basically, the storytelling in cell video games tends to be very dialogue-heavy. Characters are proven of their 2D art work, and a field of textual content underneath them reveals their traces. Within the bit dearer productions, voice actors interpret the traces for these enjoying their video games sound on.

Storytelling in cell video games tends to observe the identical sample — examples from Disney POP City, AFK Area, Matchington Mansion, and Hidden Metropolis.

Getting into a weapon

NieR Re[in]carnation does issues just a little bit in another way. Within the recreation, you enter inside weapons to dwell by way of the weapons’ earlier house owners’ tales. You transition from the 3D world right into a storybook-like 2D, and as an alternative of controlling the character you utilize within the exploration, you management the weapon’s earlier proprietor. The story is narrated with that character’s voice however within the third particular person. It primarily looks like you’re listening to an audiobook.

Getting into a weapon from the exploration mode

Typically the sport provides twists to simply operating round within the 2D story by including easy puzzles or mixing core gameplay parts to it. On the most grotesque bits, the participant has to select earlier than the story progresses.

Inside a weapon, the storytelling can fluctuate a bit even when visually the type stays constant. The highest picture reveals common dialogue from Argo’s story, and the underside picture is a screenshot of a puzzle in Noelle’s story

The highest picture reveals core gameplay parts from Lars’ story, and the underside picture reveals the type of painful alternative a participant has to make in F66x’s story to advance within the recreation.

Character quests

Because the participant retains utilizing the particular particular person sufficient, they unlock character quests. As these quests are cleared, extra tales concerning the particular person’s life may be seen. The participant can transfer in them however solely to go looking and faucet blackbirds that activate storytelling sequences.

Examples from Character Story of Noelle and EX Story of Gayle

Every particular person additionally has an EX model of them, which unlocks an extra story for the particular person. EX characters are the strongest model of the particular person and are solely accessible by way of intensive grinding of particular quests. These quests have a really low charge of dropping particular materials gadgets which can be wanted to improve the weapon. Totally upgrading the weapon unlocks the character for gamers use. The EX Story is unlocked little by little because the weapon is upgraded with the ultimate half being accessible after the weapon is maxed.

The EX tales lack the interactive aspect. The backgrounds characteristic stylized black and white scenes from the story as textual content seems, and the character’s voice reads in third particular person how the story performs out.

Most important storyline

Whereas weapon-based storytelling goes on within the 2D world, the 3D exploration is telling one other one. For the primary 12 chapters, the story follows a younger lady Fio and a black insect-like creature Levania. For the primary half, the participant controls a lady operating up The Cage. Midway by way of, the primary character seemingly adjustments because the participant will get to expertise what occurred earlier than. That is carried out by making the identical journey in the wrong way whereas controlling Levania. It later seems creatures like Levania eat goals of people to turn out to be people. What they don’t know is that they primarily swap our bodies with the human whose goals they eat. So for the primary half, the participant was additionally controlling Levania, who had turn out to be Fio whereas she grew to become a black insect-like monster. The 2 had turn out to be associates, so this shock twist was to not Levanias liking. He manages to reverse the change, and each return to their very own our bodies.

There are two different-looking foremost characters to manage within the recreation’s first two chapters

NieR Re[in]carnation is about to proceed from chapter 13 onwards with two completely different characters themed with Solar and Moon. In different phrases, the primary characters will likely be utterly completely different from that time onward.

As cell video games are inclined to carry on going yr after yr, in some unspecified time in the future, writing a narrative for a similar character may be troublesome. Switching the playable character because the story progresses is a pleasant option to maintain issues contemporary. As one other instance, The Alchemist Code recreation additionally does this properly by utterly switching to a complete completely different character in a unique setting to steer the story that later connects with the sooner bits.

Gear gadgets

Shifting on to extra minor storytelling parts. The completely different tools gadgets within the recreation additionally maintain tales that lore-hungry gamers can digest. These are straightforward to disregard fully however may be attention-grabbing to some, particularly when it comes to collaboration content material.

Instance of a weapon story that has the final half nonetheless locked

Weapons maintain the story in 4 lockable items. The primary is accessible immediately, whereas the opposite three are unlocked by upgrading the weapons. These tales don’t relate to the characters that the participant is aware of however give an concept of the world of NieR.

Companions have their tales written in full in a few paragraphs on their data display.

Memoirs have their tales advised the identical method as Companions however with an extra easy visible twist. Every Memoir represents some extent in some character’s life that may shed additional gentle on their historical past. That is proven within the Memoir icon. Some Memoirs may also have Easter Eggs. For instance, Coronary heart to Coronary heart Memoir has a personality from NieR Re[in]carnation holding a King’s masks from NieR Replicant.