Sorry man, I'm not really much of an RPG guy these days anyway, so I'm not fit to judge it. I thought it was an odd mix of styles that seemed to clash rather than gel and there were weird technical shortcomings in the landscapes and the controls (and unless I'm mistaken, panning the camera seemed particularly broken.)
Even though I found some of the concepts quite interesting and the whole paternal relationship/time-shifting thing pretty original, I couldn't hang with it long enough to properly persevere. I'd like to know what I missed out on if you'd care to share?
Well, I for one believe that the story is simply amazing. It's something different than every other JRPG (which NieR isn't by the way, it's an Action-RPG) which involves saving a fictional world. Also, the soundtrack is simply awesome. Some gameplay elements might be slightly broken, but it don't think it's any gamebreakers at all in NieR. The side stories with Kainé, Emil and the Lighthouse lady (optional) are amazing, and very well executed.
I dunno, the only part I didn't really like is that you have to revisit alot of places.
Also, I think alot of people have the same first opinion "oh cool, new Square Enix game, will check out reviews", then gets turned away by reviews like Gamespot's 5/10, 1up's C+ and IGN's 7.3 (not a bad score at all, but people seem to expect at least 9/10 from SE). I think many reviewers compared the game to the likes of God of War, which REALLY shouldn't be the case at all. GoW3 got 92% on GameRankings, and for what? Cool visuals when you mash buttons? Kratos being cool? Great graphics? Come on. Compare Cavia's budget to SCE Santa Monica Studio and it's not very hard to recognize exactly why GoW3 has such awesome graphics and visuals.
It might be worth reading other reviews instead, like from Famitsu, RPGamer, RPGFan and such.
Anyway, it's definitely a game every fan of JRPG's and hack-n-slashers should check out, if nothing else than a fast-paced break from long, turn-based JRPG's (of course, many people will choose the Ys games for that, and I don't blame you). Nier has gotten pretty cheap these days though (£12 if you're in Europe).