NieR PS3 vs Xbox 360, or East vs West?


Some rather bold differences in character design between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Square Enix’s new “NieR” franchise have been noticed.

With the PS3 version apparently having effete character designs and even a hermaphrodite heroine, Square appears to be making an unsubtle, perhaps even crude, bet on the demographics of each market, with the Xbox 360 version in their eyes most probably the “American” version.

Just whether this bet pays off will be interesting to behold…

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    Comment by Ray
    15:01 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I won't be getting the game anyway.

    But seriously, why the bloody hell does the Xbox version have to look like a gorilla? There are OTHER games than Gears of War and God of War in the west that don't feature a male character that looks like he overdosed on steroids.

    Take a look at, I dunno, recently released Uncharted 2 or Assassin's Creed 2 for a nice view of the middle ground between a proverbial musclebound caveman freak and a stereotypical ladyboy.

    And hell, even the Japanese are able to make a "western looking game" without it looking ridiculous - take a quick look at Demon's Souls, the thing won many awards. So what's with this idiotic bullshit of some companies? If you make a game, make it the same for everyone. This is almost as bad as anime dubs or those god awful german dubs on RTL satellite programs for every movie.

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    Comment by Deko Wolf
    15:55 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what about the European market?
    We are always left out, if not last.

    Most probably to get the 1st version only...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 guy needs facial hair and less leather. As it stands, both characters look mad gay, it's just that the 360 is a top and the ps3 is a bottom.

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    Comment by Caligastia
    14:56 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm so pissed at Square Enix, what are they basing their decisions on?

    Two versions of character designs on different consoles? Only bringing to America the 360 one?

    Worst of all they're most likely not gonna draw the right conclusions if the game doesn't sell here, they desperately need to pull their heads out of their asses.

    I loathe these localization differences, first the dubbing on Final Fantasies and then this, is there no way to let them know that a lot of people here would like to experience as close a version as possible to the japanese one?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok now we know what wil happen to female chars....

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    Comment by HentaiKamen
    14:40 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tonight on Gay VS Ugly!

    Seriously the xbox version dude looks awful. Why can't the Japanese ever design a normal heterosexual male in video games? Straight doesn't mean ugly.

    As for the PS3 version... His/her/its face looks very plastic.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 360 version is pretty much tailored for North America where they prefer everything to be "big".

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hate them both, ever thought of something simple?
    dun really care which is better probably something better than a emo or an steriod head

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey the PS3 version looks like that guy's taking a pic of himself in front of a webcam

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the 360 version would be the guy who watches that webcam

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    Comment by Reichi
    16:26 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh... the story line seemed interesting, but these graphics are really unappealing on either system.
    PS3 version looks blocky, and the 360 one looks like a caveman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow it's hard to say that they're the same game.. well, but i dont think i'll be buying this anytime soon

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 looks like he's metro and the 360 chap looks like he's come through of a damn time warp in the vikings era...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    again JAPAN= the most gay version
    thanks for the ofter but i have to pass

    really we need hunt the japanese designer, they are weird and scary

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS 3 = emo boy
    360 = a little better than emo boy

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    he's a macho man

    the kinda guy you never want to have behind you... ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are people getting worked up on this game, it'll be crap anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both look fine to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All you gay people can buy the PS3 version. I'm buying the 360 version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea they're fags, real manly men love other muscly manly men with huge biceps swinging their big swords in each others faces!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did a bit of research... yeah, the 360 game is completely different from the PS3 one.

    It's shorter and designed to "appeal to Westerners". Also, we're not getting the (probably far better) PS3 version. Instead, the 360 version will be multiplatform in the States.

    ...Wow. I'm pretty fucking pissed right now.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're both shit.... I don't see the point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Square will certainly lose all the pretty-boy loving fangirls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... in the US

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can't be the same guy.

    As he grew older he developed a neanderthal eyebrow ridge?

    Lost his eyebrows?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is how the Japanese see Americans obviously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 29/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *sigh* I was looking forward to purchasing the PS3 version when it hits the states....

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    12:53 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bishounen > Macho kthx.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both look fugly, can we call it a day?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 29/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon think the game with the muscle man is the occidental one, both US & Europe, on XBOX 360 and PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 30/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just visited the IGN page of the Nier game for both the Xbox360 and PS3... and guess what? both have the same ugly character on the cover art!

    360 version:
    PS3 version:

    look like this is not a 360 vs PS3 game design, but east vs west game design. I still would rather have the Japanese version art.

    the question now is: will the main character design be the *ONLY* difference between the 2 version? Or would they modify the sister or even modify some scenes to fit the western audience?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather have a fearsome looking warrior guy, than a girly faced man, who looks like he can barely carry a sword, let alone swing it. The 360 character is realistic, the Japanese version looks like he got his hair done in a salon.

    And who says the 360 version is particularly western anyway, as if all anime is prone to having girly men. Ever watched Ninja Scroll or Basilisk?

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:54 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will pay off. The 360 version looks ugly, but ugly-loving americas would buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still prefer the beautiful and intelligent guy to the unattractive with probably orc intelligence guy.

    Oh,and I'm a guy as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a man with teh muscles can't be intelligent? Since there both the same character, wouldn't they have the same intelligence?

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    Comment by Rethardus
    21:19 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you all.

    They both look horrible, just admit it.

    One is your standard weeaboo food, the other one is for the nerd who thinks he's tough because he plays Gears.

    Stop arguing over who's better, because it's a personal preference about ugliness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    one has Futanari in it

    'nuff said

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 ver. = Gay

    Xbox360 ver. = HOBO

    Gay + HOBO = You people that troll on this article.

    nuff said.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's so easy to decide on this! X360 version = no hawt futa so fuck that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 28/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know, right?

    now all it needs is some yuri...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do westerner prefer a ugly middle age muscle brain over good looking guy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 03/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who said they preferred it its just a stereotype beside both look ugly you should be concerned more about the gameplay and story than this little matter

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they actually releases that steroid using cavemen for the Ps3 version...Count me out since i rather spend my money on something that wouldn't annoy me while i am playing my game.Square better get it right!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, Xbox version looks worse... he looks like a retarded cave man... and we see those kind of looks on U.S games... They should have Just left it the way it was... It's just my opinion though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ps3 is win nuff said lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Different character designs for platforms?

    Thats the most amusing concept I've seen in a good, long while.

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