AU News Wrap, September 27 – What happened today

Tuesday, 27th September 2011 08:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

I’m about to disappear from your sight – but console yourselves with an outline of what I did today.


Crouching Spider, Hidden Dragon: Hands-on with Skyrim
Am I the only games writer in the world who hasn’t played Skyrim?

I feel like I spent all day playing catch-up – emails up to the eyeballs, admin work to do, preparation, chasing leads – rather than writing for you. And when I look at my list, I see this is absolutely true.

Today’s header image is from Nier, Cavia’s final JRPG before dissolution. The soundtrack was playing as I was getting this ready, but I think it will be the start of a new Wrap theme for me – my favourite games. I love Nier, like, near romantically: I’m extremely keen on the kind of subtle narrative it offers.

It’s not that the plot pull a massive swifty on you (although you can predict it if you pay close attention); it’s the canon surrounding the game and buried in secondary materials and alternate endings, being gradually unknotted by fans. The game has cross-title ties with Cavia’s other games, which is pretty post-modern, and features some amazing flights of fancy – a text adventure, for example, and an in-game decision which deletes your save files. For real. I’m not saying you’ll necessarily like it – but I do.

Stay tuned for the Bulletcast, and bone up on yesterday with Johnny’s European wrap up.

We kicked off this morning with a number of posts from Debabrata, which was the best breakfast an over-tired newsbot could have.



  1. Zana

    I totally agree with you about Nier. It was definitely a big surprise last year. Not really an eye-candy but the characters, plot, game design and soundtrack felt really fresh and were even high above many GotY-type titles.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Eregol

    I got Nier for £8 from Asda and am currently playing through it.
    Pleasantly surprised at how good it is.
    The graphics aren’t as bad as everyone makes out either.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Muzmail

    Interesting article! Very well done! It’s good to see interactive fiction (also known as text adventure games) get more of the attention it deserves.
    In the same vein, there’s a modern day interactive fiction publisher releasing new works of commercial interactive fiction that I think people
    should know about. This interactive fiction publisher is Malinche Entertainment. Their website is and they’ve got a
    lot to offer anyone interested in interactive fiction/text adventure games.

    #3 3 years ago

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