N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

N.E.R.O. is a story-driven first-person indie game with puzzles to solve and story threads to follow. The player character essentially walks a linear path and solves puzzles blocking their way, while a story is narrated.

"What moves has to stop," says the narrator at one point. The game explores some incredibly dark themes, including sickness, suicide and loss, though the eyes of a child. While the game isn't an out-and-out horror intended to scare the player, the surreal and dream-like environments do create an intense sense of unease. The game feels like an out-of-body experience, where danger looms rather than attacks.

The story, narration and puzzles might be too obscure for younger players to enjoy alone, but the experience can be fantastically rewarding and emotional when more mature players go alone or share with their families.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/05/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle.

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. Newcomers to the genre may need longer as some of the puzzles are incredibly cryptic and obscure. Online guides can help if you get stuck.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 with fear.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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