Nier Replicant blew Japanese gamers away. According to a Media Create study, expectations for Nier before it was released were at 28.1, making it the lowest game on the chart. After playing the game, Nier‘s satisfaction score skyrocketed to 48.7 with many people looking forward to buying the next game in the series.
How to read the chart: blue squares are for pre-release expectations, red circles are a satisfaction score after playing the game, and the green triangle indicates if people would purchase the next title in the series. Special thanks to Ishaan for sprucing up the chart.
While not as large as Nier, Kenka Bancho 4 also had a rise from expectation to player satisfaction. On the other hand, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage was a big disappointment. It started off with higher expectations than God Eater and Star Ocean: The Last Hope, but failed to live up to what Japanese gamers wanted.
Resonance of Fate, Super Street Fighter IV, and Etrian Odyssey III are interesting to point out. All three games are pretty much what their audience expected and in both cases fans are looking forward to the next game in the series.