This week’s video will strike a chord with anyone who’s played Xenoblade Chronicles 2. That’s because this video brings in voice samples from an iconic regular enemy, the Scottish accented soldiers of Mor Ardain. If you’ve not had the pleasure of sampling this game, you may wonder what makes these soldiers so memorable. Well, there’s just something funny about these dime a dozen soldiers who order you not to forget them every few seconds everytime you encounter them. That plus the Scottish accent.
A lot of love went into this video, that’s for sure. It’s a great way to honour the Xenoblade series, with its now rich tradition of hilarious battle chatter. All three games have spawned stupid meme-worthy dialogue, from “now it’s Reyn time” (XBC) to “have a biscuit” (XBCX) to “you’re done” (XBC2). Keep up the fine work Monolithsoft, I say.
We are back and it is 2016! We revive the final episode of our Operation Rainfall trilogy – first recorded in early 2016 – for your listening pleasure. Better late than never, right? Right…? Let’s hope so. In this episode, we discuss the epic Wii-exclusive Japanese RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles. First off, Adrian confronts Maya’s unhealthy fangirl obsession with the evils of the game’s romance plot. You too will learn what the Twilight series and Xenoblade Chronicles share in common. We go on to discuss (and imitate) the game’s English voice acting, and compare the various Operation Rainfall titles before returning once more to Shelia.
Please be warned that, while we don’t go deeply into Xenoblade’s plot proper, there are (romance-related) spoilers discussed. What a bunch of jokers!
Episode 15: Operation Rainfall, Xenoblade Chronicles
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As we’re opening the new year with a new console, the PS3, it’s natural to look back and reminisce. And why not focus on the legacy of one of my most well-used consoles, the Wii. Released in 2006, the Wii was instantly a huge commercial success. Partly because of its mainstream appeal, it became controversial for the 0.00005% of people who identify as “hardcore gamers” and considered Nintendo traitors, or some such BS. However, perhaps surprisingly, I have come full circle on my opinion of the Wii’s library. Continue reading
Welcome to another Weird Video Wednesday. This week is a bit of a cheat since I made this Xenoblade Chronicles-Beckie0 crossover video, but I think you will agree it definitely counts as weird (maybe even weirder than our previous videogame-related satire, a 50 Shades of Grey parody). For those not in the know, Beckie0 is a Youtuber making videos about what seems like everything, all the time, everywhere. As proof of that fact, the audio of hers I stole for parody purposes came from a randomly selected video Beckie0 filmed in her car for some reason, which discusses TV shows, noises on the street, piano, life at home with her parents, rent prices in London, soap, etc etc…
You may be wondering what inspired this (undoubtedly niche) crossover video.What happened was this: Maya was watching some Beckie0 vids, and a jokey exchange began about the way she talks. Everything she says is in the kind of English accent that cannot be found on any streets, roads or groves in the UK. It’s a special kind of over-Englished enunciation that, we concluded, exists only in Hogwarts as portrayed in the Harry Potter films and the world of Xenoblade Chronicles.
I hastily cobbled together a video which placed Beckie0 in the world of Xenoblade Chronicles to prove the point and the rest is history. Turns out she makes a great Fiora and her chemistry with Shulk is quite amazing, I’m sure you’ll agree! We are honoured to be a part of Beckie0’s future career as a videogame voice actress, and we hope this video will help her realise that dream. You can thank us later, Beckie.
I might do more of these Xenoblade-Beckie0 crossover vids in the future, since there is loads of material to work with and plenty of comic potential (in my eyes anyway). This one was a bit rushed but it’d be fun to have another go at it and try and put together something slightly more polished. Let me know what you think.
If you’ve been reading this blog or listening to our podcasts, you will know what a stickler I am for endings and having a good, engaging story to keep you warm on those long RPG nights. However, I am a fair woman and, as much as I believe that story is important, it’s not everything. I believe that Xenoblade Chronicles is a game changer as far as the RPG genre goes, and worthy of all the critical success it has achieved. It is beautiful, majestic, pioneering, and all those good words. I am a believer. I am a huge fan. Therefore, rest assured, what lies ahead are the complaints of an ardent fangirl.
This contains storyline spoilers for late in the game, so read at own risk. And if you haven’t played Xenoblade Chronicles to completion already… what are you waiting for?! One of the best RPGs, even games, of all time awaits.