The Ardainian Soldier enemies in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had some weird battle cries in the English voice over. These bloodlusty, passionate shrieks tickled the hilarity bones of many players. The latest patch has bashfully edited these clips into more reasonable exclamations. Hear it for yourself in this brief video.
In the version 1.0 English release, the soldiers yelled, "Think you can take me?" and "Don't forget me!" Their helmets muffled their voices. They screamed as though their thighs were fork-impaled. They sounded mad, and they sounded weird about being mad. They sounded like absolute freaks when you were fighting more than two of them at a time. Above the heart-pumping battle theme music, six men repeatedly synchronised screams to "Think you can take me don't forget me don't forget think you can take me you're done!"
The 1.2 patch wholly replaces "Think you can take me?" with "Take this!" Well, that's banal.
They have also clipped the "Me" off of "Don't forget me!" So now they're just saying "Don't forget." Don't forget what? The "Don't forget!" voice sample is clearly the original "Don't forget me!" voice sample with the "me" clipped off. Those wily localisers thought I wouldn't notice. Well, they can't trick me - not after how many thousands of times those soldiers told me not to forget them.
When a soldier says "Take this! Don't forget!" in close enough succession while pointing his gun at you, it seriously sounds like he's telling you to take his gun, because he's worried you'll need it.
In the video, I also show you the Japanese voices, and try to give you a literal translation of what the soldiers are yelling.
Personally, I'm half-devastated that they removed these voices from the game. They were so funny. The magnitude of their hilarity might have been such that it offset every single one of the bad things Jason Schreier picked apart in his review.
Then again, I played the game with the Japanese voices on.
I made my own videos about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 using an advance copy, so I wasn't able to enjoy the Japanese voices until the game's official release and day-one patch. So after capturing footage for my videos, I muted the battle voices. What I'm getting at is, today, while capturing footage for this video, was the first time I heard Tora's battle voices. Wow, man. Just - wow.
And hey! Watch my videos! I didn't dislike the game at all.
I played the first 10 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 twice. I made a long video describing the minute details of how the experience made me feel.
I played a lot Xenoblade Chronicles 2 before its release. I had to wait until after its release to download the Japanese voiceover DLC. Using the in-game cutscene viewer, I rewatched every cutscene I'd seen so far in the game, in Japanese this time. I made a video cataloguing some of the little differences I noticed in the first two chapters.