This is the project that basically started my YouTube channel – cutscenes and various other videos of the 2010 Wii game “Xenoblade Chronicles” developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo. Because I had virtually no experience with video recording and editing, it has its issues though, most notebly the rather uneven frame pacing. While I was determined to show off all different pieces of equipment, I didn’t do any advance planning and chose the outfits more or less haphazardly.
Discovery / Exploration of the Beta Map (Bionis’ Left Shoulder)
This is the first Xenoblade video I made – although not the first one I released, as I published it along with my first batch of Xenoblade cutscene videos, when my channel had basically no content yet. In this video, I show off almost the entirety of the unused beta map (Bionis’ Left Shoulder) which was left in the game and would eventually be used in Future Connected.
It originally featured a script with various notes on the environments I made and which was supposed to be displayed using a long-defunct annotation system on YouTube. When YouTube disabled that system, that script was lost, unfortunately.
If I am not completely mistaken, this is the first video ever released of the exploration of the beta map.
Title Screen / Attract Mode
Individual Cutscenes and Dialogues
Note: The recording method I had to use for the proper cutscenes (the ones without a letter in their number) was unsuitable for the dialogue scenes (the ones with a letter). So I had to skip the latter at the time I recoded the former (i.e. early 2012). After emulation and recording technology evolved sufficiently, I was able to record the missing dialogue scenes more than a year later. In order to speed of the entire process of playing through the game again, I used a New Game+ file and all characters wore the same (end-game) equipment throughout the playthrough, which doesn’t match the cutscenes before and after the dialogue scenes. I especially regret that this includes the Monado III, which is very out of place in these scenes.
The first part of the original Xenoblade Chronicles playlist covers the part from the beginning of the game until the end of Valak Mountain.
The second part of the original Xenoblade Chronicles playlist covers the part from the arrival at Sword Valley until the end of the game.