So 8-4 talks about the reaction to some of the changes in the NA release a bit in their new podcast(begins at 1:02:20). They basically just say that not only with this game, but with all games involving localization, that so many people are involved with changes to releases in different regions(in this case from Nintendo, Monolift Soft, Treehouse etc.) that even the people at 8-4 don't know whose decision it was to make which changes or the reason(s) for changing them. They also say that they talked to the creators on a regular basis and they go over any changes they might make and everything is very carefully done so that all parties are ok with changes that they make, they're not just going ahead and changing things on their own all willy-nilly. You should listen to them talk about it though, that section should give some fans some insight on how this stuff works and we probably don't know as much as we think we do when we disagree with changes that are made.
Also sad that the OST got changed because the music wasn't "interesting" enough for the western audiences.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. I heard the rumor about the religious stuff being toned down, but where did you hear about the music being changed? All this other shit Nintendo is doing really disappoints me, but if they took out or changed Sawano's music, I'm fucking out.
Apparently, the Japanese audio track is not in the game. Sigh, god dammit, Nintendo.
So I felt the same way at first, but there's 14 different voices to choose from for you main character. 14! In a game this big that's a fuck ton of dialogue, so putting in other languages probably isn't worth the extra space, especially since this game is already over 22GB to get digitally. Also I think the Japanese version had 20 voice options, which is still crazy to me 'cause I thought it was nuts for a game like Saints Row to have 7. I'm just psyched that I can choose the voice actor of Shulk or Fiora as my main character, the english accents aren't completely gone after all!
Here's a video with samples of all the voice options, they even have the voice actor's names included which is rad to see that in a game(8-4 pushed for that). The "Classic" options are the voice actors who did Shulk & Fiora.
So yeah I'm excited about playing most of the big games that came out this year, but I can wait to play them. I wanted to play X immediately, it was basically half the reason I got a Wii U a year ago(along with Bayonetta 2). I've also been trying to finish Xenoblade Chronicles, I'm near the end at about 150 hours over the course of the last 3 years, it's been quite a journey.