Shwmae, croeso, ac iechyd da. No, it wasn’t a keyboard stroke – it was Welsh. The language of the land of my fathers, and usually spoken with, yes, you guessed it, a Welsh accent. Wales is a country renowned for its rolling hills, male choirs, poetry and confusing road signs.
What he’s not known for, in particular, is his portrayal in video games. Sure, you can shape the country in Crusader Kings 3 and create an empire of Welsh speakers, but you won’t often hear the rhythmic, melodic accents of the valleys when you boot up the next AAA game. That’s not to say the game is entirely Welsh-free, though; we have five here – and one of them is actually from Wales. How exciting.
5 Nia (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
It’s physically impossible not to crack the widest smile when you hear that “MOOOOOORNEN'” after resting. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 made the brave, if not crucial, choice to give all Gormotti thick Welsh accents. It’s not to be missed, really – the early hours of the game will bombard you with lyrical, singsong tones reminiscent of the valleys of Wales.
Nia is a standout example, however. I can’t think of many main characters in video games who have accents as thick as his. In a world where LA voice actors give everyone perfect American accents, Xenoblade Chronicles consistently proves to be a breath of fresh air.
4 Sabina (Fable 3)
You might be surprised to learn that this character is played by Sir Ben Kingsley. No one can guess what made her put on such a brilliant accent, but it certainly works for Sabine. He is the king of the Dwellers, a people who live on the edge of Albion, and he hates the tyrant Logan with all his might.
The similarities between the historical rivalry between the Kingdom of Wales and the
Tyranny Kingdom of England and the animosity between Sabine and Logan cannot be denied, and he certainly makes an impression as your first true ally with any power. Fable 3 was a great game anyway, but I think this addition student that, just a little.
3 Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag)
You might have to give this one a listen, as it’s a little weak, but yes – Edward Kenway, the cutting edge pirate assassin in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, is a Welshman. There are other Welsh accents to pick up over the course of this game, and that makes perfect sense – at the time Wales had a lot of exports, sailors being one of them . And what happened to many sailors at that time? Piracy.
Edward being a Welshman also makes sense from a practical point of view. It’s obvious that his prodigious talent for fistfighting was born and nurtured on the streets of Swansea, probably on a Friday night after a few too many beers. Times are changing, but not that much.
2 Drippy (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch)
It’s blindingly obvious whoever located this game was a master of both Welsh accent and dialect. Drippy acts as a mentor and guide through the fairy tale world of Ni No Kuni and he does so with plenty of ‘muns’, ‘shooers’ and ‘flipping noras’.
In fact, one of the absolute highlights of this game is reaching Drippy’s house – Fairyground. You soon realize that, just like in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Welsh accent has been handed out to an entire race. Every fairy in the game speaks with a Welsh accent lovingly infused with their dialogue – even the unspoken dialogue!
1 Nancy Jones (Planet Zoo)
Alright, I guess this one is overkill. Turns out there really isn’t this many Welsh-accented video game characters in the game world.
Nancy stood out for me, however, as one of the guides through Planet Zoo’s complete tutorial levels. As always, it’s refreshing to hear an accent you don’t often hear in a context so often given the stuffy accents of RP and LA.
Nancy is a big presence in Career Mode – she’s a joke joking around with Bernard Goodwin and she obviously knows her stuff – which is good, given that the closest thing Wales has to a zoo is a place called Folly Farm, which is exactly as exciting as it sounds.
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