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Normandy FM

Normandy FM

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Eric Van Allen and Kenneth Shepard come together for a multi-part video game retrospective podcast. Normandy FM does episodic analysis of video games, starting with Bioware's Mass Effect series, going on to discuss other genres and studios. Tune in to the discussion and join in by playing along with us! Mass Effect | 51 Eps. Dragon Age | 47 Eps. Jade Empire | 5 Eps. The Last of Us | 16 Eps. Final Fantasy X | 23 Eps. Cyberpunk 2077 | 15 Eps. Nier | Ongoing Twitter: Normandy FM: @normandyfmsho ...
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Friends in Normandy

FRENCH IN NORMANDY

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Bonjour les amis, et bienvenue en Normandie ! Si vous voulez apprendre le français à travers une belle région mondialement connue : vous êtes au bon endroit ! Vous êtes dans l’émission Friends in Normandy, le podcast qui vous parle d’anecdotes historiques, de gastronomie locale et d’architecture depuis la capitale normande de Rouen ! L'école de langue française primée French in Normandy est fière de lancer une série de podcasts qui vous feront découvrir la magnifique ville de Rouen. Chaque é ...
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We've reached the ending. Well, one of them. This episode we're talking about Nier Replicant's ending A. Ken finally gets some answers on questions he's been asking all season, but Eric assures him there will be more questions to ask in the future.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy …
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First time, long time friend of the show Jesse Vitelli joins Normandy FM as we collect the final pieces of the key to the Shadowlord's castle in Nier Replicant. This episode we head back to the Aerie and do a war crime, then we head back to Facade to wrap things up there.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow…
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Nier is still in its Zelda era as we continue revisiting different areas of Replicant's big world. This episode we head back to Facade, the Junk Heap, and the Forest of Myth as we explore Nier's revenge-driven obsession, the humanity of the shades, and celebrate Emil as Normandy FM's latest gay icon.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http:/…
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They didn't ban us last time, so we did Video Game Tinder at PAX East 2024. With the help of returning guests Kate Sánchez and Jenny Windom, as well as newcomers Anya Combs and Ben Starr, we swiped right and left on some of your favorite video game characters. Since the panel has a visual element, we've included a link to a Google Slide doc of the …
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Now that we've reassembled our party, it's time to get back to trying to save Yonah. This episode we start our grand re-introduction tour as we search for missing pieces of a device that may help us reach the Shadowlord's lair. But we'll also be revisiting some old friends, learning stuff about the team, and dealing with some of the new stuff added…
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Time has skipped and Nier is older, somehow. Michael Higham returns to join us as we learn the truth about Emil's power, discuss body horror, and Nier Replicant's pacing. Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: @seamoosiKen: @shepardcdrMichael: @michaelphigham…
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Happy Holidays, folks. We wanted to give you all a surprise gift before we take off to our respective corners: a Baldur's Gate 3 spoilercast.Ash Parrish returns alongside Normandy FM newcomer James Whitbrook to talk about Larian's D&D epic, and we barely got to scratch the surface of everything we wanted to talk about.Enjoy the show!Become a Norman…
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Isaiah Colbert, The Otaku without Borders joins us as we talk about Nier Replicant's time skip and just douse the episode in anime references.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: @seamoosiKen: @shepardcdrIsaiah: @ShinEyeZehUhh…
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Hey, sorry we were a little late with this. We are here to talk about the N7 Day reveals, from the teaser trailer, the transcripts, the art, and also the state of BioWare as it deals with layoffs, pickets, and lawsuits.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: @sea…
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It's time to meet "the best boy." This episode Tatum joins us to head to Emil's manor, where we find a spooky subplot and a lengthy Resident Evil homage. We also talk about the merits of Brother Nier and Dad Nier and wonder if the distinction really matters if both of them are 1000+ years old.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreo…
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Our journey to curing Yonah continues as we head to the Forest of Myth. This week we talk about Nier Replicant's different approaches to shaking up the hacking and slashing, and how it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: …
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Hello. We're back in Night City for an episode because Cyberpunk 2077 got an expansion. Michael Higham joins us to talk about Phantom Liberty, the 2.0 update, and that new ending in a jam-packed episode. We assess the state of Cyberpunk 2077 and what a "redemption arc" in the era of live-service games even means.This episode has full spoilers for P…
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This episode we're headed to Facade and get to talk about the cultures that sprout up in Nier Replicant's version of the post-apocalypse.Also in this show, we talk about episode rollout for the Nier season, and try our best not doomsay about BioWare in a mini BioBit.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us o…
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In our second episode we take a look at some of the towns throughout Nier Replicant, talk about the core mechanics, and meet Kaine.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: @seamoosiKenneth: @shepardcdrNormandy FM
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Hey. We're back! Sorry it took so long. This season we're diving into the Nier series, starting with Nier Replicant, the remaster of the original game. In this first episode we talk through the series' Drakengard backstory, our history with the series, and play through the first section of the story of Nier and Yonah.Enjoy the show!Become a Normand…
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Hey folks! It's been a minute.At this year's PAX East we had a fun panel with returning guest Janet Garcia and newcomers Carli Velocci and Jarrett Green. Eric made Tinder profiles for a handful of video game characters and the panel decided whether or not they'd swipe right or left on your faves. We've included a Google Presentation link of the sli…
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And so V and Johnny Silverhand's story comes to an end.In our Cyberpunk 2077 finale, we talk about all the games' endings and why we picked the ones we did in the end of our respective playthroughs. We touch on the inner politics of Arasaka, finding a new family in the Aldecaldos, and what it means to stay in Night City after everything V has been …
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Hey everyone. We wanted to take a moment ahead of the Cyberpunk 2077 finale to set some expectations, as the show will have to go on a brief hiatus ahead of the Nier season. Some life stuff has come up and we're not going to be able to pick up right after Cyberpunk as we planned, so we wanted to take a quick second to put this announcement on the p…
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Before we head into the finale, we've got some odds and ends to clean up. Collin MacGregor and Sam Greer join us to talk through some of Cyberpunk 2077's Act 3 side quests, and we work through our feelings on the uneven segment of the game, and hypothesize why it ran out of steam at the very end. Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://pa…
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After patiently waiting for a dozen episodes, it's time for Ken's V to find love. This episode is all about Kerry Eurodyne, his feelings about the life he's made, how Johnny's return has thrown a wrench into it, and how Ken's V can fix him.Enjoy the show!Send questions for our upcoming Q&A to normandyfm@gmail.comBecome a Normandy FM patron:http://p…
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It's finally time to talk about the man in our head. It's the Johnny Silverhand episode.Tim Rogers joins us as we talk through Johnny Silverhand's relationship to those in life and in death, discuss how Cyberpunk 2077 handles V's autonomy as Johnny starts to take control, and finally meet Ken's boyfriend: Kerry Eurodyne.Enjoy the show!Send question…
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IGN's Matt Kim joins us to talk about Goro Takemura and how he helps us set up Cyberpunk 2077's final decision, but doesn't do much else.In this episode we talk about how Goro embodies Asian stereotypes often perpetuated in the Cyberpunk genre, and how he offers one of the game's best conversations about class issues, but does nothing with it.Enjoy…
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It's a big episode this week as we're joined by IGN's Alan Torres and TheGamer's Andrew King to talk about the standout side quests of Cyberpunk 2077's second act.Alan joins us to talk through the drawbacks of interfering with the Nomad's business, and talking through how Cyberpunk handles grief and ceremony around Jackie's death.Andrew returns as …
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Riley MacLeod returns to help us talk about Cyberpunk 2077's cop turned private investigator River Ward.This episode we talk about Cyberpunk's take on the detective game, the game's vision of cops and law enforcement, as well as the window River's story has into a domestic quiet life for a V who chooses to romance him. Or the life the game insists …
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It's time for our Panam episode where we talk about everyone's favorite Nomad and the contrast in how Cyberpunk 2077 handles her story.Julie Muncy joins us as we help Panam deal with discord within her clan, and touch on some of Cyberpunk 2077's romance systems, portrayal of the Nomad culture, and how it sells that home is not a place, but a people…
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It's time for a special episode as Kate Sánchez and Fūnk-é Joseph return for a Cyberpunk: Edgerunners spoilercast. We're taking a break from the video game to talk about Netflix's anime set in Night City, and how we think it surpasses Cyberpunk 2077's depiction of life as a merc under Arasaka's thumb.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http:…
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This week we're heading out of Night City lines to try and find more answers about the Relic, but we'll also be taking a quick detour on the way to our destination.Continue Podcast's David Roberts joins us as we head into the Badlands to find Hellman, but not without the help of Panam Palmer, a Nomad working in Night City. We also take some time to…
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Natalie Flores makes her grand return to the show to talk all about Judy for the first of our four companion shows. This episode is about our favorite braindance expert as she attempts to make real change for the sex workers of Night City, and our panel tries to reckon with Judy's hope in the face of Cyberpunk 2077's unending cynicism.Enjoy the sho…
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Bonjour les amis, et bienvenue en Normandie ! Si vous voulez apprendre le français à travers une belle région mondialement connue : vous êtes au bon endroit ! Bienvenue dans l’émission Friends in Normandy, le podcast qui vous parle d’anecdotes historiques, de gastronomie locale et d’architecture depuis la belle capitale normande de Rouen ! Pour le …
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As we search for more solutions to our relic problem, An Eloquent Attempt at Ire joins us as we head to Pacifica to talk to the Voodoo Boys.This episode of our Cyberpunk 2077 retrospective spotlights one of the gangs of Night City, as well as touches on how trustworthy Johnny's worldview is when he might be an unreliable narrator. Then we delve int…
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As we search for a solution to having Keanu Reeves in our head, Diego Argüello and Alma Roda-Gil join us as we go looking for Evelyn Parker.This Cyberpunk 2077 episode takes us to the seedier sides of Night City and engages in the city's views on sex workers, protecting them, and what they need protection from. It's a heavy one.Enjoy the show!Becom…
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Bonjour et bienvenue à toutes et tous dans ce nouvel épisode de Friends in Normandy. Après avoir visité plusieurs monuments historiques de la ville de Rouen, intéressons-nous à une personne à la fois incontournable dans l’histoire de France, mais aussi une personnalité marquante de l’histoire de Rouen : la très connue Jeanne d’Arc. Je suis Eleri Ma…
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After we did all that prep work last episode, it's time to finally begin the heist. John Warren returns alongside newcomer Carolyn Petit to talk about how The Heist embodies Cyberpunk 2077's potential before large swaths of the game squander it. We also get sidetracked talking about V as a protagonist, the underlying humanity of the cyberpunk genre…
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Before we go off to the heist, we've got to meet who we're working for. This episode, Ken and Eric travel through Night City to meet Evelyn Parker and the Maelstrom so we're best equipped to steal from Arasaka royalty. We also talk about general feelings on Cyberpunk 2077's open world, our host's approach to roleplaying V, and why this game works f…
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It's time for a new era of Normandy FM, as we leave Spira and head into Night City. It's time for Cyberpunk 2077. After our hosts talk about all the baggage and fallout surrounding the game's launch, Ken and Eric talk about the game's three life paths, how they come together, and how they frame both their versions of V going into the main game. Enj…
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Comme tu le sais l’école French In Normandy est située dans le quartier du Jardin des Plantes à Rouen, qui est le poumon vert de la ville. Ce n’est donc pas un bâtiment que nous allons aborder dans cet épisode mais un jardin ! Et c’est également la raison de la venue de notre invité, car si je ne me trompe pas ce jardin se trouve sur le chemin de C…
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It's been a hot minute since we had a BioBit, and even longer since it was about Dragon Age. In this episode of our BioWare news show, we talk about the Dragon Age: Dreadwolf title reveal, as well as our feelings about the Dragon Age: Absolution anime coming to Netflix. Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow …
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So...Final Fantasy X and X-2 have an extended universe because Square-Enix doesn't know how to let a good thing go. For our final episode of our Final Fantasy X season, we talk about all the bullshit Square put out in its efforts to expand upon the world of Spira. And only one of the three we're talking about are any good. But we have to contend wi…
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If you weren't able to make it to Boston for PAX East 2022, we've got the audio recording of our Normandy FM x Fanbyte x Axe of the Blood God crossover panel: Defend Your Problematic Fave. This panel was a collaboration between us and our coworkers Niki Grayson of Fanbyte and Nadia Oxford of Axe of the Blood God, where we talked about our favorite …
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It's time to say goodbye to Spira. Well, we would like to, but we've still got that extended universe garbage to deal with after this. But we are finally finished with the two main games of our Final Fantasy X season, as we're wrapping up Final Fantasy X-2.We check in on some of the late-game content, talk about how X-2 gates exposition behind its …
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Shuyin threatens Spira with destruction, but we first need to make sure things are in order for after the fight. This episode we're wrapping up most of the Chapter 5's side stories. From Wakka and Lulu's baby, Kimahri's status as a Ronso elder, and we get to the bottom of how Maechen knows so much about Spira's past.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy…
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Aujourd'hui, on se donne rendez-vous sur l’incontournable Place du Vieux Marché de Rouen. Ensemble, nous allons la parcourir pour découvrir ce qui on y trouve, son histoire et même les événements qui s’y déroulent ponctuellement. Nous allons essayer de tout passer en revue ! Et pour finir en beauté, nous aurons en fin d’émission la présentation d’u…
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Jenny Windom is back to help us talk through Final Fantasy X-2's fourth chapter. It's the shortest in the game, but one of its most memorable.Yuna wants to help bring the warring factions of Spira together, and what better way to do that than with a concert in the Thunder Plains? This episode we talk about the significance of music in Final Fantasy…
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This episode we finally come face to face with the man Yuna's been searching for. But it's not who she wanted to see.We round out Chapter 3 fighting dark aeons, solidifying our dresspheres, and finally meeting the man in the sphere that started our journey.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:…
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Spira is in a state of disarray as fiends are pouring out of the temples...but we have some time to check in elsewhere.This episode we talk Sphere Break, new dresspheres, and ask if Kimahri's role in this game is as bad as Lulu's.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmsho…
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Jessica Howard returns as we sneak into Leblanc's domain and then head to the depths of Bevelle. We're not prepared for the reveals in either.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:Normandy FM: @normandyfmshowEric: @seamoosiKenneth: @shepardcdrJessica: @awildjessichu…
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We got the Awesome Sphere...now what are we gonna do with it?Nina Freeman joins us to discuss the centrist politics of Final Fantasy X-2, stealing uniforms to set up a heist, and how the game's portrayal of more overt sexuality is actually great worldbuilding.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitt…
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Hana Kim joins us as we check in with all the Hotspots of Final Fantasy X-2's first chapter. Wakka and Lulu are navigating parenthood, the Youth League and New Yevon are fighting, and Cid turned Zanarkand into a goddamn theme park. There's a lot to unpack.Enjoy the show!Become a Normandy FM patron:http://patreon.com/normandyfmFollow us on Twitter:N…
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Aujourd’hui nous allons vous parler de l’emblématique Palais de Justice de Rouen. Puis nous aborderons la vie de Pierre Corneille, ce dramaturge français qui est une des figures emblématiques de Rouen. Nous finirons en beauté avec la présentation d’une spécialité culinaire de la région : les aguignettes ! Et si vous ne savez pas ce dont il s’agit j…
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This episode we're finally being let loose in the world of Spira, and that means Kenneth and Eric have to confront all the ways it's different than before.Our Final Fantasy X-2 retrospective continues with an episode all about the side quests in the game's first chapter. We talk the Youth League, New Yevon, the fate of the Guado, and somehow, Disne…
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