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1. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:24 GMT
We always hear (rightfully so) about the really, really, really bad voice acting that affects some video games, but there are a few exceptions out there.
And I don't mean competent voice acting...I mean voice acting that is uncommonly powerful, or otherwise remarkable. Acting that isn't just "good for a video game," but worthy of merit and distinction on its own.
I'm curious what forum-goers here consider great voice acting in video games. (Remember, not "good" or "decent," but legitimately great.) And, hey, if you really don't believe there is any, then feel free to say that, too.
Three examples from me:
Ahem. So...what are yours?
Edited on Mon 7th March, 2011 @ 01:50 by Philip_J_Reed
2. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:32 GMT
Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man in Mass Effect 2: Quite simply put, some of the best voice acting I've ever heard in a video-game. He conveys the Illusive Man's enigmatic personae perfectly, his tones neither sounding ominous nor welcoming.
Troy Baker as Snow in Final Fantasy XIII: Alright, so the character wasn't the best. Some of the lines were a little cheesy ("We're heroes!" But Troy Baker gives a brilliant performance, putting all his heart and energy into the character and turning what would be a fairly droll, insufferable character into one of my favourites of all time. If that's not good voice acting then I don't know what is.
Steve Downes as the Master Chief in Halo: No widely varying tones, or immense range of emotional capacity here. Simply put, just one of the coolest voices of all time... ever.
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3. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:33 GMT
As far as I'm concerned, the Monkey Island games take the cake with voice acting.
Guybrush Threepwood is possibly the most wonderfully voiced character ever. The way he delivers his lines is always fantastic.
Murray the Demonic Skull and Stan (only from Curse of Monkey Island) and also fantastic, and who can forget the Barbershop quartet lol.
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4. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:36 GMT
As far as I'm concerned, the Monkey Island games take the cake with voice acting.Guybrush Threepwood is possibly the most wonderfully voiced character ever. The way he delivers his lines is always fantastic.Murray the Demonic Skull and Stan (only from Curse of Monkey Island) and also fantastic, and who can forget the Barbershop quartet lol.
Yeah, Guybrush and Murray are both handled really well. Monkey Island is another example of being so familiar with the characters before hearing them speak that the actors really were fighting an uphill battle. With Monkey Island, though, they did a truly excellent job.
5. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:42 GMT
I really love Robin Atkin Downes' voice work for Travis Touchdown. Pretty much nails every nerdy, cool, angry, hilarious part about Travis and helps make what I find to be one of the strongest character personalities of this gen.
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6. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:53 GMT
Malcolm McDowell voicing Jorhan Stahl in Killzone 3. Amazing performance bringing this character to life, and really is a huge boost that the series needed in the way of storytelling.
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7. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 02:04 GMT
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The voices and sounds of all the characters are perfect.
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8. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 02:04 GMT
Nolan North is unbelievably great as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series. In fact, just about every actor in that series is fantastic. They bring a sort of humanity and relatability to their characters that's almost entirely uncommon in gaming or otherwise. The acting in the Uncharted series is as least as good as anything you'll find in Hollywood these days, if not better.
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9. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 02:23 GMT
All of Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes. Such good voice-acting from that game.
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10. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:00 GMT
There's a voice actor who sticks to video games that I think has a really good voice. He voiced the floating, talking book in Nier, and was also War in Darksiders.
He has this kind of Alan Rickman voice that is clear, well pronounced, and quite dramatic. However, he then went and voiced Tokugawa in Sengoku Busara, which was completely misplaced and sounded weird and proved he was not infalable.
Wikipedia tells me his name is Liam O'Brien, and he has done a tonne of anime and games (his game credits:)
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11. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:06 GMT
Nice, I've been meaning to play that one. I just finished my entire play through of the Metal Gear Solid series yesterday by beating MGS4. I must say I was impressed at most of the voice work in the game. David Hayder really perfected Snake in that one, giving him a more vulnerable quality that, I think, made it much more effective.
12. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:08 GMT
All the voicework in Team Fortress 2 is hilariously good.[youtube:nnuYi-nzE90]
13. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:09 GMT
I totally agree with Liam O'Brian, Darksiders has outstanding voice acting, but Nolan North is the champ imo, in fact the first Uncharted would have been a little boring without his timely and well-executed quips. The guy who plays Solid Snake is amazing. And finally he who plays Golom from LOTR is pretty good in Enslaved, nothing too special though, Anthony Seikis or something like that I think. He was also in Broken Sword.
14. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:13 GMT
Agree, was gonna say that, It's cool how they recorded the lines while doing the motion capture
He also voiced 'additional voices' in FFXIII (though it seems a lot of people do who I like) and Sigmund in R&C: CiT.
speacking of R&C (and additional voices in FFXIII for that matter), the guy who voices Quark. He's amazing at that D:
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15. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:23 GMT
Simon Templeman. If you don't know him, here's a list of games he's done work for.
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16. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:32 GMT
The entire cast of Nier and Enslaved had me captivated. I could listen to the characters of both games just talk for hours.
David Hayter as Snake in Metal Gear Solid is also brilliant. He like embodies the spirit of the series, you can tell he loves Snake and his story.
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17. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:33 GMT
Alyx from Half Life 2 comes to mind. Well written, very well acted and one of the most memorable side kicks in recent memory.
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18. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 03:53 GMT
No love for Metal Gear Solid? It's, like, the only PSOne game that didn't have terrible voice acting as far as I know.
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19. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 04:13 GMT
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Yeah, the Half-Life 2 acting is pretty phenomenal top to bottom. Most surprising to me is that the same guys who voiced the cloned background characters in HL 1 (the characters who later became Kleiner and Barney) show up again, and really do some unexpectedly fantastic work. I never would have guessed they had it in them.
Also, I almost added him to my original post, but I didn't want two Half-Life 2 characters there, lest anyone think I'm playing favorites...but to heck with it: the guy who plays Father Grigori is a-friggin-mazing.
20. Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2011 04:39 GMT
John Marsten from Red Dead Redemption has an excellent voice.
Oh my! Father Griggori was amazing! I loved him, but at the same time was so creeped out by him; I couldn`t figure out if being alone in that God forsaken place was better.
Edited on Mon 7th March, 2011 @ 04:40 by Ravage
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