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Voice Acting Thread

Discussion in 'Other Video Game Discussion' started by The Admiral, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. The Admiral

    The Admiral solid state survivor

    Basically kind of similar to a lot of other threads here. Here is -- you guessed it -- a thread to discuss voice-acting in video games. Your favorites, your least favorites, the most bizarre you've ever heard... you get it.

    Posting links is definitely encouraged. Explanations are probably a good idea.

    Personal favorite in terms of questionable-ness of the voice acting goes to Heavy Rain, which is a French game. It's supposed to take place in America (specifically Philadelphia, if I recall). Characters who are not known to be immigrants have very clearly non-American accents and there aren't even attempts made. Here's an example. It's a great game and all, but it's just... really questionably voiced.
     
  2. Rezzo

    Rezzo Donkey Kong is here

    The Good:

    -The 3D GTA line - IV might have suffered from "I'm really an American putting on a foreign accent" syndrome, but compared to most games that have tried this, it worked much better.
    -Metal Gear Solid, because, you know. It's like an interactive film.
    -And Crash Twinsanity, come to think of it. Then again, maybe it was just brilliantly written. Ah who cares? It's a hilarious game.

    The Bad:

    -Almost every Japanese game that I have played or seen. I HATE dubs. Posting this instead because I don't want to hear Vanille from FFXIII ever again in my life.
    -Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex was pretty appalling as well. You can argue all you like that it was aimed at children, but you haven't played - and therefore - haven't had the chance to compare it to Twinsanity if you think this.

    The Questionable

    Commander Shepard's voice actor is a massive standout to me. Coming from a game which had amazing voice acting if not the best, it's at least slightly ruined by a lot of the deliveries the main character gives, e.g., the Suicide Mission speech in Mass Effect 2 is a good example.

    Every Bethesdea game that has voice acting. It's understandable that the games in the Fallout series and the Elder Scrolls series have a heck of a lot of characters, and employing a different voice actor for every one of those would be tedious, but that doesn't excuse the horrible delivery of a good portion of the lines. But on the other hand, Liam Neeson was decent, and Mr House pretty much became one of my favourite video game characters ever just because of the delivery of his lines.
     
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  3. ParaChomp

    ParaChomp be your own guru

    Going from Transformers Prime to Fall of Cybertron made me sad.
     
  4. Zibdas

    Zibdas not bad

    Depends on the game. Some, like Alan Wake, Sequence, or Portal, had amazing voice actors that really amde the game so much better. Others, I like for the little unintelligible grunts and squeals, such as with Rock of Ages.

    Also Crahs Bandicoot has terribly VA.
     
  5. The Admiral

    The Admiral solid state survivor

    I enjoy a good try, though.

    Speaking of sandboxes, I pretty much adore Zimos' voice (warning for a LOT of NSFW language) in Saints Row: The Third, but that's more because of the whole character concept and I'm fairly sure a lot of voice actors could have done it.

    Which leads me to

    I'm pretty sure any voice actor could have done what Ellen McLain did, at the very least, and fairly simply. Speak monotone, apply post-processing to taste.
     
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  6. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris What a pain to relax...

    Pretty much tired of hearing either JYB or Laura Bailey pop up from somewhere in the games I bought. Those two are EVERYWHERE.
     
  7. ParaChomp

    ParaChomp be your own guru

    Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World?

    Speaking of which, they brought back Yuri Lowenthal for the newest Professor Layton title. They already used him once in the Unwound Future!
     
  8. Recon

    Recon 11001101011101010100

    Is that a problem?

    I agree, those two are everywhere.
     
  9. ParaChomp

    ParaChomp be your own guru

    Not really, just annoyed me a tad at first. Same can be applied to my view on Bosch and Bailey.
     
  10. KrayzieBuddha

    KrayzieBuddha 英雄豪傑

    In animes yes but in games probably Laura Bailey i hear the most ingame. But I'll never get tired of Steve Blum's voice.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  11. PrismaticPrincessAnna

    PrismaticPrincessAnna I'll do my Lilliest

    Voice Acting? Never played any of those, except PKMN W2 :p The Gym Leader music were Lyrawesome XD

    In Drawn To life, yes the mayor's singing voice was great on Part 2, nya~
     
  12. Heavy Rain has some fantastic glitches, especially when it makes the rest of the cast pretty much useless.

    In terms of actual quality, I love the voice acting in the Metal Gear series, for the most part. They don't all just sound like the same person straining to do different voices, and really get you into the characters themselves. MGS4 gave me all kinds of feels with this.

    In terms of cheesiness, my favorite terrible voice acting has to be in STALKER: SoC. It's just so laughably bad that I can't help but love those crazy Russian accents.
     
  13. blaze boy

    blaze boy Aka SamuraiDon

    The Sonic series had some pretty bad voice acting until Sega replaced them all prior to Sonic Colours.
     
  14. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris What a pain to relax...

    Only Tails sounds very good (and possibly Cream). Everybody else sounds obnoxious.

    In case you don't believe me, they totally ruined Jet's voice. He sounds like a child!
     
  15. Recon

    Recon 11001101011101010100

    I liked the voices before 06/anime happened.

    The new ones are gonna take some getting used to personally speaking. Least they kept Eggman/Robotnik's voice, one of the few that was good from that generation.

    Shadow's voice is alright, and at least Rouge doesn't sound like an old woman. Jet on the other hand got the short end of the stick wen it came to VA's, that much I can agree.
     
  16. Rezzo

    Rezzo Donkey Kong is here

  17. Flame Mistress

    Flame Mistress Well-Known Member

    No wonder some of the characters sounded great (like Randall).

    Isn't voice acting pretty common in video games nowadays?
     
  18. BritishLanguage

    BritishLanguage I enjoy earth day

  19. PrismaticPrincessAnna

    PrismaticPrincessAnna I'll do my Lilliest

    I dunno coz I only heard it on 2 games, but I think it is. They should do that in PKMN now since they have the whole 'mouth moving' in BW/BW2, nya~
     
  20. Rezzo

    Rezzo Donkey Kong is here

    Pokémon doesn't need voice acting. In fact it would probably ruin it, especially for us non-Japanese players. I can almost guarantee that.
     

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