By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 11, 2009
Remember the first video games featuring voice over?
Do you recall the quality of the voice acting?
Suffice to say audio, specifically the voice acting aspect, has come a long way in gaming since the early 1980s.
Hear what professional voice actors have to say about this blessed phenomenon here at VOX Daily!
Hit and Miss
The lineage of voice acting in video games goes back nearly three decades.
Whether a video games' voice acting boasts of the stuff legends are made of (or conversely, if it stinks to high heaven), depends greatly on the resources dedicated to audio and the emphasis placed on casting professional voice over talent.
Recently, I polled a number of voice talent and gamers to see what their favorite and least favorite video games for voice acting were. The results are quite interesting!
Take a look.
Voice Actor Picks
"Stephanie, I'm going to go with Metal Gear Solid for the best and Desert Storm for the worst :) Well cast and well acted characters are vital in games that feature voice acting. It enriches the experience to no end. It further immerses the gamer in world in which they are playing and gives more depth to the interactive side of the game."
"I've found that VO in video games is very structured time wise.With every game character I've voiced-- even tho' emotion and depth are needed--they have to be conveyed within a certain frame to match the action of the game and characters. Favorite VO game--anything with a 'Madden' on it. Least fave--Pac-Man."
"My personal favourites would have to be the Metal Gear Solid games, the voice actors take everything off the page but turn it in to something of their own. Also MGS contains classic voice actors such as Jennifer Hale, Paul Eiding, Cam Clarke, Debi Mae West, Heather Halley etc, the list could go on. My least favourite would have to be Resident Evil 1, unfortunately most of the dialogue sounded very flat and most scenes that were supposed to come across as serious were slightly stepped on by the way the Voice actors were talking. I'm afraid I may be a little too critical but voice acting in all the other incarnations of the Resident Evil series have been excellent. So 11 years on from Re 1 and I'd say Voice over in video games is taken a lot more seriously."
-- Philip McCabe
"Best VO game: Gears of War 2 (though most big-budget games these days have stellar casts). Least favorite VO game: Chaos Wars"
-- Avi Melman
"The Half life anthology is a good series with an amazing cast. Lots of backstory and you actually care about some of the characters. Least favorite F.E.A.R. Good game not much as far as Characters go. The Cast is legnthy but you don't really know the characters."
-- Carl Von Wolzogen
"Fave games for voice acting are "X2: The Threat" and "X3: Reunion" both by Egosoft. Not really got a least fave."
-- Mark Steele
@Miss_Bellatrix Best vid game is Gears of War! The voice acting was one of the things I loved about playing that game! The characters really came to life that way.
What Are Your Favourite Video Games Where Voice Acting is Concerned?
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