Weekend Hot Topic: Best acting in a video game

The Last Of Us – Performances worthy of an Oscar? (photo: Sony)

Readers discuss some of the best performances ever in video games, including Block effect and Far Cry 3.

The topic for this week’s Hot Topics was suggested by reader Straybe, who asked how you think video game acting compares to film and TV and which one do you think is best.

Naughty Dog’s work on The Last Of Us and Uncharted is one of the most popular suggestions, but there are also numerous references to Mass Effect and… Night Trap?

For me, the best performance in a video game goes to the entire cast of The Last Of Us and especially Season 2.

In my view, they’re simply head and shoulders above anything else I’ve seen and played with. I don’t know if it’s the cast, the motion capture – which seems more advanced than most other games – or the story itself. Could be a combination of all three.

Take The Witcher 3, for example, which I’m currently playing on Switch. There are some great side quests and stories to explore but some of the acting can be a bit clumsy and you know it’s a video game, while The Last Of Us has a more cinematic feel to it. Gerald himself is not the most emotional character. His emotional range seems gruff, irritable, and hostile.

There are other games I’ve played with great narration and voice acting like Life Is Strange, God Of War, and others but I feel The Last Of Us games are on another level. I feel like video games in general aren’t on the same level as movies and TV when it comes to narrative and action, etc. Though that gap is starting to close.

However, The Last Of Us was pretty close. It’s not just me who thinks this way. Empire, the movie magazine, told the first game that it was the best movie of the year (it wasn’t actually a movie), and Season 2 became the first video game to be discussed on the spoiler’s podcast. them rather than a movie.

Dana Plato in The Night Trap. One of my favorite Mega CD games and I inexplicably (I went out drinking in the sun) bought three copies from Limited Run, totaling over £200, then bought the full digital version. digital.

GC: But why?

Many nominations
I feel like I should get rid of a few show stealers first, because while they’re ahead of other characters in the games they appear in, that doesn’t necessarily mean their performances are good. Best. Ricky Grover as Yangus in Dragon Quest 8 completely stole the show and is probably the reason (for better, and of course much worse) that you get so many regional accents in the Tolkien impersonators -esque Japan in the years since.

Then came Michelle Ruff, who took on the voice of Etna for Disgaea 2. She had some big boots to fill, but again, she blew every other character and performer away. . Includes Gray Griffin (formerly DeLisle) as Rozalin, who joined the cast himself. I remember a point when you went to an arena and Adell, the main character but not really, was surprised to see Etna there. He asked her if she came to help them.

Her laugh was funny and at the same time offensive.

Jennifer Hale is probably going to get a lot of love for this theme. Availability. But even though she’s a real, Shepard commander and this is her favorite shop on the Citadel, it shouldn’t be for that role. Because it is a relatively empty character by design.

No, her best performance – although not as exciting as Xel’lotath in Eternal Darkness – is by Bastilla Shan in Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic. And it’s a character and performance that takes a second turn to really appreciate the level of nuance and depth on display. Not a flashy role like HK or Mission or even Canderous and Jolee – but ultimately the most impressive. This isn’t an insult given how high Bastilla sets the bar, but she represents BioWare’s greatest writing achievement.

David Kaye as Ford Cruller in Psychonauts is probably my favorite male performance. It’s funny and heartbreaking to an equal extent, I really believe he should be given more credit for that. Of course, it helps when the script is good, but it still takes a good actor to sell it. And sold it which he did.

I was also quite impressed by Troy Baker as Valvatorez for Disgaea 4. Maybe even his best work…

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No Joker
I am a huge fan of Hidenari Ugaki’s performance as the lovable Goro Majima in the Yakuza games. He’s so good that Mark Hamill’s English dub pales in comparison.

Here he is saying ‘Kiryu Chan!’

Definition of awesome
When I read What This Week’s Hot Topics Are, I instantly knew my pick for the best performance.

My favorite and most memorable performance I’ve seen in a video game for a long time, is easily Michael Mando’s Vaas Montenegro in Far Cry 3.

His performance is the reason why Far Cry 3 is my favorite Far Cry game and so many others.

I watched it from start to finish at least three times, and I never got tired of his performance or skipped cutscenes like I usually do in the second playthrough.

There were a lot of iconic Vaas moments in that game, but I think the most legendary and always instantly recognizable for any Far Cry 3 fan is ‘Did I ever say to you the definition of insanity yet?’ monologue.

It’s not just Mando’s great acting and his lines, it’s the situation the player character was in at the time and the fact that Vaas had our power and was constantly not killing. be us at that point in the game.

There is disagreement about the origin of this ‘definition of insanity’. Several people are credited with it, from Albert Einstein to an alcoholic prostitute at an AA meeting, as well as a number of other sources but all I know is that the first time I played through it and listened to Vaas tell that monologue. the back of my neck stood up; it certainly has an impact.

Michael Mando really beat it with his performance for Vaas in Far Cry 3 and if there is ever a Far Cry movie or series it would be a betrayal if Michael Mando doesn’t revisit his character. myself in it.

Robert Allen Wietoff mentions honor to John Marston, especially in the first Red Dead Redemption. Again, this is an actor who has completely mastered the role/character they’ve played and fully deserves any recognition they get for their performance.

seasoned professional
The best acting in a video game for me has to be Michael Sheen in Mass Effect 2 and 3 as the Illusion Man.

His presence can give a character in cut scenes, just sitting in the dark smoking a cigar at the start, and the emotion he gives the character in other scenes to me. 100% the best acting I’ve ever seen in a game video.
Michael, Crawley

Real character
I’ve had the honor of experiencing many good dubbing possibilities for video games over the years, and I find them to be really immersive into the games I’m listening to.

The original BioShock got me really into the storylines due to the very equal voice acting of all the different characters in the game. The narcissistic threats and promises of Sander Cohen, Frank Fontaine, and Andrew Ryan make this series great and indeed well designed.

Sanders Cohen is my favorite due to his self-reliance and the surreal entrance into the show business he created, with all the epic qualities of a real-life entertainer walking down the bridge spiral ladder.

The Uncharted series is always great. Each character seems to show a special attachment to the player and make you care about these characters a lot. I found the dubbing got better as the game went on. By Uncharted 4, the characters are becoming more serious and profound, but at the same time contemplative and reflective.

The original Mass Effect series is similar, in that when you follow the characters, they actually make you like them more. You also have some of the best relationships between the characters. I’m a fan of the male Shepherd as well as FemShep, and loved their engagement with other characters in the game and listening to their stories.

Mass Effect side stories are some of the best I’ve played in my life, even if most of it is talking and learning more about the teammates you’re helping or facing. deputy. By the time the third game is over, it’s like saying goodbye to real friends and it’s all because of the voice actors behind them.

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