Once voice acting became possible in video games, the art exploded. Few gamers are content with text boxes or robotic voice facsimiles - they want real actors providing pathos and emotion. Over time, some voice actors have become well-known, with proven pedigrees and handling the requirements of multiple story options. These people have elevated the form and helped create characters on the level of those found in other media. This list compiles the best video game voice actors for you to vote on.
When it comes to great video game voice actors, what are you looking for? Is it the gravitas and listenability of Keith David? Or is it the skill of Jennifer Hale, who can mold herself to any character and bring the complexity to even a minor character? Actors voicing video game characters have done so fantastically across multiple titles over the years, and it's time gamers actually recognize them for their work!So take a look at our list of video game voice actors, vote up your favorites, and then take a look at our other video game lists to see what games you haven't played yet, but should!
Most people know him as Luke Skywalker, obviously, but the reality is that any gamer and Batman fan who takes the time to know voice actors will agree that while the live action performers for Joker are great, Hamill just plain is Joker. Over all the Arkham games (plus most of Joker's appearances in animated shows/films), Hamill embodies him the way we all envision him. As if that DC character weren't enough, he also voiced Marvel's most popular mutant in X2: Wolverine's Revenge.
Nolan North has voiced the vast majority of AAA title leads. He is Nathan Drake in the Uncharted games and Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series. He was the Penguin in the Arkham series. He is so prolific and able to mold his voice to whatever character he's given, the Saints Row series just provides a "Nolan North" option to choose as your protagonist's voice.
Troy Baker has become the voice of many a male lead in recent years. He really came into prominence as the tortured Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, and then voiced Joel in the critically acclaimed and commercially massive The Last of Us. He's also a musician and has done work on the much-loved original soundtracks of the Silent Hill series.
Keith David is everywhere. His booming voice is all over the place, from movies to commercials, but most notably as Captain Anderson in all the Mass Effect games, as well as Vice President Keith David in Saints Row IV and as the Arbiter introduced in Halo 2. No matter how low your volume is, when Keith speaks, the room rumbles with bass.