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Submitted by TheLiztress 470d ago | opinion piece

Community Voice: Can a Voice Actor Make or Break a Game?

"We at Vivid Gamer want to ask our readers a few questions. Do you think that the lack of David Hayter’s voice is reason enough not to purchase this entry when it’s released? Or do you think that it is possible that, similar to the Spike VGA trailer and the fictitious Joakim Mogren/Moby Dick Studios, this is just another media ploy? Also, do you think a voice actor should have this much power over a game to influence sales? Feel free to comment below." (David Hayter, Industry)

rrquinta  +   470d ago
To me, as long as the voice acting is good, it shouldn't matter. But then the only game I can really think of that I was affected by a shift in voice acting was P4G, and it was only two of the cast. I hated Chie's new voice actor, but I know most people (who didn't play the original) didn't care... I do wonder, though, if a game like Uncharted released with anyone other than Nolan North doing Drake's voice if that would affect the game at all.
Nitrowolf2  +   470d ago
thing is, with MGS5 Snake already old. I know old snake in MGS4 has Hayter voice, but not Big Boss. They've established that Big Boss won't sound like his young self with MGS4. I wonder who will do his voice though.

Lets not forget he was in a 9 year Coma. I'm not doctor, but coming out of a coma can have some damaging affect. I'm not sure if it can happen to your voice, I know with stroked your speech can be affected.
MasFlowKiller  +   470d ago
This is making me reconsider buying those games.
I love this franchise and at this point i can tell you is not for the story(almost as complicated as Kingdom story)

I most like snake, and i am having a hard time separating snake and David Hayter.

Very sad
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MHenderson  +   470d ago
Well, it makes sense, since Big Boss had a different V.A. in MGS4, so surely he'd be transitioning to that voice anyway.

Since PW took place in 1974 and he was in a coma for 9 years, it'd be, at earliest, 1983, and at latest, 1994-ish (since Metal Gear 1 takes place in 1995), so it could be transitioning to lead up to (HOPEFULLY?) a remake of MG 1 and 2?
TheLiztress  +   470d ago
While I admit that I can't really see anyone else doing the voice of Snake or Big Boss, I do think that it is possible for someone to take over Hayter's role. I don't see myself letting something like this influence my decision in buying a game, either. I might lament about how I don't think the voice fits (such as Chie and Teddie from P4G), though.
theherp80  +   470d ago
absolutely a voice actor can make or break a game, but most of that is the quality and not necessarily the voice actor. However there are the iconic characters in games that I wouldn't like to see changed, unless it makes sense within the game itself. If Drake had a different voice, it wouldn't be the same even if they got someone similar.

But normally it just comes down to quality, Darkness 2 had some really annoying voice actors and it ruined some scenes. in my opinion that bear in persona 4 makes me want to stab my ears. So it can ruin a game especially if its the main character.

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