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On the fifteenth day, the question we have for you is "Who is the best video game voice actor?"
Let's be honest, there are a ton of great voice actors nowadays. This is a hard question. Hard because it's oftentimes tied to more than just their performance, but having the write script or even supporting cast to allow their voice to shine rather than be held back in order to not stand out too much.
But, there's an actor who has had a steady stream of great roles mixed in with some stuff that's showing of a commendable range but not necessarily award winning. And that for me is Jennifer Hale.
She was one of the most utilized voices in the move towards full voice acting in RPGs from Baldur's Gate series, Knights of the Old Republic, and onto her most often recognized role as FemShep. I've enjoyed her since Baldur's Gate and it's rare that her performance doesn't fit into the role in which she is given.
Admittedly, there's more of a call for her deeper and more commanding style of voice acting, but I think this is because it's the equivalent of a Morgan Freeman or Sam Jackson voice, in that you begin to identify the voice with certain roles. But, she's shown her strength and range in smaller titles or, specifically, in Japanes games.
There is of course her masterpiece role of Numbuh 86. Don't ask how I know she did the voice of that character. Let's just say nephews can create emotional scars.