Top 10 Best Voice Actors in Gaming

When it comes to video games, there are a lot of people who work hard to make a game successful. From artists to promoters, each person involved with a video game has their own important role. The unfortunate truth is that many of these people often go unrecognized. Possibly the most unrecognized group is voice actors, who work very hard to bring characters in video games to life. Some of your favorite game characters might not have connected with you, simply if a different voice actor had portrayed them!

We here at Honey’s Anime wanted to show some appreciation for a few of the English voice actors who have made video game characters shine. We narrowed our top ten voice actors down based on the ability they had to make characters connect with us, regardless of game genre. The voice actors on our list are among those who have become synonymous with their characters, and will forever be remembered for these roles. Who are some of the best voice actors in gaming? Get ready, because we’re about share our list with you!

10. Laura Bailey as Abigail “Fetch” Walker from inFamous Second Son

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Dates: Mar. 21st, 2014

Set in a futuristic version of Seattle, inFamous Second Son is a game centered on Delsin Rowe, a young graffiti artist and delinquent. This game takes place seven years after the events of inFamous 2, where Cole McGrath ended his own life and most of the other Conduits to keep humanity safe. The government established the Department of Unified Protection (D.U.P.) to track down the other Conduits that were left behind. Delsin Rowe is one such Conduit, with a unique ability that lets him use other Conduit’s powers. Delsin must set out to uncover a conspiracy and help his fellow Conduits make a real life for themselves.

In inFamous Second Son, Abigail “Fetch” Walker is a former junkie who now uses her gifts to help locate drug dealers in Seattle. Fetch becomes an important side character to Delsin, helping him in breaking into the D.U.P. main headquarters later on in the story. Laura Bailey is an accomplished voice actress, having voiced many video game characters, including her most recent work as Nadine Ross in Uncharted. However, her work as Fetch will always be remembered by fans of inFamous, since she made the character come alive and be interesting to the audience.

9. Liam Neeson as James from Fallout 3

  • System: XBO, XB360, PS3, PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios
  • Release Dates: Oct. 28th, 2008

If you’re looking for a game with plenty of action, adventure and emotional turmoil, Fallout 3 is that game! Beginning as a humble vault dweller in an apocalyptic wasteland, you are soon thrust into the world in search of secrets left behind by your father, James. Although there is a main storyline for you to follow, Fallout 3 also boasts an open-world aspect with plenty of exploration. With so much to discover in the unknown world around you, you are sure to rack up hours and hours in this game.

Liam Neeson nailed his role as the protective and secretive father James. James was quintessential in moving your character through the main storyline, with the mystery of his disappearance from the vault colony being the driving force behind the Lone Wanderer wanting to leave. Perhaps it was because his role was specifically designed for him, but Liam Neeson managed to make James compelling to gamers everywhere. Plus, who wouldn’t love being able to say that Liam Neeson is your dad?

8. Jennifer Hale as female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 2

  • System: XB360, PS3, PC
  • Publisher: BioWare
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release Dates: Jan. 26th, 2010

As in the original Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 focuses on Commander Shepard, an elite soldier who is out to gather a team in order to defeat the alien Collectors. The Mass Effect series tried to create the feeling of one long consecutive story, by allowing players’ choices in past games to influence the events of the current one. In the unknown dangers of space, anything can happen!

From the moment that players were given the option to choose Commander Shepard as a woman, Jennifer Hale became the best choice. Known as “FemShep” to those immersed in the Mass Effect world, Jennifer Hale evoked emotions and personality not seen before in Commander Shepard. It is because Hale is so connected with this unique character that we believe she deserves a spot on our list.

7. Roger Craig Smith as Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin’s Creed II

  • System: PS4, XBO, PS3, XB360, PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Singapore
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Release Dates: Nov. 17th, 2009

In a continuation of the events from the first Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II follows Desmond Miles once again as he delves into the past of an ancestor to find the Pieces of Eden. This time, Desmond travels into the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a man who becomes an assassin after his family is betrayed and killed. Combining all the elements of the Assassin’s Creed games that we love with a new story and a new world to explore, Assassin’s Creed II is just as compelling as the first!

A voice actor can draw you into the main character’s feelings from the very beginning. And Roger Craig Smith is certainly one of those actors! The audience is captured by Ezio’s tale from the moment he appears on screen, and it is notably because of his voice actor breathing life into the character. Assassin’s Creed II quickly became better than the first installation in the series, simply because Roger Craig Smith was able to make us care about Ezio.

6. Matthew Mercer as Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil 6 (Biohazard 6)

  • System: PS4, XBO, PS3, XB360, PC
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Dates: Oct. 2nd, 2012

One of many games in an iconic horror series, Resident Evil 6 involves the story of several people who are caught up in the events following a bioterrorism attack. When Ada Wong turns almost all of Chris’ team into monsters, Chris and his comrade Piers Nivans are the only two to escape. At the same time, Leon S, Kennedy and Helena Harper are forced to deal with the president himself turning into a monster. Combining their forces in the ultimate showdown, these different characters must unite in order to prevent further bioterrorist effects.

Ironically enough, Matthew Mercer was not the first voice actor to take on the role of Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series. However, from the moment that Mercer took up the mantle, his name became synonymous with Leon. While Mercer has had plenty of iconic roles, including that of McCree from Overwatch, it is his work as Leon that we believe best exemplifies his career. A man of many talents, Matthew Mercer was able to bring Leon S. Kennedy to life in a way that had not been done before!

5. Steven Ogg as Trevor Phillips from Grand Theft Auto V

  • System: PS4, XBO, PS3, XB360, PC
  • Publisher: Rockstar North, Rockstar Games
  • Developer: Rockstar Games
  • Release Dates: Sep. 17th, 2013

In the setting of beautiful San Andreas (based off of Southern California), three different criminals are brought together in a most unlikely union. Their goal? Commit as many heists as they can get away with! With an open world design that is truly unlike any other game of its kind, Grand Theft Auto V remains popular not only for its story, but also for the updates given to multiplayer servers.

Trevor Phillips is one of the most well-known parts of GTA, and this is largely due to Steven Ogg. Ogg not only voiced the character, but also did the motion capture for Trevor as well, bringing this eccentric character to life in more ways than one. Trevor is easily the most likeable character from the game, even as he is crude and violent. The reason for his popularity can be traced to the way that Ogg makes him a relatable character, even among all of Trevor’s crazy antics!

4. Armin Shimerman as Andrew Ryan from BioShock

  • System: PS4, XBO, PS3, XB360, PC
  • Publisher: 2K Boston, 2K Australia
  • Developer: 2K Games
  • Release Dates: Aug. 21st, 2007

Coming in next on our list is another award-winning game from the past decade, BioShock! When Jack’s airplane crashes in the middle of nowhere, he is inadvertently led into the underwater city of Rapture. Jack must try to find his way out of Rapture, through all of the crazed humans and deformed creatures known as Big Daddies, while discovering the truth about this underwater haven.

Andrew Ryan is the only villain on our list, and that simply speaks to Armin Shimerman’s ability to portray this character. While Andrew Ryan has a strong evil about him, he is also strangely compelling to the audience. We want to find out more about him, and about the city that he has created. By the time the player actually meets Andrew Ryan, they feel as though they already know him – and that is due in part to Shimerman’s excellence in giving this villain a voice.

3. Nolan North as Nathan Drake from Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

  • System: PS4, PS3
  • Publisher: Naughty Dog
  • Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Dates: Nov. 19th, 2007

The first game in the acclaimed Uncharted series, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune follows the adventure of Nathan Drake as he searches for the lost treasure of El Dorado. With help from journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Drake and his companions seek to find the city made of gold before anyone else does. Of course, with plenty of others looking for the same find, this journey will not be easy!

If you’re looking for someone who embodies their character, you can look no further than Nolan North. Having done the voice acting and motion capture for Nathan Drake, North’s portrayal of the character has allowed for the Uncharted series to remain one of the best. Nathan Drake was able to come to life through all of his trials and adventures because North is able to show a side of him that the player can relate with.

2. Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

  • System: PS4, XBO, PS3, XB360, PC
  • Publisher: Crystal Dynamics
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release Dates: Mar. 5th, 2013

In a reboot of the classic tale of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider is a game which finds Lara stranded on a mysterious island. Learning things about herself along the way, Lara must find her friends and escape from the clutches of a dark cult who are out to get her. In a game of both exploration and survival, we get to watch Lara grow to become the adventurer she was meant to be.

Camilla Luddington is another one of those voice actors whose name has become linked with their character. Luddington did both the voice and motion capture for Lara, and did a fantastic job of bringing forth her personality. While we have had plenty of games based around Lara Croft in the past, part of the rebooted games’ appeal comes from Luddington’s excellent portrayal of the character. We can see Lara grow into herself step by step, even as she still has all the same qualities that we remember from past games.

1. Troy Baker as Joel and Ashley Johnson as Ellie from The Last of Us

  • System: PS4, PS3
  • Publisher: Naughty Dog
  • Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Dates: Jun. 14th, 2013

In a post-apocalyptic world full of horrors and despair, a smuggler named Joel is charged with the task of escorting a teenage girl named Ellie. Humans across the United States are becoming infected and turning into zombie-like monsters. Ellie may be the key to a cure – but will the cost be worth it in the end?

We decided to include Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson together as our number one spot, since their dynamic is what helps make The Last of Us one of the best video games. Joel starts out the game quite hardened to the world, and Ellie is able to bring out a lighter side to him, a side that cares more about others. Without one, the other’s character development would not be as strong.

Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson are both accomplished voice actors in their own right. Their excellent chemistry makes The Last of Us that much more believable, even as we acknowledge that this is a future we don’t want to see happening! Joel and Ellie are anchors for one another in a world that has gone mad, and that is certainly evident in Baker and Johnson’s portrayals. By the end of this emotional game, we are attached to both of the characters and wanting the best for them. Of course, it is the strength of these voice actors that gets the players to that point. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson deserve to be at the top of our list for their work in The Last of Us.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to voice acting, these people are among the best of the best! Their portrayal of some of our favorite video game characters has led to us getting truly immersed in the games we play. And many of these characters cannot be separated from the voice actors who portray them!

So what do you think of our list? Do you know of any other voice actors who should be included? Who is your favorite voice actor from this article? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Author: Meghan May Dellinger

Konnichiwa! I'm a writer/daydreamer who gets a little lost along the path of life from time to time. I love watching anime and playing all kinds of video games - everything from RPGs to first-person shooters. I hope to be an author someday, but until then, I'll share my words with the world any way I can! I love making new friends, so don't be afraid to leave a comment!

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