When you cast your mind back to your most enjoyable video game experiences, do you ever think "hmm, I wonder who voiced these amazing and unforgettable characters," after you shake off the weekend's collection of crumbs and energy drink cans and start the game from the top?
The world of video games has welcomed some true Hollywood luminaries into its orbit over the last decade. The likes of Sean Bean, Patrick Stewart, Keith David, Kiefer Sutherland, Christopher Walken, and Samuel L. Jackson have lent their tones to immense franchises such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and The Elder Scrolls.
And, of course, we cannot overlook the iconic voices of Nolan North and Troy Baker. Without these two men we wouldn't have the tongue in cheekiness of Nathan Drake from the Uncharted franchise, or the broken tones of Joel in The Last Of Us (amongst MANY other turn outs) respectively.
But there is one voice actor, that you may never have heard of, who has been an ever-present asset in video game voice acting. Jennifer Hale has voiced characters in over 120 games during her twenty year stint as the Queen Of Video Games. Some incredibly well renowned and a few oddities thrown in for good measure. Some of them blew my mind! Let's take a look...
Jennifer Hale: Legend
Hale's illustrious career began in 1994 with Sierra's Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness as the mysterious Katrina...
The video is pretty long, some warning there for you.
After her role in Quest for Glory IV, Hale was on vocal duty in Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, then moved on to play Dr. Naomi Hunter in the excellent Metal Gear Solid...
2002 saw Hale become a Nintendo icon when she starred as the bounty hunter Samus Aran in Gamecube's vastly underrated Metroid Prime, a role she would undertake over the whole trilogy.
After many varied turnouts throughout the early 2000s in games such as Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, Predator: Concrete Jungle and Age of Empires III, Hale found herself voicing the female lead in a little game called Mass Effect, going on to becoming a star in the realm.
Via Derek Lieu
Hale is arguably the better Shepherd in the Mass Effect series and well warrants a FemShep playthrough, if you haven't already. This video will help reinvigorate the fires...
This literally touches the very tip of the iceberg. Jennifer Hale is an absolute legend of video game voice acting and having performed in over 120 games is an incredible feat in itself. Especially when you consider that the recording of voice overs can take over 300 hours, and Hale usually gets through six jobs a year!
In an industry that is dominated by men, it is testament to Hale's abilities as an actress and her drive to succeed that has gifted us with one of the most memorable and malleable voices in entertainment.
Jennifer Hale, I salute you. Thanks for being such a great storyteller!