Video games are getting more and more flashier every year. With amazing graphic engines, captivating soundtracks and intriguing gameplay some titles keep us staring at the screen for countless hours.
However, even if all of the aforementioned factors are present, a game would not be nearly as impressive if it was not for voice acting. Voice actors are the ones that breathe life into all the memorable characters that we know and love and their contribution to any game can make a massive difference.
Here are the five best voice actors in the gaming industry today:
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5. Laura Bailey
Famous performances: Rayne in the Bloodrayne series, Chun Li in the newer titles of the Street Fighter series, The Female Protagonist in Persona 3 Portable, Rise Kujikawa in the Persona 4 series, Lucina in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Serah Farron in the Final Fantasy XIII series, Serana in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard and Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft
Laura Bailey is the youngest person on this list and with her performances so far, it is fair to say that her image as one of the best voice actresses in gaming will only grow more and more in the future.
4. Simon Templeman
Most famous performances: Kain in the series Legacy of Kain, Jacob Danik in Dead Space 3 and Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir in Dragon Age: Origins
Templeman deserves his place on the list for the Legacy of Kain series alone, but he is responsible for many more unforgettable performances as he has been one of the most well-known voice actors in the industry in the last 20 years.
3. Jennifer Hale
Famous performances: Dynaheir, Liia J and Serving Wench in Baldur's Gate, Commander Shepard (female) in the Mass Effect series, Samus Aran in the Metroid Prime series, Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid series, Black Cat and Mary Jane in Spider-Man, Rosalind Lutece in Bioshock Infinite, Bastila Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Cremisius Aclassi in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Ever since her debut role as Katrina in Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness in 1994, Jennifer Hale has been one of the most successful and productive actresses in the industry. Without a doubt, at present she is the most famous voice actress in gaming.
2. Troy Baker
Famous performances: Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, Delsin Rowe in inFAMOUS Second Son, Joel in The Last of Us, The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Assault on Arkham, Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Kanji Tatsumi in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, and Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
Considered by many as the personification of the future of voice acting in gaming, Baker is regarded by many as the best actor in the industry and I believe that when he retires there is a high chance that he will be looked upon as the best voice actor in the history of gaming.
1. Nolan North
Most famous performances: Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series, Penguin in Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins, Cpt. Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line; David in The Last of Us, Deadpool in several pieces of media, and himself in Saints Row IV
Described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man", Nolan North is arguably the best voice actor in today's gaming industry. He has had a part in some of the best franchises of the last decade and his memorable performances have helped to solidify these games' status.