Best Voice Acting of 2011
Voice acting in video games has come a long way since the days of 16-bit sound effects and captions. Mostly because those weren’t voices at all. If there is one thing that will take a person completely out of a game’s story, it’s a miserably done voice-over reading off terrible dialogue. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for our winner of the Voice Acting Award.
Sure, in the movies, Batman sounds like he whisper-shouting. But in Batman: Arkham City, it’s clear as day. Not only is Batman voiced in a perfectly understandable way, but his interactions with nearly everyone else in the game plays like a scene out of a movie. The dialogue is crisp, and a huge amount of story is told in a short period of time by some of the best voice actors around. Any time you throw Mark Hamill into a game, you’re bound to have some great moments. He nor anyone else involved disappoints.
Arkham City isn’t only the best Batman game we have to date, it might be one of the best story telling experiences we’ve seen as well. Few games are able to encompass nearly everything a fan boy could want to see and do it so well, but Batman: Arkham City doesn’t disappoint. A huge part of that is the fine work of the voice talents that were recruited to bring characters to life. The game’s cutscenes are nearly as enjoyable as the gameplay because of it. It’s one hell of an experience all around.