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Over the past 25 years, many famous actors have done voice-overs of video games. Many video games publishers don’t deny themselves the pleasure of inviting an actor you will recognize even without appearing on the screen. Sometimes such star performances have a curious side effect: the audience admires the voice but doesn’t guess who exactly its owner is.
This article will help you remember or find out the names of those celebrities who remained behind the scenes of voice acting.
Mark Hamill has two faces: one good and one evil. The good is Luke Skywalker, and the evil is the Joker. Hamill voiced Batman’s main enemy in countless cartoons, animated series, and video games. The mad and sad hero was perfect in two parts of “Batman: Arkham” by Rocksteady studio. Hamill has been voicing games for more than 25 years and is not limited to one role.
Sir Patrick Stewart has been working on video game voice-over for 25 years. The first project he participated in was “Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos,” in the RPG genre. For a quarter of a century, the actor managed to voice many games, including the series on “Star Trek” and “X-Men.” But in addition, he worked on the vampire series “Castlevania,” the fourth part of “The Elder Scrolls,” and recorded the opening sequence for “Lego Universe”.
If Patrick Stewart voiced Emperor Uriel Septim in “The Elder Scrolls,” then Sean Bean got his son’s role in this game, first a modest priest and then the heir to the empire. After that, Bean worked on several more games, including the “Hitman 2” released in 2018, where he voiced an assassin nicknamed The Undying.
“War. War never changes,” – Ron Perlman says in the credit titles of the Fallout series since 1997. He may be going down in the history of video game voice-over for these words, but still, his track record is much broader. It also has an addition to “Hellboy,” “Icewind Dale” — “Heart of Winter,” as well as several parts of “Halo” and “Payday.”
If you have played “The Witcher 3,” you are familiar with the character Emhyr, emperor of Nilfgaard. The actor’s voice behind Emhyr is instantly recognizable if players have also seen Charles Dance’s performance as Tywin Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”
From 2007 to 2010, Kristen Bell voiced one of “Assassin’s Creed” characters. It is about Lucy Stillman, a genetic memory researcher and a follower of the Order of Assassins. One can hear her voice in “Assassin’s Creed,” “Assassin’s Creed II,” and “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.”
Trejo has repeatedly participated in the voice-over of computer game characters. He gave his voice (and appearance) to Umberto Robine from GTA: VC. He also voiced one of the Dead characters for the game “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and Ghoul Raul in the equally famous game “Fallout: New Vegas.”
The actor has enough resume for voice acting. From “Saints Row” to “Final Fantasy,” Keith is a fantastic voice actor with a great range. Speaking of “Saints Row,” he played Julius Little and himself in the primary president role.
Kit Harington got his massive breakthrough as the legendary Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones.” In “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” he voiced Salen Kotch and did motion capture for the role. From hero to villain, it’s great to know that Kit has provided some range for his portrayal in the famous game series.
In the “Spyro the Dragon ” game series, the purple dragon Spyro speaks with the voice of a former hobbit. One can hear Elijah Woods’s voice-over in three parts — “The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning,” “The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night,” and “The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.” One of the main characters of the quest “Broken Age,” released in 2014, also speaks his voice.
In addition to Harry Potter, Gary Oldman can call himself Frodo’s mentor, or, at least, the Elijah Wood character in the Spyro trilogy. Oldman voiced the dragon Ignitus who appeared in all three Spyro games. He also did a voice-over of Sergeant Viktor Reznov and Daniel Clarke in the games “Call of Duty: World at War” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops.”
Using celebrity voices is a tricky move to increase the popularity of the game and cause a lot of resonance, but no one says that this is a negative side because everyone gets their bonuses from it. Celebrities gain even more fame, respect and recognition, game makers rip the benefits by getting more demand for their products, and gamers have an incredible gaming experience.