Top 10 Video Game Voice Actors
Do you remember the first time you heard a video game speak? I am not talking about those old 8-bit or 16-bit voices either. I mean serious voice acting in a video game. I think the first game I heard speak was Duke Nukem 64 but some of the most memorable moments came from Resident Evil and Twisted Metal. Those games had some fantastic voice overs that I fondly remember to this day.
As such, I would like to dedicate this blog to my top 10 favorite voice actors in video games!
Number 10: Bruce Campbell
This is my list so I can put whomever the hell I want on it! It doesn’t matter if he’s only been in a handful of games, Bruce Campbell’s voice work as Ash in the Evil Dead games was fantastic. Of course, he is basically playing himself but that doesn’t matter. He is witty, funny, with some fun one-liners and a fantastic sarcastic tone. I can never get enough of Bruce’s work in the Evil Dead and Spiderman games. He’s just so much fun to listen too!
Number 9: John St. John
He’s the voice of one of the most bad-ass characters in video game history. Known for providing us with more liners than Ash from Army of Darkness and Roddy Roddy Piper from They Live, John St. John is THE voice of Duke Nukem. Yes, he’s played the voice of some other characters including Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal 4 but the only character people care about is the hard-core badass mother himself. Duke. Freakin. Nukem.
Number 8: Terrence C Carson
Speaking of iconic badasses, if it wasn’t for the voice talents of Terrence C Carson, Kratos wouldn’t be nearly as hardcore as he is today. Terrence may not have the sheer amount of characters under his belt as some others on this list, but he doesn’t need it. He brought Kratos to life better than any voice actor could have ever hoped too.
Number 7: Tony Jay
Oh man, this guy is just pure awesome. Most notably known as the Elder God in the Legacy of Kain franchise, Tony Jay’s voice just drips with sophistication. Whether he is dooming all Vampires to the eternal Abyss or arguing with the Bard from The Bard’s Tale, Tony Jay is a voice actor who will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace old friend. Thank you so much for all the fantastic characters you’ve given us over the years.
Number 6: Tara Strong
If you have never heard of Tara Strong then you, sir, have no childhood. She is one of the most successful voice actresses in the world and her voice has been used in dozens, if not hundreds, of video games and cartoons. In the video-game world, she has played such characters as Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw, Kaede Smith from Killer 7, Rikku from Final Fantasy X & X-2, and Harley Quinn in Injustice. She’s played villains, good gals, and random characters. She can do it all!
Number 5: Nolan North
Speaking of someone who has done it all, next on our list is the famous Nolan North. He has played two really fun characters; being Nathan Drake and Deadpool respectively, but he has also been in such games as: Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Dark Void, Skyrim, Injustice, GoldenEye 007, Portal 2; and the list goes on! He is one of the kings of video-game voice-overs and he’s become such an icon that you can actually use Nolan North as your voice in Saints Row 4. That is awesome.
Number 4: Simon Templeton
Now, if Nolan North – the man who voices a thousand characters – is fifth on the list, then you know that the following voice over actors had better be epic. Well, who better than to kick off the number four spot on this list than by having Simon Templeton make an appearance?
While his name may not be as well recognized as Nolan North, his voice is by far one of my favorites in the video game world. This British actor is the voice for my all-time favorite video-game antihero Kain from the Legacy of Kain franchise. He is able to pour such cunning and wickedness into each word that you cannot really determine if Kain is a good guy, a villain, or something in between. For me, his voice is the Hannibal Lector of the gaming industry and I could listen to Kain speak all night long.
Number 3: Steven Blum
Oh man, Steven Blum. He is the voice of my favorite anime character of all time: Spike Spiegel. His talent doesn’t stop at anime however, as he has also voiced several of my favorite video-game characters. Jack Cayman from MadWorld, Killer Croc in the Batman Arkham games, Goku in DBZ: Final Bout, Ares in God of War, Three characters in Killer7; the list is as long, if not longer, than Nolan North’s and if you’ve played a game this year, chances are you’ve listened to Steven Blum’s killer voice.
Number 2: Mark Hamill
WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! Time Out. How is it that Mark Freakin’ Hamill, is at number two? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.
I love Mark Hamill. Seriously, he’s surprised me with the range he can push his voice. Nothing can compare however, to his brilliant performance as DC’s most iconic villain, The Joker. Listening to Mark’s laugh as The Joker is enough to send shivers up my spine.
His other works include The Watcher from Darksiders, Goro Majima in Yakuza 2, and Malefor from Legends of Spyro.
Number 1: Jim Cummings
So. Who is the voice actor whose talents can outdo Mark Hamill? Well my friend, that person is none other than Jim Cummings. Jim Cummings is the King of Villains, with a deep, gravelly voice that can send chills up the bravest of gamers’ spines. My favorite character that he has portrayed is the Mask from Splatterhouse but he’s also played Pete in Epic Mickey, Arnold Leach in Clive Barker’s Jericho, Leatherhead and Shredder in TMNT Turtles in Time (Arcade version only), and Alastor in Pain Killer.
What really strikes me as fascinating however, is that Jim is not only able to sound bad-ass, but he is also able to sound quiet and soft. Want proof?
He's the voice of Winnie the Pooh.
Actually, he does more than you think for Mario games. Not only does he voice Mario, but he voices Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and other characters.
Dude, what about Jennifer Hale?!
What? No Roger Craig Smith?
But yes, Jim Cummings rocks.
Only roll i've seen him do other than Mario is Orvus in Ratchet and Clank Crack in Time. I don't know if he has more credit's than that, but he did a fantastic job there. I'd check him out.
tony jay the voice of many memorable villains megabyte in reboot and sheer kahn in both jungle book movies he was awesome when he was still around.
Jennifer Hale deserved to be on that list.
Mark hamil but no kevin conroy?!!!!! Lol jk. Great list.
Some good choices, but I think one thing you're missing is that some of the people on this list are known for only one character, "Great" voice actors would be known for many types of characters, Troy Baker is a prime example, nice list though.
Johnny Young Bosch will always be one of my favorite voice actors, but good list overall
I did not know Steven Blum voiced Killer Croc. My mind is blown by this fact. Good list, and here I thought the whole list was gonna be nothing but Nolan North.
Dave Fennoy really killed it with Lee in The Walking Dead
David Hayter is my #1
I'm sorry, but I seem to have noticed a disturbing lack of Johnny Young Bosch on this list.
But he's also one of the dragons in Skyrim, Paarthurnax was the name?
3 words: Roger Craig Smith. He does an awesome job voicing Sonic, Ezio, Chris Redfield and Batman!
While I did think of adding him as he does play the voice of one of the most famous characters in Gaming history; he doesn't really get any real lines to speak. It's mostly 1 or 2 words followed by grunts, yipees, and yahoos
Charles Martinet isn't here? Easily the most recognizable voice in gaming.
I went into this list assuming Cummings was going to be overlooked, I was pleasantly surprised.
*looks them up* Oh wow, they are pretty damn good!
Ah but the ones on this list are the ones who struck out to me the most throughout my gaming live. The top 4 are the ones very near to my heart ^_^
Good list but I'm a little disappointed that you didn't include Troy Baker, Jennifer Hale, and Reuben Langdon.