10 PC Games That Had Great Voice Acting

Posted By | On 22nd, Jun. 2011 Under Feature | Follow This Author @GNReith

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The PC game seems to be in an unfortunate decline as of late, with many developers previously loyal to the platform now branching out into the more lucrative console market. As the money drains from the PC gaming industry we see presentation as the most likely thing to take a hit. As a reminder of what we may wind up missing out on, here’s a list of ten PC exclusives with top grade voice acting.

10. The Witcher 2

Most fantasy games suffer from pompous or amateurish voice acting, and dark fantasy games on PC tend to be the worst the offenders of this particular crime. It was thus that the Witcher impressed with its high quality voice acting. Whilst many other RPGs have since defected to consoles, the Witcher has stayed true to the PC for the time being. Though the Witcher 2 is set to appear on Xbox 360 soon, it is a PC exclusive for now and one with some sound voice acting.

9. Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2

Sometimes a game can be so bad it’s good. In terms of gameplay, RA2 is just awesome but its narrative was a little bit more laughable. One of the few examples of properly old school live action cut sequences, Red Alert 2 ticked all the boxes when it came to corny dialogue and cheesy delivery. Many games have humoured this cliché since, but Red Alert 2 did it first and best.

8. Deus Ex

The wealth of characters, choices and dialogue options made Deus Ex an instant classic. It also meant that the voice acting had to be varied and of a high standard. It may not quite compare to more modern games, but it was damn excellent for the time. Deus Ex is often considered one of the best games ever made on account of its highly engaging narrative, and this is no doubt in part due to the game’s impressive vocal cast.

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  • Portal 2 had fantastic voice acting also. Steven Merchant gives Wheatly more personality than just about any NPC character in any other game. Even Martin Sheen with his distinctive voice in Mass Effect 2 can’t come close to Steven’s performance.

    As for all the listed games, I have to agree on HL2 ep2, it was great (Magnusson device [snigger]). The rest seem pretty old and/or obscure. Guess I’ll have to pick some of these up, nice list.

  • How Portal 1 and 2 (Whitley and Glados) are not in the list is beyond me.

    Mafia was quite too.

  • Maybe i’m a little biased, but one of the first games to ‘wow’ me with voice acting was FFX.

    • Wait, are you kidding me? Maybe if they did not get the shittiest voice actor possible to do Tidus it may have been alright, but when the main character is just annoying you know you did something wrong.

  • Baldur’s Gate 2! Between Minsc and Jon Irenicus, the voice acting made that game.

  • Dan

    Glad Vampire made it on the list. The game was astounding and I loved the community. Voice acting was really the best I had ever seen.

    Sucks that big budget games like Fallout 3 have to go and use recycled voices -.-

    FFX was really fun, but I think its soundtrack eclipsed its voice work, maybe if it wasn’t a foreign game…

  • ck

    Under a Killing Moon needs to be on this list.

  • I always thought that Starcraft had great voice acting.

  • Oh thanks for remembering Grim Fandango!

  • No Sacrifice? It’s practically a who’s who of voice acting greats.

  • no Mass Effect!?! it had phenomenal voic acting.

    • nvm i see you said PC exclusives.

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