Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fallout: New Vegas Finds Its Voice

Needs 50 dollars to make him holler.
The voice acting in Bethesda games has a fatal flaw.

They follow a pattern of spending their entire voice budget on AAA talent (Patrick Stewart in Oblivion and Liam Neeson in Fallout 3), leaving only enough left over to hire two or three (talented) people for the hundreds of remaining characters.

Furthermore, they don’t seem to be able to come up with enough dough to pay the stars for the entire game. I’ve come to expect that if I recognize a voice in a Bethesda game, that dude is about to meet an untimely end.

Disclaimer: Cloud Atlas has no knowledge of Bethesda Softworks’ budgets or voice-acting choices. He is making a joke based on his observations of different games. Unfortunately, he is not funny.

Fallout: New Vegas doesn’t highlight an a-list dead man walking. Instead it features a slew of lesser-known, “hey, it’s that guy/girl!” actors.

The Vault does the heavy lifting and lists them all on one page.

Here are some of my favorite surprises:

  • Wayne Newton as Mr. Vegas. Who better to be the voice of cheesy Vegas, what with Elvis Presley having been dead these past 34 years?
  • Kris Kristofferson as Chief Hanlon. He was kind of big deal back in the 70s and 80s.
  • Felicia Day as Veronica. She’s the pretty girl who’s just nerdy enough that you think you might have a shot. (You don’t.)
  • Wil Wheaton as the Robobrains. I had no idea. What an odd choice.
  • RenĂ© Auberjonois as Mr. House. Instantly recognizable as Odo from Deep Space Nine. Though I will always think of him as the stuffy guy on Benson. Because I’m old.
  • Danny Trejo as Raul. Total badass cred. And he kind of looks like his character, sadly.
  • Matthew Perry as Benny. I also had no idea until someone pointed it out. He’s an underrated actor and does an excellent job.
  • Michael Hogan as Doc Mitchell. Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica. Damn, but that man has a soothing voice. I expected him to be one of the final five Securitrons. Or at least have a drinking problem. But nope, he was just chill.
  • Dave Foley as Yes Man. My favorite performance in the game—a bloodthirsty chipper demeanor that comes off as charming instead of Kathy-Bates-in-Misery creepy is hard to pull off! I’ve been a fan of Foley’s since his Kids in the Hall days. What do you mean you’ve never heard of that? You kids get off my lawn!

Astute readers may note that this post represents the 8th thing that Fallout: New Vegas gets right.

1 comment:

  1. You missed out Zachary Levi as Dr Arcade Israel Gannon!