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Top 10 Worst Voice Acting in Video Games


Voice acting is not as “hupp” “Ahem” Voice acting is not as easy as it looks Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Voice Acting in Video Games for this list, we’ve selected the most hilariously awful voice acting performances throughout the history of videogames Number ten “Grand Theft Auto: London 1969” Triple-A production, intricate storylines, amazing acting and cutscenes are all things that gamers can expect Rockstar to deliver in modern Grand Theft Auto games but, it wasn’t always that way take for example the often forgotten spin-off of the first game London 1969 the older GTA games were pretty fun overhead crime simulation games that set the foundation for later entries in the series but, let’s be honest it really messes with the immersion when the crime bosses all sound like your drunk uncle doing his best Hugh Grant impression Number nine “The Town with No Name” this unbelievably bad point-and-click western adventure game which balls a nameless cowboy as he wanders around a poorly rendered town features terrifying character graphics and almost non-existent gameplay the real star of the show however isn’t the sound the main character sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger if you were a robot trapped in some sort of abandoned building not to mention, the sound mixing is often so bad that you actually can’t hear the dialogue over the music unless of course, that was on purpose to mask the bad performances in which case, smart move Number eight “Last Alert” the first of many japanese titles on this list suffering from unfortunate translation issues Last Alert is a military-based action title the north american version had such a small budget that all of the voices were done by only a few people and the result sounds a lot like when your dad would try to do all the different voices for every character in the story book he read you which ended up with is bunch of horribly mismatched voices and characters including a CIA agent that sounds like a 15-year old boy and a chinese accent that’s nothing short of racist Number seven “Megaman 8” people have been complaining for years that Capcom has given up on the Megaman series cancelling several games in the story franchise they also seem to forget that some of the more recent entries in the main series specially Megaman 8 were clearly not high on Capcom’s priority list Megaman 8 is specially frustrating because of how rushed everything feels with the dialogue featuring several obvious acting mistakes and slip-ups seriously, Did they not even have enough time to do a couple redo takes? also, I didn’t realize Elmer Fudd gave up on hunting and started making robots seriously, Did he just say Wiwy? Number six “Castlevania: Symphony of The Night” often considered one of the best games ever made Symphony of The Night also has some of the most laughably bad dialogue and voice acting ever seen luckily, beyond a few interludes where protagonist Alucard meets with characters in Dracula’s castle the dialogue is kept to a minimum this is one of the few instances where the gameplay is so amazingly good that the game standing on best games of all time list isn’t affected by Konami’s half-assed north american port Number five “Deep Fear” this survival horror game was never released to North America but, it got an english voice-track for those who got to play it in Europe before the Sega Saturn really went belly-up in Deep Fear players control John Mayor not that John Mayor, as he’s forced various underwater bases that have been overtaken by a strange parasite other than the dialogue the sound in Deep Fear is often great with Sega having employed Kenji Kawai a famous japanese composer he clearly never touched the voice acting though because it’s robotic, emotionless and sometimes ofensive specially the architect character who speaks in a high-falsetto the whole damn time Number four “Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamaleon” Link has always been the strong silent type except when he’s yelling and screaming while he swings a sword if Link’s voice truly sounds like he does in the Philips CD-i Zelda games then everyone should be grateful that he speaks so seldomly if they were going to make him speak Did they have to give him literally the most annoying voice of all time? to say nothing about that creepy animation it’s lucky for Nintendo that these Philips Zelda games are so rare because with anymore exposure The Legend of Zelda’s legacy Might have been tarnished for ever Number three “Resident Evil” the original Resident Evil is one the scariest games of all time making players feel trapped and claustrophobic so, it really ruined the immersion when tens of zombies survival situations are interspersed with nonsensical lines, crappy acting and cringe-worthy, live-action FMV sequences although everyone is guilty here the worst offender is Barry “Jill Sandwich” Burton funnily enough the game actually had a japanese voice-track too but director Shinji Mikami had it removed because he felt like it didn’t fit the north american setting and wait for it, because it was really bad too Number two “Dynasty Warriors 3” though Dynasty Warriors 3 is the pinnacle of the series’ funny voice acting efforts the most surprising thing is that the developer still hasn’t rectified the problem more than ten years later more recent entries in this Hack & Slash series still provide endless chuckles with the hammy, overacted performances by various feudal lords also, the english voice actors manage to mispronounce almost every single character name they really should spend more of the money they make releasing nearly identical Dynasty Warriors games every other year and maybe hire some better actors before we unveil our top pick here are few honorable mentions Number one “Chaos Wars” What happens when you mix a bunch of characters from obscure games like Gungrave and Shadow Hearts into an extremely neish, strategy RPG crossover? well, you get Chaos Wars although the gameplay isn’t horrible the voice acting in this game means you actually Might never get to it imagine the most annoying anime voice you’ve ever heard then give that voice to every character and sit through cutscene after cutscene of poorly scripted and acted dialogue the story goes that the CEO of the company behind the localization actually got different members of his family to record a bunch of the voice-over as evidenced by the fact that all share the same last name Do you agree with our list? 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  1. no name Author

    wasn't SOTN purposely done that way to up the campy factor? either way it really doesn't belong here in the same way that GTA: London doesn't belong here and whatever the hell that crappy western game was called (fuck right off, that game KNEW it was a bag of shit and revelled in it in every possible way)

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  2. Twilight1029 Author

    Let me ask you guys something about Castlevania: Symphony of the night. Why did the English voice actors not correct those OBVIOUS dialogue mistakes? Were they non-native English speakers?

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  3. Ahmed Ahmed Author

    It’s not as bad as the ones on this list , but the original grandia on ps1 had awesome gameplay with laughable voice acting . Especially who would have been cute Sue , instead her voice (especially in the battle) was cringeworthy

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  4. kglaser11 Author

    This is a very good list, but I think that "Michigan: Report From Hell" deserves at least an Honorable Mention. Brisco: "Pamela? Pamela?? PAMELA?!? OMG!!!"

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  5. TheDestroyer2alltrolls Author

    Spider-Man 2, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith all should've made dishonorable mentions in this video. Those three video games have terrible voice acting in them too.

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  6. Kathleen Glaser Author

    This is really a worthy list, but I'd add two more–"Michigan: Report From Hell", and a very obscure adventure game I own, "Keepsake". The latter has jaw-droppingly horrendous voice acting; it literally sounds like someone is playing a joke on you.

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  7. Jeremy Ross Author

    Not surprised Chaos Wars is number one. It is painful and hilarious at the same time. It's Nic Cage in the Wicker Man remake bad. It is legendarily bad. It jumps from the actors being over the top to sounding incredibly bored from line to line. And I used to own a copy of the game, because I remember seeing supercut of the voice acting and going "These have to be outtakes. There's no way they'd release something this bad in this day and age." How wrong I was. I don't think I made it through the game, as the voice acting made me alternate between laughing hysterically and wanting to stab my eardrums with a railroad spike.

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  8. Dark Claw Author

    Link in ocarina of time, also that annoying metal kid in full metal alchemist American verson, I know it's a cartoon but still annoying, I also can't stand inyuyashas American voice

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  9. Angelina Dash Author

    It really baffles me how the fuck all these dipshit moronic retards ever landed the voice acting position in the first place. They clearly have no fucking idea on how to convey the proper mood, emotion, and tone of the characters.

    And don't give me that mistranslation bullshit either. Unless the script was RADICALLY MISTRANSLATED TO THE POINT OF LITERALLY HAVING NO SIMILARITY WHATSOEVER TO THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT, it is still somewhat possible to derive some feasible emotions from the script. A truly intelligent person, even with a slightly mistranslated script, could do a half decent job on the voice, based on the emotion of the words.

    And that "ONE PERSON VOICING MULTIPLE CHARACTERS IS BAD" FALLACY? I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THIS.

    IT LITERALLY DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU HAVE LITERALLY ONE SINGLE PERSON VOICING EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER FOR A GAME. IT LITERALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE QUANTITY OF VOICE ACTORS, BUT THE QUALITY.

    SETH MCFARLANE, LITERALLY VOICED DOZENS OF CHARACTERS FOR THE SHOWS HE CREATED, IE. FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, ETC. HE WOULD LITERALLY CONSTANTLY SWAP VOICES FROM CHARACTERS IN SPLIT SECOND AS HE GOES, WITH NO DOWNTIME AND ALL DONE SEAMLESSLY AS IF THEY WERE VOICED BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT PEOPLE!.

    The fualt is NOT that they had insifficient individuals to voice, NOR THAT THEIR BUDGET WAS LOW. It doesn't take a fucking million dollar budget to get some decent voice actors, what the fuck? They have nothing to do with each other.

    No. I think the real problem is, there were some shady publisher practices, such as ridiculous deadlines, asscrack back alley development cycles, probably thow in some retarded gorilla russian developer teams as well. That's literally the reason why big rigs was a total fucking disaster, it could be the same case for some of these horrendous voice acting.

    In any regard, horrible development choices were made, and all the wrong individuals were hired. A budget really does not affect the quality of voice acting. It may affect the QUANITY, yes, but not fucking quality. I stand corrected by my original statement

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  10. Angelina Dash Author

    FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE SOME OBVIOUS THINGS THAT A DEVELOPER SHOULD NEVER DO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    FOR EXAMPLE, if you need a character with a british accent, obviously the most logically sane thing to do would be to actually hire a literal british person with an actual british accent, and not some decrepit 50 year old chinese man who can barely speak clearly in his own native language, let alone speak AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. If I didn't have the budget to hire a an actual brit, at least my second best bet would be someone with SOME EXPERIENCE with british accents. That way I can assure the most authentic accent as possible.

    Also, HOW THE MOTHERFUCKING SHIT, CAN A PERSON FAIL TO CORRECTLY ACT ANGRY?!?!?!?!?

    ANGER IS LITERALLY THE MOST NATURAL EMOTION TO THE HUMAN RACE! HUMANS ARE EXTREMELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO ANGER! I LITERALLY CANNOT FATHOM HOW ANY SANE AND DECENTLY INTELLIGENT PERSON COULD BE SO HORRIBLE AT VOICE ACTING ANGRY CHARACTERS.

    Fuck. They should have hired me. I would have done a hundred times better, but for 200 times less the price. Just give me some free apple cider, some lasagna, and some time alone with my husband, I'd be happy to cater to all your voice acting for fucking free xD.

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  11. Angelina Dash Author

    That CEO for Chaos wars should have been fired, how the fuck did he even become a CEO in the first place, knowing that he made such STUPID VOICE ACTOR HIRING DECISIONS?!?!?

    Like, holy fuck, what the fucking shit kind of quality was he going to expect from hiring a literal toddler, sounding no older then 4 YEARS OLD, TO DO THE VOICE ACTING FOR AN RPG CHARACTER??!?!?

    A FOWER YEER OWUL CAN BAWEY TAWK CWEERWEE IN ENGWISH. HOW DO YUUU EKSHPECKT HIM TO SPEAK CWEERWEE IN A VIDYA GAYM?

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  12. Earl Duran Author

    The real reason why plants vs zombies franchise should never have a official voices or they should using proper voice acting for other franchises.

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  13. Arcilion Venuture Samagoar Gumich Author

    Did you say any awful video game voice acting? YES! There's unfit voice acting in the video game character. Is,……..

    SKYLANDER SPYRO!

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  14. Ethereal Author

    Really? Of all things to show at first, the original Time Crisis? I thought it was serviceable…

    And how come House of the Dead 2 is just an honorable mention?

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  15. MLG GAMER Author

    0:50 Why the heck does this dude sound like Bazamalam? Also I am amazed I sat through this Cringing the whole way. Some were monotone as heck and some just overdid the feeling and it didn't fit the Character Oh God!

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