Voice talent is without a doubt one of the most important factors of making a game. Whether it’s an original concept or based on a well-known idea, the right voice can bring the characters to life, and the wrong voice can completely ruin them. This is more important, however, with pre-established properties, as fans tend to expect the characters to sound a very specific way. If the voices don’t match, then it’ll be that much more difficult for your game to be taken seriously.
Luckily, many gaming companies are well aware of this fact, and spare no expense when it comes to hiring top-level talent. The recently revealed voices for Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men: Destiny are proving that these developers know the importance of talented performers.
Three names were mentioned for Spider-Man: Edge of Time that are certainly not unknown. Perhaps the biggest name of the bunch is the man who will play Walker Sloan, none other than Hollywood’s own Val Kilmer. Meanwhile, Laura Vandervoort, mostly known for playing Supergirl on Smallville, will be doing the voice for Spider-Man mainstay Mary Jane Watson. Katee Sackhoff, most notable as Lieutenant Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, will be making her voice acting debut as sometimes-heroine, sometimes-villainess Black Cat.
Meanwhile, the voices for the three playable characters for X-Men: Destiny were revealed as well. Milo Ventimiglia, known for his work on the TV show Heroes, will be voicing Grant Alexander. Jamie Chung, known for her recent work in SuckerPunch and The Hangover Part II, will be voicing Aimi Yoshida. And finally, Scott Porter, who worked on the TV show Friday Night Lights, will voice for Adrian Luca.
While Edge of Time certainly has the clear advantage with all the big-name talent, the X-Men Destiny cast are in for some serious work. With all the different paths each of the three characters could potentially take, a vast number of quips and conversations are a necessity. Hopefully these guys can deliver with all the difficult work ahead of them.
Do you think the big-name talent for Edge of Time instantly makes the game that much better? Can Destiny‘s talent come through?
Spider-Man: Edge of Time will release on October 25, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS.
X-Men: Destiny will release this September for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS.