Prolific voice actor Troy Baker absolutely nails a list of spot-on impressions of several notable video game characters he’s played throughout his career.
Chances are, if fans have played a game in the last several years at least, then they’ve heard Troy Baker‘s voice. While the man’s sonorous pipes have lent rich personalities to numerous video game characters by way of scripted and recorded dialogue, it also turns out he’s a pretty gifted improviser as well.
During a recent PlayStation Access video, Baker was asked to run through a lightning round of 14 different off-the-cuff voices, with each one being given a specific scenario or situation to act out. Not only is the gamut of impressions chock full of characters that he’s embodied throughout his storied career, but it also requires him to perform a parody of his friend and fellow famed voice actor, Nolan North, who makes a brief cameo in the clip.
As seen below, Baker is tasked with explaining the end of BioShock Infinite as its protagonist Booker DeWitt, going on a first date as Joel from The Last of Us, contemplating existence as Groot from LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, channeling an inner Jack Nicholson through his version of the Joker from Batman: Arkham Origins, and a lot more. The video is loads of fun, and if anything, it could give fledgling voice actors a quick lesson about the commitment to physicality that’s also involved in order to deliver impeccable vocal performances.
Aside from being a massive talent himself, Troy Baker also has stuck up for others who also practice his craft in the past. When discussing fans’ out of hand dismissal of Kiefer Sutherland replacing David Hayter as Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Baker responded by saying they should “reserve judgment” because the 24 actor “knocked it out of the freaking park”. Such a positive and supportive attitude has no doubt helped Baker land numerous followers, as well as top-tier roles in upcoming games.
Speaking of future releases, Naughty Dog has been teasing the prospect of a sequel to its survival horror starring Troy Baker as Joel and Ashley Johnson as Ellie, but when the former was asked earlier this year about The Last of Us 2 ever coming out, he denied knowing anything about its existence. Nevertheless, he could very well have been feigning ignorance, for back in September, the original game’s director, Neil Druckmann, said that he had preliminary concepts planned out and new characters designed, which gives the possibility of a sequel a glimmer of hope.
Regardless, fans should listen out for Troy Baker’s voice as Sam Drake, Nathan Drake’s older brother, in the forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which is set to release on March 18, 2016.
Source: PlayStation Access