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Best Voice Acting?


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Gwena
04.07.2012 , 01:25 PM | #11
It is always interesting to see what others think of the voices for each class! It can be hard to separate the lines from the voice acting itself, though.

Of the male voices:

Sith Warrior - my favorite; expressive and commanding, but not cheesy. Seems very versatile.
Jedi Knight - classic nice/good guy voice, I really liked this one. All that earnest hero talk might get old after awhile though.
Jedi Consular - not the worst but very disappointing. It sounds just plain silly with a lot of non-nice dialogue choices and is not very versatile when it comes to "working" with different character appearances. I think a lot of the problem is the dialogue itself though; in the rare times that the JC gets sarcastic/dry humor lines the voice works much better.

Of the female voices:

Sith Warrior - I can't stand this voice, she sounds like a mature-lady Disney villain (and in Sith gear? hello, Maleficent).
Smuggler - my favorite; lighthearted, sassy at times, but still nice and feminine.
Bounty Hunter - a great tough-girl voice, not really my thing but well done for what it is.

And I agree with you OP on the female agent, definitely another favorite of mine. ^^

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revial
04.07.2012 , 05:47 PM | #12
Best voices:

Female Sith Warrior. I loled at the post above mine complaining that she sounds mature. She and the Imperial Agent are about the only two female classes in this game that make think I'm a powerful 30 something in my prime, rather than some pasty-faced teenager.

So, yea, if it wasn't obvious, Female Agent. Best voice in the game, with female Sith Warrior a close second.

Voices I hate:

Female Consular. This is the worst voice and voice acting (the two are not one and the same) in the entire game. Yes, that means random NPCs have better voices and voice acting than her.

Female Jedi Knight. It sounds like a teenybopper. I hate teenyboppers.

Female Smuggler. Has moments of greatness, but whenever she tries to throw in some western twang, it sounds so forced and unnatural.

Female Trooper. I actually mostly adore the voice actress. My hatred for this voice comes from fatigue, since she's been a major fixture in Bioware games for the last decade. I'm sure if Bioware continues to use 'FemHawke' for the next ten years, I'll grow to hate her voice as well, regardless of how much I love it today. Plus, the female Sith Warrior is an example of how you can do a strong female voice without trying to make the character sound like a butch lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with butch lesbians). I've always felt the 'Shepard' voice was her trying too hard, which is a shame, as I think she's a great VA.

I'm fairly indifferent to the male playable character voices. None of them make my ears bleed, which is all I ask, though some of them when combined with Body Type 1 do make me lol (Male Agent, for instance).
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hadoken
04.07.2012 , 05:58 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by revial View Post
Female Trooper. I actually mostly adore the voice actress. My hatred for this voice comes from fatigue, since she's been a major fixture in Bioware games for the last decade. I'm sure if Bioware continues to use 'FemHawke' for the next ten years, I'll grow to hate her voice as well, regardless of how much I love it today. Plus, the female Sith Warrior is an example of how you can do a strong female voice without trying to make the character sound like a butch lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with butch lesbians). I've always felt the 'Shepard' voice was her trying too hard, which is a shame, as I think she's a great VA.
I think you mean FemShep, as FemHawke is done by the actress for female Imperial Agent.

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Ginnem
04.07.2012 , 10:05 PM | #14
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Female Trooper sounds off. It really sounds like someone trying to deepen their voice instead of it being natural, it's almost comedic.

Though that might be because I'm just accustomed to her as Phoenix.

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Aethyriel
04.07.2012 , 10:29 PM | #15
I think the single best VA is the female IA, the voice and the way the lines are spoken is simply great, the female Sith Warrior is a close second, the problem I have with it is... well, it seems to "change" drastically depending on wether you give a more LS or DS option, when LS she sounds pretty "normal" but when you go DS she sounds somewhat psychotic, it's not really consistent, still very good individually though. The male IA sounds too... dull imo, too uptight, not very refined, the male SW is pretty good.

The female SI is pretty weird in the beginning, but once you get used to it (that is after a while) I really started to love it. The sarcastic/comedy lines are so perfect with the accent, it's probably the single most arrogant voice in the game and it's pretty much the same for the male counterpart though I find that rather annoying then entertaining.

For the BH... the male sounds pretty cool and ****** in the beginning but after a while this very deep raspy voice gets old and annoying and you get the urge to tell the guy to clear his gosh darn throat... it doesn't sound natural when you're not playing a muscle giant who's totally DS... the female one is done pretty well, sounds a bit like a southern accent somewhat, it's a shame though that the chracter itself has some of the worst and most repetetive lines in the game though, not utilizing the voice talent completely (I've played every empire class to 50 and know some lines tend to repeat themselfs quite often, but the BH feels like she has the least amount of lines throughout the game).

For Rep classes, haven't tried many of those, but here goes.

Male JK is boring. It puts me to sleep. It makes me want to strangle bunnies because it is so incredibly dull. Female JK is better, but nowhere near as awesome as the SW counterpart. Female Trooper sounds quite alright, FemShep, check, Soldier, check and all, doesn't really go with a body type 1 though , for the male one I don't know, haven't heard it enough.
JC female is, for me, the best voice on rep side, male counterpart is horrible though, the Smugglers both got away quite good, nice voiceacting and great lines.

Overall it's done pretty well, but they should try to "lighten" or "darken" the voiceacting depending on your choices - hearing a JK making a threat or something like that just sounds SO off.

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revial
04.08.2012 , 02:53 AM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by hadoken View Post
I think you mean FemShep, as FemHawke is done by the actress for female Imperial Agent.
I was pointing out that I used to love 'FemShep' prior to her FemShep role combined with years of hearing her in Bioware games, and showing how fatigue over constantly hearing a voice actor/actress can make me eventually hate something I love. ie: FemHawke ala the Imperial Agent, who I love today, but could easily end up hating ten years down the road if she ends up in every Bioware game between now and then. So, no, it wasn't a typo.

Also, I have to agree with the BH. It sure seems like she uses stock lines far more than any other class.

Lastly, my favorite NPC voice is Darth Zhorrid's. It's a shame she's a Class-specific NPC (IA) that had disappointingly few lines, because I thought her voice acting was fantastic. It's hard to tell if I have heard that VA elsewhere in the game, as I kind of presume Bioware did some altering to the voice to get her to sound the way she does.
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Toogeloo
04.08.2012 , 02:11 PM | #17
Female Warrior was practically ******ic when I heard her talk. Loved it and is probably still my favorite voice actress. Female Agent and Female Smuggler are both top notch as well. I don't play male characters, so no judging them. Female Trooper is Jen Hale, which should be cool, but unfortunately, the body I made for the Trooper doesn't fit her voice as well as I like.

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JediXMan
04.08.2012 , 07:56 PM | #18
Sith Warrior (male) - 7/10. Very brute but has a little class to his voice.

Sith Inquisitor (male) - 8/10. All finesse and cunning. Classy, scheming Sith voice. My favorite.

Bounty Hunter (male) - 7/5. It's not bad, but gets old after Hutta.

Imperial Agent (male) - 4/10. The guy just sounds... bored. It has the scheming thing, but his lines always feel rushed. I get that it's supposed to sound "direct and to the point," but it just feels like the actor wanted to get through the day. But other lines are good; the ones where he pauses every once in awhile when a comma is used. Those would be a 7/10. Or at least a 6.5.

Jedi Knight (male) - 5/10. Too schoolboy goody-goody. And I played him as a light sided Jedi, but he just sounds like one of those annoying Jedi when he opens his mouth. Which I guess is good... I guess...

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Xienive
04.08.2012 , 10:23 PM | #19
I didn't love the Consular voice at all, but after finishing the story I couldn't picture him with any other voice.


I love the Inquisitor voice and acting. He is really quite great at being sarcastic and sounds sinister at the right time.
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CelticMarauder
04.08.2012 , 10:43 PM | #20
In order from favorite to least favorite, all male voices.
Trooper
Sith Warrior
Agent
Smuggler
Inquisitor
Bounty Hunter
Jedi Knight
Jedi Consular
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