Video Game Voice Actors: How to Choose the Best One?
Every single video game is different.
Some rely more on general narration, while others prioritize elaborate character journeys. Of course, differences in genre, the target audience, as well as the budget play a huge part in how the video game will be voiced.
The one-size-fits-all approach definitely doesn’t work here. However, there are some universal things to consider when hiring voice talent for a video game voice over.
Experience in the Field
First things first — just like in any other profession, experience gives the voice actor an edge.
Voice acting is used so extensively that it’s impossible for all voice actors to be able to excel in every niche. Some artists specialize in voicing commercials and marketing videos, others stick with bringing e-book characters to life.
As a rule of thumb for video game voice overs, look for someone with experience in voicing video games or other character-based works.
Maybe the voice actor has worked with a comic cartoon in the past and your video game character is funny and easy-going?
You might be a good match! On the other hand, if the artist’s portfolio only contains commercial and e-learning voice overs, they might not be a good fit. In general, looking for someone with specialized experience in video game recordings is a good idea. However, we recommend that you listen and audition as many voice actors as possible. Experience doesn’t always mean the person is right for the job.
Usage of Regional Accents and Dialects
It’s important to consider what regional accent and dialect the video game character or narrator should have.
Each well-rounded character has a backstory. So make sure that a selected voice actor tells it as accurately and engagingly as possible.
That’s where the usage of dialects and specific regional accents come in handy. Accent variations hint about the character’s background and portray them as more realistic.
So, think about your character’s roots and voice. Does he or she come from Ireland and have a distinct Irish accent? Or maybe they speak with a thick Korean accent?
Impressively voiced characters with distinct accents definitely leave a lasting impression on the players. Here are two great examples from the game Overwatch.