Chloe Grace Moretz in Dishonored
What do Hit-Girl, Carrie White, and Emily Kaldwin all have in common? Well, they’re all played by the Hollywood actress Chloe Grace Moretz, yes, but they’re all strong characters as well, the latter of the three being the heir to the throne of The Isles in Dishonored, the young girl whom all your choices and actions in the game will directly affect. She can be innocent, she can be eerily menacing, Chloe Grace Moretz does a phenomenal job in portraying this young soon-to-be empress in the midst of a crucial shift both within and around her.
While she doesn’t feature in the Dishonored as much as one might expect, her role is nonetheless important. Unlike the video games listed above, there was no motion capture involved in the development of this game and all the emotion comes from the voices alone. When you hear that young queen in the tavern, either promising to be a just and kind ruler or a cruel and vicious overlord, her voice alone will either warm your heart or chill you to the bone.
Also featuring Lena Headey, Carrie Fisher, John Slattery, and Susan Sarandon.
Sean Bean in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls boast a near endless world of magic, monsters, and great and malevolent gods. Without a doubt, the voice of Boromir fits right into Tamriel, a breath of fresh air after talking to some 250+ NPCs and hearing one of five oddly familiar voices over and over again. Sean Bean’s humble but memorable Yorkshire accent brings life to Martin Septim, the illegitimate son of Uriel Septim VII. He quickly becomes a likeable character and worthy of the Amulet of Kings, which he breaks and seeing as how it’s Sean Bean, obviously dies in spectacular fashion, involving fire, a world-ending god and the blood of a king.
Also featuring Patrick Stewart.
Liam Neeson in Fallout 3
He’s got a very particular set of skills. Skills he’s acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for irradiated mutants like ghouls. Fallout 3 sees you, as the lone wanderer, searching for James, your father, after he leaves Vault 101, inadvertently plunging it into chaos. Before that, you’ll be introduced to him through a sequence of flashbacks of sorts, from birth until adulthood under the guidance and parentage of Liam Neeson. Just try and think of someone more badass than Qui-Gon Jinn to father a lone wanderer, tough enough to venture through the post-apocalyptic Capital Wasteland.
Liam Nelson’s voice just makes it that much more rewarding when you tell him that you disarmed the megaton bomb and make him proud…or lie and make him proud anyway. In all seriousness though, it’s clear to see why they chose him to play James. His voice carries the gentleness and strength of a father without disturbing the fantastic atmosphere of the game. That kind of immersive character is just one more reason why Fallout 3 is a must play, no matter how old it is.