Chloe Explains Why Uncharted 2's Voiceovers Ruled
Although 2009 boasted many fantastic voiceover performances in the video game industry - Mark Hamill as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Jack Black as Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend come quickly to mind - perhaps the most accomplished overall cast was found in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Why? Well, let the voice of Chloe Frazer explain a bit about how Naughty Dog handles their business; when it comes to preparing an interactive movie of sorts, you need some highly professional and well-trained individuals, right? Joystiq spoke to actress Claudia Black about her first time doing motion capture for a game, and she talked about the general experience:
"Yes, this was my first motion capture experience. I am a huge proponent of it because I think what impressed me about Naughty Dog's is that they respect and appreciate the magic that occurs over time between the performers. That you can have a great script, and you can have great voice actors in the booth, but you are never going to recreate that incredible alchemy that occurs with people in a room together. And they hired such amazing actors, you know, theater trained, very experienced actors to work together. And also, they were very specific and particular about whom they hired based on personalities because they wanted us to be a really tight knit family. And every single day it was fun. Every single day. And I know that games have become a very serious business, but they wanted the levity and the bonding to be the overriding essence on the set."
That's how you get a professional cast for a video game. This is one of the biggest reasons why Uncharted 2 was so good; all the voices were excellent. No voice performer in that game is a rookie in the acting world; Black least of all. Starring in Farscape, Stargate, and a number of movies, she made her mark long before Naughty Dog's ambitious sequel. We'll try to put "Pitch Black" from our minds for now (Black's character didn't fare well in that one) and we'll choose to remember Chloe instead. For my money, she's the best new character of the generation, although I'm sure there can be heated discussion concerning that topic.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
12/20/2009 10:01:09 PM Ben Dutka