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WarpRattler

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« on: February 11, 2011, 09:57:59 PM »
Ever played a game where, for some reason or another, you can't stand the voice-acting? Post about it here.

I picked up Super Swing Golf Season Two (the second Pangya Wii game) about a month ago because I loved Pangya Portable, but I've hardly played it because the English voices are awful. All of them. And it would be bad enough just with annoying voices, but these voices don't even match the characters.

Turtlekid1

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2011, 10:18:15 PM »
Didn't really care for Willa Holland's acting for Aqua in Kingdom Hearts: Birthy by Sleep, but I was too busy listening to Haley Joel Osment and Leonard Nimoy being evil to feel too strongly about that.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2011, 10:31:15 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zygDzAkothQ" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zygDzAkothQ</a>

I think the voice acting in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is part of why I still haven't finished it. Some of the voice actors are the same good ones from the first game, but the ones that aren't don't sound anything like the originals, nor do they sound much good on their own merits.

Baten Kaitos was bad, but in a funny way. (Baten Kaitos Origins's voice acting is a huge improvement, though; among the best on the GCN)
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011, 10:47:00 PM »
The Arc Rise Fantasia dub reminds me of Chaos Wars, except still loads better. Seriously, Chaos Wars has one of the worst English dubs ever. Though it at least has Japanese voices as an option...which would be great if the game didn't suck balls.

Also, ARF was one of the first things that came up when I was looking for an undub for Super Swing Golf Season Two earlier. :\

Castle Shikigami 2 has a pretty awful dub too, but it's bearable in that because you can turn off the story stuff and it's a great game anyway.

And Turtlekid, you didn't even play the game.

Turtlekid1

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011, 10:53:33 PM »
And probably never will.  Your point?
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2011, 11:42:40 PM »
The voice acting in the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV was atrociously wooden and stilted.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2011, 11:48:39 PM »
I found the hero's voice in Final Fantasy X annoying.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2011, 02:08:14 AM »
I was annoyed by Pandora's voice in God of War III.

How the X is Leonard Nimoy still sitting around voice-acting KH games. Seriously, how the X
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2011, 02:47:01 AM »
Turtlekid: You might want to work on your basic reading comprehension for the next time someone posts a thread asking for the opinions of people who have played games rather than watching other people play them on YouTube.

Weegee: Now I wonder if the PSP port of FF4 and The After Years is going to be voiced. I bet Square Enix would just get the same voice actors - or worse, just reuse the stuff recorded for FF4DS.

Toad: Yeah, Tidus can be pretty annoying, but not as much as hearing "LADY YUNIE" over and over.

Also annoying in a game with "X" in the title: the DDR X announcer. They had a great announcer from DDRMAX through Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2, so why'd they have to go and change it to some lame new guy? And unfortunately, this change wasn't just a US thing, so I have to hear it regardless of which version I play.

Lizard Dude: It also had Mark Hamill, who I guess would've gone straight from Darksiders to that.

« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2011, 02:52:58 AM »
Valkyria Chronicles 2. I want to shoot Avan every time he opens that mouth of his to laugh at some stupid joke. It also doesn't help that he doesn't sound nearly as cool as Welkin.
As a game that requires six friends, an HDTV, and skill, I can see why the majority of TMK is going to hate on it hard.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2011, 03:56:58 AM »
Oh, come on, Avan's not that bad.

...Okay, yes, he is. But I've heard worse. It's not nearly as bad as in the Pangya Wii game, which has me to the point that I'll go through the effort of making an undub myself if I have to (or would if I could find the Korean or Japanese versions of the game anywhere ;_;).

« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2011, 05:08:25 AM »
Lizard Dude: It also had Mark Hamill, who I guess would've gone straight from Darksiders to that.
Mark Hamill isn't 129 years old.

P.S. Tidus is okay in my book.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2011, 05:58:07 AM »
Tidus is fine until you hear someone else playing Final Fantasy X in the same room and hear

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Not so much "annoying" voiceovers, but: I tried to play Disgaea Infinite with the Japanese voices, but I had to switch back to English because I'm so used to those (Disgaea DS was my introduction to the series and lacked language options).

Also, I don't like Morrigan's new voice in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2011, 01:19:45 AM »
Saki in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. The fact that she is an utter banshee may or may not be a bad thing, considering it makes me fight her three times harder than I fight any other character, because I don't want to hear her screech any more syllables than she has to.

I mean, I hate everyone's voice in TvC; Frank West's, because it is so not his voice (but it is HILARIOUS! TO THE MOON!), everyone else's because they couldn't be bothered to get English voices (after all the trouble to get Ultimate All-Stars to be released in English-speaking territories, why didn't they go the whole nine yards? It bothers me). But Saki... is worse than knives on plates, nails on chalkboards, and knives and plates and nails and chalkboards in blenders.

Edit: There is one voice clip in TvC I like: when Casshan switches out with his partner character, it sounds like he's saying "Pound 'em."

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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2011, 01:52:49 AM »
I can't stand the American voices for some of the Street Fighter IV characters. El Fuerte and T. Hawk come to mind.

Oh yeah, and Mega Man 8. Holy [dukar] that was bad.
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2011, 03:46:43 AM »
You just hate Mexicans don't you.

On the subject of bad fightan game VAs, Captain America's newest voice actor in Marvel vs Capcom 3 is abysmal. Considering how they managed to get Josh Keaton and Steve Blum to reprise their roles as Spidey and Logan, how hard could it have been to get David Hayter, Justin Gross, or Brian Bloom to voice him again?

In a similar vein, there is Mignon Beart from Maximum Impact. I can tolerate the MI dub voices because most of them still ooze of that classic SNK cheese I like, but Mignon's VA clearly tried to pander to her moe appeal. But it doesn't work here when she's a filler character with very few practical uses.

Also, NoA saw fit to have some porn actor voice Mia in Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn. There wasn't a lot of voice work in that game, but that's still no excuse to make the Greil Mercenaries sound so lifeless. Mia just happened to get stuck with the most appalling, unfitting voice in the game. I'm talking Bible Black-bad levels here, and she only had like 3 lines.
As a game that requires six friends, an HDTV, and skill, I can see why the majority of TMK is going to hate on it hard.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2011, 04:21:57 AM »
Somehow I don't find Japanese characters (i.e. most of the cast of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom) having Japanese voices to be a problem. Especially when most of them were never given proper English voices in their original medium in the first place.

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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2011, 09:51:48 PM »
On the subject of bad fightan game VAs, Captain America's newest voice actor in Marvel vs Capcom 3 is abysmal. Considering how they managed to get Josh Keaton and Steve Blum to reprise their roles as Spidey and Logan, how hard could it have been to get David Hayter, Justin Gross, or Brian Bloom to voice him again?

Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks this. Also, Hulk's voice sounds slightly off to me during his special moves. It sounds more like gargling than growling.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2011, 11:36:10 PM »
I just remembered how annoying Sig (from the modern Puyo Puyo games, but not the one that came out here) is. It got worse when I started playing a version of Puyo Puyo 7 with full voiceovers for the story segments. Also Arle's voice in the US version of Fever.

Oh, and it turns out Castle of Shikigami III (the naming scheme for the US versions of these games is all over the place because all three of them had different publishers) has terrible voices too. But it has the same options for story segments and voices as its predecessor, and some of the voice clips are pretty funny anyway; for example, when you defeat the stage one boss, she yells "YOU SUCK!" as she disappears.

« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2011, 12:11:47 AM »
You just hate Mexicans don't you.

My problem is that neither of them sound Spanish...at all.
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2011, 02:23:08 AM »
So are you implying that Vega does sound Spanish? Does Chun Li sound Chinese? Does Sagat sound Thai?

« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2011, 02:40:50 AM »
Point taken, but I still find them annoying.
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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2011, 02:54:03 AM »
My problem is that neither of them sound Spanish...at all.

I'll give you T. Hawk, but El Fuerte's voice sounds convincing enough. Granted, its a voice that borders on a racist stereotype, but still.

and Vega's voice is sexy as hell.
As a game that requires six friends, an HDTV, and skill, I can see why the majority of TMK is going to hate on it hard.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2011, 05:47:04 AM »
Vega ... Spanish ... Chun Li ... Chinese ... Sagat ... Thai
On a similar note, and I've been saying this pretty much ever since the situation with the language toggle for Marvel vs. Capcom 3's voices was revealed (and should've been saying it more ever since hearing Punch-Out!! do something similar with great effect), it would be awesome for non-Japanese non-English characters like those mentioned above to have their native languages as a voice option in these newer games.

« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2011, 09:35:57 PM »
*thinks about playing as Zangief in his native Russian tongue

Yeah, that would be totally awesome.

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« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2011, 02:31:50 AM »
On the subject of bad fightan game VAs, Captain America's newest voice actor in Marvel vs Capcom 3 is abysmal. Considering how they managed to get Josh Keaton and Steve Blum to reprise their roles as Spidey and Logan, how hard could it have been to get David Hayter, Justin Gross, or Brian Bloom to voice him again?

Credits say that is Brian Bloom.
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« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2011, 06:49:40 PM »
I don't care what anyone says, nothing can be as annoying as this! XD
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2011, 07:12:42 PM »
Haha, those are terrible!

This should set off a few people here:

"Got it memorized?"

« Reply #28 on: February 21, 2011, 08:09:23 PM »
"Got it memorized?"

Quinton Flynn is fairly annoying in Metal Gear Solid 2 as well.
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Turtlekid1

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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2011, 09:48:24 PM »
Haha, those are terrible!

This should set off a few people here:

"Got it memorized?"
As if!
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coolkid

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« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2011, 04:26:20 PM »
Star Fox Adventures. Almost all the voices are the aural equivalent of...something bad. Slippy's voice is so screechy you'd think he's caught in a giant...super...blender...or something. Fox sounds really goofy, and the Dinosaur Speech in the cutscenes (up until you get the translator) is just too ridiculous to take seriously. At least it's so bad it's funny, though.
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2011, 07:52:03 PM »
Annoying lack of voiceovers: Tomoya, the main character of Clannad, isn't voiced in any version of the game, be it Full Voice on PC, or the PS2 or Xbox 360 ports. Nearly every other character is voiced, which leads me to believe it's a matter of immersion, but in practice I'd rather have him be voiced.

« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2011, 08:56:21 PM »
Slippy's voice

Oh god yes. I can't stand Slippy's voice. What's bad is that you (more or less) need him to get through the game's harder puzzles.

Fox

I don't have a problem with Fox. He does sound a bit goofy but it's bearable.

Also, Falco. You don't have to listen to him until the final scene, yet I still find his voice the most annoying. I guess he's from Space Brooklyn?
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CrossEyed7

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« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2011, 09:16:15 PM »
I hate that the (unnecessarily) trademarked words aren't translated to Dinosaur language. As if Dinosaur Planet wasn't enough of a disbelief-suspension-shattering name in and of itself. The language would actually sound pretty decent if it wasn't "De-edo sud tovouk GENERAL SCALES!" Reminds me of the Spanish Sportscenter skit on SNL a few weeks ago.
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Turtlekid1

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« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2011, 11:01:27 PM »
I guess he's from Space Brooklyn?
Is that like Space Australia?
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coolkid

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« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2011, 05:54:05 PM »
Space Australia? What, like Jeice?

I kinda like CastleVania: Symphony of the Night's voices. As in, not in the "so cheesy it's hilarious" kinda way. It's not THAT good, but rarely gets bad. Lots of people laugh hard upon seeing them, though. Now, Star Ocean on the other hand...
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2011, 05:01:08 PM »
Noel Vermillion in BlazBlue sounds like a twelve-year-old. Bluuuuugh.

(I haven't heard her Japanese voice)

« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2011, 06:15:38 PM »
She doesn't sound any better in japanese. But I wouldn't expect anything less from Weeaboo Fighter CS.

How about one for annoyance at lack of voice overs? 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors would've benefited from some voiced scenes instead of every single scene being text. Especially since I'd like to know just how many of the cast members aren't japanese. I kind of figured Clover and Snake are from the UK due to their clothing style, but there's no evidence for that. June, Ace and Lotus seem non-japanese until their real names are revealed. Seven seems like the only wild card in the group based on his outfit.
As a game that requires six friends, an HDTV, and skill, I can see why the majority of TMK is going to hate on it hard.

WarpRattler

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« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2011, 10:07:07 PM »
I hear a bunch of people are annoyed that the new visual novel TYPE-MOON is releasing later this year isn't going to be voiced. Keeping in mind that:
-no professional VN company releases new unvoiced PC games anymore (in fact, oftentimes you get rereleases of older games where the big draw is added voices)
-TYPE-MOON is filthy rich just from the recent success of the Kara no Kyoukai movies, ignoring all the money they've made from Tsukihime, Melty Blood, and Fate/stay night
-this game was announced years ago and has been delayed several times

WarpRattler

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« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2011, 06:12:25 AM »
She doesn't sound any better in japanese.
Yes, she does. A lot better.

I figure Platinum in English will be far worse than any Noel voice, though, which is a shame because she's a character I actually enjoy playing. Not looking forward to hearing that when CS2 comes out in the US.

Also, what is with ASW and getting worse announcers for later iterations of their games? Like, I loved the announcer in the earlier versions of Guilty Gear XX, but then I played Accent Core Plus and found they changed the announcer to some new guy that doesn't sound nearly as good. Same for BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger's announcer was fine, but the one in Continuum Shift is awful.

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WarpRattler

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« Reply #40 on: September 19, 2011, 03:21:35 AM »
Guilty Gear 2: Overture has terrible English voices (made worse by the script itself being pretty bad - it's not a game you play for the story) and a terrible announcer.

Curiously, Battle Fantasia (another Arc System Works game whose 360 port was released around the same time as GG2) lacks English voices entirely, aside from the announcer (who is awesome).

The voiceclips for allies in some of the games I've been playing recently can get very annoying. The two big examples right now are BrĂ¼tal Legend and Earth Defense Force 2017; the former has roving bands of Ironheade soldiers who call out to you every time you pass them on the road, while the latter has squadmates who keep repeating the same annoying lines, only in different voices.

cosmic_c

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« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2011, 05:12:11 PM »
I hate that the (unnecessarily) trademarked words aren't translated to Dinosaur language. As if Dinosaur Planet wasn't enough of a disbelief-suspension-shattering name in and of itself. The language would actually sound pretty decent if it wasn't "De-edo sud tovouk GENERAL SCALES!" Reminds me of the Spanish Sportscenter skit on SNL a few weeks ago.

I'm guessing your a fan JonT.?

WarpRattler

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« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2012, 02:05:08 PM »
I've been playing a lot of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend this past week, and while the game is excellent, constantly having to hear English voices from other players' characters online is a real pain. While some characters have decent English voices (Rachel Alucard's voice fits the character perfectly, and Relius Clover's voice isn't too bad), a couple of main characters like Noel (who I mentioned before) and Ragna have terrible voices, and Iron Tager just sounds like Captain America.

Oddly, the voices people select also make it easy to tell who's going to be a serious challenge; people who use the English voices usually aren't as good as the people who set the voice-acting to Japanese at the start and never look back.

(They changed the default announcer again for this game, too! What the hell, ASW!)

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