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#1 Edited by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

As we all know very very well, video games before the age of the PS2 had... either horrid to average voice acting 99% of the time. Some games may not have had bad voice actors like MGS, however, there is still a crapton that I am amazed on how bad the acting is.

This topic is to show off the worst of the worst. The ones that are either so bad that they are funny as hell, to the very worst which are capable of wanting people to become deaf so they wouldn't hear another word! Let this topic celebrate the horrid voice acting in video games!

My first pick is a famous arcade gem. The main bad guy is either A, a robot, B, a man on some sort of super emotion controlling drugs, or C, a very shitty actor in a funny way. Enjoy!

Goldman is amazing, his laugh is so... awful that it is easily one of the funniest things I have heard all this year. It is like that one sound you can't get enough of and that you enjoy listening to. That is how amazing his laugh is!

Now for the next... which I honestly think has the worst acting in any video game... in the universe... No, really, I truly am not joking in the slightest everyone. I warn you all now. This video game voice acting I am going to show you may cause many things to occur to your body system.

1. Your body will deem your ears unworthy and cause infections in them to prevent hearing of this abysmal video game voice acting.

2. The sound waves from the speakers/headphones are in themselves capable of creating tumors the size of your fist.

3.The sound waves also effect your eyeballs to the point of becoming bloodshot then blindness occurs shortly afterwards

4. Death by causing your body to give up in order to stop listening to this. As a plus, your body never rots due to the worms and maggots never choosing to go near the sound waves.

These are the reported signs from just two minutes of watching this next video. People who choose to listen to this abysmal voice acting. Take heed of these words!

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

My God... it's full of... shit...

(2 Months later and several operations done to stop the bleeding from my very pores.)

Never... listening... to that... again...

People of Giant Bomb, which video game has the worst voice acting, of all time in your humble opinions!

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

What about Valis III? If ever there was a more halting and unenthusiastic performance in a video game, I've yet to see it.

#3 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Awful audio on this one, but it's the only example I could find. His voice acting alone stopped me from playing this game.

#4 Posted by ajamafalous (11957 posts) -

DOGS OF THE AMS

#5 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Also. This.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (24381 posts) -

At least Chaos Wars has the excuse of literally featuring family member's of the publisher's CEO as cast members. That is bottom of the barrel "we don't have the budget to do proper voiceovers" quality right there.

#7 Posted by leinad44 (506 posts) -

I think this takes the cake

#8 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Anything made in Japan.

#9 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

At least Chaos Wars has the excuse of literally featuring family member's of the publisher's CEO as cast members. That is bottom of the barrel "we don't have the budget to do proper voiceovers" quality right there.

But still... it is bad quality... like... REALLY bad. It isn't even funny bad... it literally is bad. Those are some pretty disinterested family members though, I will say that. I wonder if the guy who made them do it paid them or just convinced them that they would be in a video game and that was in it's own reward. The publishing company seems cheap enough to try that one.

#10 Posted by Interfect (979 posts) -

Hyperdimension Neptunia MK 2 has some bad voice acting in it.

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Damn that goldman guy is eerie.

#12 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7076 posts) -

@VinceNotVance said:

Oh god. I remember X-Play's review of this. It's such a laughably bad game all-around.

#13 Posted by BigChickenDinner (766 posts) -

Dark Souls

#14 Edited by buzz_clik (6967 posts) -

There's a handy site that collates shitty game voice over in one place. If you wanna help out by finding games/submitting samples with bad VO, check 'em out over at Audio Atrocities.

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#15 Posted by Legend (2658 posts) -

Probably not the worst voice acting ever, but I was watching a playthrough of Disaster Report and I noticed it has some really bad voice acting. Still an interesting game, though.

#16 Posted by phonicpod (99 posts) -

Clock tower for the PS1 had some truly amazing voicework. :)

#17 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

What the hell did they do to the awesome characters of shadow hearts!?!?!?!

#18 Posted by jewunit (1056 posts) -

@buzz_clik said:

There's a handy site that collates shitty game voice over into one site. If you wanna help out by finding games/submitting samples with bad VO, check 'em out over at Audio Atrocities.

Last Alertis number one for a reason.

#19 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

Best voice acting, or best voice acting? If I remember correctly, Obscure on PS2 had some pretty bad VA as well.

#20 Posted by krazy_kyle (716 posts) -

Resi 1

#21 Posted by Vorbis (2750 posts) -

It was bad in a great way. I don't believe in maaaagic.

#22 Edited by buzz_clik (6967 posts) -

@WilltheMagicAsian: Man, I haven't played that game in a while. I forgot it had that slight grindhouse aesthetic in places - ahead of its time or what?

As for Obscure, I've got a copy of that at home, but never really played it. Thanks for reminding me!

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#23 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

@buzz_clik said:

@WilltheMagicAsian: Man, I haven't played that game in a while. I forgot it had that slight grindhouse aesthetic in places - ahead of its time or what?

As for Obscure, I've got a copy of that at home, but never really played it. Thanks for reminding me!

I think the best way to play Obscure is co-op with a friend. Had some good times with that.

#24 Posted by konig_kei (603 posts) -

Arma 2, not that Microsoft Sam shit the actual scripted campaign vo it's so awful.. Also, ninety nine nights that also has real bad vo and the lip syncing is non existent.

#25 Posted by Irvandus (2876 posts) -

@Jay444111: Please tell me that last on is a fan project, please, I can accept something like that was released in the wild.

#26 Posted by buzz_clik (6967 posts) -
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#27 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3070 posts) -

Time Crisis is a strong contender.

#28 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@Irvandus said:

@Jay444111: Please tell me that last on is a fan project, please, I can accept something like that was released in the wild.

It's real. Completely real. The game was pre-order only from gamestop. Game informer had advertised it and I was in fact tempted to actually preorder this game... Thank all things good in the world that I was broke that month!

#29 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1761 posts) -

The Shadow Hearts fan in me feels nothing but rage and hate at that Chaos Wars video.

#30 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

I've been hard on your blog posts in the past, but this is completely awesome. I mean, the second one doesn't even seem real.

#31 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4700 posts) -

tali no

#32 Posted by SSValis (1136 posts) -

@VinceNotVance said:

ahhhhhhh that was terrible

#33 Edited by SSValis (1136 posts) -

@Vorbis said:

It was bad in a great way. I don't believe in maaaagic.

no this is worse

edit: after listening to some of the other posted vids this doesn't seem so bad...

#34 Posted by iWonder (454 posts) -

Star Ocean: The Last Hope had a pretty grating localization team.

I liked how you could skip cutscenes in that game and it would give you a summary of what happened: saved me a lot of ear-bleeding.

#35 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

Sorry, guys, I'm pretty sure Jay has it this time. The voice acting in that Chaos Wars clip is atrocious.

#36 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@Skald said:

I've been hard on your blog posts in the past, but this is completely awesome. I mean, the second one doesn't even seem real.

I know... I can hardly believe something so... horrible even exists... hell, I would rather have no voices at all than... that.

@Little_Socrates said:

Sorry, guys, I'm pretty sure Jay has it this time. The voice acting in that Chaos Wars clip is atrocious.

I know. Overall sugguestions so far have just been funny bad, not the legitimately bad yet. The Chaos War clip has yet to be beaten.

#37 Posted by Psykhophear (939 posts) -
#38 Posted by UnrealDP (1222 posts) -

The European version of Michigan is said to have legendarily awful voice acting, but I can't find any videos on youtube...

#39 Posted by Moody_yeti (369 posts) -

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

Best voice acting, or best voice acting? If I remember correctly, Obscure on PS2 had some pretty bad VA as well.

Ah man such a bad game,I still have thing sitting on my shelf somewhere collecting dust.

#40 Posted by Sackmanjones (4685 posts) -
@krazy_kyle

Resi 1

This is it. You could argue that it's so bad it's good but still. That shit is fucking TERRIBLE!
#41 Posted by Raven10 (1764 posts) -

Maybe not the worst, but Tails in really any 3D Sonic game is just awful. I literally mash the skip button as soon as I see him appear. It is painful. Also, the Dynasty Warriors series has always had hilariously bad voice acting. Or at least it did in the PS2 days. Haven't played it this generation. Maybe they've improved. Generally Japanese companies use anime quality actors (or literally the same actors) for their American voice acting. Obviously a foreign company would tend to have worse English VO. Though SE tends to put some quality VO in its FF games, Hope notwithstanding.

#42 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

Arma 2

#43 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

Did someone say Dark Souls? What a ridiculous answer.

Sonic Adventure.

#44 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

Worst? Yeah these examples are all pretty bad, I can tell you the one that get overlooked the most though, the Isimura's Ship's computer voice in Dead Space 1 is so bad it's bordering on outright racist. It's well knows that Americans can't do a British accent, the only people that think they sound legit are other Americans and even then only if they do Dickensian Gent or Cockney Barrow Boy, that may sound harsh but in games we have to put up with it a lot. But the voice actress for that ships computer must have never even heard of Britain. It's so bad and offensive in every respect it's the equivalent of them having a Chinese Ship's Computer that says shit like "Ching chong" etc.

#45 Posted by Coreymw (203 posts) -

I didn't see Dark Void listed here.

#46 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

How about which has the best voice acting? I would have to go with Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

#47 Posted by BonOrbitz (2183 posts) -

I go with House of the Dead 2. How the hell could they get away with that?!

#48 Posted by manicraider (85 posts) -

You can't really blame some of the American voice actors because most likely they're not professionals and were just hired cheaply. Like that Chaos Wars video on the front page, that sounds like people who are just reading from script. They don't emote or anything. Blame the dubbing company who wouldn't shell out enough dough to hire professional voice actors.

#49 Posted by WalkerD (462 posts) -

Has no one mentioned Just Cause 2 yet? Because someone needs to mention Just Cause 2.

#50 Posted by AndrewB (7574 posts) -

Op already posted the correct answer. This thread should be over.

Then there's this (spoilers for the first 5 minutes of Mass Effect 3):

Who'd have thought such a high profile game would have such terrible voice acting?