#1 Edited by Aegon (5473 posts) -

He's in absolutely everything! WTF! At first I was like, cool, Kanji is getting more work, but now it's getting ridiculous. I mean sure, he's just doing his job, but c'mmon people. This is like Nolan North overdrive. Let's get some more Yuri Lowenthal (Yosuke) plz.

He's also the new Joker in Arkham Origins, but I'm fine with that. That's something different. Most people just use him for his standard vocals.

#2 Posted by TooWalrus (13156 posts) -

Can't get enough of this guy.

#3 Posted by TheHT (11102 posts) -

Good for him!

#4 Edited by Malarkain (103 posts) -

I look forward to the Bakers (Bakies? Bakeries? Bakeries!) in the coming GOTY discussions of 2013/14

#5 Posted by Wikitoups (796 posts) -

@malarkain: Nolan North Presents the Troy Baker Awards!

#6 Edited by Zeik (2343 posts) -

I think Troy Baker is great, but it is kinda getting ridiculous.

Can't blame him though. It's his job and he would be crazy to pass up good job opportunities. Developers should maybe look into hiring some other people every now and then though.

#7 Posted by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@wikitoups: It would be hilarious if Troy Baker just won a "Northie" this year.

#8 Edited by Rafaelfc (1324 posts) -

The northies 2013 GET BENT edition

#9 Edited by Epidehl (286 posts) -

Oh HE'S gonna be Ocelot? Sweet! I was a little bummed that he wasn't either of his other voice actors, much like Big Boss.

#10 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5353 posts) -

The Last of Bakers

#11 Posted by believer258 (11776 posts) -

He was in a lot of anime before.

I feel like a lot of these people start out in anime, with the exception of Nolan North who was in a lot of Western animation.

#12 Edited by RobotHamster (4171 posts) -

Can't wait for the Bakies this year!

#13 Edited by Legion_ (1270 posts) -

Can't get enough of this guy.

TooBaker

#14 Edited by GunstarRed (5103 posts) -

He won't dethrone the king of voice acting until he features in a video game talking to himself.

#15 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11595 posts) -

I'm not complaining. He's a talented guy and I haven't gotten sick of his voice yet... which I am sure will last for about one more year.

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#16 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

I like him a lot. He's a great voice actor and seems to be a good guy. I don't blame him for taking the many jobs he is offered. I just think Game Developers should say "Hey, maybe we could get someone else that people haven't heard in a million other games!" I mean, just recent memory from E3 he was in MGS5, The Last of Us, Titanfall, Infamous Second Son, and aside from MGS5, he's the main player character in all of them.

#17 Posted by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@red: I still think it's kind of funny that he is like literally the main character of Second Son. I remember when they showed the first trailer without voice acting and I immediately was like "Wait, was that Troy Baker?"

#18 Edited by NTM (7324 posts) -

I totally agree, and ever since I got Bioshock Infinite the other day, it's something I've been thinking about, then he'll be in another big name game that's contender for game of the year as well, which is The Last of Us. He was also in a lot of the E3 game trailers as well. He voiced Ocelot, but he also voiced the guy in Titanfall as well, and Second Son. You could probably keep going. The guy must literally work all the time.

I got tired of hearing Nolan North in everything as well, but at least he has a character or two that I can really say "Yeah, that's him, that's what he's best known for." Which is Nathan Drake, and Desmond. Those are the mains I see him as, and I love him as Drake and think just fine of him as Desmond, but otherwise it's a bit much. For Troy Baker, not really. He was once just Matt Baker from Brother's in Arms and Snow from Final Fantasy, but now he's just everyone.

#19 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2146 posts) -

He was in a lot of anime before.

I feel like a lot of these people start out in anime, with the exception of Nolan North who was in a lot of Western animation.

It's crazy how well they can act when they aren't limited by shit anime dub directors.

#20 Edited by selfconfessedcynic (2499 posts) -

I <3 Troy Baker. The dude has so much range - his performance in The Last of Us is hella good.

#21 Posted by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@ntm: He'll always be Kanji.

#22 Edited by NTM (7324 posts) -

@zeik: I was referring to what I saw him as. I don't know who Kanji is, but I can guess it's from an anime, or perhaps Persona? My brother plays Persona, not me. OK, now that I check, it was Persona. Wasn't he Matt Baker before that?

#23 Posted by Aegon (5473 posts) -

@red said:

I like him a lot. He's a great voice actor and seems to be a good guy. I don't blame him for taking the many jobs he is offered. I just think Game Developers should say "Hey, maybe we could get someone else that people haven't heard in a million other games!" I mean, just recent memory from E3 he was in MGS5, The Last of Us, Titanfall, Infamous Second Son, and aside from MGS5, he's the main player character in all of them.

Saint's Row IV main character as well.

#24 Edited by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@aegon: Don't you get to choose the voice of the main character in Saints Row?

@ntm: Maybe. P4 was the first time I ever heard him in anything though.

#25 Posted by NTM (7324 posts) -

@zeik: Yeah, that was my point, that's why I saw him as Matt Baker, 'cause that's what I remember hearing him as first.

#27 Posted by Aegon (5473 posts) -

@zeik said:

@aegon: Don't you get to choose the voice of the main character in Saints Row?

@ntm: Maybe. P4 was the first time I ever heard him in anything though.

He's the default voice. He's good at it! I'd just like some more variety rather than having the same voice for all of these characters. Troy has range, but the directors rarely take advantage of that. It's always the standard deep and gruff military-esque dude.

#28 Posted by Wampa1 (634 posts) -

@aegon: @ntm He was also the lead in Bioshock, which as to be one of the biggest releases this year. Do you think VA's actually damage their careers taking on as many opportunities as they do at times? At a point I can't separate a character from an actors other work if they do too much too fast.

#29 Posted by Aegon (5473 posts) -

@zeik said:

@aegon: Don't you get to choose the voice of the main character in Saints Row?

@ntm: Maybe. P4 was the first time I ever heard him in anything though.

He's the default voice. He's good at it! I'd just like some more variety rather than having the same voice for all of these characters. Troy has range, but the directors rarely take advantage of that. It's always the standard deep and gruff military-esque dude.

#30 Posted by Aegon (5473 posts) -

@zeik said:

@aegon: Don't you get to choose the voice of the main character in Saints Row?

@ntm: Maybe. P4 was the first time I ever heard him in anything though.

He's the default voice. He's good at it! I'd just like some more variety rather than having the same voice for all of these characters. Troy has range, but the directors rarely take advantage of that. It's always the standard deep and gruff military-esque dude.

#31 Posted by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@aegon: Well I think his roles have a bit more variety than Nolan North got at least. (With a few exceptions.) Nolan North seemed to get shoehorned into basically just playing Nathan Drake in everything. It's not a huge difference, but the dude from Second Son and the dude from The Last of Us are quite different characters and there's some notable distinction in how they're voiced.

#32 Edited by Aegon (5473 posts) -

@wampa1 said:

@aegon: @ntm He was also the lead in Bioshock, which as to be one of the biggest releases this year. Do you think VA's actually damage their careers taking on as many opportunities as they do at times? At a point I can't separate a character from an actors other work if they do too much too fast.

Yes, people got tired of Nolan North. Now he's going a bit more low key, so maybe he'll bounce back. Nolan has done some stuff where you wouldn't even know it was him, like Sigmund from Ratchet and Clank and Penguin in Arkham City, but people rarely use him for roles like that. If Troy keeps doing the same voice, people will get tired of it and he'll be forced to take fewer of those types of roles and do something more creative. Again, I think he's a great voice actor (I follow him on twitter), just want to see other stuff from him.

#33 Posted by Zeik (2343 posts) -

@aegon: Well I think his roles have a bit more variety than Nolan North got at least. (With a few exceptions.) Nolan North seemed to get shoehorned into basically just playing Nathan Drake in everything. It's not a huge difference, but the dude from Second Son and the dude from The Last of Us are quite different characters and there's some notable distinction in how they're voiced.

#34 Edited by Wampa1 (634 posts) -

@zeik: I remember a good interview with North where he expressed extreme frustration about the Prince of persia job. He went into it with an accent and specific mannerisms and was told to just "Do drake" I'd imagine Baker get's something similar. "Do young and flippant" or "older and militaristic" seem to be the two he gets.

#35 Posted by joshth (503 posts) -

I love Troy Baker so much. Started playing Tales of Vesperia for the second time a few days ago, and realized that the main character is Troy, which I never knew the first time I played it.

#36 Posted by joshth (503 posts) -

I love Troy Baker so much. Started playing Tales of Vesperia for the second time a few days ago, and realized that the main character is Troy, which I never knew the first time I played it.

#37 Posted by believer258 (11776 posts) -

@dallas_raines: He was pretty damn good in Darker Than Black and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, both of which are really good dubs all around.

#38 Posted by JouselDelka (967 posts) -

The Sam Jackson of video games? That's just boring and unimaginative. Luckily I haven't played too many games featuring him, to notice it.

Yet.

#39 Posted by jimmyfenix (3852 posts) -

Tomorrow with the last of us , saints row iv , Infamous , MGS V I LOVE THIS GUY

#40 Posted by Creamypies (4059 posts) -

I get people's frustration with this sorta thing... but both him and Nolan North get all these roles because they are quite simply a step up from most others in their industry. Lowenthal is good, but he's no Troy Baker. Plus his voice wouldn't suit Ocelot.

#41 Posted by Mayu_Zane (606 posts) -

May Troy Baker have a long and successful career.

#42 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2021 posts) -

I might be jumping the gun here, but remember how had the Northies? Once Troy Baker's rise to omnipresence has been cemented, are we really going to have to call his thing the Bakeries? That only makes me hungry...

#43 Edited by uniform (1835 posts) -

If ever asked who Troy Baker is, my response would have likely been something along the lines of anime and video game VA, then citing prominent roles. After reading this thread, my response will now be simplified to "Troy Baker is everyone".

#44 Edited by Petiew (1344 posts) -

@aegon said:

Let's get some more Yuri Lowenthal (Yosuke) plz.

No! When I got to the Brotherhood of Steel Fortress in Fallout New Vegas I had to mute my game because every voice was Yuri Lowenthal. I get PTSD when I hear that dude, I can't even play Persona 4 anymore.

#45 Edited by AlexanderSheen (4966 posts) -

Good for him. I like his voice and the way he delivers his lines. He's Kanji, man! You don't like him? Get bent!

#46 Posted by obcdexter (592 posts) -

The whole Persona-posse seems to be in pretty much every game ever created post P3/4 :P