Voiceover for Video Games
Video games that incorporate action-packed scenes and storylines–including battle sequences, car chase scenes, and intense emotional interactions–can be physically demanding in order to deliver a high quality performance. Bringing their experience and skills to the work, professional voiceover actors deliver the energy needed to record these sessions so that each line is delivered authentically to keep players immersed in the experience. In addition, as games have become more realistic, some voiceover actors have taken on motion capture as part of their work and physically acted out action sequences while recording the voiceovers.
Video Game Industry Continues to Grow!
The first known video game “Tennis for Two” was created in 1958. Since then, video games have seen incredible advancements in technology with virtual reality and augmented reality delivering even more immersive experiences and with players developing a strong connection to the games. With a whole genre of video games based on immersive experiences–games like Metal Gear Solid, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto, and Halo are just a few examples–voiceovers have become just as integral to gameplay as the storylines themselves.
Bringing characters to life through voiceovers is critical to creating a believable and immersive world for players. Engaging voice overs can help build an emotional connection, adding to the immersive experience and elevating the gameplay. Professional voiceover actors like the roster of talent at Blue Wave Voiceover can take lines of dialogue, character descriptions, and backstory and turn them into memorable performances that keep players engaged and move the storyline forward.
Add The Right Voiceover To Video Game Character
Unlike films and television shows, videogames have intricate and complex storylines where players can choose their own adventure. Using the right combination of tone, cadence, pitch, and sound effects like grunts, shouts, and screams, voiceover actors add depth to the storyline to turn it into a memorable and believable experience each time a player turns on the game. No matter how complex the storyline, professional voiceover actors can understand the context of each moment in the game and play a large role in guiding player decisions, shaping the narrative, and adding nuances to the plot to keep the game more interesting than predictable.
Depending on the intricacies of a game, players invest hundreds of hours in playing the game and getting to know the world and the characters who exist in it. Characters like Jon Irenicus in Baldur’s Gate 2, Baulthier in Final Fantasy XII, and Ron Perlman in the Fallout series have turned into iconic characters that last long after the gameplay because of the voiceover work that brought them to life. Long term voice actors can bring consistency and familiarity to a game series, which builds player loyalty and adds authenticity and believability to a character. As storylines progress, voice actors can deepen their understanding of the character and add to the backstory.
The recent adaptation of “The Last of Us,” a game developed by Naughty Dog, into an HBO television show, had fans of the game discussing the casting of the characters and hoping that the actors would live up to the experience they had of the video game itself. While simultaneously bringing in a new non-video game audience, the show’s enormous popularity is evidence that great characters and story in video games can extend beyond the gaming community.
Experience Having Your Characters Coming to Life!
Voiceovers have become integral to the gaming experience that enriches gameplay, brings characters to life, and moves storylines forward. Their performances shape the experience that players have, creating memorable experiences that last long after the game end credits have rolled.
Professionals at Blue Wave Voiceover will make sure you get exactly what you need so that you can experience your characters coming to life just as you imagined!
Ready to Hire A Voice Actor for a Video Game?
Not sure exactly what type of voice would be a good fit? Start with crafting a good casting spec to get the project started or get inspiration by looking at the different types of voice actors that you can select for your narration:
- Female Voice Actors
- Male Voice Actors
- Young Adult – Millennial and Gen-Z Voice Actors
- Adult – Generation X and Middle Age Voice Actors
- Mature Adult – Baby Boomer and Senior Voice Actors
- Multicultural and Diverse Voice Actors
- Hispanic and Bilingual Voice Actors
- African American Voice Actors
- Asian American Voice Actors
- LGBTQIA+ Voice Actors
- Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Voice Actors
- Gender Neutral Voice Actors
- Urban Voice Actors
Find A Voiceover Talent for your Video Game Today!
If you’re ready to move forward with finding a voiceover talent for your Video Game today, then we’d love to assist! Feel free to e-mail email@example.com and we’ll be happy to give you free, no obligation auditions of your script to choose from. We can’t wait to hear from you!