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5 Video Games with Oscar-Worthy Voice Acting Performances

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Oscar-Worthy Voice Acting Performances

Are there video games with Oscar-worthy voice acting performances?

Well, since the invention of video games in 1958, a lot of changes have taken place in the industry. Game developers have had to become more creative to produce games that are appealing to the audience. Thus, video games have evolved from simple storylines with simple graphics to intricate storylines with complex graphics. As a matter of fact, many video game design graphics can easily give Hollywood a run for their money.

In order to bring out the full intended effect of the games, developers are turning to professional actors. These actors breathe life into the characters. Furthermore, these actors make the game more relatable and increase demand. This is because people find excitement in buying these games and getting to interact with their favorite men and women in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the Oscar is yet to recognize some of these stellar performances. Here are some Oscar-worthy voice acting performances from your favorite video games.


5. God of War

The franchise was first released in 2005 having been created by David Jaffe for PlayStation players. It’s an action-filled adventure game that follows the story of Kratos, the Spartan warrior. He becomes the God of War after the death of his family. The actor cast to voice Kratos in the soft reboot for PlayStation4, only makes this fascinating story better. In it, Christopher Judge owns this performance and gives Kratos a depth that was lacking in previous versions.

Following his new life, Kratos goes through numerous emotional challenges in trying to leave the past behind. Furthermore, his relationship with his son brings about deep emotions that will leave you engaged to your screen and your emotions.

Seeking to forge a future, he is a man haunted by past wars and sins. However, he must still fight when necessary to protect his son. This range of different emotions can be difficult to navigate even for a seasoned actor. However, Christopher Judge more than delivers. It will be interesting to see where he takes the character in God of War: Ragnarok. Early November 2022 is when the release is expected.


4. Uncharted 4

It was created by Naughty Dog for Sony Entertainment. Following its release in 2016, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, received many nominations and awards. They were for the visual design, multiplayer option, and emotional narrative. It’s the fourth installment in the Uncharted Series and is set some years after the end of Uncharted 3. Moreover, it is fantastic if you are looking for a riveting storyline full of adventure.

Nolan North, who voices the main character and treasure hunter, Nathan Drake, reprises his role. He takes players on an action-filled, emotional journey. Voicing the character from the beginning allows him to put depth and growth into his performance. This is because he understands Drake’s journey.

In this installation, Nathan and his long-term partner, Victor go in search of the long-lost treasure of Henry Avery. This is to finish an adventure he had started with Sam Drake, his deceased brother. Furthermore, Nolan North expertly showcases the adventure and the emotional strain that Drake’s adventures take on his relationships.


3. The Last of Us

The Last of Us Part 1

This game was first released in 2013 following the development of it by Naughty Dog for Sony Entertainment. The PlayStation game has had three other series additions since its release; The Last of Us: Left Behind, The Last of Us Remastered, The Last of Us Part 1, and The Last of Us Part 2.

The two fantastic actors that have elevated this game to the next level are Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker. Together they played Ellie and Joel respectively. Having been with the game since the beginning, they have become experts at portraying the character’s personalities in each installment.

Ellie, a teenager, is protected and escorted through the post-apocalyptic United States by Joel.  He must battle through his loss of family and keep Ellie away from danger. After all, she is the only one he has left. Their emotional connection and bond are what capture the players’ attention most. Furthermore, the storyline and graphics are exemplary as they venture into mature themes.


2. Batman: Arkham Series

Our list of video games with Oscar-worthy voice acting performances can’t be complete without the mention of this series. The series of video games were created by Rocksteady Studios and are based on the DC Comics hero, Batman. The first in the series, Batman: Arkham Asylum, saw release in 2009. Furthermore, Warner Bros and Eidos Interactive Entertainment have published four major installments. The others in the series include; Batman: Arkham City (2011), Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), and Batman: Arkham Knight (2015).

The key to a great superhero video game is to find the perfect hero and villain. They should be able to bring out the strengths of their characters and each other’s weaknesses. Consequently, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy understand this dynamic perfectly and are perfect for the roles. They play the Joker and Batman respectively.

Mark fully internalizes the darkness of the joker. Therefore, he showcases what it means to take on the role of Batman’s most formidable enemy. He is equally sadistic and humorous, taunting Batman at every turn. On the other hand, Kevin perfectly brings out the tortured hero with his unique and unforgettable voice. This game grasps you and keeps you on the edge of your seat.


1. Red Dead Redemption

This game, a sequel to Red Dead Revolver, was released in 2010 and received critical acclaim as one of the best games ever. It was created by Rockstar San Diego for Rockstar Games and is set in westernized frontier times. Following its success, Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in 2018..

Interestingly, both installments follow the lives of two former Van der Linde gang members as they battle their problems. In part 1, Rob Wiethoff voices John Marston as he goes back into criminal life. He needs to bring three other gang members to justice in exchange for his family’s freedom. Although he faces incredible trials, he can do what it takes to survive. He brings out the depth of character in Marston and this ties together the mature themes in the game.

In part 2, Roger Clark takes on the character of Arthur Morgan. It shows him dealing with the trials of the Wild West. Furthermore, his story is endearing as he is a man walking the path of forgiveness and redemption. Roger can easily show the vulnerable man hiding behind the hardened criminal. It is an incredible game.

If you have played any of the games, which one was your favorite? Which Oscar-Worthy Voice Acting Performances did you like most? Share your pick with us in the comments below or over on our socials here!


Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.