Most people have had that moment of starting a new game in their favorite franchise and something seems to be wrong. Your favorite character starts talking and their voice is different. In games there are so many recognizable voice actors, but for some reason a voice actor can change.
It happens more than most realize. Often times, the new actor does their best to look like the previous one, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes the new performer elevates the role and other times he is less successful. Whatever the reason, there have been a number of characters in the game who have seen their comedians change, and these are some of the most notable.
9 Mordin Solus – Mass Effect
Mordin is the fun salary scientist from Mass Effect. He joins Commander Shepard in the second game to aid in the high-risk mission against the Collectors. From second to third entry, Mordin’s voice actor changed.
He was originally voiced by Michael Beattie in Mass Effect 2, but was replaced by William Salyers in the third entry. It’s hard to say anyway. Salyers’ performance is almost exactly the same as Beattie’s. If you read clips of the two games back to back, it would be hard to notice the difference.
8 Sephiroth – Final Fantasy
In all fairness, this roster could be a Final Fantasy 7 character roster. With Remake’s overhaul of all roles, the entire game’s cast got some new voice actors. What many don’t realize is that Sephiroth’s first vocal performance was performed by none other than Lance Bass of * NSYNC.
He wasn’t exactly made for the role and after the first game the players said Bye, Bye, Bye. He will be replaced by George Newbern in subsequent Kingdom Hearts games and by Tyler Hoechlin in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
seven Chloe Price – Life Is Strange Before The Storm
Chloe is one of the main characters in the first Life is Strange game. The developers decided that it would be worth exploring the story of what happened to the person around whom the main mystery of the story revolves, Rachel Amber.
Thus, a prequel titled Before the Storm was born with Chloe Price. Unfortunately, Chloe’s original voice actor Ashley Burch was unable to reprise her role due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, and Chloe was voiced by Rhianna DeVries. Burch was, however, able to help work on the character of Chloe behind the scenes.
6 The Announcer – Super Smash Bros.
If you’ve been playing Super Smash Bros games for more than a few hours, you can probably hear the announcer’s voice in your head. “3, 2, 1… GO! Although he doesn’t say much, his iconic performance is instantly recognizable.
The first three games all featured different voice actors. Only Xander Mobus, who voices him in the current iteration of the series, has held the role for more than one game, with his first appearance being in Super Smash Bros. on WiiU and Nintendo 3DS.
5 Leon Kennedy – Resident Evil
Leon Kennedy is easily one of the most popular characters in the Resident Evil series. Everyone’s favorite rookie cop turned US government agent has had a number of voice actors over the years.
Originally, he was voiced by Paul Haddad in the original Resident Evil 2. He would be replaced by Paul Mercier in Resident Evil 4. Mercier would retain the role for a few spin-offs before being replaced by Matthew Mercer in the sixth entry. Later, a new actor would be chosen, Nick Apostolides, in the remake of Resident Evil 2.
4 Harley Quinn – Batman: Arkham City
The Batman Arkham games are known to have very popular and prolific voice actors in their cast, including Mark Hamill as The Joker. Perhaps equally noteworthy is his sidekick, Harley Quinn.
Although Harley was originally voiced by longtime voice actor Arleen Sorkin, the role has passed on to veteran voice actor Tara Strong. Sorkin not only voiced Harley, but she also served as the inspiration for the creation of the character. Strong took over because Sorkin retired from acting and overall filled Harley’s shoes well.
3 Sonic – Sonic the hedgehog
Sonic is everyone’s favorite speed demon from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Throughout the different versions of Sonic, from movies to cartoons to video games, the title character of the title has been voiced by no less than eight comedians. Of those eight, three of them lent their talents to Sonic in the games.
Sonic’s last vocal performer is Roger Craig Smith. He’s voiced it in over twenty-five entries, including recent Sonic games. In the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is known to be a surprisingly awesome video game flick, he’s voiced by funny guy Ben Schwartz.
2 Garrett – Thief
Sometimes the evolution of technology plays a role in the overhaul of voice actors. In 2013, it was revealed that Garret’s voice actor in Thief would no longer be Stephen Russell. Instead, he would be voiced and captured by Romano Orzari.
This was controversial for fans as Russell had voiced Garrett for so long. The studio decided to switch performers because they wanted someone who could do both the motion capture and the vocals to play with the other performers in order to provide a more compelling performance.
1 Xehanort / Ansem – Kingdom Hearts
Sometimes a voice actor changes and no reasoning is ever really given. While fans and gamers don’t always need an answer, many will speculate madly as to why a change has happened. This is especially true if the new voice actor is seen to be less successful in the role and fans demand that a previous actor return.
This is the case with the role of Xehanort / Ansem from Kingdom Hearts. In the first game, he was voiced by Billy Zane. Later, he will be replaced by veteran voice actor Richard Epcar. In all fairness, however, they both succeed in their own ways in the role.
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