In video games, one way to push the narrative forward is through voice acting. This has been a core aspect of the medium, especially as things became more cinematic in the 90s. Though mainstream titles employ celebrated talents like Jennifer Hale and Troy Baker, there have been instances where performances don't quite work out.
Why does this happen?
Well, one reason is foreign developers can end up writing dialogue that becomes lost in translation. This leads to lines difficult to deliver even by the most talented actors.
Another reason is due to budget. While AAA titles can get the best talent money can buy, smaller games don't have that luxury and can result in hiring less-skilled VAs.
Now one of the biggest genres populated by terrible acting is horror. While some games use this to their advantage to feel like a cheesy B-movie, others are unfortunately dragged down by this aspect.
But whether terrible performances have led to good or bad horror games, it's safe to say that all of these voice-acting fails have become a source of entertainment.
15. Blade II
Blade II was a tie-in game to the 2002 film of the same name. While the movie is celebrated due to Guillermo Del Toro as the director, its adaptation is more of a dud.
For one, Blade II features an impressive cast consisting of Donnie Yen, Norman Reedus and Ron Perlman, yet you won't be hearing them in the game.
Instead, we have to sit through the poor impersonations of Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson who play Blade and Whistler, respectively. This really hurts the game as Snipes made the role his own and instead, we are left with the VA trying too hard to sound cool.
Whistler, on the other hand, is stuck with a poor Southern accent and without the gruff charm that made Blade's mentor so endearing.
And if these soundalikes are painful enough, the game suffers from bad sound design in certain cutscenes. This has led to muffled dialogue painful to hear had it not been for the subtitles available.
When it comes to movie tie-ins, fans expect the games to capture the look and feel of the film. And without getting the stars of Blade II, it's no wonder why the game has faded in history.