Voice Acting

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Voice Acting

Postby Rune » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:04 pm

Every preview of the game in English has stated that the voice acting is overall very weak, particularly for the main characters. And from the handful of gameplay videos I've seen, I would agree entirely (although some of the side characters sound pretty decent). With all the promotion for the Japanese voice acting, however, as well as from what I've heard in the trailer, it doesn't sound nearly as bad.

To those who've played the Japanese version (or better yet, those who actually understand Japanese), what is your opinion of the voice acting? I would be extremely disappointed if they only screwed up the VA in the English version, after IV and V turned out so well (even Tactics sounded better than this, and it had its own share of voicing issues). I've been considering getting the Japanese version, but if there really is a huge difference in voicing quality, I may get it after all even if I can't really understand it.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby patapi » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:06 am

Save for Sisuca, IMO the Japanese voice actors captured the personality well. Konami did hire quite a bit of big names in the industry and they pulled off their worth just fine.

Though, honestly, I think most of the complaints is about the VA of this new non-silent Suikoden protagonist. His voice may not be as bad as he is in the English version (at least in the pre-release trailers), but his punch line gets tiring when you hear it for the 99th time in the game.

p.s. The Japanese VA for Sisuca is the same as the singer who sang the OP and ED. Her voiced lines are such a huge contrast in quality against the other established VAs, tbqh.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Braxiatel » Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:23 am

Rune wrote:Every preview of the game in English has stated that the voice acting is overall very weak, particularly for the main characters.


Saying it's weak is like like saying Nazis were slightly unpleasant.

The worst voice acting I have ever heard in any game in my life.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby patapi » Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:11 am

Then you haven't heard the worst.

Like, Chaos Wars. Sigh.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Braxiatel » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:01 pm

Until this game, Robot Alchemic Drive was the worst I'd heard.

For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnRX94tkQRw

But this game is worse.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby LanceHeart » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:39 pm

You obviously haven't played Mega Man ZX Advent.

You haven't played most of the Mega Man franchise, actually. Nor have you ever heard old-school voice acting in games.
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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Role » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:50 am

LanceHeart wrote:You obviously haven't played Mega Man ZX Advent.

You haven't played most of the Mega Man franchise, actually. Nor have you ever heard old-school voice acting in games.

Oh, gawd... I swear, if I hear Ashe say 'booty' ONE MORE TIME... Capcom really messed up on that game.

Here's to hoping that Tierkreis ain't as bad as ZX Advent...

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Redheim » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:21 pm

The voice acting is SO TERRIBLE!

I seriously am giving this game a second thought just because of how putrid the voice actors are. They seriously went to Elementary Schools around America to find these people. Good lawd!

Is there a way to change it to a different language on the American version?
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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Sutarion » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:27 pm

I'm not sure I agree. With the exception of the main character, the voice acting seems very natural to me. Most of the dialog seems to flow like an actual conversation, which is uncommon in games, particularly handhelds. Overall, I think the VO is one of the pluses of the game.

My exception with the main character is the speed at which he talks. The guy needs to take some chill pills. Sometimes I can't understand what he is saying without reading the text, which is a problem. Some of the other characters seem to share his quick speech, which makes me wonder if it may have some sort of technical reason behind it. It's just a shame that the main character's voice is the one to suffer from it.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Redheim » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:30 pm

Yeah, that's what I meant.

The actual voice acting isn't so terrible, it just sounds like some of them are on Aterol.

IWASWALK!!INGONTHETRAIL!!ANDMONSTERSATTACKEDME!!!!!

It's all like, wat? O_o?
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Re: Voice Acting

Postby patapi » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:22 pm

One thing for sure, the English-speaking Sisuca is miles better than the Japanese version.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby RangerDeon » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:12 am

it didn't seem that bad to me.

But I guess I'll see when it gets here.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby Runemaster » Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:03 am

Not that bad at all. 2 hours on the game, Liu's voice seem to be best (most natural).

Understanding the hero's character, he seems to be a really energetic teenager and says his sentences naturally fast. The mistake could be the more mature-sounding voice.
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Re: Voice Acting

Postby TchukoMaluko » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:55 am

It's not that bad. The main character talks really quick, but that's not really a con. Every other characters I've heard so far sound nice.
English is not my native language, so maybe that's why it doesn't bother me.

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Re: Voice Acting

Postby RangerDeon » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:34 pm

Most people do prefer it to be in Japanese. . but I hate subtitles.

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