Mass Effect, starring Seth Green

By Spencer . October 18, 2007 . 10:32am

sethgreen.jpgBioware and Microsoft aren’t pinching pennies on the voice talent for Mass Effect. They reeled Seth Green of Austin Powers/Robot Chicken fame to play the voice of Joker, the pilot of the Normandy. Keith David, the voice of the Arbiter in Halo 3, takes on the role of Captain David Anderson and Aliens alum, Lance Henriksen, voices Admiral Steven Hackett.


I’m not entirely convinced that having a few known actors is going to make Mass Effect a better game. What do you think? Do you like the melding of Hollywood and video game voice acting? Did Christopher Lee nail his role in Kingdom Hearts II? Or is the money better spent on refining gameplay even if it means hiring lesser known voice actors?

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  • BurntToast256

    I don’t know… but Marina Siritis as that hot looking Drenaei looking character… ….

    Uhh… nevermind.

  • Keith David has a great voice that I think lends itself well to a game…. Seth Green, I dunno

    But a game so heavily based on dialogue you’d better have some decent voice actors in there.

  • jeffk

    In games where story and character interaction are at the forefront, professional voice acting will always help. I’m not necessarily concerned about getting famous people – I don’t really need the “oh wow, it’s so-and-so” factor – but hiring talented people makes all the difference. (And Seth Green as the pilot sort of reminds me of Alan Tudyk in Firefly/Serenity, but that could just be a red-hair thing.)

  • Keldryn

    John Cleese was great in his brief appearance in Jade Empire. :-)

  • Visionnerz

    I don’t doubt that Lance Henrikson or Keith David will provide some good voices.. but Seth Green is a little annoying in everything I’ve seen/heard him in. And yes, I do believe that for a game of this type, voice overs can either help make the game experience better or hurt it. Dialog has always been a huge focus from the start of development it seems.

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