How Do You Like Samus’ Voice In Metroid: Other M?

By Ishaan . July 23, 2010 . 5:12pm

 

Gametrailers managed to capture some cam footage of Metroid: Other M at Comic-Con, which finally gives you a decent idea of what Samus sounds like in the game. While the results aren’t terrible, she does sound oddly…young. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, considering producer Yoshio Sakamoto in Japan picked the voice actress for the role, and not Nintendo’s overseas localization team.

 

The difference is especially striking when you compare it to this silent footage from E3 2010, which comes off sounding much, much cooler and closer to what one would expect from a story-focused Metroid.


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  • shion16

    all the blah blah for that!!??
    the graphics are great, the voice….are ok
    but it feels like a shooting button masher

    i really need to think about buy this game

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

      That was only the first stage though. Later in the game tougher enemies will be able to block shots or have some unexposed weak point. At least that’s how I remember past Metroid games.

      • malek86

        In SM, there really aren’t that many enemies who block shots or have weak points. The game was a standard fare action shooter. What set it apart from the rest, was the huge map and sense of exploration.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

          Oh yea that’s right. My memories surrounding the time I played the game are blurry for some reason that’s not related to gaming. I just remember not needing to mash the attack buttons.

        • shion16

          good point
          the sense of exploration is the greatest thing in the metroid games

  • Guest

    I don’t have any issues with the voices. From the trailers and what I played at E3 they were perfectly fine. I’m not accusing Siliconera of this but everyone has been attacking the story and voices in this game like crazy. I don’t think its simple Nintendo bashing but there is a ton of hypocrisy when it comes to the hate for this game and I don’t feel like typing out a massive wall of text to point it out. People love to complain I guess….Anyways I love what I see but what I played felt clunky. Hopefully it’s just something I need to get use too.

    • Icon

      The reason for the hate is that Metroid fans don’t seem to want this much change in a Metroid game. Other M seems to be defining her in a particular way that may not mesh with the Samus in their heads. Sure, I’d like it to be 1994 again and relive those glory days, but I think this game looks utterly amazing and I can’t wait for it.

      • thebanditking

        The big N needs to step up its production values and really start to make better use of their characters, and it should not let their so called “fans” stop that from happening. Sorry to hear that the game play is not living up to your expectations though, hopefully I will get to play this (somehow) before release, as I have heard others say the same thing.

      • cowcow

        Kinda hypocritical since Metroid, a 2D action platformer turned into a FPS with the Prime series

        This game is more comparable to the original series

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Yea, I’m a little disappointed, too, personally, by all the negativity surrounding Other M. It’s like people need reasons to complain about it. It’s hard to have a proper discussion when all people want to do is talk over each other.

      • Icon

        But you write a piece wondering why Samus sounds ‘oddly young?’ If too many people are complaining about Other M, why do you give them more fuel for their fire?

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          I don’t think we should shy away from discussion just because people want to overreact. Rather, I think we can use opportunities like this to sort of lead the way for intelligent discussions. One step at a time. :)

    • http://whatistheexcel.com/ Excel-2012

      The only problem I see is a little too much exposition. Beyond that, the voices are fine so far.

  • Icon

    The voice is fine. She looks young, so… shouldn’t she sound it?

  • Jeebs

    GRAPHICS ARE SWEET. I liKe the voice.

    least MBD (mysterious black dude) has a name now.

    • http://twitter.com/The_9th_Sage Ian Chamberlin

      I was half expecting someone to cheer when he appeared on-screen. “MBD! YEAH! WOO!” :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

    She’s supposed to be in her mid-20s isn’t she? The voice fits her then. The official website has a teaser trailer up with a little more narration. It sounds the same to me but it’s a better quality voice sample, so check it out I guess.

    http://metroid.com/

  • Aoshi00

    I think I agree w/ Ishaan, rather than young, she sounds like an unsure inexperienced rookie as opposed to a calm battle tested veteran. On the other hand, the Jpn voice (Kobayashi Ai, doesn’t seem like she did many roles over the years) sounds more mature and determined..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0-ZLIBC2WMI was on the fence before, but Amazon’s $20 credit did me in. Maybe I’ve never been a big Metroid fan, that’s why I’m not too resistant to the new gameplay, I just know the art direction looks nice to me. Anyone know if this is dual track? S&P2 does, but for Metroid I’m not sure if they would do it because there’s so much dialogue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

      The Japanese voice does fit the character more, but it’s I think it’s harder in English to make her sound experienced and still be in her mid-20s. Unless… there actually is a voice actress out there that can pull it off better than this one and I just don’t know about her?

    • http://twitter.com/The_9th_Sage Ian Chamberlin

      I agree. I think part of the whole point of this game is to recount various parts of her life, and that definitely seems to include earlier parts of her career we’ve not seen before.

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    A voice is a voice, and it sounds fine to me.

  • ElTopo

    Approve my comment Ishaan! You know it to be true!

  • http://www.myspace.com/effluentrainfall Effluent Rainfall

    I hate to echo the rampant sentiment surrounding her voice, but it truly isn’t very good. I wouldn’t call it bad either, though; it falls somewhere inbetween, enough to be inoffensive once you’ve acclimated yourself to her youthful tone. All-in-all, it doesn’t bother me.

  • kupomogli

    From last years E3 trailer I thought the game looked amazing. This is really the first actual gameplay video I’ve seen that wasn’t in trailer form.

    I was interested in getting the game but after watching the video, now I couldn’t care less about the game. I’ve seen low budget games that look like they have better gameplay than this(X Men Origins Wolverine PS360 as an example.)

    • cowcow

      COULD care less. COULD.

      At least get the phrase right. Ugh.

      ANd good riddance anyway. Sick of these overzealous so called Metroid fans. THis whole article sucks.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BZMLXFJ7SMMDSZHVGXRGMMNZEI J

        Er, no, in this case it seems to genuinely be ‘couldn’t care less’, which parses as ‘do not care’. ‘Could care less’ would imply that kupomogli is still capable of caring less about a game that he(?) seems to no longer care about at all.

        • cowcow

          NO U

      • fallen

        Man, you were ready to go off!

      • malek86

        Yes! Let the civil wars begin! Fans vs. fans!

        I always knew this was going to be a polarizing game, but come on. I don’t see why one shouldn’t have the right to criticize what he doesn’t like.

      • conchobhar

        Cowcow: If you’re going to correct someone, you should actually know what you’re talking about! The correct phrase is “couldn’t care less”; “could care less” is a widespread corruption with the EXACT OPPOSITE meaning. Which is obvious, if you actually take the time and read the phrase properly.

      • Aoshi00

        It’s a bit ironic those who often point out grammatical or spelling errors in others on the internet aren’t the best in the English language themselves, the correct phrase is “couldn’t care less”, because you don’t care about it, you are not capable of caring any less, one of the most common mistakes like its vs it’s, your vs. you’re…

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    (General reply to all the thoughts in this discussion)I think what Aoshi said is precisely it. It’s that she sounds both young and inexperienced. That they’ve changed the image of her that various development teams spent years establishing, and what came out at the end in terms of her voice doesn’t do justice to the years of experience Samus has.It’s a little confusing to the audience, too. Is she supposed to be battle-hardened? Is she supposed to be “fragile” as Sakamoto-san keeps putting it? Personally, I feel like she’s just supposed to be confident and experienced, while maybe slightly emotionally withdrawn.Look at the pictures gallery you unlock at the end of Metroid Zero Mission or Fusion. A couple of them are of her sitting at a bar, chatting with the alien bartender over the counter, and she has this real air of confidence about her. That certainly isn’t the same fragile person I see in these videos. (Images here: http://bit.ly/9ayYWY)She almost sounds like she’s in pain when she talks, and I don’t just mean when she’s conversing with Adam. I understand that there are probably pent-up or latent emotions she has, given her background and the nature of her career, but somehow, I doubt being a bounty-hunter would have the sort of effect on one’s demeanor as it does here.Remember, we’re also constantly reminded of how Samus has a maternal side to her as well, ever since the incident with the baby Metroid. When you look at the bigger picture, it just…doesn’t seem to fit with her voice (at least from whatever limited footage we’ve seen in these videos). Whichever way you look at it, someone in — say, her mid-to-late 20s — formerly a soldier, and now a bounty hunter, and at some point, an alien caretaker, would sound a little more sure of herself.And it isn’t the first time Samus’ image has been altered either. Remember the design shift from Prime 1 to Prime 2? Prime 1: http://bit.ly/cEDUR4 Prime 2 & 3: http://bit.ly/ddgbo6The fans that have a history with Metroid probably figured out what happened in that instance. NCL had an idea of what Samus was supposed to look like and probably asked Retro to synchronize with their vision. Everyone else was probably taken aback by the change. Metroid’s probably one of my favourite franchises ever, but anyone could look at the series over the years and tell you there’s been zero consistency when it comes to Samus’ looks and character. I want Other M to address that issue, but I want it to address it positively, and not take a step backward.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AllenSmithee Samuel Smithee Bateman

      I personally like the voice, but I see your points. However, I’m still taking this game on and will totally enjoy it from what I’ve seen.

      However, the only thing is, it could be mostly the narration that gives it that effect, like after the fact she’s all sad and whatever. Also, some people just have weird voices, of course, it’s a game and we can avoid that… nevertheless, this post is a mess. XD

      Regardless, I doubt it is really bothering you too highly, and your points are great. You’re obviously very experienced with the series! All that I’ve played is Super, I have it on SuFami (it’s got English on it! Very cool!) but I haven’t put too much time into it, because I want to give it a really focused play through.

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        Haha, I <3 Metroid to death. I really doubt the voices will keep me from enjoying Other M. I'm just a little annoyed that this voice-acting business could have been handled a little more elegantly.

        You won't hear me complain about the emphasis on story or the 2.5D direction either. I'm in favour of both those. :D

    • Icon

      I wouldn’t worry about anything. Sakamoto has overseen this whole production. Then again, if he had his way, it would’ve been an on-rails shooter from the start. I think we’re really overreacting to a few lines read by a voice actress. This game will kick ass.

  • thebanditking

    Sounds just fine to me, perhaps the best VA work I have heard coming from a Nintendo title. The translation seems a bit stiff at points but so do a lot of Japanese to English translations, I’m just acknowledging what others may point out; I personally like what I hear so far. I also think most forget that this game and its direction are Japanese, unlike the last 3 Prime games which were more Western. The dialog, writing and overall feel are very Japanese and exactly what I expected, its not something I can convey into words easily but its like when you read a translated manga vs a standard marvel/DC comic. The lines are directed as personal reflection and a sense of duty and importance given to superiors, thus the whole “it pierced my heart” comment, imo if the game was more western she like would have called the jerk or DH for being so harsh, but thats not how Japanese story telling is usually done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Mikucki/655263876 Craig Mikucki

    Looks amazing.

    Woah, when did I get so happy?

  • Hraesvelgr

    Voice acting is fine to me, but I haven’t really been interested in any Metroid games in ages, so it doesn’t really appeal to me.

  • http://twitter.com/Alos88 Alos88

    Hmm. I always thought she had a slightly deeper voice than that, kinda like Lightning’s.

    • Aoshi00

      Yea, even though I’ve never been a big Metroid fan (I’ve played most of the games but never complete them, always getting stuck like the GBA Castlevania :(…, the image that I have of Samus is more of a “come what may I will face it” kind of tough gal. It’s not that the voice acting is bad, but the portrayal is so different, she sounds weak and sensitive here like after a bad break-up, maybe that’s the narration when she’s talking to herself but still.. it’s not going to stop me from getting this game as it seems fun to me, but I would prefer her sounding more like Lightning like you said (Lightning could sound soft at times but on the surface she sounds tough you know you don’t want to mess w/ her). Maybe it’s just the overall direction (Eng. dub) is different here.. I hope they include dual track, if not I might want to get the Jpn ver. later on as well, because I think the Jpn VA for Samus Kobayashi Ai sounds much better, more like how I imagined her to be.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

        I just want to say that Ishaan pointed out that the producer Sakamoto, who wants to expose players to Samus’s more fragile side, picked the voice actress. Considering that, this is probably the overall direction of the game will take regardless of language.

        http://metroid.wikia.com/wiki/Jessica_Martin

        That’s a tiny profile about Samus’s voice actress for Other M. It also has an interview from Bitmob interviewing the localization team on how Sakamoto picked her.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHdSZ3e1odo
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttx3hZkeKbw

        I think it’s better to compare the voices in the teaser trailer than to compare the above scene to the informative retrospective trailer. Honestly though, I agree that Lightning’s V.A.(which I forgot about before) would probably fit her more.

        • Aoshi00

          Thanks for the link, interesting interview. lol she looks like a delicate mouse :) I heard the director picked Samus’s VA based on the quality of her voice, but sometimes even the director isn’t the best in casting voices.. say Miyazaki’s movies in the last 10+ years using famous actors who are inexperienced voice actors (lowering the quality of his movies overall I think), especially w/ the language barrier here, the casting job might be better left up to a different director for the Eng. dub.. like Jack Fletcher did a heck of a job casting FF12 and 13. I saw the other teaser before, the Eng. voice still sounds a little too soft for me.. the Jpn voice isn’t the toughest either, but stronger than the Eng. one. Regardless, I hope this game would be fun.

  • gatotsu911

    …huh. I was really expecting the worst in terms of voice acting, but that wasn’t so bad at all. Either they re-recorded it since the demo from earlier this year that everyone was complaining about, or those complaints were greatly exaggerated.
    Samus’s voice sounds emotionally dead, but for once I’m pretty sure that’s actually the point. The actress sounds like she’s trying really hard NOT to express emotion… which, I guess, is a bit of a weakness in and of itself.
    Would I still rather have Jennifer Hale, though. Hell freakin’ yeah. And don’t tell me she can’t do “vulnerable” if you haven’t heard her as Emma Emmerich in Metal Gear Solid 2.

  • Electrium

    I’m far more bothered by the amount of voicing in the game than by what she actually sounds like. My favorite Metroid games are the ones that are the most bleak and lonely. It’s like everyone says: this game is taking the series in a new direction, and as of right now I think it’s expected for us to feel conflicted. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the game pulls off the change or not.

  • http://otoboku.se manga

    Her voice sounds to young if you ask me.

    Sounds like a 5 year old child or something. Qualitywise sure it sounds good but just that voice will bring me from playing it. I donĀ“t want to hear Samus like that.

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