The fifth game in the The Elder Scrolls series, Oblivion, is known for its vast open-world landscape that takes players through the world of Cyrodiil. After customizing a PC, players start their game in a prison cell where their sentence is interrupted by the emperor Uriel Septim VII who is voiced by none other than Patrick Stewart.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation star might not voice Uriel for long, but there's no mistaking the rich tones as he brings the somber emperor Uriel to life. In fact, Stewart was so well-liked by the crew of Bethesda Softworks that he was later invited back to voice the Daedric Prince Molag Bal in The Elder Scrolls Online. Still, Stewart's memorable performance as the emperor remains one of the most memorable of the series.
Our second character from The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Martin Septim, son of the aforementioned Uriel Septim, is voiced by prominent British actor Sean Bean. In the game, Martin is the emperor's illegitimate son, making him the last emperor of the Septim Dynasty. As far as the main questline goes, Martin is the main NPC that you'll encounter as you run around the province of Cyrodiil. He's one of the voices you hear the most, other than the small collection of actors that vocalize the many citizens and side characters throughout the game.
That said, Martin's character is stoic, appreciative, and ultimately kind, all of which is reflected in Bean's vocal acting. Bean himself has an impressive list of movies and television shows under his belt and is known for several popular roles, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Game of Thrones, National Treasure, and Goldeneye. Impressive work, Bean!
Today, many gamers remember the Kingdom Hearts trilogy as being a cornerstone for their first gaming experiences, and it was praised for its action role-playing elements and the collaboration between Square Enix and Disney. Square Enix, for context, provides characters from the Final Fantasy franchise, creating a large cast for players to interact with. In the game, players take control of the main character, Sora, as he journeys through the many interconnected worlds trying to defeat the main antagonist, Xehanort. And who voices Sora? None other than Haley Joel Osment!
Osment began voicing Sora during the first game, which was released in 2002 when Osment was 14. What's most impressive about Osment's commitment to voicing Sora is that he voiced the character in the franchise's many spin-off games (just over a dozen for context). Osment was in several blockbuster films, including Forrest Gump, The Sixth Sense, and Secondhand Lions, to name a few. On top of this, he's also made appearances in several television shows, including What We Do In The Shadows and Future Man.
Another character straight from the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Ansem the Wise first appears in Kingdom Hearts II, introducing himself as DiZ. At the beginning of the game, DiZ appears to be an antagonist, consumed by vengeance. However, midway through the game, DiZ reveals himself to be Ansem the Wise, a friend to King Mickey Mouse.
Christopher Lee was a famous British actor, singer, and author. With his booming baritone voice and undeniable screen presence, Lee was able to bring many characters to life over the course of his 69-year career span. Sadly, Lee passed away at the age of 93 in 2015, but his memory lives on in the many roles he created.
Another famous actor from England, Gary Oldman, has brought many video game characters to life, but few are as memorable as his performance as Ignitus from the The legend of Spyro. In the game, Ignitus is the leader of the Dragon Guardians and a father figure to Spyro. Throughout the series, Ignitus is known for imparting words of wisdom.
Gary Oldman is an actor and filmmaker who is regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation. Know for his versatility and the intensity of his acting style, Oldman is known for his roles in Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Fifth Element, and the Harry Potter series.
Our second character from the Spyro the Dragon series, Spyro himself is voiced by Elijah Wood. Known for his performance in The Lord of the Rings as Frodo Baggins, Wood is known for other roles such as Avalon, Flipper, and his role in the dark comedy Wilfred.
In the game, Spyro, a rare and punchy purple dragon, is one of the final hopes for saving the world from violent apes. Spyro is young, hopeful, compassionate, and determined and Wood was able to bring this spirit to life through The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.
The first of three characters from the Fallout series, Liam Neeson, was responsible for bringing James, the playable character's father, to life. James was a member of a team of scientists who wanted to purify the water of the D.C. Wasteland following a nuclear apocalypse that rendered the land nearly unsurvivable. James is characterized as passionate, determined, and focused on his mission, depending on how you play your character.
Neeson is an Oscar-nominated Irish actor who is well known for portraying intense roles. Since his first role as Jesus Christ in the religious film Pilgrim's Progress in 1979. Since then, Neeson has starred in over 100 films, over 25 television shows, and five video games. Impressive filmography, Neeson!
Felicia Day is a long-term gamer and blended this love of video games into her acting and writing career with her vocalization of Veronica Santangelo in Fallout: New Vegas. New Vegas, while not an immediate sequel to Fallout 3, takes place in post-apocalyptic Vegas, where playable characters complete missions across the map as they save (or doom) New Vegas.
During the game, characters can choose followers to help them in combat, carry loot, and offer humorous commentary as they travel the Mojave desert. One such follower is Veronica Santangelo, a Brotherhood of Steel scribe with a penchant for punching (she carries a Power Fist). Veronica is funny and plucky, perfect for Day's bright voice.
Our third and final character voiced by a famous actor from the Fallout universe, Benny from Fallout: New Vegas was voiced by Friends actor Matthew Perry! The side character who shoots the playable character in the head during the game's intro, Benny, is a curious character in a checkered suit with a golden gun and a collection of strange, 1950s-esque lines. These funny lines were brought to life by Perry.
Perry's rise into fame happened in tandem with the rise in popularity of the 1990s sitcom Friends where Perry played the sarcastic Chandler Muriel Bing. Chandler was remembered, not only for his sarcasm but for his quick wit and dry humor. Benny might not have had many of these lines himself, but there's no denying Perry brought some special pizzazz to the role.
The Mass Effect trilogy is known for being a sweeping space epic with otherworldly exploration, alien lifeforms and planets, gripping character development, and a collection of characters voiced by famous actors. This is especially true of actor and producer Keith David, who voiced the Mass Effect character Captain David Anderson. Anderson is the stoic war hero and captain of the original SSV Normandy spacecraft.
David has an impressive number of vocal acting credits beneath his belt, appearing in the Halo series as The Arbiter, the original Fallout game, Mortal Kombat 11, and Saints Row. He was also the voice of Goliath, the gargoyle leader in Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles.
Born with Vrolik syndrome, or brittle bone disease, Jeff "Joker" Moreau is the quippy pilot of the SSV Normandy who always has a funny line or eight at the ready throughout the Mass Effect original trilogy. A fan favorite for many reasons, Joker has a knack for interrupting cut scenes by speaking over the ship's intercoms while balancing the perfect oneliners. What makes Joker even better is the fact that he's voiced by Seth Green.
Seth Green is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. He's known for his work on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, his role in the Austin Powers series, Guardians of the Galaxy (volumes 1 and 2), and for writing and directing his first film Changeland. He's well-known for his humorous acting and voice acting roles.
Our third and final character from the original Mass Effect trilogy, Martin Sheen, is responsible for bringing the series' character, the Illusive Man, to life. Throughout the second and third Mass Effect games, the Illusive Man is the mysterious boogeyman and well-informed leader of the violent organization Cerberus. The Illusive Man is the character who assists the character in defeating the second game's main antagonist – the Collectors.
After receiving recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now in 1979, Martin Sheen began a long and successful career as a professional actor. He's known for starring in shows like The West Wing and, most recently, Netflix's Grace and Frankie. He's also the father of Charlie Sheen!
Mass Effect: Andromeda wasn't as well-liked as the original trilogy, but, similar to the previous games, Andromeda was full of interesting characters, some of which, like Jien Garson, were voiced by actresses like Jamie Clayton. In the game, Garson is an eccentric billionaire who is ultimately responsible for funding the Andromeda mission, the mission that would take the citizens of the Milkey Way galaxy to the nearby Andromeda galaxy.
Clayton is an American actress and model. She's best known for starring as Nomi Marks in Netflix's series Sense8 and the third season of Designated Survivor. She's also a makeup artist and was a co-host on VH1's makeover show TRANSform Me.
Released in 2003, True Crime: Streets of LA follows the story of loose cannon ex-police officer Nick Kang. He becomes a member of an elite police unit assembled to defend Los Angeles from a nefarious plot involving mobsters. Officer Kang encounters several characters throughout the game, including the cheesy-lined office George, who is voiced by American actor Christopher Walken.
Walken is a household name in cinema with a career that has spanned five decades and over 100 movies and television shows. Walken is a character actor, which is an actor who plays primarily unusual and eccentric supporting characters, much like George.
Beyond: Two Souls, was an interactive drama written and directed by Quantic Dream's founder and CEO David Cage. Beyond: Two Souls follows Jodi, who has had a psychic connection with an entity named Aiden since her birth. After Aiden almost kills another kid, Jodi is sent to live under the custody of Nathan Dawkins, a member of the US Department of Paranormal Activity. Jodi is voiced and played by Elliot Page.
Elliot Page is a Canadian actor and producer known for his roles in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, Juno, Inception, and for reoccurring roles on shows such as Trailer Park Boys. For Beyond: Two Souls, Page not only did the voice acting but the motion-capture acting for the role, too!
One of the most enigmatic, complicated, and well-loved characters in comic books is The Joker, particularly when The Joker is voiced by Mark Hamill. In Batman games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight, where Joker was a hallucinatory NPC I wish I could play](ngu0zdg3ntc!), Hamill voices this charismatic lunatic as players navigate the various Arkhams, defeating villains and bringing slightly ambiguous justice.
Fans of Star Wars will recognize Mark Hamill's name as the young and impressionable Luke Skywalker (at least in Episodes 4 and 5). An American actor, voice actor, and writer, Hamill's career began with a reoccurring role on the soap opera General Hospital and The Texas Wheelers. He stumbled into auditions for Star Wars after his friend referred him to auditions. Star Wars was an unexpected success, and Hamill's career took off.
Whereas Christopher Walken is a household acting name, the Call of Duty series is a household name for video games. The first-person shooter franchise by Activision released World at War in 2008. It's the first title in the Black Ops storyline, and it was the first game in the series to feature zombies in a special game mode. Focusing on WWII, players travel to various fronts worldwide, meeting characters like Sergeant Roebuck, who is voiced by Kiefer Sutherland.
The Lost Boys actor, producer, director, and singer is also known for playing Jack Bauer in the Fox series 24 for which he won an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Award. Sutherland lends his gravelly baritone to bringing this intense character to life.
Assassin's Creed is a series that is loved by many for its unique stories, expansive maps, and dynamic sneaking gameplay. The action-packed parkour simulator was first released in 2007. It follows the playable character, Desmond Miles, as he uses a machine called the Animus that allows him to enter the memories of his ancestors and interact with that world. Desmond is abducted by the mysterious order that controls the Animus and meets Lucy. Lucy helps Desmond interact with the Animus, and she's voiced by Kristen Bell.
Actress, singer, and producer, Bell is a popular presence in Hollywood. After attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Bell started her acting career with a bang after she appeared on the Broadway revival of The Crucible across from Liam Neeson in 2002. She's known for voicing Anna in Disney's Frozen, the television show The Good Place, and for a brief stint in Parks and Rec.
The Halo series is one of the most popular first-person shooter series in all of gaming, and it follows Master Chief John-117, who is a super-soldier called a Spartans as they rage war against aliens known as the Covenant. Players control the Rookie as they battle the Covenant across different battlegrounds alongside their teammates Dutch, Romeo, Mickey, Buck, and Dare. What's most notable about Mickey is that he was voiced by actor Alan Tudyk.
Tudyk is known for many roles, including Wat in A Knight's Tale, Sonny in I, Robot, and Hoban "Wash" Washburne in Serenity, to name a few. He's also a practiced voice actor, having brought many characters to life before his performance as Mickey. His emotional and vibrant performances have helped create nearly 130 memorable characters!
Cyberpunk 2077 was a long-awaited game that was met by much controversy. As players began exploring Night City as character V, they discovered the many glitches and issues the game had. The game had immense promise and was meant to follow CD Projekt Red's successful release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015. The hype and excitement felt for Cyberpunk 2077 increased exponentially when it was announced the Keanu Reeves would voice character V's sidekick Johnny Silverhand.
Keanu Reeves has been a household name since his role in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989, but Reeves launched into true stardom after he played Neo in The Matrix trilogy. In Cyberpunk 2077, Reeves's character Johnny Silverhand is charismatic, charming, and impulsive, an ex-singer and rocker who's angry at corporations and capitalism. Regardless of how you feel about Cyberpunk 2077, you've got to appreciate Silverhand's angsty character.
When you think of video games that defined the industry, it's hard not to think about Mortal Kombat. The massive franchise started in 1992 when the first game was developed as a fantasy-themed fighting game that featured several characters who fought to the death in Mortal Kombat. It was the first video game to feature a secret fighter that could be unlocked once a player fulfilled a set of requirements! Since its original conception, Mortal Kombat has gone through several iterations, including the latest version, Mortal Kombat 11. And who voiced the badass soldier Sonya A. Blade in the 11th? Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Rhonda Rousey.
Rousey is known not only for being a badass herself, for being the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. A pioneer for women's presence in fighting, Rousey participated in the first women's fight in UFC history and later set the record for most UFC title defenses by a woman, defending her title six times. Rousey herself reported during an interview that she tried to emulate Sonya in her own way.
Grand Theft Auto V has stood as a pillar in the gaming community. Since its release in 2013, the fifth installment in the series has sold 140 million copies, with 20 million sales occurring in 2020 alone. The game is set in the fictional state of San Andreas and follows three characters in their efforts to commit heists across a large, open-world map. The different areas of the map are easily accessible by stealing cars throughout the game (hence the Grand Theft Auto part). Players can even control the radio within the cars, alternating between their choice of 22 stations. One such station, called Non-Stop Pop FM, has a radio host who is voiced by Cara Delevingne.
Delevinge is a prominent model and actress, having won many accolades, including Model of the Year at the 2012 British Fashion Awards. She's represented many different brands, including Burberry, H&M, Zara, and Chanel. Throughout her DJing in-game, Delevinge urges her listeners to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Her character never makes an appearance in the game itself.
Our second game on this list from the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA: San Andreas is the seventh title. Released in 2004, San Andreas follows the story of Carl "CJ" Johnson after he returns home from the death of his mother and is drawn back into his former gang. Controlling CJ, players have the opportunity to explore the open-world of the fictional state of San Andreas, fighting corrupt authorities, rival gangs, and other enemies throughout the game. One such character and the game's main antagonist is Frank Tenpenny, a corrupt officer of the Los Santos Police Department. Tenpenny is voiced by Samuel L Jackson.
An American actor and producer, Jackson is regarded as one of the most popular and prolific actors of his generation, named the highest-grossing actor of all time. His filmography is impressive and extensive, to say the least. Jackson is known for his roles in movies such as Jurassic Park, Goodfellas, Coming to America, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and Star Wars. His deep voice, powerful acting styles, and penchant for cursing make him popular in Hollywood.
Saints Row first began development in 2003, and, following a record-breaking pre-beta demo release, the game was met with critical acclaim after it was released in 2006. The non-linear game was set in the fictional city of Stilwater and allowed players to create their own character. After the 3rd Street Saints saved the PC's life, players begin completing quests to help the Saints gain control of the city. Along the way, PC's interact with various characters, one of which is Tanya Winters, a Vice Kings lieutenant in Saints Row. Winters is voiced by Mila Kunis.
Mila Kunis is a Ukrainian-American actress who is known for several prominent roles in pop culture, including Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show, Meg Griffin on Family Guy, and for her role as Lily in the thriller Black Swan, in which she won a Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress. To secure her role in That '70s Show, Kunis and her family lied about her age, telling them she was "gonna be 18" when, in fact, she was 14 when the show began shooting. Her gravelly voice was perfect for the sassy Tanya Winters, even if she didn't reprise the role in Saints Row IV.
Death Stranding, released at the end of 2019, is an action game that features an open-world map of the United States following a mysterious and cataclysmic event that released strange, destructive creates. Players control Sam Porter Bridges, a courier, who is tasked throughout the game to bring different supplies to the cities around the fractured country. Bridges is dedicated to reunifying the country and the cities, and Bridges takes up this cause as his own while taking care of a Bridge Baby (BB) or an unborn fetus taken from a still mother. Death Stranding was met with favorable reviews, with many praising the soundtrack, visuals, and voice acting. Praise, in particular, was directed at Norma Reedus, who brought Sam Porter Bridges to life.
Normal Reedus is an American actor and model known for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead and his role in The Boondock Saints. He also briefly modeled for Prada during the 1990s! Reedus not only provided his voice for Bridges, but he also provided the motion capture for the character too. Thank you, Reedus!
Crackdown 3 is an action/adventure game released nearly a decade after the second installment in the trilogy. Following a massive terrorist attack on the world, a group called The Agency is called upon after the attack is traced back to the city of New Providence, the only city in the world that still has power. Players take control of the super-powered Agents, led by Agency Direct Charles Goodwin and Commander Isaiah Jaxon. They complete various missions around the city to take down the terrorist group to reestablish power to the world. And who voices Commander Jaxon? Terry Crews.
Terrance "Terry" Crews is an American actor, comedian, activist, bodybuilder, and former professional football player who is known for his role in several fictional movies and television shows and for his work as a sexual assault activist. He's known for his roles in shows such as Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and for movies like White Chicks, The Longest Yard, and Click. He certainly has an impressive list of roles beneath his belt!
When it was first released by Bethesda Softworks in 2012, Dishonored was met with positive reviews that focused on the unique narratives of the missions and the highly developed impact of the choice system, where the actions of players had a true effect on the outcome of the game. Dishonored is set in the fictional city of Dunwall. Dunwall is based on 19th century London but is riddled with plague and corruption. Players take control of bodyguard turned assassin Corvo Attano after he is framed for the murder of the Empress. Missions involve saving the Empress's daughter, Emily Kaldwin, from the terrorist group and, upon taking her to safety, the actions of the player shape Emily's character. You can end the game either with an evil Emily or a benevolent Emily.
Dishonored has a star-studded cast, to begin with, featuring Hollywood names such as Susan Sarandon, Carrie Fisher, Lena Hadley, and Chloë Grace Mortez, the latter of which voiced the young Empress Emily. An American actress who first began her career as a child, Mortez is known for several roles, including The Amityville Horror, 500 Days of Summer, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Thank you for vocalizing both evil Emily and good Emily so well, Chloë!
Fable III is an action role-playing open-world video game developed by Lionhead Studios and released in 2010, following a highly successful first and second game. The game focuses on the player character's struggle to defeat the King of Albion, which is made possible by building alliances to support a revolution. Players have the opportunity to encounter many different characters throughout the game and, while famous actors voice some, one such voice that stands out amongst the fold is that of John Cleese.
John Cleese is a prominent English actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. While his filmography is quite large and spans several decades, Cleese is known for co-founding Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, James Bond R and Q, and Harry Potter. His distinct voice is easy to pinpoint, particularly as the playable character's butler, Jasper.
Set in modern-day Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs tells the story of Wei Shen, an undercover Chinese-American police officer who is tasked with infiltrating the Sun On Yee Triad, a prominent in-game organization. Featuring gameplay that focuses on Shen's parkour and shooting abilities, players are tasked with completing missions to further the story. As players explore Hong Kong, they have the opportunity to complete different quests and interact with different characters. One such character is Amanda Cartwright, a character that players can make their Wei Shen date in-game.
Emma Stone is an American award-winning actress known for her roles in movies such as Superbad, Zombieland, Easy A, The Help, Birdman, and La La Land, to name a short few of her films. She's also voice acted in a few animated movies too, lending her raspy voice to several characters throughout animated movies and games, Amanda Cartwright included.
Rage is a first-person shooter game that was developed by id Software. It was first released in 2010 for iOS and in 2011 for Windows and console systems. Set in the post-apocalyptic near future, players control Nicholas Raine, a soldier who emerges from hibernation a century after an asteroid strikes the Earth. Upon waking, Raine finds himself wanted by an organization called The Authority. Upon fleeing their hunters, Raine is rescued by Dan Hagar, the character most responsible for the first sequence of quests players experience. Hagar is voiced by John Goodman.
John Goodman is an American actor who is most known for his performance on the ABC television show Roseanne for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He's also known for his performance in other roles, including The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, and Barton Fink. He's also a well-known vocal actor, having given his acting talents to bring characters to life for Disney's Monsters, Inc., The Emperor's New Groove, The Jungle Book 2, and The Princess and the Frog. Thank you for your vocal talents, Goodman!
Who do you think of first when you think about video games? That's the question we asked ourselves at Howchoo when making this list, which was a team effort.