Lego Dimensions’ voice-acting cast turned out to be an extremely hefty deal this week, with the likes of Michael J. Fox, Alison Brie and Peter Capaldi confirmed as voicing plastic versions of their iconic characters. This naturally turned our minds to other games that boasted big-name casts, and we put together a quick list of five favorites. Then it’s on to hearing Chris gush about Forza 6 and Destiny: The Taken King before getting into Tokyo Game Show Sony news and your favorite Mario moments.
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What’s your favorite celebrity performance in a game?
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QOTW: I’ve always admired James Gunns acting, and his acting in Lococycle is glorious. That game is easily the most underrated game in recent memory. I urge anyone who enjoys the type of humor this show has, play Lococycle. It terrible but amazing and wouldn’t want it any other way.
Henry was really on point this episode.
I mean he was throwing shade at Misadventures of Flapjack. Which is a great show that people need to watch, but his bit on the boob based ninja game was really interesting to hear.
Don’t know if this will be mentioned during the TGS section, but I for one was peeved that the Tuxedo is DLC for MGS5, and possibly even paid DLC at that.
QOTW: I’d have to say Fallout New Vegas covers a wide range of voice talent. With the likes of Matthew Perry, Kris Kristofferson, Zachary Levi, Danny Trejo, Felicia Day, Rob Corddry and Dave Foley; Fallout New Vegas has an incredible list of vocal artists.
QOTW: Matt Berry as the narrator in Worms Revolution on PS3. I can’t remember if I drunkenly paid for this game or got it for free through PS plus, but I do know that it didn’t live up to the nostalgia I had for the franchise. Hearing his beautiful voice reminded me that I should just go rewatch all of Snuffbox, which I did.
I am a bit bummed that in your talk about the Kingdom Hearts voice cast, which already had the aforementioned Haley Joel Osment, Wayne Allwine, Hayden Panettiere, James Woods and Lance Bass etc. but didn’t mention the series also has scenes such as Christopher Lee discussing the stability of the worlds with Mickey Mouse, Billy Zane AKA Slam Evil himself as the first game’s main villain screaming about darkness, Jesse McCartney playing two characters with who look exactly the same and, geekiest of all, Leonard Nimoy and Mark Hamill basically playing Palpatine and Obi-Wan while also wielding giant keys at each other. This franchise is ridiculous.
Also, I have to point out that both Mikel and Henry were right in that Mandy Moore did play Aeris in the first game but was then replaced by Mena Suvari for the sequel. Sorry I’m a bit of a Kingdom Hearts dork.
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So I was in Walmart the other night and came across Lego Dimensions in the Lego aisle. Figured I would try and see if I could buy it thinking I would get an error at the check stand and nothing happened! I was able to buy it over a week before it was supposed to be released.
I’ve only been able to play about an hour in a half of the game (45 minutes of that time being used to build the damn physical portal you put the characters on) and I have to say this game is already one of my favorites. From seeing Troy Baker’s Lego Batman getting into a slap fight with Will Arnett’s Lego Movie Batman to have Baker’s Lego Batman stalking the Wizard of Oz’s Scarcrow because he thinks its his Scarecrow screwing with everything, this game has sunk its pop culture claws into me. I real surprise and can’t wait to see what other dimensions are in store.
Qotw: bruce willis in the ps1 game apocalypse…
and mark hamill for the Joker
QOTW: You guys mentioned it a while back in the point and click adventure games show, but Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father is still my favorite of all time. It’s chock full of celebrity voices besides Tim Curry and Mark Hamill. Leah Remini (the hot wife from King of Queens) is Grace, Michael Dorn (Worf!!!) is Dr. John, and Jim Cummings does a bunch of various other voices throughout the game.
Yes, they’re not all good performances per se, but having that “talkie” version during the rise of games on CD, to hear the characters actually speak instead of just reading the words, made an already incredible story so much better.
QOTW: With so many video game tie-ins with movies these days, and the actors who star in said movies doing contractually obligated to do voice work for those games, narrowing down a celebrity performances gets a little harder. Still, Mark Hamill as the Joker in every known Batman game, Dennis Lawson as Wedge Antillies in Star Wars Rouge Squadron II, and Keifer Sutherland in the later Metal Gear series.
Henry, you say the Saga games suck and you hate them…. they’re certainly not for everyone, but they actually contain some very interesting systems and design choices; from a game dev/design perspective, there’s a lot to appreciate!
Jeremy Parish has discussed this on his blog, wish I had the link handy. But there’s enough interesting stuff in those games to inspire Jeremy to write some pretty thoughtful pieces….! they don’t SUCK ;-(