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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is one of the most emotional games ever released, and the English voice cast does an amazing job fleshing out their respective roles to make this happen. Harry McEntire takes on the lead role as Noah, and he nails all the right notes from his joy and laughter right down to his anger and grief. Aimee-Ffion Edwards does an outstanding job as Mio, making her character’s plight extremely believable and heartfelt. The rest of the cast – even those voicing NPCs – follow through with remarkable performances. The wide range of emotions present in the acting, combined with the beautiful soundtrack, make it difficult not to tear up during many of the sadder scenes.
As with Xenoblade Chronicles 2, consistent use of regional dialects help add to the flavour of the world. Mio’s race is Welsh, while the human-like races are English or Scottish. Those who resemble blades have American accents. This aspect adds a whole extra layer to the world-building, giving the player an immersive sense of different regions in Aionios. The game pushes up the bar for voice acting in the industry, and it’s a pure joy to experience such a talented cast creating such a deep and memorable experience.
Once again Horizon gets plaudits for its voice acting, and rightfully so. Horizon Forbidden West has a big-hitting cast, as Ashly Burch returns as the curious and heroic Aloy and Lance Reddick reprises his role as the mysterious, Sylens. Other well-known actresses such as Angela Bassett, playing the villanious Regalla, to Carrie-Ann Moss protraying the stoic Tilda, ensure Horizon Forbidden West’s voice cast and performances stand out. With fantastic voice acting throughout, it’s no surprise to see it scoring highly here.
The acting and comedy of Borderlands 3 were largely not considered its best bits, so when fantasy themed spin-off Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands was announced, players could be forgiven for not expecting too much on that side. Thankfully, thanks to a stellar cast featuring the likes of Will Arnett and Wanda Sykes, combined with a very strong script, the voice acting is a joy. Plenty of Dungeons and Dragons-based humor and Tiny Tina herself serving as the dungeon master of your adventure ensures that the constant jokes and humor remain entertaining throughout. Hopefully the main series main entries will be able to learn a thing or two from the excellent work here.
by Elmon Dean Todd, Sam Wachter, and Michael Apps