The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best voice acting?

    
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Because I love a good story in an MMO — I know, I’m rebelling against the cool crowd here — I particularly enjoy it when a game throws in a bevy of solid voice acting to propel things along. The other day I stepped back and thought about just how many of these games do a whole lot of voice work.

Off the top of my head, Elder Scrolls Online, The Secret World, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Trek Online, and (parts of) Final Fantasy XIV have invested a whole lot into voice acting. Marvel Heroes had so many actors contributing to its characters that it was insane. And there are plenty more.

But if you had to give an award to one game that had the best voice acting of them all, which MMO would it be?

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ESO. My daughter is a voice actor, and when visiting she likes to sit by me while I’m playing it and listen to the various characters in the game. She always admires their work from a professional standpoint. I also have a soft spot for STO just because of the reappearances of old friends.

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Matt Comstock

SWTOR then ESO, or possibly SWTOR and ESO; then STO, and haven’t heard and cannot rank TSW, FFXIV, nor Marvel Heroes.

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Cypher

ESO hands down! It’s not just the acting, it’s how they’ve given the races an identity even before you get to the individual NPC’s…

From cockney Bosmer to the excellent (and consistent) way khajiit and Argonians speak, you always know you’re talking to one of those races without even looking at the screen!

And then there’s the dialogue, which I have to say is amazing for all of them, but specifically for the Khajiit, some of them are hilarious!

I’d say second is SWTOR, only because they voice the player character, which is nice but impossible to take if you want to roleplay a certain type of character; If i want to be a Jedi Knight, I MUST be American, or if a Sith then I MUST be a pompous twat with a voice to match (special scorn on the male inquisitor voice…Urgh!)

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Mewmew

ESO has amazing voice acting, that said, they have this same woman that does a lot of the female voices and you start to recognize her voice and it throws you off a bit hearing her do so many different people (even though she changes it, you recognize it and it breaks immersion a bit because of that).

I guess I’d probably pick ESO still, then Star Trek Online, then The Secret World, then Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m not familiar with FFXIV’s voice acting at this time.

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Sarah Cushaway

TSW by a huge margin.

Then probably SWTOR and ESO tied.

Then all the rest.

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Alexus Yanova

ESO, SWTOR, FFXIV, TSW, all have good voice acting.

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Sarah Cushaway

FFXIV’s voice acting was laughably awful dude.

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Ysayle was right

Heavensward onwards is fantastic.

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TSW

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Jake Dunnegan

Gotta go with SWTOR on this one, very, very, very, very closely followed by ESO.

Both games had legit stars and voice actors in them. (And, believe me, it’s really hard for me not to give the overall win to ESO .. I mean, c’mon. Kate frickin’ Beckinsale??) And Razum-Dar is one of the most memorable characters in ANY game.

I did like Secret World a lot, but it’s a solid third.

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NeoWolf

SWTOR

I fault SWTOR for a number of failings but VO definitely isn’t one of them SWTOR has great voice over work and is a star studded cast to boot :)

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PanagiotisLial1

There are lots with good to very good voice acting but nothing comes even close to ESO where voice acting is in high quality and every singly npc is voice acted. Add to it you hear voice acted chatter in the streets and in tavers etc from the npc residents before you talk them which adds to immersion