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« on: January 08, 2009, 07:33:15 AM »

Just curious about what games you feel mark the high point when it comes to excellent dialogue. For me I would have to say that the bar was set by Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver way back on the PSOne.  I've never heard quality of its kind since.  I never finished LoK and now I wish I had.
Good example of some of the in game voice stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdrkjfRxobI&NR=1

So can anyone see my Soul Reaver and raise something else?
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 07:40:46 AM »

Deus ex!! The director of FEMA has some incredible voicevorks, and JC himself isnt too shabby either , I'll try and dig something up once I'm not at work anymore.

Metal Gear Solid 4 has some pretty good dialoguq as well actually
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 12:54:54 PM »

For me the search continues.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 01:07:45 PM »

Are you talking about quality voice over, or quality writing?  Final Fantasy XII and Dreamfall had probably the best voice-over work I've ever heard, while Planescape: Torment and Final Fantasy Tactics:  War of the Lions had probably the highest quality writing.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 01:20:26 PM »

FFXII, especially Fran.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 01:56:45 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on January 08, 2009, 01:07:45 PM

Are you talking about quality voice over, or quality writing? 

Well I guess I'm talking about both.  The best dialogue that had good voice acting.  For me the main protagonist in SR:LoK (Azrael?) had it both.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 02:04:50 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on January 08, 2009, 07:33:15 AM

I never finished LoK and now I wish I had.

Not too late- Soul Reaver holds up quite well IMO (Blood Omen not so much). 

As for my contribution to the thread- Grim Fandango. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 02:25:42 PM »

The Curse of Monkey Island! , Grim Fandango, The Tex Murphy games, and of course Planescape Torment  They are all PC games though and adventure games really (PS:T was technically and RPG but it shares a lot of discovery, inventory management, etc with adventure games.)


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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2009, 03:01:26 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on January 08, 2009, 01:07:45 PM

Final Fantasy XII and Dreamfall had probably the best voice-over work I've ever heard....

I would add the original Longest Journey to the list, too.  The character models in that game couldn't have been more than a few dozen polygons each, but thanks to the stellar voice cast, they're as real in my memory as the characters from any movie.

If Ragnar Tornquist doesn't complete Dreamfall Chapters before Sarah Hamilton is too sick to work anymore, I'm going to be really mad! mad

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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2009, 03:06:27 PM »

Yea, I'd go with the Longest Journey and Syberia for voice acting and P:ST for writing.
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2009, 03:21:04 PM »

disgaea - the japanese voicetrack cast (featuring the immortal captain gordon) is absolute perfection. plus, the dialogue's amazing smile ...
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2009, 04:06:39 PM »

Halo: Combat Evolved; especially the dialogue for Guilty Spark and Cortana. Halo 3 was also good IMO. I'm currently replaying Knights of the Old Republic and it features excellent dialogue. Mass Effect was also very good, in fact I don't think I've played a Bioware game where the dialogue wasn't good. I also thought the dialog in many of the Resident Evil games was good; particularly 0, Code Veronica and 4.
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2009, 04:11:19 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on January 08, 2009, 04:06:39 PM

I'm currently replaying Knights of the Old Republic and it features excellent dialogue.

Especially HK you meatbags!
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2009, 05:26:58 PM »

While it was a relatively short game with minimal dialogue, the dialogue that was included was some of the best I've experienced.  The game I am referring to is Portal, and pretty much the only dialogue in the game is delivered by GLaDOS. 

I also think the dialogue in GTA IV is pretty damn spectacular, both in terms of content and voice acting.   
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2009, 06:04:01 PM »

Soul Reaver is an excellent example.  Not only was it a bloody good script, particularly for a game, but it was voiced magnificently by the actors behind Raziel, the elder god, and pretty much every other main character.  All the GTAs have had excellent voice and scripting too.

Surprised nobody has mentioned Mass Effect yet.
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2009, 06:32:57 PM »

Quote from: semiconscious on January 08, 2009, 03:21:04 PM

disgaea - the japanese voicetrack cast (featuring the immortal captain gordon) is absolute perfection. plus, the dialogue's amazing smile ...
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TTTTTTHHHHHHHUUUUUUURRRRRRRSSSSSDAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2009, 06:56:55 PM »

I loved the LoK games, and played through them because of the excellent scripts and voice acting.  The game play was nothing amazing (not bad, but nothing great), so I looked forward to the cut scenes.

Now, System Shock and Portal . . . where dialog typically consists of being tormented by a computer voice . . . that was pretty amazing.  A long time ago, I had Shodan's voice as my ring tone.  But Portal also had those gun turrets that would sadly say "I don't hate you" as they died. 
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2009, 08:02:45 PM »

Quote from: Big Jake on January 08, 2009, 06:32:57 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 08, 2009, 03:21:04 PM

disgaea - the japanese voicetrack cast (featuring the immortal captain gordon) is absolute perfection. plus, the dialogue's amazing smile ...
(distraught)
TTTTTTHHHHHHHUUUUUUURRRRRRRSSSSSDAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

 nod

seriously: anyone who played the game with the english voice cast missed the boat, big time...
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2009, 09:15:30 PM »

The Soul Reaver games really are my highpoint as well.  I especially liked the extras included with Legacy of Kain: Defiance which let you view the recording sessions. But it made me sad to learn the guy who played the elder god died.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scIo-DA_LIg&feature=related

Some others:
Thief
System Shock 2
Dawn of War for the most part up through Dark Crusade.  Dialogue in Soul Storm was terrible though. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2009, 10:02:26 PM »

I quote Star Fox 64 TO THIS DAY.
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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2009, 10:14:16 PM »

Quote from: Huw the Poo on January 08, 2009, 06:04:01 PM

Soul Reaver is an excellent example.  Not only was it a bloody good script, particularly for a game, but it was voiced magnificently by the actors behind Raziel, the elder god, and pretty much every other main character.  All the GTAs have had excellent voice and scripting too.

Surprised nobody has mentioned Mass Effect yet.

As soon as I read the Subject of this thread, my immediate thought was Soul Reaver. Not only were the voice actors superb, but the writing was above average also. A few examples:

RAZIEL: "This charnel house bore the unmistakable marks of Melchiah’s clan.  To what depths had our dynasty plummeted, if these ghouls were the descendants of my high-born brother?  Were they so debased as to recruit fledglings from the desiccated corpses here interred?"



or

KAIN:
"Eternity is relentless, Raziel.

When I first stole into this chamber, centuries ago, I did not fathom the true power of knowledge.  To know the future, Raziel... to see its paths and streams tracing out into the infinite...  As a man, I could never have contained such forbidden truths... But each of us is so much more than we once were...  Gazing out across the planes of possibility, do you not feel with all your soul how we have become like gods?  And as such, are we not indivisible?  As long as a single one of us stands, we are legion...  That is why, when I must sacrifice my children to the void, I can do so with a clear heart...

Raziel:
Very poetic, Kain - but in the end, you offer no more than a convenient rationalization for your crimes. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2009, 10:23:24 PM »

I'll never forget the first dialogue with the Elder, after Raziel is cast down and then resurrected in his spectral form:

Elder God:
I know you, Raziel.  You are worthy.

Raziel:
What madness is this?  What pitiful form is this that I have come to inhabit?  Death would be a
release, next to this travesty.

Of course, it's better when actually spoken by the actors.
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2009, 10:34:58 PM »

Uncharted.  It's got better acting in CGI than most live action Holywood movies.
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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2009, 10:51:59 PM »

Hell yeah, Shodan was incredible...still get goosebumps just thinking about that...and the monkeys of course...
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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2009, 11:14:38 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on January 08, 2009, 07:33:15 AM

Just curious about what games you feel mark the high point when it comes to excellent dialogue. For me I would have to say that the bar was set by Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver way back on the PSOne.  I've never heard quality of its kind since.  I never finished LoK and now I wish I had.
Good example of some of the in game voice stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdrkjfRxobI&NR=1

So can anyone see my Soul Reaver and raise something else?

Saints Row 2...high point of the game for me...the dialogue and voice overs.
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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2009, 11:25:03 PM »

I really love the monologue from the original Heavy Rain teaser.

Between Tony Jay, Jim Cummings, Tara Strong, and David Ogden Stiers, Icewind Dale had a really great voice cast too.

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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2009, 11:46:46 PM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 08, 2009, 11:25:03 PM

I really love the monologue from the original Heavy Rain teaser.

Between Tony Jay, Jim Cummings, Tara Strong, and David Ogden Stiers, Icewind Dale had a really great voice cast too.

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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2009, 11:49:55 PM »

I still play A Bard's Tale on Xbox every now and then because of the sheer joy I get out of some of the dialogue. Tony Jay and Carey Elwes voice the Narrator and the Bard, respectively. It gets to be a bit too much after a while, but every few months when I'm home sick and need something to do in between NyQuil-induced comas, it generates laughs.

One of the best ones from the beginning

(Bard loots the Widow Macrary's room)
Narrator: "In retrospect, I can't believe it took the Bard this long to get his hands on the Widow's chest."

Somewhere, a drummer is crying...
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« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2009, 01:03:22 AM »

Quote from: Einsteinium on January 08, 2009, 11:49:55 PM

I still play A Bard's Tale on Xbox every now and then because of the sheer joy I get out of some of the dialogue. Tony Jay and Carey Elwes voice the Narrator and the Bard, respectively. It gets to be a bit too much after a while, but every few months when I'm home sick and need something to do in between NyQuil-induced comas, it generates laughs.

One of the best ones from the beginning

(Bard loots the Widow Macrary's room)
Narrator: "In retrospect, I can't believe it took the Bard this long to get his hands on the Widow's chest."

Somewhere, a drummer is crying...

(singing) "Oh it's bad luck to be yooooooou..."
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« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2009, 01:21:04 AM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 08, 2009, 11:25:03 PM

Between Tony Jay, Jim Cummings, Tara Strong, and David Ogden Stiers, Icewind Dale had a really great voice cast too.
-Autistic Angel

thanks for posting that one...almost forgot just how awesome the cutscenes and voice acting were in Icewind Dale.  even though i've played through the full game plus both expansions, i'd love to go back and revisit it sometime...
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« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2009, 03:38:23 AM »

What is wrong with Sarah Hamilton that she might not be able to finish the Longest Journey games?
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« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2009, 03:39:36 AM »

Quote from: wonderpug on January 08, 2009, 01:20:26 PM

FFXII, especially Fran.

I agree.  I really REALLY enjoyed the writing in Lost Odyssey.  Its a very talky title, but I really enjoyed it.
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« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2009, 04:23:03 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 09, 2009, 03:39:36 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 08, 2009, 01:20:26 PM

FFXII, especially Fran.

I agree.  I really REALLY enjoyed the writing in Lost Odyssey.  Its a very talky title, but I really enjoyed it.

I remember being really impressed with the quality of the kids' voice acting in LO.  The "Chandler" character was great as well.
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« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2009, 04:58:45 AM »

Lost Odyssey was probably the only game to ever bring tears to my eyes.  Beautiful writing.
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« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2009, 07:24:51 AM »

Oh shit, how could I forget one of my all-time favourites - Independence War 2?!  Fantastically well voiced, that one.  The cutscenes were great and there was very amusing banter between crew members during play too.  Not to mention the soothing, digitised tones of your mentor, Clay.  Coupled with the amazing atmosphere of the game, it all made for a highly engrossing experience.

And a nod to Hostile Waters too. smile
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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2009, 09:19:34 AM »

Quote from: Huw the Poo on January 08, 2009, 10:23:24 PM

I'll never forget the first dialogue with the Elder, after Raziel is cast down and then resurrected in his spectral form:

Elder God:
I know you, Raziel.  You are worthy.

Raziel:
What madness is this?  What pitiful form is this that I have come to inhabit?  Death would be a
release, next to this travesty.

Of course, it's better when actually spoken by the actors.

Now with voice : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlyDTEn32Fs&feature=related
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« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2009, 04:36:27 PM »

Quote from: skystride on January 08, 2009, 10:34:58 PM

Uncharted.  It's got better acting in CGI than most live action Holywood movies.

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« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2009, 05:06:43 PM »

Quote from: TheGameAh on January 09, 2009, 03:38:23 AM

What is wrong with Sarah Hamilton that she might not be able to finish the Longest Journey games?

God willing, Sarah Hamilton is currently in good health.  Unfortunately, in the years between The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and cancer.  Medication has helped keep the symptoms of the former under control, while surgery and other treatments have driven the latter into remission, but I'm concerned about her long-term health. icon_frown

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« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2009, 05:43:15 PM »

as i am currently about 3 quarters the way through Final Fantasy 10,i can safely say that FF10 ...DOES NOT have awesome dialogue...makes me embarrassed sometimes watching the cutscenes(the 'Laughing' scene anyone?)

i remember being impressed with Lost Odyssey,as its pretty much a JRPG/RPG so i was expecting a lot worse

no matter what everyone else says about this title having bugs and what have you....Mass Effect was still great for the script/voice acting,but then again thats the kind of game it was suppose to be like Bioware other games(KOTOR for one) ..cant wait for number 2
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« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2009, 05:46:12 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on January 09, 2009, 09:19:34 AM


Oohh, well done, that man!  Good find.  Gah, now I want to play it again.  I actually still have a copy; it was one of the small handful of games I couldn't bear to part with when we got rid of our old PS2.  Man, that game just dripped with atmosphere.
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