The Beaten Diaries #12: The Voices Behind Uncharted 4

MAY ISSUE: POST #29

The second game that I beat in 2017 was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. In my opinion, it was a good addition to the series, but not my absolute favourite. The graphics were stunning and, of course, the voice acting was still as great as ever.

A few posts ago I wrote about the first Uncharted game as I beat that near the end of 2016 in preparation for the fourth (and don’t worry, I’ve beaten the second and third before too). The charm of Nate and all the other characters (especially Nate) has stuck with me for a long time. Those characters are hardly forgettable, and any game from the Uncharted series is a joy to play (if you enjoy the genre that is. And gaming in general. But who doesn’t love gaming?)

Uncharted 4 follows the events of Uncharted 3, and Drake has finally managed to settle down with his wife Elena (yes, I squealed when I realised that they had gotten married). However, while Drake is missing the life of adventure, excitement and nearly getting killed, his ‘supposed to be deceased brother’ shows up at the door, explaining that he needs to find some treasure and so off they trot to do that. I must mention that the game has a lot of cool parts in it though, like playing Crash Bandicoot in-game with Elena and being able to play as Drake and his brother, Sam, as kids. The game took me nearly 20 hours to beat because I like to take risks and I was playing on hard mode.

This post, however, is going to be about the voice actors (who were the motion capture actors too, which is exciting). I haven’t written a post about voice actors yet, and it’s about time I did. So let’s get to it.

Nolan North

Born: October 31st, 1970 (oooh, spooky!)
Links: Twitter

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Nolan North is one of my favourite voice actors ever, and not just because he voices Nathan Drake (and does an exquisite job of it), no, it’s because he voices so many great characters and has an awesome history of voice acting.

First, he majored in journalism and then worked as a reporter for almost a year before moving on to pursue comedy and acting, although, obviously, in the end, he stuck with voice-acting. His voice has appeared in animated shows such as The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Ben 10, Regular Show, DreamWorks Dragons, Clarence, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Rick and Morty. Even if it’s just additional voices, he has quite the resume.

The main work I want o to talk about his is voice performance work in video games. He has provided his voice and talent for games such as EverQuest II, Guild Wars, Gun, Saints Row, Yakuza, Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy XIII and XIV and, of course, the Uncharted series. To be honest, it has gotten to the point where I’m playing a game and I’m like ‘is that Nolan North?’ because I hear him all the time. Even when it isn’t him. His voice is just something I remember (I’m getting creepier by the day).

Emily Rose

Born: February 2nd, 1981

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Now moving onto my next favourite character (although a lot of them are my favourites). Emly Rose voices Elena Fisher in the Uncharted series, but also has taken part in other notable works too, but mainly in television.

She graduated with a degree in Acting from UCLA, and then graduated again, but with a degree in Theater Arts, so she’s already worked harder than I ever have.. She’s appeared in many television series including ER, Two and a Half Men, Ghost Whisperer, Graceland, and Haven (as the main role).

I personally really think that she fits the voice of Elena perfectly. Elena is strong yet gentle, and you can tell that she and Nate fit together like two peas in a pod.

Richard McGonagle

Born: October 22nd, 1946

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Richard McGonagle has one of those filmography lists on Wikipedia that makes it almost impossible to choose what to showcase. He has been in so much stuff that it’s ridiculous (or, more so, a blessing). In the Uncharted series, he voices Victor Sullivan, one of Drake’s closest friends and the guy who also acts as his father figure. I’m so happy that he appeared in all of the games, I honestly love him to bits (along with Drake. I love everyone, okay.)

He has appeared in TV shows and cartoons such as Animaniacs, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Regular Show, Pinky and the Brain and also in an episode of Seinfeld.

Again, he captures the role of Sully perfectly and I can imagine the way he acts and talks in my head pretty easily. And also, he looks adorable. Yes, I just called an old man adorable.

Troy Baker

Born: April 1st, 1976 (what a joke)
Links: Twitter

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I’m actually pretty excited to write about Troy Baker too since he voiced a few of my favourite characters from other games (Booker DeWitt) as well as Drake’s brother, Sam, in Uncharted. He’s also done a lot of voices for anime so a lot of you anime loving readers will be happy as well.

Speaking of anime though, he has provided voices in Fullmetal Alchemist, Peach Girl, Naruto, One Peace, BLeach, Code Geass, Soul Eater and one of my favourites, Eden of the East. So, you know, not many popular anime shows at all.

In terms of other animation, he has taken part in Regular Show (which keep popping up, if you haven’t noticed), Generator Rex, Monster High, and Clarence, and as for video games, well, there’s a long list here, and I mean a long ass list. I mean, even his twitter bio says “don’t worry, I think I’m in too many games, too.” Why yes, Troy Baker, yes you are. I don’t even know what to mention really, but I’ll try my best. He’s been in Tales of Vesperia, Persona 4, Prototype, Darksiers, Final Fantasy XIIIXIII-2  and Lightning Returns (wait, he voiced Snow?! Well,blow me down.)Fable III, Catherine (he did Vincent too?! Wow, I really need to observe better), Saints Row: The Third and IV, Binary Domain, Diablo III, Skylanders, Tales from the Borderlands, The Last of Us and finally, God of War, which I’m sure you’re all very exted to hear me mention.

But my word, seriously, who wouldn’t hire him after all of that? It’s inhumane.

Warren Kole

Born: September 23rd, 1977

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Warren Kole studied acting at Boston University which lead to his start in performing in local theater productions. His film debut was A Love Song for Bobby Long, next to some pretty highly acclaimed actors and actresses.

Now, his list isn’t as long as Troy Baker’s (in fact, I don’t think anyone’s is) but he has been in a few films and television shows, including The Avengers, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Rizzoli & Isles and Stalker. He clearly likes to act in crime dramas.

He voiced Rafe in Uncharted 4 and for that being his only voice-acting role, I think he did a great job. Considering that Rafe is a bitter and mean guy, I think it would be very hard to provide a voice for him, and Warren Kole provides it for us really well.

Laura Bailey

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Laura Bailey felt inspired early on in her life, making her attend a theatre program in Texas, where she participated in many productions. Someone spotted her during one of these performances and invited her to audition for Dragon Ball Z, where she got the role as KidTrunks. Afer working at Funimation for a while, she moved onto some other shows and has built up a pretty decent resume.

Since Dragon Ball Z, she has provided voices for other anime, such as Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gunslinger Girl, School Rumble, Naruto, Shin-Chan, K-On! and Soul Eater. She’s also taken part in a few more animated shows such as Monster High, Winx Club, Ultimate Spider-Man and, of course, Regular Show. Why is Regular Show so popular among the Uncharted crew? Well, it is a great show so I can’t blame them for taking part.

In terms of video games, she’s had a great time with those too, voicing for creations such as BloodRayne, Klonoa, League of Legends, Nier, Valkyria Chronicles, Street Fighter IV, and Tales of Vesperia and Persona 4, much like Troy Baker. And, also, much to my surprise, she voiced Serah Faron, the partner of Snow in Final Fantasy XIII etc. AND Catherine in CatherineAND Lady Comstock in Bioshock InfiniteHonestly, the list goes on (just take a look back to Troy Baker for a moment. Small world). 

And finally, even though she only appeared in the multiplayer mode in Uncharted 4, I thought I’d include her anyway since she’s definitely a main role in the series.

Claudia Black

Born: 11th October 1972

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One of the main things I read about Claudia Black is that she has lived for extensive periods in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the UK (woo!), Canada and the USA- and that’s really darn awesome.

OF course, the work she has done over her life is awesome too, as she has been in films, television and, of course, video games, which are the best. She has been in TV shows such as A Country Practice, City Life, Farscape, Stargate SG-1 and Rick and Morty.

Apart from voicing the badass Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, she has also taken part in Crysis, Dragon Age: Origins and Inquisition (Morrigan, yay!), Mass Effect 2 and 3Destiny, Rage, and Gears of War 3 and 4.

I actually really like her voice and even though I didn’t like the character Chloe too much, to begin with, I warmed up to her. I really can’t way to try out Uncharted: The Lost Legacy one day, because who doesn’t want to play as two badass females from Naughty Dog? I know I want to.

And there we have it! Those are some of the main voice actors in the Uncharted series, and I was very happy to finally write a post about the people who talk in video games, because they’re really important too.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

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