Diversity is the key to the voice acting game. It’s not just about delivering good lines. Usually unique voice actors such as celebrities can really drive a game home as it doesn’t happen very often. Just because you have a lot of dialog or lines doesn’t make the voice acting good either. Look at The Elder Scrolls or Fallout. Tons of dialog, but all the lines are mediocre at best and sound cookie cutter.
Cyberpunk had some of the most diverse voice acting this year. Each actor really delivered the character home and the addition of Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand was a pleasure to listen to. Each character felt unique and individualized and what won me over was the sheer amount of them. That’s something that’s incredibly hard to pull off with this many characters and so many lines of dialog. CDPR could have just taken a shortcut like Bethesda and gotten a few actors to voice multiple characters, but they didn’t, and it paid off.
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