Mass Effect 3 Voice Cast Trailer Reveals New Faces

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Mass Effect 3 Voice Cast Trailer Reveals New Faces

The old gang is back with a few new friends in the Mass Effect 3 Voice Cast trailer.

Marty! Trish! Greenie! And Keith David, who will not be tagged with an affectionate-but-irreverent nickname because he frightens me. They're all back in Mass Effect 3, once more lending their distinguished voices to the characters we know and love: the Illusive Man, EDI, Joker and the redoubtable Admiral Anderson, who knows that sometimes diplomacy is best served with a knuckle sandwich. Jennifer Hale is also returning as the female voice of Commander Shepard - no surprise there - while Ali Hillis is back as a harder, darker Liara T'Soni.

Joining the cast for their first kick at the galaxy-saving can, meanwhile, are Freddie Prinze Jr., AKA Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar, as no-nonsense soldier James "Jimmy V" Vega, and Jessica Chobot, best known for licking a PSP, who turns up as intrepid reporter and tight jumpsuit wearer Diana Allers.

Other returning voice actors include Mark Meer as Commander Shepard, Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda, Carrie-Anne Moss as Aria T'Loak and Lance Henriksen as Admiral Hackett, but since they weren't in the trailer they don't get a proper shout-out. Mass Effect 3 comes out on March 6 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Looks awesome, and Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man is all kinds of win. Still... Origins puts me off. A lot.

Looks like I am not the only one who thinks Keith David is scary. At least the man creates his own style. He still wears bow-ties!

Freddie Prinze Jr. can pass (I actually think voice is kinda appropriate), but Chobot? I know it's completely subjective but her voice is damn annoying. I also wanted to hear Lance Henriksen comment on the game. He's the only man who can persuade me to get it :P

PS: Keith David's got a pimp-ass shirt

Kieth David still has the best voice of all of them. It's like honey for your ears or something.

Martin Sheen's voice is good too though.

Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

Andy Chalk:
Jessica Hale is also returning as the female voice of Commander Shepard - no surprise there

Hate to tell ya, but her name is "Jennifer" Hale, not Jessica. :P

Also why is Jessica Chobot in this game? I still don't know how she got so famous in the first place. She's like the Kim Kardashian of the video game world.

Irridium:
Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

I more interested to see how IGN reviews the game.

It's bound to be 100% impartial.

Hmm. Well, I didn't see anything that I wasn't expecting, other than only just now realizing who plays certain characters. Keith David is a champ.

I do have a thing though: before ME3 is released, either I'm going to have to be surprised to learn what a fistfight looks like or Bioware is going to have to clean up the fight between Shepard and Vega because that thing looks terrible.

If I had realized March 6 would be coming this fast, I would have spent less time on Skryrim and more finishing my second play through of Mass Effect 2. I aim to have both the Widow and the Revenant before I take-on the Reapers. (Also need to save Gaby, Kenieth and Kelly in the suicide mission.

Irridium:
Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

Now that you point it out I kinda see it: Doll face
Doesn't really bother me that much, I don't spend that much time looking at their faces
*oink*

DVS BSTrD:
If I had realized March 6 would be coming this fast, I would have spent less time on Skryrim and more finishing my second play thorough of Mass Effect 2. I aim to have both the Widow and the Revenant before I take-on the Reapers. (Also need to save Gaby, Kenieth and Kelly in the suicide mission.

Irridium:
Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

Now that you point it out I kinda see it: Doll face
Doesn't really bother me that much, I don't spend that much time looking at their faces
*oink*

I feel the same way. Too much skyrim, not enough ME, ME2. But then again, I know for DA2 and ME2 they did a nice summary of decisions that were made in the previous game, and I'll only transfer my 3 "prime" femSheps into ME3, so no biggie. Plus, I'd love to play ME3 with my 3 femSheps before starting from scratch with ME. I'll be happy for months. Bioware, please, please don't screw this up!

Um ok ... where the hell is Brandon Keener? His voice is the reason I play these damn games!

To me, Chobot's uncanny valley is less important than the question of why she's there in the first place.

Irridium:
Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

Oh good, other people see it.

I think the problem (same with Miranda) stems from the fact that they're based on real people, but since the characters in the game are obviously not real, it comes off as some creepy valley humping mixture of real and computer generated. All the more contrasting when standing next to characters who weren't based off specific individuals.

yessssssssss wow can't wait. I hope I'll have the option to change to a Vanguard.

Gonna be really sad when the trilogy's finally over

Andy Chalk:
To me, Chobot's uncanny valley is less important than the question of why she's there in the first place.

You should talk the editor into accepting some EA "incentive". Maybe you could get a small role in the MMO, eh? :P

But aye, you raise the real issue. After all those VERY positive reviews for Dragon Age 2 and reports them demanding 8/10 scores.....this doesn't really help convince me that there isn't a conflict of interest.

Mcoffey:
[quote="Andy Chalk" post="7.342412.13790014"]

Also why is Jessica Chobot in this game? I still don't know how she got so famous in the first place. She's like the Kim Kardashian of the video game world.

Ok, that really, really made me laugh. Well played. :)

"I'm a girl who like games!"

"Now I talk about games!"

"Now I'm considered a rational choice for a voice actor in a game!"

Wait...WHAT?

She doesn't even know how to act in the five minute videos she's supposed to do. WHY THE FUCK IS SHE even in the same TRAILER as those other people??!!

I just hope Keith David gets to say more things, all the time. His voice (for me) is up there with Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, and Logan Cunningham (that guy from Bastion; yeah, you know who).

Mcoffey:

Also why is Jessica Chobot in this game? I still don't know how she got so famous in the first place. She's like the Kim Kardashian of the video game world.

I delved into the BSN (scary, I know), and found that she's apparently a reporter that may or may not be staying on the Normandy, covering the events of the war.

Well, for those of you who aren't a fan of Chobot, keep in mind how Shepard occasionally handles reporters:

EDIT: Didn't even notice that was in the article. I went to BSN for nothing.

Are we (supposedly) not getting the voice actor for Mordin back, but we get people like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Chobot? What kind of decision is that?

In happier news: Yay, Seth Green! Tricia Helfer! Keith David! Martin Sheen! All the great people from before! Awesome!

Mcoffey:
Also why is Jessica Chobot in this game? I still don't know how she got so famous in the first place. She's like the Kim Kardashian of the video game world.

Well, there was some licking involved, followed by persistent denial and lingering regret :D. And now she's a voice aktooor. Now, I don't really mind the woman, but casting her really seems like a random "let's throw in a cute,recognizable internet celebrity" move. I use the words "cute" and "celebrity" loosely of course.

Zen Toombs:
Hmm. Well, I didn't see anything that I wasn't expecting, other than only just now realizing who plays certain characters. Keith David is a champ.

I do have a thing though: before ME3 is released, either I'm going to have to be surprised to learn what a fistfight looks like or Bioware is going to have to clean up the fight between Shepard and Vega because that thing looks terrible.

Im gonna try to keep my rage down to a 1 but they weren't fighting, they were sparring, which too me is amazing because it seems like theyre going to add some real depth to the companion relationships.

Oh god, another character who looks as weird as Miranda.

Anyone else think that Jennifer Hale absolutely SUCKED as a voice for the female Shepard? I sure as hell did. That's why I'm only finishing the trilogy as a male.

The Dutchess:
Um ok ... where the hell is Brandon Keener? His voice is the reason I play these damn games!

Agreed; Brandon Keener or GTFO. Must have been busy with his role in Zookeeper.

While Jessica Chobot's voice is like fingernails down a blackboard to me, if she crawled in my bed with that outfit on I wouldn't kick her out.

I'll say one thing, at least James Vega has some kind of personality; albeit a macho, high-fiving, Jersey shore stooge. He's not captain cardboard like Jacob Taylor or Kayden Alenko.

There's no reason for Discount Snookie to be in this game. Not a single one. If I wasn't the patient "wait and see if the game is just as good" type, I'd question if Bioware is actively trying to destroy their credibility with their fanbase.

Well, at least Jonah Hill hasn't made it into the bastion that is Mass Effect. That would have led to automatic cancellation of preorder.

Ok, ok, I'm getting slightly exited. Well played, Bioware.

By the way, who the fuck is Jessica Chobot? Is this gonna be the same as when Bioware put what's-her-face in the Dragon Age 2 DLC?

Did they really have to add Jessica Chobot? God dammit IGN. *Angry Face*

Otherwise, still sounds good :D

LadyRhian:
Looks awesome, and Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man is all kinds of win. Still... Origins puts me off. A lot.

Same. Everytime I see new stuff I am just like, "Yuuup...I sure wish I could buy this game without Origins"

ShaneGunWolf:
Anyone else think that Jennifer Hale absolutely SUCKED as a voice for the female Shepard? I sure as hell did. That's why I'm only finishing the trilogy as a male.

I think we are hugely the minority here but I agree with you completely. I can't stand Jennifer Hale's voice acting for Shepard. Mark Meer all the way!

My one question is whether or not Mordin is reprising his role. I want him back!

RatRace123:

Irridium:
Is it just me, or does Chobot's character's face look a little... off? It's in uncanny valley territory for me. Had the same problem with Miranda's face.

Just looks... ugh.

Oh good, other people see it.

I think the problem (same with Miranda) stems from the fact that they're based on real people, but since the characters in the game are obviously not real, it comes off as some creepy valley humping mixture of real and computer generated. All the more contrasting when standing next to characters who weren't based off specific individuals.

But but...the Illusive Man and Joker are very clearly based off of Martin Sheen and Seth Green...and they're awesome...

ShaneGunWolf:
Anyone else think that Jennifer Hale absolutely SUCKED as a voice for the female Shepard? I sure as hell did. That's why I'm only finishing the trilogy as a male.

You get that heresy out of here before I call down the fury of an Imperial Inquisition...

DarthAcerbus:

But but...the Illusive Man and Joker are very clearly based off of Martin Sheen and Seth Green...and they're awesome...

Yeah, I thought about this more in depth too. The default male Shepard is also based on a real person; Liara and Samara are as well.

So, I've narrowed my previous statement down to reflect that only human females based off of real people look weird in the ME universe.

Eruanno:
Are we (supposedly) not getting the voice actor for Mordin back, but we get people like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Chobot? What kind of decision is that?

In happier news: Yay, Seth Green! Tricia Helfer! Keith David! Martin Sheen! All the great people from before! Awesome!

I'm keeping my hopes up that they had a set time frame for how long the video could be and that they could only get just so many voice actors into the video.

I didn't like that I didn't see Tali in the video. BioWare better have made her a large part of the game as well with the other old squad-mates not show, or they will have people with torches and pitchforks at their door to scare out and punish the monster(s) that didn't make them a proper part of the game.

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