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Top 7... Worst celebrity voiceovers

Fame doesn’t guarantee talent. When celebrities take a break from their day jobs to lend their voices to games, the result isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s bad writing or poor casting to blame. Sometimes it’s over acting or worse yet, under acting with all the personality of a potato. But whatever the reason, enlisting star power to boost a game’s appeal has given rise to some truly terrible - and hilarious - performances of Mystery Science Theater 3000 proportions. That’s why we decided to dust off our libraries to dig up the best of the worst voiceovers from famous folk that videogames have to offer.

Christopher Walken

The Game: True Crime: Streets of LA (Xbox, PS2, GC, PC)
The Star: Christopher Walken as George

There’s something about Christopher Walken’s deadpan voice that works. It’s his distinct style of speech - which only he can do - that made us laugh out loud when he demanded “more cowbell” on SNL and related the gruesome story of how he hid the infamous gold watch in Pulp Fiction.

But Walken kicks it up one notch too many when he did the voiceover for the narrator, George in True Crime: Streets of LA. This time around, he almost sounds like he’s trying to do an impersonation of himself. The result: something truly awful.

Listen to the way he emphasizes that “nobody knows what happened to Henry all those years ago...” and you’ll get a good feeling for Walken’s over exaggerated acting in the game. Not since his role as the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow has Walken disappointed us so thoroughly.

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  • Link555 - October 8, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    spider-man & KH 2 rule, shame bout the dire voiceovers
  • deathtoall2 - October 3, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Why does peter parker look like harry potter 0_O
  • bamb0o-stick - September 29, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    Wow. Some of these audio samples send chills down my spine. Maybe you guys at GR should write an article on the Top 7 Best Voice Actors as well. My earliest memory of really good voice acting was the guy who played Marius from Diablo II. Probably not the best but definitely my fondest. I'd like to hear the gamers' choices as well.
  • Theonik - March 20, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I remember the good old days when the most you would hear Sparx say was Bzzz, bzzz,bzzzzzz. Also some of these were pretty terrible especially the Aerith one that was also creepy.
  • BHynes10 - March 5, 2009 12:29 a.m.

    First? Yeah, while both the movie and game Spiderman 2 were awesome, Tobey McGuire definitely was not into doing the voice work for the game. Awsome game nonetheless...
  • Romination - March 25, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    i don't think Rollins' voice over was that bad. Although it really is hard to do much with those lines... and he does scare me, too.
  • RobynRobotron - March 15, 2009 7:39 a.m.

    "We’re a little scared of Henry Rollins. The badass Black Flag leader could probably crush our heads with his bare hands and still have enough leftover aggression to shred up a solo that punches today’s poppy punk straight in the gut." You must be really scared, so scared you cover your eyes everytime he appears. If you peeked between your fingers every once in a while, you might notice he doesn't play guitar.

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