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Top 7... Worst celebrity voiceovers

The Game: Spider-Man 2 (PS2, Xbox, GC, PC)
The Star: Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Don’t get us wrong. We love the Spider-Man movies and the Spider-Man games continue to stand out as one of the few exceptions to the rule that games based on movies have to completely suck. But while Tobey Maguire’s “Aww shucks, I’m just a regular guy with all these super powers” angle works well enough on the big screen, his voiceover performance in the game sounds terrible.

Peter seems to be in a constant state of apology. He’s sorry that he missed his university class. He’s sorry that he’s late to meet Mary Jane. He’s sorry that he messed up a pizza delivery when he handed an angry customer a messed up pie. And we’re sorry that the game’s attempt to follow the film’s plot winds up making Tobey Maguire sound like a sycophantic thumb sucker instead of Spider-Man, the superhero. Here’s an example of one of the many apologies you’ll hear in what was supposed to be an action packed title.

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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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