Four SEGA titles make IGN’s list of “so bad it’s good” voice acted games

If there’s one thing I know a thing or two about as a SEGA fan, it’s wonderfully bad voice acting, and apparently Adam Sutton at IGN Australia feels the same way. The article’s a tribute of sorts to games with voice acting so bad that it actually enhances the experience, and SEGA’s all over it: 4 of the 10 games, in fact. Hit the break to see which games made it.

Time Crisis (Namco)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Konami)
Sonic Adventure (SEGA)
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream/Sony)
Shenmue (SEGA)
Deep Fear (ISCO/SEGA)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
House of the Dead 2 (SEGA)
Clock Tower (Human Entertainment)
Resident Evil (Capcom)

Each winner is accompanied by an explanation and a Youtube clip.

[Source: IGN]


12 responses to “Four SEGA titles make IGN’s list of “so bad it’s good” voice acted games

  1. Shigs says:

    HOTD 2's bad voice acting is nothing short of legendary.

  2. Essay says:


    I always thought Sonic Adventure and Shenmue (minus Tom and Goro) had some pretty okay voice acting… Surprised they made the list.

  3. -nSega54- says:

    Watch the clip they posted for Shenmue, hahaha. Game had decent voice acting (for its time) for the main characters but some of the voice acting (Mad Angels) is almost unbelievably bad.

    With Sonic Adventure the article focused on Tails, which I disagree with, that was my favorite Tails voice.

  4. ezodagrom says:

    Kinda loled at the house of the dead 2 clip.

    To pertek the loyfe coycle.

    This…is the final bottle.

  5. cube_b3 says:

    @-nSega54-: Explain me Mark's acting then?

  6. cube_b3 says:

    I don't know what they are yapping about with Sonic Adventure but it damn well doesn't deserve to be on the list.

    The game is 13 years old!

    Ryan Drummond and Deem Bristow have delivered the best performances ever in a Sonic game.

    Tails isn't as bad as they are making him out to be either, he is acting unlike in the other games where people are just reading!

  7. -nSega54- says:

    "watch out, you're gonna crash. Ah."

    Anyway, even the guy who directed the English voice actors in Shenmue 1/2 has trashed the voice acting in the games:

    "“The auditions go ahead, we hire basically every single person that exists and calls themselves a voice actor. The people that are doing the translation are late, and I remember it was such a messed up situation, it was so bad that stuff was going directly from the translators, without being checked, faxed to the studio and having actors just read the stuff. That’s how slapdash it all became. And there were actors that had no place at all doing the acting. There was no time for direction – it was like, get it done! When you’re doing it right, like with Metal Gear Solid or something like that, you set up the situation – you’re not doing anything by the seat of your pants.”"

    -Jeremy Blaustein, Shenmue voice director.

  8. cube_b3 says:

    I read the entire feature when it was posted at Shenmue Dojo. He had strong points.

  9. STORM! says:

    Eight Japanese games!!!

    Maybe its the difficult between Japanese producers and foreign dubbers?

  10. CrazyTails says:


    tom and goro had awesomely bad voice acting

  11. Chaosmaster8753 says:

    Wow, this guy's opinion on Tails' voice is similar to Brandon Justice, the IGN reviewer of Sonic Adventure around the time of its release.

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