Many famous games have bad points and, especially in the early days of CD media, voiceovers left something to be desired. Paradoxically, there are cases in which the misinterpretation of the actors ended up giving an “extra charm” to the adventure, even if the player realizes that the interpretation “is not the best”. With that in mind, we decided to select five games with very bad voiceovers that made their mark at the time.
5 – Castlevania Symphony of the Night (PS1)
Starting this list with one of the best games of all time, Castlevania Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation 1 has a very weak voice acting, but which, paradoxically, has become a classic among fans of the vampire franchise.
The voices are very impressive, especially Alucard’s, but the voice actors don’t know how to act and the dialogues are forced. We also give a discount because they were the beginnings of dubbing in games, and the highlight goes to Richter saying “Die Monster” in the first moment of the game, looking like he just woke up.
It is worth mentioning that in the re-release for PSP they changed the voice actors and the dialogues were much less forced.
4 – Devil May Cry (PS2)
The game that revolutionized the beat’em’up and hack and slash genre also has a dubbing of dubious quality, especially in the first game. A scene where a character dies ends up sounding unintentionally funny due to poor dubbing.
3 – Megaman X4 (PS1)
Probably one of the worst dubbing in the history of games along with Mega Man 8, both in inserts of enemies and protagonists, as well as in cutscenes.
The “highlight” instead goes to Iris’s death scene, which should be an ultra-dramatic moment, but ends up sounding funny due to the voice actor’s inexperience. It’s a shame that one of the best games in the entire series has voice acting in the genre, but it guarantees a few laughs.
2 – Resident Evil 1 (PS1)
A list of the genre would hardly have Resident Evil 1 and, like most PlayStation 1 games, the “trash” dubbing ends up leaving an “extra charm” in the game.
Highlight for Barry’s voice actor, who seems to just “read” the script and the tonality of the voice usually says something other than the original meaning.
1 – Chaos Wars (PS2)
Undoubtedly, one of the worst dubbing of games is Chaos Wars, which manages to surpass the dubbing of Resident Evil 1, which is also very bad. It looks like they called on a bunch of people with no voice acting experience, like family members, friends, or co-workers to voice the characters, and everyone, without exception, looks like they’re reading a script, not playing a character. It’s so bad it’s funny.