I continue to be amazed by the long lists of roles I find when researching voice actors, with some of them having been in dozens of games, not to mention animated movies or TV series, or even live action. This week’s featured voice actor, Liam O’Brien, has the longest list of video games I’ve seen yet.
American voice actor Liam O’Brien began providing voices for video games in 2003, but he has voicing characters in anime since the early nineties. He is also involved in the English adaptations of several anime series like Naruto. On top of that, he has been the voice director for several games, including Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and a number of Resident Evil games. You may recognise O’Brien from some of his iconic roles like War in the Darksiders games, Illidan Stormrage in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, or Caius Ballad in Final Fantasy XII-2 and -3. Or you may have heard his voice in one of the many other games he’s been a part of over the last decade. And I do mean MANY – his Wikipedia page lists over 170 different games – and in some of those, he’s played several characters. Below you’ll find a small taste of some of Liam O’Brien’s work. You’ll notice he has a penchant for baddies and badasses, many of them of the insane or deeply disturbed variety.
First video game role: Demetrio/Dion, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (2003)
Most notable role: War, Darksiders (2010) & II (2012)
Other famous roles: Caius Ballad, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2012) & Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2014),
Illidan Stormrage, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (2007) & Heroes of the Storm, Asura, Asura’s Wrath (2012)