This year we had some magnificent performances and it seems that with every passing year this category is getting more and more difficult to award. A host of really great AAA games with massive stories and important characters arcs meant that there were several opportunities for the voices and faces that bring our favourite games to life to shine. And several actors and actresses did not disappoint. The final decision was hotly contested, and any of the nominees would be worthy winners and difficult to argue against, but in the end, there was ultimately one voice that swung to the top.
Yuri Lowenthal (Spider-Man)
A quick check through Yuri Lowenthal’s Wikipedia bio and you’ll soon realise the skill the actor has to bring video game characters to life, including the Prince in Prince Of Persia and Marth in Fire Emblem to mention but a few.
His work on Spider-Man, though, really goes above an beyond. Not only did Lowenthal voice Peter Parker and Spider-Man (each with their own nuance in terms of self-confidence and cockiness), he also altered his voice depending on who he was speaking to (Aunt May versus Fisk) and amazingly also recorded all his lines twice. Because of the open-world exploration nature of the game – each line was recorded and therefore can be heard at rest (when Spider-Man is simply perched on a building or walking around) or with a relative level of exertion (if Spider-Man is swinging across town or webbing up some bad guys). Lowenthal also was partially involved in some of the motion capture work, and his chemistry with Nancy Linari (Aunt May), William Salyers (Otto Octavius) and particularly his wife Tara Platt (Captain Yuri Watanabe) is fantastic. Plus, he also gave us the wonderfully fun and gruff-voiced Spider-Cop. And for all these reasons, this year it is this 47-year-old Ohio native (playing the role of 20-something-year-old New Yorker) that takes the performance crown.
Runner-Up: Christopher Judge (God of War)
Honourable Mentions: Bryan Dechart (Detroit: Become Human), Roger Clark (Red Dead Redemption 2), Melissanthi Mahut (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)