MK11, Voice Acting, and You
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MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/12/2019 10:20 PM EDT
04/12/2019 10:26 PM EDT

Something that's been on my mind lately is MK11's voice acting, mainly the inconsistency between the three games in the reboot trilogy as of late.

To start, I'm well aware that MK wasn't exactly known for its stellar roster of acclaimed voice actors in the Midway era. They were often changing from game to game until MK vs. DC came out, introducing us to the likes of Richard Epcar (Raiden), Tom Choi (Liu Kang), and Patrick Seitz (Scorpion). Since then, these three voice actors have become, in the minds of many fans, firmly cemented as the voice of their respective MK characters, alongside Karen Strassman (Kitana/Mileena).

Not gonna lie, I was pretty disappointed to find out that of the four, only Richard Epcar would be returning to voice his character. I'm no stranger to franchises that seem to regularly recast their character's voice actors (i.e. Resident Evil), but it still stings. Patrick Seitz was hands down the best voice actor Scorpion ever had, and the new guy they got to replace him simply does not measure up. Karen Strassman is also sorely missed. It takes away from the sense of familiarity with the characters. In contrast, a series like Devil May Cry found iconic voice actors in Reuben Langdon and Dan Southworth, and have been able to retain them for the last 14 years. Ask any DMC fan how they would feel about them being recast, and they'd have a fucking conniption.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that it can be a complicated issue. There's voice actor unions to consider, not to mention the strike that happened a few years ago (IIRC), but there's also circumstances where publishers want to save a buck and go non-union, or creative decisions that are arbitrary at worst and misguided at best. There are also the rare exceptions where they get a new voice actor who ends up serving the character better (i.e. Sub-Zero and Johnny Cage). I wish more publishers would realize that voice actors are also a very important part of video game development, especially games that are so heavily focused on story like Mortal Kombat.

As of now, these are the only characters who have retained their voice actors from MKX:

Raiden

Johnny Cage

Sub-Zero

Kotal Kahn

Shinnok

Erron Black

Shao Kahn (not in MKX, but it sounds like his voice actor from MK9 is back, possibly)

I'm glad these voice actors are coming back, but its also a damn shame Seitz, Choi, and Strassman aren't. Meanwhile, we have Dr. Claw voicing Noob Saibot, and Ronda Rousey (ugh) voicing Sonya, when their previous voice actors were considerably superior.

What are everyone's thoughts on this? Do you agree with me on the importance of voice actors? Are you happy with the voice cast for MK11? I'm interested to see what you guys think on the matter.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/12/2019 10:24 PM EDT

Kano had the PERFECT voice actor in MK9-MKX. I'm still gutted they changed him in 11.

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04/12/2019 10:55 PM EDT

I really liked Kitana’s voice actress from MKX, Grey Griffin, she sounded similar to Karen Strassman from MK9, but better.

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04/12/2019 11:48 PM EDT

I never get hung up on voice actors- I don't even remember what the ones from MK9 sounded like- it was so long ago.

I rather they get the best actor/actress for the present game's incarnation at the end of the day. But I really don't care. Voice acting is the last thing on my mind.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/13/2019 09:33 AM EDT

I really does sound like Kelly Hu is not voicing D'Vorah again, and it breaks my heart, because she did it so well.

This new voice just isn't sitting well with me.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/13/2019 11:31 AM EDT

I'm sorry but I gotta disagree on Sonya/Noob. I love Frank Welker voicing Noob Saibot, and I'm shocked at how much I like Rousey as Sonya. I never would have thought of it but it really works for me.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/13/2019 12:15 PM EDT

I'll figure it out after I play story mode. Intros has a lot of characters speaking slowly like a dramatic reading. Gotta hear some flowing dialogue.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/13/2019 12:24 PM EDT

All I know is Cassie’s voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. It was way better in X.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/13/2019 02:16 PM EDT
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All I know is Cassie’s voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. It was way better in X.

I couldn't agree more.

Her voice in MKX was quick, sassy, and with a touch of maturity. The speed of her speech suited her. This new actress speaks so slowly I doze before the intro's finished. Hopefully she'll be better in the story mode.

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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
04/14/2019 12:58 PM EDT

I'll wait to play through the story mode to pass my judgement. Overall though from what I seen from trailers and character intros, I'm impressed.


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RE: MK11, Voice Acting, and You
09/05/2020 12:01 AM EDT

There's also Kelly Hu, who voiced D'vorah in MK X and MK11. Jennifer Hale was also in MK X as Tanya and MK 11 as Kronika.

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