The name Nolan North might not ring a bell to some of you. But… if you hear his voice you will instantly be taken back to a game that he has done voice work for. With well over a hundred games on his CV it is no exaggeration to say that Nolan North has been involved in EVERY GAME to come out over the last few years. Whether it is a defective turret in Portal 2 or a fish in The Cat in the Hat, Nolan’s voice knows no limits. So today we count down the Top 10 characters he has voiced in games over the years. Be warned though. Once you see this list you will start noticing his voice in every game but that’s okay because it washes over you like a river of warm butter pudding
10. Eradan – Lord of the Rings: War in the North
The ranger Eradan is voiced by Nolan in this hack and slash adventure set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Nolan doesn’t push the boundaries with this character hence the number 10 place, but he does a good job screaming out dramatic lines like “You face a ranger now” and “I love lamp “(second quote might be a lie), all while sounding very heroic and Aragorn-like. Nolan’s vocals makes your character feel like a force to be reckoned with.
9. Elliot Salem – Army of Two: The 40th Day
Elliot Salem is the trigger-happy money-hungry mercenary in the Army of Two series. Although he looks like a steroid injected Colin Farrell from Miami Vice his voice will send you into gaming déjà vu in the second instalment of the series, The 40th Day. The banter between the two main characters feels natural and well executed, and is mainly due to Nolan’s voice swagger. If these two mercenaries had to talk their way out of a tough situation, Salem would be a one man army.
8. Turret – Portal 2
Like we said, the man’s voice knows no bounds. The turrets in Portal 2 might be deadly, but they sure sound good. Is that warm butter pudding I feel on my body or is it bullets? Those are the questions your character in Portal 2 will be asking herself as you carefully solve each puzzle and outwit those menacing turrets in Portal 2.
7. Cyclops – X-Men: Destiny
The voice of one of the X-Men automatically cracks you a place in the top ten. Cyclops gets the North treatment in X-Men : Destiny and it is worthy of the number 7 spot. Although Wolverine would still kick Cyclops’ ass any day of the week (be gentle Cyclops fans. Both of you.) the Nolan North Cyclops could probably last a little longer one-on-one due to his increased levels of vocal charm.
6. Darkling – The Darkness 2
To actually make a voice come out of your mouth that fits with a little demon spawn as ugly as seen above takes talent. Talent Mr North has perfected over the years and talent that brings the little Darkling from The Darkness 2 to life with such creepiness it gives the little guy his own personality.You almost want to hang out with him and buy him a beer for being so likable and helpful. Shame about what happens to him.
5. Dr N Gin – Crash Bandicoot series
This evil genius is voiced like a cross between Igor and a crazy person with split personalities (its a bit of a fine line between them but it works). The little blue mad scientist will get more than a few laughs out of you, and you can’t help but picture Nolan running around the recording studio acting insane while trying to voice this guy. This little laugh-inducing scientist from the Crash Bandicoot series lands at number 5.
4. Hades – God of War III
We still get chills when we think back on the battle with Hades in God of War. That scary voice screaming at you while he tries to rip your face off and devour your soul makes for one memorable boss battle. Although Nolan needed the help of some computer software to help him sound like the Gatekeeper of Hell, Hades deserves this number 4 spot.
3. Desmond Miles – Assassin’s Creed series
We love Nathan Drake in Assassin’s Creed… wait, no, we mean Desmond but wait… When we close our eyes we see Drake but when we open them we see Desmond. There is some dark magic afoot here and although Desmond does sound exactly like Drake the character is brought to life well by Nolan. Not worthy-of-number-one well but Desmond is a character that will be sketched into our memories and our kid’s memories and their kids and relived in their great ancestor’s memories… there’s an Assassin’s Creed reference somewhere here.
2. Nathan Drake- Uncharted series
Now we know most of you thought that Drake would snag the number one spot and it was a tough decision. But, alas, Nathan Drake lands at number two. Nolan did an amazing job on the Uncharted series. He brings Nathan Drake to life with so much charisma and attitude that his performance rivals some of the best seen in motion pictures.
1.The Penguin– Batman: Arkham City
We had to do a double take when we found out that the dude who voiced Nathan Drake does the Penguin in Batman: Arkham City. Nolan completely transforms his voice in to something that sounds perfect coming out of a four-foot-high British mutant penguin man. A perfect fit for his most impressive performance in one of the biggest games of 2011. It was close between the Penguin and Drake but when you consider that Nolan North sounds like Drake naturally when ordering pizza over the phone, and he had to completely transform his voice to be one of Batman’s smallest but meanest foes, the decision becomes a little easier.