You may not immediately know who he is but if you’ve played one or several of the large multitude of high-caliber triple-A games which were released this year (or if you have been avidly following certain as-yet-released titles), chances are you’ve heard his voice. He’s ventured to a city in the sky, survived a trip through a post-apocalyptic world, and even battled Commander Shepard as an evil cybernetic ninja. His name is Troy Baker and darned if he isn’t one of the most talented voice actors alive today.
Aside from his roles as Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite, Joel in The Last of Us, and Kai Leng in Mass Effect 3, Baker’s acting credits cover a wide gamut of games. Logan Thackeray in Guild Wars 2, Ryu Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden 3, Jake Muller in Resident Evil 6, not to mention some of his upcoming roles which include Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Delsin Rowe in Infamous: Second Son, and The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins (check out this Comic-Con clip of him reciting The Joker’s Killing Joke monologue).
Heading on over to Baker’s IMDB page shows that the entire list of his VO work stretches back quite a ways and the list will no-doubt continue to grow in the years ahead, especially now that we’re on the cusp of an entirely new generation of games and consoles.
His performances as Kai Leng, Joel, and The Joker stand out for me as particularly powerful examples of his acting talents and his ability to so easily capture the essence of playing a hero, a villain, and characters who don’t quite fit into either category (Joel and Booker being two good examples). Which among Baker’s many performances have stood out to you? Vote in the poll below or feel free to insert your own entries into the comments and tell us why you picked them!