True talent and experience make the best video game voice actors stand out among the hordes. Anyone who can’t tell the difference between a professional video game voice actor and the programmer’s family needs to get their ears checked immediately. Choosing the best voice actors is no trivial undertaking, but here you can find a list without Nolan North. One trick ponies not allowed.

  1. Jennifer Hale, AKA female Shepard. Fantastic voice actors fill the “Mass Effect" series, but the one that stands out the most is Jennifer, otherwise known as female Shepard. I don’t know of any woman who could have pulled off the emotions and military stoicism that Jennifer did in this space epic. Starring in more than 230 TV episodes, movies and videogames, Jennifer has done more with just her voice than most people do with their lives. Imagine recording hundreds of hours of dialogue and then players can choose male Shepard. Bummer.

  2. Terrance Carson, the man who defeated Zeus. “God of War” wasn’t defined by its voice acting but Kratos’ deep anger, brutal revenge and flawless delivery topped off the package nicely. Even the gods should not mess with Kratos, but the man behind the voice does not look so intimidating. Terrance may not look physically capable of being able to defeat a god, but his voice alone will drive the fear of death right into you. Being tricked into butchering your family and being a slave to a god is not something the average person would be able to handle this well.

  3. Christopher Robin Miller who presents you with more puzzles than you can shake a DS at. Aren't people that use all three names usually psychotic serial killers? Not this guy. Christopher played the part of Professor Layton in the "Layton" series of video games for the Nintendo DS. This series wasn't only successful because of the incredible puzzles and fun story, but because of the depth of the characters developed through fully voiced and animated anime style cutscenes. Of course in real life a pompous man asking you to solve puzzles every time you talked to him wouldn’t last too long. First would come loneliness, than insanity, then never taking off a hat. Wow, that explains everything.

  4. Ellen McLain who voiced various characters in "Half-Life 2" is better known now as GladDOS in "Portal" Taunting you in a calm and soothing voice while trying to lead you to your demise, GladDOS exists everywhere observing your every move. Avoiding any obvious cake jokes, those who've played the game know Ellen is also a great singer. It's unfortunate the ending song and "Portal" catch phrase give new meaning to beating a dead horse. At least Ellen can also be credited with voicing the turrets. Now there's a résumé builder.

  5. James McCaffery, metaphoric extraodinaire. With the pounding force of a nail gun fired against your skull, the voice and poetry of James with never escape the darkest depths of your mind. “Max Payne” wasn't anything more than a decent third person shooter without the vivid imagery James voiced so well. Constipated for the entire game, at leas Max Payne could get his true thoughts into words. Max may have been pondering more bathroom-related thoughts if all the mirrors throughout the entire game weren’t broken. Maybe technological limitations can be a good thing afterall