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the voices need to go

posted by Alucard on - last edited - Viewed by 11.5K users
I haven't been on the site in a while and figured e3 would be as good of a time as any for an update. I must say that telltale has dropped the ball on the voices. They really just don't sound right. I haven't played Sam&max for years but the moment I heard the trailer I knew it just wasn't right. Sure the game looked great but for a comedy adventure geme it is critical for it to sound great.
Time for a petition maybe?
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    Anonymous
    why wont this thread just.... dieeeee!!
    It's people like us that keep it alive.
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    Anonymous
    Just to put my two hundreths of a U.S. dollar here (convert to your currency as necessary), I like Max's voice. That seems to be the closer of the two in comparison to HTR and the TV episodes.

    Sam's, however, seems dull and unlively. It doesn't have the nasal yet joyfully sardonic tone and inflection of HTR and TV series. Even the "Can't think of a reason not to" sounds unenthusiastic as though he's simply reading a line, not actually trying to speak the voice.

    I have to agree. I don't know if it's the voice itself, or the combination of voice and face (voice to serious/inexpressive witha a too friendly/smiling face), but definetly there's something lacking in there.
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    Anonymous
    PS: Can we make polls in this forums?
  • This thread is still going strong? Far out, it's like some never ending beast attempting to eat all the other posts belonging to all the other threads in this forum. Come on guys, the other threads are hungry too! This one is old and fat. It needs no more.
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    Anonymous
    Sorry to disappoint you but it isn't going that strong really. Mostly it's been re-animated on behalf of new people arriving to these mighty forums. Which is actually good news, now that I think of it!
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    Anonymous
    Sorry to disappoint you but it isn't going that strong really. Mostly it's been re-animated on behalf of new people arriving to these mighty forums. Which is actually good news, now that I think of it!
    Indeed. I know I didn't say anything that hadn't been said before, but I wanted to give another vote to the "cause" anyway.
  • Sorry to disappoint you but it isn't going that strong really. Mostly it's been re-animated on behalf of new people arriving to these mighty forums. Which is actually good news, now that I think of it!
    Ah. See what important information you miss when you don't visit these forums for a few months. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times and I'll kill you.
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    Anonymous
    Woah. Don't wanna fool you. Especially not 3 times.

    Sapafrachkin.
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    Anonymous
    Uh oh. I really don't want to jump on the Damn The Voices bandwagon, but the new videos... the actors definitely have the ability, but Sam sure is soft and under-emotional while partnered with an extra high and squeaky Max. I'm not expecting the exact voices of HTR or the show, I'm flexible enough for that, but changes are really in order. Sam just lacks any kind of energy and Max comes out as annoying on more than a few lines, which is a shame as the dialogue I've heard so far is actually hilarious.

    Closer Analysis:

    Blog video 1: Pretty good. Sam's voice lulls into the deeper gruff undertones a few times, which sounds excellent, although a bit more would be nice. Max's voice is also good, although when he slides into the squeakier higher octaves it becomes occasionally irksome.


    Blog video 2: Starts out pretty good, but Sam's "How about an autograph for my pal" is far too soft and nowhere near gruff enough. Max's "You can sign my butt!" is very excitable and squeaky, but thankfully the hilarious "Make it out to Squinky" line covers for it by eliciting some real laughter.


    Blog video 3: This is the one that gets me, and also the one I watched first, which is probably why the others sounded better after I rewatched them with video 3 out of my head. First off, I'd just like to say that the crashing sound effects are really soft, not all that well timed, and don't seem to appear a few times. They're just not all that exciting. Also, I really hope that you're not forced to replay and replay the driving sequences in order to buy from Bosco. I'm fine playing them while there are still new dialogue options and such to try, but once it becomes rehashed, I'll lose interest fast.
    Anyway, the first line to critique is Sam's "Hello. Know why we stopped you?" He sounds far to calm, nice, and un-gritty it hurts. Sam's remaining lines are alright, but still not spot on, but he kills it with the final "Tata." This suffers the same problem as his greeting, and the two make painful bookends to an otherwise acceptable delivery of well written lines.

    Gamespot Video 1: Ah, here it gets good. Sam's voice is softer but not unemotional, and Max's is an enjoyable new take on the character. No excessively high squeaking here! Also, I love Bosco's voice, although his skin seems a little freakishly grey for my tastes. Maybe it's shadows, maybe it's art direction, but it's not my number one part of the video. It's not an actual problem, though, so great job on this scene! :D

    Gamespot Video 2: Sam's voice is of the same caliber as GSV1, and by that I mean it's not as gruff as I might like, but almost puts a more intelligent and equally likeable spin on Sam's character. Sadly, Max's voice gets into the higher tones again, especially with "I'll do it!" and "I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did!" Seriously, the second one has hints of grandma in there. Don't ask me how, but that's what I thought of.


    Complaints aside, the game looks great (although I still have concerns about the driving sequences), hilarious, and the voices for all the new characters are all spot on. I just hope that the voice actors will be working on editing the voices a little for the next time round. In fact, I might say I preferred the voices in the trailer... Max's was definitely less squeaky (sorry that I say that so much, that's all I can think of), although Sam's has gone from trying to ape the HTR voice to being its own unique entitiy, which I appreciate.

    On the whole, high fives [=D>] for Telltale! You guys are doing a great job, and here's hoping that some parts of the voices will be fine tuned before the second episode. Hell, it might already be fixed for the first one, I notice that I mainly only had problems with the older videos.
  • While I admire everyone's tenacity, I think this thread has run its course.

    Go watch the new gameplay videos, gaze at the image of Max behind the world, and revel in the Sam & Maxiness of it all. And if you *really* want to pick apart the voice actors after you've done that... well, start a new thread then. :D
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