Originally Posted by bd2003
It doesn't need to be horrible. Just give him some personality. Get the kid who voices Finn on Adventure Time to do it. If they're going to reuse the same characters for the next three decades, they need to go off in a different direction from time to time.
I'm not familiar with Adventure Time. But even if it was excellent, I'd still prefer Link to be silent.
I'd accept voice acting for other characters he encounters though if it's done well and isn't something like Star Fox 64. But Link and Gordon Freeman are two game characters that should always be silent in my book.
I think voice work for either is just destined to be a disappointment. One way conversations and leaving the character's side of the conversation a blank slate and up to your imagination works so beautifully in both franchises. I can't imagine the best writing and voice actors in the business being able to live up to what we've built up in our minds over the past 25 years for Zelda.
And frankly, I think we'd likely have something like Slippy from Star Fox 64 or their Mario voice actor if they did try. But I'd be willing to keep an open mind if they ever did try and cross my fingers that it at least doesn't detract from the experience. And who knows, I've been known to be wrong from time to time.
Originally Posted by PENDRAG0ON
Fire Emblem Awakening and Kid Icarus Uprising had great voice acting.
That's nice, I haven't played either so their strength in that area easily slipped by me. I'm not so sure I'd agree on Kid Icarus though if I ever did play it (I don't intend to due to what I've read about its control combined with being disappointed with the gameplay direction they took the franchise after decades of dormancy since I was hoping for a 2D or 3D Kid Icarus more in line with its roots).
I've seen some quotes from that game like some joke about laser eye surgery so even if the voice work itself was top notch, I'm pretty sure the dialogue itself wouldn't do anything for me but make me roll my eyes like when I read that in some review of the game.