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Originally Posted by Zress
I am not sure I like the narrator voice acting. At first it felt a little bit cringe to me, but I couldn't point my finger at it. But then, few days ago my girlfriend set with me while I played and when she heard the narrator she started laughing. When I asked her what's so funny she told me that it sounds like the narrator is having sex, like she is talking to someone she is in the bed with. That observation totally ruined it for me lol


Thinking about it, your assessment can certainly be seen as sound logic. I think it can be seen as sexual or at least seductive and I think it is fitting when you think about the context. The voice appears when the larvae connect with you or with each other, which can absolutely be seen as a sexual or intimate act. So a soft female voice with added toughness or dominance is very accurate.

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It's literally Malady from DoS 2, like it's the same voice actor.

She's got a great voice, wonderful tones....but it presents two problems for me:

1. It reallllllly makes it hard to argue against people saying this is DoS 3, rather than BG 3, since the primary voice you'll be hearing is an actual character from DoS 2. John Mayer, the original narrator from BG 2, is still alive and still working. It would have been a nice call back at least. It does lead a bit into my second problem with it....

2. Literally everyone has British accent in the game. Narrator, random goblin #46, Drow who've never seen the surface world before....and literally travelers from another plane of existence (Githyanki). Everywhere you look, everyone has a British accent. It makes the world feel smaller than it should.


Like every game with Nolan North is really an Uncharted game? If Malady shows up later and tells us it’s actually been her talking to us all along then it’s a good point, although I think that’s highly unlikely. Otherwise it’s just a studio using some voice actors they worked with before and liked, same as everyone does. Like Bioware used Jenifer Hale for FemShep in Mass Effect after she was in original Baldur’s Gate.

British accents are a staple of sword and sorcery fantasy games, films and TV. I agree they could use more variety. On the other hand it can be a bit weird to associate recognizable accents with specific regions or races. like Orlesians in Dragon Age all sounding French and Nilfgaardians in the Witcher mainly sounding German.

Of course all dwarfs need to be Scottish, that’s just the law.


You'll notice I didn't just say it was Amelia Tyler.

I said it was Malady. Which is the point. It is literally Malady, not just the voice actor. They could have told her to use different tones, inflections, styles, etc. Nope, just had use the exact same voice. Which is a travesty, I mean look at the example you used in Jennifer Hale. Compare her work with Dynaheir compared to Mazzy. You can get completely different characters from the same voice actor.

If they want to make DoS 3, they are free to make it and I'd be happy to play it. Loved the first two. But this game is suffering from being made by people that just don't seem to want to pay homage to the Baldur's Gate games. Sound design, especially voice acting, plays a massive role in this. Having the Narrator be the exact same voice (not just the same voice actor but the exact same actual voice) as you hear in DoS 2 doesn't help differentiate this game into something from the Baldur's Gate series.

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I like the narrator - possibly even more than the cheery DOS2 narrator. Still, I would like the option to mute narrator voice.

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Totally agree. They're not just using the same voice actor, but the same character (at least voice, inflection, general personality) as the DoS2 narrator; which doesn't really help differentiate BG3 from being DoS3.

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I think an option to mute the narrator's voice is a sensible action for those who prefer it. Personally, I really enjoyed the narrator's voice and, as mentioned in one of the comments above, I think it really suits the plot with the tadpole trying to seduce you.

While I do very much enjoy the voice acting in the game, I have to agree with Isaac Springsong on the idea that every NPC has the same accent in a world where dozens of races live together. I wouldn't recommend re-recording lines just for the sake of making the actors do their best frenchman impersonation but, perhaps adding some new lines in the game to random NPCs, who merely have one-liners and no real dialogue choices to them, with varying accents and tones could introduce a bit more color into the world.

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I thought she did a great job as Malady and I think she's doing a fantastic job here, there have even been times where I actually feel like I'm at the table. I don't understand what's cringe here?

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Originally Posted by GoblinEnthusiast
I thought she did a great job as Malady and I think she's doing a fantastic job here, there have even been times where I actually feel like I'm at the table. I don't understand what's cringe here at all?


I don't either.

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Not a huge fan, she sounds like she thinks she's reading erotic literature or something, reminds me of watching those after-midnight specials on TV when I was a teen laugh

Edit: I feel like the narrator voice is supposed to be related to that "who do you dream of?" character you make at the end of character creation (since that's the char that shows up when you have the dream that gives you "tadpole powers"), is the narrator still female if you choose a male character there?

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The narrator is amazing. They are a superb voice actor.

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I like the narrator, don't know what you guys are talking about.

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I enjoy the narrator. I just think the line (abridged) "Symbol Glows, Power courses through you. Authority" etc. This line gets stale very fast. Consider adding more iterations of this line.

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Originally Posted by Dagless
Like every game with Nolan North is really an Uncharted game?

Yes. Dragon Age? Uncharted, Everquest II? Uncharted. General Hospital? Uncharted.

There are 418 Uncharteds and counting. It is the largest game series in history.

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I like her narration as well!

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I like it to be honest. Never got the feeling that she was being seductive or too sensual.
I always imagine it's what the 'voice in your head' sounds like or this 'Absolute' person.

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I like the narrator a lot!

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The narrator is the best feature in BG3 so far. Well done. And about having sex... depends in which scene, so far was awesome every time.
Edit: I think her name is Alix Wilton Regan, if not then sounds very much like her (in Divinity: Original Sin she was the voice for The Weaver of Time)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2542896/

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I thought that I was going to really miss Brian Bowles from DOS2, but after playing some of the game, I understand how his punchy, matter-of-fact cadence may feel a touch off in this world.
Hearing Malady speaking in soft, dulcet tones is somehow comforting because it's so familiar. Amelia Tyler is doing an excellent job.


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Originally Posted by Panicintrinsica
Originally Posted by Dagless
Like every game with Nolan North is really an Uncharted game?

Yes. Dragon Age? Uncharted, Everquest II? Uncharted. General Hospital? Uncharted.

There are 418 Uncharteds and counting. It is the largest game series in history.

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ROFL. smile This made my day!

Also, I can understand why some people have a problem with the narrator literally having the same voice as a character in another game. I personally kinda like it though, I'd sit and listen to her read the phone-book tbqh.

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Originally Posted by Tzelanit
Amelia Tyler is doing an excellent job.


You are right, it's her
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1624306/
"Baldur's Gate III (Video Game) (filming)
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I generally think she's ok. I was expecting to hate the narration in this game but it's not bothering me really. Now that someone has mentioned she sounds like she's having sex though it'll probably ruin things for me.

The BG2 narrator was better though, and it would've been awesome if they brought him back.

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