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What do you think about the voice acting in Civ 6?

Discussion in 'Civ6 - General Discussions' started by halfhalfharp, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. halfhalfharp

    halfhalfharp Chieftain

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    Amanitore: (Nubian language)
    Her voice is impressive and very expressive, reminding me of Adele, although I do not have any knowledge of the language.

    Alexander: (Attic greek)
    I want to punch him, when I see his twisted face lol. But his voice acting sounds young and energetic, fine and significantly iconic to me.

    Catherine di Medici: (French and Italian)
    As a italian learner myself, I find her Italian accent quite recognizable so her voice acting in both French and Italian does satisfy me. Although a better example can be presented by CdM in la reine margot (acted by Virna Lisi, she used a lot of rrrr in her speech, which is surely un-french, so instead of reine [H'ein] she would pronounce reine [Rrrr-ein], an obvious italian accent.) Example

    Cleopatra: (Middle Egyptian)
    Maybe I have heard too much Arabic egyptian. I find her accent doesn't sound very egyptian and she didn't speak too fluently (some unnaturally pause in her lines). Cleo should have a more charming voice.

    Cyrus: (archaic Persian)
    He sounds sexy, I meant, his voice-acting is really impressive to hear. The rise and fall of his tones is perfect.

    Frederick: (middle high German)
    His voice fits Barbarossa. I think he sounds quite modest and he sounds really threatening in his agenda dis-approval.

    Gandhi: (Hindi and English)

    He is certainly sounding indian. This one sounds to calm to me, as his tone is quite flat.

    Gilgamesh: (Akkdian with Sumerian words)
    The great psycho in the game. He is really impressive, even without his bro-like smile.

    Gitarja: (old Javanese)
    She sounds epic and fits my impressions of ladies in Indonesian/Malayian TV dramas.

    Gorgo: (Doric dialect of Greek)

    She sounds majestic and somehow masculine. Listening to her defeat lines merits my ears.

    Harald Hardrada: (old Norse)
    His tongue rolling (rrrrrrrr) scares me. But he sounds naughty and malicious as a viking so I think he did quite well.

    Hojo Tokimune: (classical Japanese)
    I don't know Japanese so I cannot comment on his usage of words. Certainly he is speaking well pronounced Japanese. But he is far too flat, not as intimating as those emperors/ shoguns in Japanese TV dramas. Normally nobility will rise their voice a bit to show their formality in the speech.

    Jadwiga: (Polish)
    Emmm.... She chills me when she speaks at the first time. I can't link her voice to a queen. But I become used to it after I heard enough times of her voice-acting.

    Jayavarman VII: (Khmer)
    Fluent and expressive, though the language may sound a bit harsh to ears.

    John Curtin: (Australian english)
    Sounds fine to me.

    Montezuma: (Nahautl)
    Expressive, but not as impressive as Monty in Civ V, although Monty in V used some spanish loan words.

    Mvemba a Nzinga (Lingala)
    He sounds calm as well, in every circumstances. And his tone is not rising and falling much at most time.

    Pedro II: (Brazilian Portugese)

    I still find Pedro from V is more impressive due to the higher pitch of his tone.

    Peter (Russian):
    Standard Russian teacher announcer/narrator tone. I find his voice acting really russian as I have been watching a lot of russian TV dramas. I think he is voiced by some news-reporter or radio narrator?

    Pericles: (Athenian greek)
    Impressive voice. But he really sounds calm in his acting. Maybe its his character?

    Phillip II: (Spanish)
    He sounds spanish to me, although some say that he has a Mexican accent. But I can't distinguish them haha, although I also learn some Spanish in University.

    Qin Shi Huang: (Mandarin)

    As a chinese speaker myself m, he is certainly speaking mandarin correctly. But his accent is a bit strange in some of his words... and Mandarin didn't even exist in Qin's time... Anyway he does sound fine and fitting to Qin.

    Saladin: (Arabic)
    He sounds like a mentor. Although I didn't learn arabic, I know that Arabic can sound harsh in many people's tonuges. So I think that he is doing fine. I like Saladin's voice in Kingdom of Heaven more.

    Teddy: (American Eng)

    Fine for me. But his lines when being attacked is not impressive enough.

    Tomyris: (Ossetic)
    She sounds great and deep as a queen. Compare her voice to Jadwiga....

    Trajan: (Classical Latin)

    I am glad that he doesn't speak with a Catholic latin accent. He sounds great and much better than Augustus in Civ V.

    Victoria: (English with british accent)
    She sounds calm and modest. Maybe some don't like her voice... but her "we are not amused" is certainly epic.

    Not yet including the DLC leaders, we can add them here when they are fully released.

    (And I find that I did watch a lot of dramas in different languages, hmp, I wonder why.)

    Edit: Adding the DLC leaders.

    Tamar (Georgian):
    A deep voice for another queen in central Asia. Although she sounds like Tomyris' long lost sister, Tamar's acting doesn't impress me too much.
    Is it supposed to be spoken so slow in Georgian? It seems like she prolongs every word to an extend that I once thought she was an old auntie without looking at the scene.

    Seondeok (Korean, a modern one with some classical words I guess):

    Her voice acting is firm and fueled with strength, rising and falling naturally, although not sounding too intimidating like the korean news reporters.
    The problem is her in game model. Is it necessary for her to do this duck face?
    Spoiler Her facial expressions and eyebrows are too much :


    Poundmaker (Cree language):
    He seems to pause a bit at every syllable in his lines, like he is reading a poem or sth.
    I am not sure how Cree language sounds like but those pauses do not sound too natural for me.

    Shaka (isiZulu?):
    He sounds natural and fluent. And he is surely rising and falling in his dialogues, although I feel a lack of enthusiasm in his sentences. At least, not a warlord type of feel.

    Genghis Khan (Mongolian):
    Calm and threatening, like an office boss rather than the steppe warlord. Although I am not sure of his language accuracy,
    Mongolians usually can speak with a more fluctuating tone in my impressions.

    Chandragupta (Sanskrit? Or other varieties of indian dialect?) :
    With strength and full of certainty, Chandragupta's words are well delivered and rightly toned for me.
    He doesn't sound like a warmonger, but a rightful ruler of great authority, as if he is declaring everything in name of justice.
    (With reference to indian dramas, like Mahabharata, he sounds really well.)

    Wilhelmina (Dutch):
    Ohhhhh, hello auntie Wilhelmina, how is the weather today? Actually she sounds pretty similar to the real queen Wihelmina, taking the Radio Oranje as reference.
    Thus I think she delivers the lines well.

    Robert Bruce (Middle English with Scotish accent):
    His voice doesn't fit his age nor his look. But apart from that, he delivers too calmly as well ( he sounds unnaturally without rise and fall even when he was DOW-ed and kicks the chair). However, his defeated lines are epic and certainly giving the grief of losing a country.

    Lautaro (Mapudugun):
    He sounds really young, which is fitting to his character. Energetic, rebelling, full of questions (half of his lines are ending with questions)... sounding as if he is a rebellious kid talking back to his mother. Maybe a deeper voice will shape him better as a leader in his early adulthood. Currently he sounds too young, like 16-17 college boys.
     
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  2. Miravlix

    Miravlix Chieftain

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    What voice acting??!?

    wtf why would you not turn off the annoying leader animation... Life is to short for waiting for the leaders to animate.
     
  3. halfhalfharp

    halfhalfharp Chieftain

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    You have already wasted a great portion of life when you start to play the Civ series, a game of at least 3 hours lol. A few seconds wont hurt I suppose.
     
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  4. Disgustipated

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    I still have mine on. One of these days I'll turn them off and see if it significantly improves in between turn times. But honestly I still enjoy them, and it adds flavor to the game. I enjoy Victoria's hissy fit, or Curtain's tantrum. If all I cared about was performance, I'd be playing in strategic mode, which I don't. I only use strategy mode to see if I missed any pillaged improvements.

    As for the voice acting, I enjoy all of it, I wish more of their lines were voice acted, including denouncements. I'm not sure how much of a cost that would run to pay for more voice acting.
     
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  5. Miravlix

    Miravlix Chieftain

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    I hope you are simply speaking from ignorance, because having fun actually make your life better and result in living longer, so enjoying playing Civ is actually good for your life.

    Stop with stereotypes that we know for a fact is wrong. Sex is not dirty, Playing Video games is not a waste of time and being happy should be a human right.

    I thought my original post was a fair point to make to the topic (the voice acting is implemented in a disruptive way and it's tempting to turn it off, no matter if it's good or bad), but it seems to be getting annoyingly off topic instead.
     
  6. LFRANK

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    The voice acting is fine, but after listening to them once (the game creation speeches are the worst abuser) I turn speech and animations off. Those few seconds lost over the course of a game are repetitious, boring, and fairly irritating after hearing/seeing them a few times. This is yet another UI aspect where the developers ensure we waste time on trivial things whereas important decision-making data is buried on other screens.

    Oh, and those few seconds add up over time. Steve Jobs had the Mac development team shave time off the boot-up process because it would add up as millions of people started their machines. A few seconds here, a few seconds there and soon we're talking real time wasting potential.

    Sorry if this comes off as rude, the game has such potential and yet fails on some pretty basic points IMHO.
     
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  7. halfhalfharp

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    The importance of time depends on every individual's mind.

    I think I enjoy the voice acting and don't mind letting them waste my time too much. They are seasoning the game from a pure sandbox gameplay into sth cultural. And it's surely worthy for them to add more voice lines to enrich the experience. It wont be that boring when there are more variations.

    I would like to hear more, especially when the expression is delicate. It is also an esthetic view to appreciate the voice acting
     
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  8. RohirrimElf

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    All voices are fine besides alexander and gorgo. Maybe i just dislike the greek language. I always pick pericles if i get into manually picking leaders before starting a new game
     
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  9. Disgustipated

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    Probably because those are the 2 people who pester you the most. Well Sorree if I can't always be at war.

    Though I may have learned a Greek word from her. Andreos (At least that how it sounds to my English speaking ears), which I assume means brave.
     
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  10. Lord Lakely

    Lord Lakely Unintentionally a feminist.

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    The only one that really bothers me is Mvemba. His voice is so flat and liveless. did the actor read his lines off a cue card? the rest at least sound natural to me.
     
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    It’s great. All eleven and a half words of it.
     
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  12. Guandao

    Guandao Rajah of Minyue and Langkasuka

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    Well, I wasn't sure if Mvemba a Nzinga was speaking Lingala or Kikongo, so I actually borrowed some dictionaries from my University Library to determine this. They are very similar languages, but I'm leaning towards the voice actor speaking Kikongo, which makes more sense for a King of Kongo. The voice actor is a Lingala language coach, so he might not be speaking the Kikongo fluently, so it comes off as wooden.

    I must be one of the few who appreciates the voice acting. :cry: It's how I first got into the series. I saw the leaders introducing themselves in "their languages" on the website for Civ5. I was so impressed even though Ramesses was speaking in Arabic.:p And Wu Zetian said "NI HAO!".:wallbash: It's also the main reason I became interested in linguistics.
     
  13. blackcatatonic

    blackcatatonic Queen of Meme

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    Victoria's voice doesn't fit the character at all IMO. Something a bit more like Civ V Elizabeth would have been more appropriate.
     
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    Lord Lakely Unintentionally a feminist.

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    ftr i love the voice acting and i can't imagine playing the game without it.

    (though I can imagine a dream utopia of not having to interact with Alexander and Pedro)
     
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    Allright I guess , tho there is alot silent scenes with just grumbling or moving or angry moves instead make more talking..and also I would add special interaction between civs leaders , eras , many more reasons.
     
  16. Disgustipated

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    Shameful admission, I repeat after Victoria what she says when you declare war on her. I love the way she pronounces War and especially the word "Not" with her upper class style English accent (at least it sounds upper class to me, what do I know, I'm just a yankee).

    She's actually one of my favorites.

    "War, We are Not amused" :)
     
  17. Guandao

    Guandao Rajah of Minyue and Langkasuka

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    I thought Elizabeth's voice actress in Civ5 was heavily criticized by fans....:p
    WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN A TRADE AGREEMENT WITH ENGLAND?!
     
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    Thormodr Servant of Civ Supporter

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    Yeah, I like Victoria, too. Definitely one of my favourites. :)
     
  19. blackcatatonic

    blackcatatonic Queen of Meme

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    Might be a cultural divide thing. To me (a Brit) she doesn't sound remotely upper-class enough. Her voice has the kind of accent I'd expect from a BBC documentary presenter: warm and friendly. I always think Victoria should be proper RP and be a lot more whiny :lol:

    Here's the thing. Her voice was horrible. But I think it would have suited Victoria perfectly! :crazyeye:
     
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  20. Thormodr

    Thormodr Servant of Civ Supporter

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    I think it is meant to be a bit of a satire. Like what they imagined a young Queen Victoria would have acted and sounded like.

    It is amusing enough for me, a non Brit.

    However, I could see how a British person could see it differently.
     

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