The Way Of The Voice


The El­der Scrolls se­ries has al­ways suf­fered from sub­stan­dard voice act­ing. Obliv­ion used just two voice ac­tors per race, re­sult­ing in a bizarre ho­mo­gene­ity. Skyrim di­ver­si­fied the cast, but strug­gled to raise the stan­dard. This is one se­ries tra­di­tion that, sadly, The El­der Scrolls On­line in­her­its whole­sale, match­ing a leaden script with un­en­thu­si­as­tic per­for­mances. Bethesda’s pen­chant for in­vest­ing in Hol­ly­wood talent re­turns, but the re­sults are mixed. Michael Gam­bon does his best, but a cameo by John Cleese is so stagey, and so clearly writ­ten for the ac­tor, that it acts as an early im­mer­sion breaker.

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