Nolan North Talks Voice Acting in Uncharted and the Value of Performance Capture

November 1, 2011 Written by Alex Osborn

If you’ve played any of the Uncharted titles, then you are likely aware of voice actor Nolan North’s talent. As the man behind Nathan Drake and about a million other video game characters, North is one of the most respected voice actors in the business.

Speaking to IGN, North explained the importance of voice acting and the viability of full-on performance capture when making a character-driven, story-heavy game like Uncharted. He also discussed how the approach to voice work has evolved over the course of all three Uncharted games.

In the first game, we would do the mo-cap and then have to go back in and do [automated dialogue replacement] ourselves. Now we have our own mo-cap studio. I think it makes a difference with the focus. You can’t be as lazy. Being able to do the audio, I think the game’s going to have a much more realistic quality.

When you see cutscenes from the new game and your turn around quickly and didn’t know what you were looking at, you’d think you were watching a television show or a movie, but it just happens to be a video game.

North went on to point out how seriously he takes his job and applauds Naughty Dog for their stellar work in shaping the franchise.

The attention to detail that Naughty Dog has brought and that [director and script writer] Amy Hennig has given us, really focuses us. So, you don’t have people saying, ‘Why are you discussing this scene so much. It’s just a video game.’ ‘Just a video game’ is becoming a thing of the past. There’s no such thing. This is a quality production. We want to make the best game. We’re not here to half-ass it.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is available for purchase today. If you haven’t picked it up yet, what are you waiting for? Read our review and then go buy it!