Troy Baker Chats About His Role In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Troy Baker has become quite the figure in the video game industry due to his fabulous voice work in games like The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite. He’s also leading the way on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and in a recent video released on the PlayStation Blog, Troy sits down with Lead Designer and Writer, Christian Cantamessa, to discuss their relationship during development, and the different ways they’re impacting the story.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is slated for release on October 7th on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. If you’d like to read up on what we know about the game so far, be sure check out our recent preview.

Source: PS Blog



  1. Never really understood why one person gets so many jobs doing voice work for video games? He’s good but surely there are other people too?

    Takes away a little bit on your gaming experience when you realise that Nathan Drake is also Desmond Miles or that Delsin Rowe is actually Joel from the Last of Us. Or is that just me?

    • I don’t think it does – I find that voice actors that are exceptionally proficient at they’re job are a) very adaptable, and b) quite rare. Gaming is littered with ‘real’ actors who can’t voice game characters for all the tea in china – look at Matthew Perry – he was absolutely in love with Fallout 3, so Obsidian asked him to voice Benny in New Vegas, and it was a really flat performance.

      I think sometimes you can tell when a voice actor like Nolan North, Troy Baker or Jennifer Hale is used a lot, but in general the quality of their work overshadows that niggle, but then again Keith David has one of the most distinctive voices I know, and he’s great in games.

      • Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that they’re very good at their job, as they should be. I just think that when you hear the same voice over and over for different characters it ruins the immersion slightly.

        Oh well, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before we get another voice actor who gets a few roles.

      • I just think that bad, or flat, voice actors are worse for breaking immersion than having a good voice actor appear in multiple games.

    • You’re not alone.

    • I think this is a strange statement, i mean would you give out about top film acters playing different characters!

      • That’s not really a problem though. With films there are several great actors to choose from and it’s very seldom that you get one person who plays all the best parts over and over again.

        And blarty, I agree that poor voice acting does break the immersion also.

        Think it would be nice to see more people get a chance as well. Nolan North as Nathan Drake and Desmond Miles is a pretty big deal. In fact, even if you look through all the games that he’s done voice work for, it’s a lot of key voices and more than might seem ‘normal’.

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