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Define monotone characters. (I usually play with the volume off)
Someone with barely any emotions, i guess
Hm. Emotions can be difficult to capture in Bethesda games. While Skyrim isn't as bad as Fallout 3 or Oblivion, still compared to Fallout 4 and the Dawnguard DLC, it's really noticeable how static the characters in Skyrim are physically. Especially Dawnguard because you just have this immediate contrast between characters like Serana and Harkins who move around quite a bit while they talk, and then you can walk over to any old town and see the walking cardboard cutouts that make up the population there.
Damn, I am bad at explaining. Er, someone like Isran
Isran is actually rather noticably cardboard-y compared to his vampirical counterparts. While the comparisons do him no favors, I think he's still a fairly good character. He seems like the grouchy old man who just hates everybody, but really he does admit when he needs help, and is not above accepting help, even from his sworn enemies. And while he may look like he hunts Vamps out of hate, he's really just trying to save Skyrim from a threat that no one else is caring about until too late.
Maybe I'm just too used to Bethesda games to notice any particularly monotonous characters though lol.
I feel like generic NPCs are more monotonous than any fleshed out NPCs, especially those in the DLCs.
Isran is monotonous because that's his intentional personality, and so that doesn't bother me. But rehearing the same 8 voice actors for every NPC repeating the 25 same generic lines is more glaringly monotonous, even if the dialogue displays some fraction of emotion. It makes for great memes but some more variety, especially ones that assist better with emersion, would be even better.
Considering how many monotonous NPCs there are in Fallout games (especially 3 and 4) I honestly expected them in Skyrim, so I don’t mind
If it fits the character I don't see why it would be a problem
Much as Firebends mentions, I don't really have any issue with the voice acting in Skyrim! I suppose the generic unnamed characters like guards can sound lifeless, but I almost think this makes sense. I'm sure that I've sounded pretty robotic with some of the good mornings and greetings I've done while on the job too LOL.
No, it's the recycled voices for named characters that always got me. Keep in mind I think that individually each voice actor is great! Wouldn't change a thing as far as talent goes. But nothing ruins my immersion as much as talking to Farkas to grab some loot I had him carrying and then turning around to sell it to Glover Mallory, and they both speak to me in the same voice since they share an actor :O
Only if their voice is good. Love Isran, hate Farengar.
What do you think?