The key thing this article gets wrong, though, is that it pegs Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson as this game’s VOICE actors. Part of why Naughty Dog always excels in the areas of narrative and character is that the performances are real. Other developers may animate a scene and then have voice actors record their parts over the action (usually one at a time). Naughty Dog has a dedicated director rehearse its actors and records scenes live on a sound stage with appropriate props and set pieces. Actors are actually performing the scene together wearing mo-cap suits and microphones. What you see in the final product is less disparate and that is a key reason why it’s so successful. It is becoming and should be the standard for the industry going forward.
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