Troy Baker And Nolan North. Together At Last.

The stand apart like two golden larynxed colossi. Two pillars of video game voice acting. Like peanut butter and jelly. Like ham and eggs, ebony and ivory, Abbott and Costello, Lennon and McCartney, gin and tonic, Mario and Luigi, bangers and mash. Okay I'll stop now. Point being: this video is about Troy Baker and Nolan North talking about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. For the first time ever, these guys are working face-to-face. THIS IS A MAGICAL MOMENT YOU GUYS.

As mentioned in the video above, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor isn't the first game Troy Baker and Nolan North have been in together, but it is the first time they've properly worked together in motion capture. Between the two, you'd be hard pushed to name games either hasn't been involved with.

So this is sort of a cool video in that regard. Especially since both actors are easily the most visible voice actors in the game (literally in the game). Hearing the two of them talk about their process (and touch on their supposed rivalrly) is a lot of fun.


    Can't watch it right now, but I can already just hear it... swoon.

    (Pretty sure there's some Nathan Drake/Joel Miller slash fiction out there somewhere... )

    Thems a couple of talented, handsome fellas...

    I wonder which one has the more versatile voice, though?

      Baker, I'd say. You can usually pick Nolan North out when you hear him, but Baker's done some stuff you'd never guess if you didn't know it was him, eg the Joker in Arkham Origins.

        Well, North was the Penguin and I'm sure as hell wouldn't have picked it if I wasn't told.

        True that, Baker is probably the best Joker replacement since Hamill left. He nailed Ocelot's hammy speech patterns in the MGSV demo too.

        Honestly, I wouldn't have expected him to be as good as he is, but he's talented.

        Nolan North as Oswald Cobblepot was pretty cool and that creep David in The Last Of Us didn't find that out til the credits were rolling

        disagree, go watch the many voices of Nolan North on youtube. There's heaps of range on there.

        Nolan North is pretty easy to spot when it seems he's been asked to use his Nathan Drake voice. But there are a bunch of games he's been in where I didn't recognise him (e.g. as Penguin in Batman: Arkham City).

        I would have said so too, until I heard Nolan North on Rob Paulsen's podcast doing a pitch perfect Mickey Mouse. Still, it's up for debate who's the more versatile :)

    Ok I know I've heard of Nolan North all over the place, but this is the first time I've ever heard of Troy Baker.

    "...who?" :P

      He's got 206 acting credits listed at You should be able to find a bunch of games you recognise there, often with him in a prominent role.

        Ok, I found Kid Icarus Uprising where he was Arlon and Pyrrhon, and Metroid Prime 3 where he was [various soldiers].

        Two out of 206 ain't bad? :P

          Well, I guess he is no Steve Blum :-)


              Someone with even more extensive voice acting credits (, although often in multiple minor roles.

      Didn't get on the "the last of us" bandwagon then?

        I don't PlayStation.

          Fair enough. The other recent big one withTroy Baker was Bioshock Infinite.

            I hated what I played of Bioshock so felt no need to look into either of the sequels at all.

            I'm just bad at mainstream/AAA/popular/can't-think-what-to-call-them games in general :P

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