What a game to bring you the latest MGL Voice Artists’ Spotlight feature gamers. This time it’s Santa Monica Studio’s latest adventure with Kratos. A game already with rave reviews and has been very much enjoyed here by the MGL team so far too. But here we look at the God of War voice actors bringing the story to life on the PlayStation 4.
I’m a big fan of the God of War series and I’ve enjoyed every moment so far with our MGL God of War Review here. But given the story depth this time I thought why not have a look at this awesome cast and the characters? Find out who stands out from God of War below with our look at the key performances, plus a full list of the cast at the end.
(Minor) Spoilers Alert! Don’t worry too much about huge story spoilers if you have not played or completed the game. All of the characters here are found in the very early stages of the game with nothing significant revealed.
Do let me know in the comments who you think stands out MOST for their performance in God of War 2018
Kratos Played by Christopher Judge
He’s a man that needs little introduction, Kratos is one of the big PlayStation protagonists and one we have grown to love. We love him so much we can completely forgive Ascension!
Actually, it’s not that bad but it’s no God of War 3 that’s for sure.
Everyone screamed at E3 when he first came out of the shadows years ago now. He’s finally here and we are loving it. But, he’s not the Ghost of Sparta any more. Kratos lives like a man in another land until the game begins and things change.
A Deeper Kratos
Kratos is now an older, seemingly calmer person after his events with the gods of Olympus. But with his wife passing it leaves him and Atreus (AKA: Boy) to follow her last wish. Scattering her ashes on the highest peak in all of the realms.
Now, this sounds simple enough but he’s not exactly close with his son. Kratos, much like with his last family, seems not to be around the majority of the time. Here they embark on the journey where Kratos’s life as a god, a man and a father are all tested equally.
Personally, I really enjoyed the change in character. Kratos was a fantastic anti-hero in many ways in the original games. But here, it suits him far more to see him being more human. Even if it’s really hard for him to do. This all works with the outstanding performance of Christopher Judge.
About the actor
Indeed, Chris Judge is the man to take on this character and does a wonderful job. The deepness and booming nature of his voice feels borderline godlike in itself as he delivers lines. Coming from the excellent Stargate SG1 as Teal’c, he brought a very rich tone to the character of Kratos. The power comes through in every sentence he delivers.
Most of them involve the word “Boy” as he directs his son around.
His performance throughout seems like on the surface he’s very up-tight, especially in his relationship with Atreus. But as things move through the story the emotion of a character who was always angry and bloodthirsty changes to that of a caring father. One that will do anything for his son, and it shows in some amazing scenes.
Chris Judge does a wonderful portrayal of Kratos and one I’d really like to see more of in future releases. I think it’s a safe bet both will happen.
Atreus (Boy) Played by Sunny Suljic
This is no wonder. Kratos’ past isn’t exactly something talk about casually over dinner.
“Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I was fooled by the gods into killing my last wife and child? Chopped them to bits with these magical blades I used to carry around. They really did ‘get me’ with that one. Hope it doesn’t happen again…”
So Atreus is hoping to bond with his father on the journey, and find out more about his father and himself. But his combat and hunting skill isn’t quite there yet. Plus it’s made clear he had been sick for some time beforehand, what exactly caused it is not made clear right away however.
One thing is made clear early on, Atreus is an incredibly intelligent boy. He’s key to translating the old languages as you find lore and shrines around Midgard. His development through the story also makes for some of the best moments in the game. Played exceptionally well by Sunny Suljic.
About the actor
For a young man we’ve seen Sunny in Criminal Minds episodes and a few films including The Killing of a Sacred Deer. After this excellent performance in such a big game, on his video game debut no less, I think his voice is going to be called upon a few more times.
He really does play the role well. First he comes across somewhat nervous and almost overcompensating for it all by rushing in. Later his character and his relationship really grows and develops with the story.
Due to the events in the journey you take, there is a section where things get somewhat strained between him and Kratos that was quite hard to listen to. It was quality acting on both sides and he’s one to watch for in more games and other media for sure.
“The Stranger” Played by Jeremy Davies
Soon he picks a fight with Kratos… yes, not the best idea anyone ever had. Particularly someone who looks like a stoned hipster. But it soon turns out, while he’s considerably smaller in comparison to Kratos, he’s not to be messed with.
The boss fight that follows is one of the best i’ve experienced in gaming. Everything about the way it was constructed and delivered really set the tone for the game early on. Trees go flying everywhere and with land beneath you begins to crack open and Kratos needs all his strength to make it through.
The aftermath of the battle follows the story for some time too, plus the mystery of who he is becomes integral to your journey. In all the action here, one thing really stands out about the confrontation: the performance of Jeremy Davies. He really does make The Stranger have a really high impact.
About the actor
It’s not exaggeration to say Jeremy Davies is Jesus! As a fan of the American Gods series (and Neil Gaiman novel) it was very cool to see Jeremy, who literally plays Jesus, as part of the God of War team.
He really does play “The Stranger” well and make a big impact in the scene at the start of the game.
As an actor who is very experienced in TV and movies with Lost and Sleepy Hollow some great examples. I think the full motion and performance capture really suited him in this role. Throughout his introduction, despite being small in comparison to bosses of Kratos’ past. He really makes big on his performance.
“The Witch” Played by Danielle Bisutti
Another of the main supporting cast you meet early on is “The Witch”. Now, it’s hard to go into too much depth with the character as she is brought into the game after the introduction. I did promise to keep spoilers to a minimum!
She’s an interesting one however, her personality is kind and reclusive but not all of it is her choice. You soon get the impression there’s more than meets the eye with her, although you get the feeling early on her motives are what she perceives as “good”.
The ever cautious Kratos is naturally unsure of her, but soon finds her to be someone he really has-to to rely on. Given her importance in the game’s plot, it’s a performance that also stands out with Danielle Bisutti really delivering impressive in the role.
About the actor
As someone that gets uncomfortable watching horror at the Scary Movie level, I’ve not quite appreciated how well Danielle has done in the Insidious movies personally. She’s also been involved with a number of great TV series.
Much like Jeremy Davies, the full motion capture of her performance really suits her movie and TV acting style. She’s particularly great when she has some tense conversations with Kratos about his past and what’s going on around the 9 realms.
She really does play a great role in the story of God of War, and throws in a few surprises too. The fact that Kratos is more reserved and lacks more human expressions of emotion, her ability to come across as a softer, more “feeling” character really lifted the game early on. Plus this only gets better as you progress.
Fantastic Supporting Cast
Normally we only focus these Voice Artists Spotlight pieces on the protagonists and antagonists of the games story. But that would miss some outstanding performances by supporting cast members in God of War.
The game actually doesn’t involve too many other people other characters overall. But Mimir and the two dwarves, Brokk and Sindri really do play a great role throughout your adventure. And the actors behind them are brilliant.
Gaming voice acting legend Alastair Duncan (Celebrimbor in Shadow of Mordor/War) plays Mimir here and brings some excellent storytelling as an “all knowing” type character. Robert Craighead (Dead Rising & Futureman) and Adam Harrington (Battlefield Hardline, L.A. Noire) are outstanding supporting characters in Brokk and Sindri.
I genuinely laughed allowed at the end of the game as all of them came together for a great moment.
There we go, those are the voice acting leads that really stand out here gamers. All that tallent and both Nolan North and Troy Baker don’t get a mention! They are in there though all, look out for them.
Who’s performance in God of War are you looking forward to the most? Let me know what you think in the Disqus or Facebook Comments below.
All of the God of War voice actors
There is more gamers, to save you searching around here is the list of cast as revealed at the time of publishing in the table below.
Spoiler Warning! I have been careful above with character’s names, by looking at the grid you will see potential character spoilers and appearances you might want to experience first hand.
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|Jeremy Davies||The Stranger/Baldur|
|Danielle Bisutti||The Witch/Freya|
|Nolan North||Modi / Additional Voices|
|Jim Pirri||Additional Voices|
|Jon Olson||Additional Voices|
|Lex Lang||Additional Voices|
|Jamieson Price||Additional Voices|
|Elizabeth Knowelden||Additional Voices|
|Jason Spisak||Additional Voices|
|Sara Cravens||Valkyrie Hildr|
|Anna Campbell||Additional Voices|
|Ben Lepley||Additional Voices|
|Tom Taylorson||Additional Voices|
|Jonathan Lipow||Additional Voices (as Jon Lipow)|
|Jonathan Roumie||Additional Voices|
|Matthew Mercer||Additional Voices|
|Donovan Patton||Additional Voices|
|Walter Gray IV||Additional Voices (as Walter Gray)|
|Dave Fouquette||Additional Voices|
|Molly Scarpine||Additional Voices (as Molly Daisy)|
|David Boat||Additional Voices|
|Emily O’Brien||Additional Voices|
|Sarah Sokolovic||Additional Voices|
|Andrew Morgado||Additional Voices|
|Sean Chiplock||Additional Voices|
|Anthony Hansen||Additional Voices|
|Michael Sorich||Additional Voices|
|Bill Watterson||Additional Voices|
|Scott Whyte||Additional Voices|
|Christopher L. Parson||Additional Voices (as Chris Parson)|
|Sean Schemmel||Additional Voices|
|Ryan Stephenson||Additional Voices|
|Nika Futterman||Additional Voices|
|Jon Bailey||Additional Voices|
|Martha Marion||Valkyrie / Additional Voices|
|Julianne Grossman||Additional Voices|
|Tom Fahn||Additional Voices|
|David Mattey||Additional Voices (as Dave Mattey)|
|Charles Halford||Additional Voices|
|Bill Millsap||Additional Voices|
|Dave B. Mitchell||Additional Voices|
|Matthew Waterson||Additional Voices (as Matt Waterson)|
|Fred Tatasciore||Additional Voices|
|Darin De Paul||Additional Voices|
|Ray Chase||Additional Voices|
|Debra Wilson||Additional Voices|
|Lani Minella||Additional Voices|
|Chris Tergliafera||Additional Voices|
|Laila Berzins||Additional Voices|
|Misty Lee||Additional Voices|
|Crispin Freeman||Additional Voices|
|Trevor Devall||Additional Voices|
|Antonio Alvarez||Additional Voices (as Tony Alvarez)|
|Brock Powell||Additional Voices|
|Jake Eberle||Additional Voices|