Ok, let's say there were Academy Awards for video game voice acting.
Who would be up for this year?
That's a very difficult choice. The Last of Us
as a whole has amazing direction; some of the smallest things are only barely picked up, and when one character starts to mimic the affectation of another it's amazing to hear. Troy Baker sound to me like he slips once or twice on the Texas accent, but it's not something I've heard enough of to know whether it's that, or I'm just not used to that accent. If it is a slip, that's the single lowpoint, because everything else is beyond superb.
I haven't beaten it yet, but the new Hitman is as superb as all of the other ones that I've played. Probably better because there's more of it.
I haven't played the new Bioshock, but the first two games have astounding voice work as well, so my assumption is the new one does too.
Best supporting lead in a JRPG goes to Ali Hillis for Burroughs from SMT IV.
Also certain Japanese voice tracks have become as recognizable to me in recent years as their Western counterparts. Because Yakuza doesn't offer English voices, I've become so accustomed to hearing Japanese, that when I looks at the first game, it just feels wrong.