My intention was never to convey that this installment of SH in the HD release wasn’t for “veterans” of the franchise. I feel quite the opposite. I feel it’s definitely for both old and, hopefully, NEW fans alike. I not only speak for myself, but can definitely speak for both the rest of the cast and the producers and directors (at least those that I was able to personally interact with) that our entire desire and focus was to be true to the integrity of the series and honor both the story and the characters.
I agree with some of what Troy [Baker] says. Let’s all try to remember, he’s in a tough position.
Suing people aint no big deal. Ya just put a lawyer to their head and… wait, that’s not true, you also said you didn’t want to die. Any way I look at it, suing Konami will be a tremendous hassle. Only if I sense that there is serious potential gain for me would I consider it. Right now, I don’t see it.
The problem with Konami is that there were never any agreements for reuses of my performance. In fact… there aren’t any written agreements at all. It was an oversight on Konami’s part. Once Sony picked up the theatrical rights for the SH2 title, I guess Konami figured it would spark interest for a yet another re-release. So after many years of no contact, Konami asks me to sign a back-dated release. I said that I was open to discussing reuses of my performance. I never heard back from them. Instead of talking to me, Konami decided to create new voice tracks.
Troy Baker on Being James Sunderland
The Gaming Liberty did an awesome lengthy interview with Troy Baker who is set to voice James Sunderland in the Silent Hill HD Collection! Troy talks about how he got the task of being James Sunderland giving a lot of info behind Konami replacing Guy Cihi and all the controversy behind these so called residuals that they owe him. Maybe Guy is the one to blame for the new voice overs?
Troy Baker is slowly but surely establishing himself as one of the most prolific and capable of gaming voices actor’s in the voice over industry. His résumé is a sight to behold, an incredibly layered and rich list of dozens and dozens of high profile AAA titles, most of which hold Troy at the helm as one of the, if not the, main character. With talent in abundance, he is surely one of voice over’s leading lights for the future.
TGL had to honour of speaking with Troy as part of our on-going Voice Actor Week and as well as talking to him about his origins in the industry, his most recognizable characters and his future plans, we got to pick his brains about the forthcoming HD re-release of Silent Hill 2, a game that sees Troy re-voice protagonist James Sunderland. Troy tells us about how he first got involved in the project, why the HD release will remain loyal to the original Silent Hill 2 experience and what he makes of the controversy that surrounds the voice changes.
Here we go……
If you’re a Silent Hill fan, you either love 2 or 3 the best. Here, you get both of them. Everyone’s happy. If they like the HD treatment, maybe there’s more in the future, but for now, that’s all we’re concentrating on.
We really wanted to focus on the [games] we knew fans cared the most about since we needed to put in the effort to put them in HD, redo the sound, and do all these things, we didn’t want to give them something we weren’t sure [they] wanted 100%
Here is a tidbit to show how much we care about ‘staying true to the spirit of the originals’ in the originals, Angela and Claudia were voiced by the same actress. So in Collection, we made sure Angela and Claudia were voiced by the same actress. (a NEW actress - not Donna Burke)
It is Akira’s original [soundtrack], just rebalanced in a new 5.1 mix. If you hate it you can go to stereo and have the original songs.
I’d urge everyone to be open minded about the voices and try to let go of your decade-old memories of the previous acting. Even as I was creating the script and recording the new voices, the fan segment of my brain was screaming ‘That’s not what that line sounds like!!!!!’ but that’s just my memory of how it was. I think that’s the reaction everyone is having to these clips.
Once you listen a few times and adjust, I think you’ll find these are really good.
Troy Baker to play James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2 HD
Troy Baker, voice actor for numerous videogame roles such as: Snow in Final Fantasy XIII; Booker in Bioshock Infinite, and most recently Vincent in Catherine has been announced as the new voice for James Sunderland.
Troy will be replacing Guy Cihi’s performance in the HD port of Silent Hill 2. I fear for Troy for picking up this monumental role from the survival horror genre. Fans have already posted comments with more than just concerns for the new voiceovers, but like I said before, I’m not hating on them yet.
We’ve all heard one unfinished scene, and Troy’s acting is something I am a fan of. His role as Vincent was a personal favorite. Catherine’s voice acting was top notch in my eyes (ears), and it would be interesting to hear the role done by someone new, but talented.
Stay tuned for [Rely on Horror’s] interview with Troy in the future.
Source: Rely on Horror
HD screens of Silent Hill HD Collection from GamesCom 2011 that don’t look very HD? Are we sure this arent the original PS2 Silent Hill 2 images? Oh, nope its not it appears that the original PC version of the nurses have been implemented, you know the ones with those bloody grills. Say cheese! Well, at least its a change up from the over exposed big titted nurses that we’ve all come to hate in the Silent Hill Movie, Homecoming and various cosplays.
Here is the design of the original Silent Hill 2 nurse from the PC version:
Source: Silent Hill Experienced