Bronze: Troy Baker as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite by Irrational Games
Troy Baker is quite a busy man, rivaling that only of Nolan North. This year was an especially busy time for Mr. Baker as he turned in two very, very good performances in both The Last of Us as Joel and Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite. He's quite a talented young man who has a very promising career in front of him, which I think was the most evident with his performance in BioShock Infinite. Booker isn't an especially deep or interesting character, and would've been a fatal weak-link in BioShock Infinite's powerful story. Thankfully Mr. Baker is able to dig deep and find what makes Booker interesting and wield it brilliantly. A sign of a great performer is one who can elevate the character above its writing, and Mr. Baker is one such man.
- Isaac Wagner
Silver: Ellen Page as Jody Holmes in Beyond: Two Souls by Quantic Dream
It's a true shame that it appears that Ellen Page and Quantic Dream had a falling out because she single-handedly took Beyond: Two Souls' sub-par story and made it something bordering on actual greatness. I've never been impressed with any of Miss Page's film roles, but her performance in Beyond: Two Souls was simply staggering. She takes the weak writing and characterization of Jody Holmes and really goes all out in embracing the role. In Miss Page did Quantic Dream find the heart and soul that they've been missing in all of their previous games and stories, and she's really the only thing that makes Beyond: Two Souls a game worth playing.
- Isaac Wagner
Gold: Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar North
We've seen plenty of crazy psychopaths in videogames, but none quite as unsettling as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto V.
A large part of this is thanks to Steven Ogg's captivating performance, which actually steals the show, despite everyone else in the game handing in great performances, also. His intimidating mannerisms and how he is able to be completely calm one second and utterly crazy in the next makes this such a memorable performance.
It takes a special type of person to play a special type of character, and Steven Ogg was perfectly cast as Trevor Philips.
- Ross Hartley