Best Voice Acting: Tales of Monkey Island
He just wouldn’t have been Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate™ without Dominic Armato, Mighty Voice Actor behind the mic. Armato’s rendition of Guybrush—a consistent and believable mix of funny, heroic, and human—made us feel instantly at home in this brave new Tales of Monkey Island world. He had plenty of help, too, as the rest of the cast also gave spot-on performances month after month. Stand-outs include Alexandra Boyd as the wily and unpredictable Elaine, Denny Delk as the murderous Murray the demonic talking skull, Nikki Rapp as tough-turned-tender mercenary Morgan LeFlay, Roger L. Jackson as over-the-top first mate Reginald van Winslow, and Kevin Blackton as the comically (dare we say it?) lovable human LeChuck. And let’s not forget fan favorite Earl Boen’s surprise return as demon LeChuck—a mid-season recast that made the grand finale all the more exciting.
To claim the Aggie, however, many of the same actors had to beat out the toughest competition of all: themselves. The episodic series was only barely able to edge out the brand new vocal performances of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (plus those upstarts from Oz). But the ability to seamlessly weave old favorites and delightful newcomers alike was a major accomplishment for the current iteration, and the acting performances went a long way to making it feel like a true Monkey Island experience and a worthy successor in this highly-acclaimed (and now even higher!) franchise.
Runners-Up: The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Emerald City Confidential
Readers’ Choice: Tales of Monkey Island
We say Aggie, you say Armato, but it all adds up to a unanimous selection of Tales of Monkey Island for the top voice acting award. Of course, the now-synonymous voice of Guybrush had plenty of help in making the latest installment such an aural delight. Both returning cast favorites and new additions delivered pitch-perfect performances, making the series every bit as much fun to listen to as it was to watch (and play).
Runners-Up: Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Emerald City Confidential
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