Destiny 2.0 has finally kicked off year two of the shared world shooter, with a staggering 17GB update prepping the game for The Taken King next week (among other things). One brand new feature the patch brings is the booting of Peter Dinklage in favour of Uncharted stalwart Nolan North – who has taken over duties as the voice of your AI companion Ghost. Does he manage to do a better job than the often wooden Lannister? Yes and no.
In a comparison video courtesy of Polygon (and first-world internet), you can see North and Dinklage going tongue to tongue on some of Destiny’s most famous lines. What it proves is that Dinklage wasn’t struggling with voice-overs in particular, but instead struggling with what can only be considered as bad writing. Nothing screams this more than one particular line, where even North struggles to convincingly say “Be careful it’s power is … dark.”
Personally, I never cared much for Dinklage’s performance in the game, and I care even less for North’s. In fact, I don’t think it’s a particular improvement, with the otherwise exceptional voice actor seemingly struggling just as much when it comes to voicing the odd and sometimes clumsy Ghost. We all know now that Bungie chose this route not for performance but rather because of Dinklage’s busy schedule, but I don’t think they’re going to be cut much slack this time around either.
Especially when it seems that Destiny’s story (and inherently, its dialogue) seems like it could’ve been far better than it currently is. Regardless of that, Destiny 2.0 brings a wealth of welcome changes to the game that grinding fans are going to absolutely adore. Just try ignore the familiar Ghost droning for yet another year.
Last Updated: September 9, 2015