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Best Leading Performance of 2022

Best Leading Performance of 2022 - Article

by Lee Mehr , posted on 19 January 2023 / 2,125 Views

As the budgets get bigger and the scripts get taller, there’s greater demand to find the marquee talent for a story-driven title.  When we split the lead & supporting performance categories for the 2021 awards, this was eminently clear with Halo: Infinite’s dual leads reaching the finale.  While an indie title was able to make it onto last year’s list, 2022 is all about the heavy hitters.  Everyone who made the shortlist starred in many of the most commercially and critically successful AAA games of the year.

Now, onto the list!


The Shortlist:


Harry McEntire as Noah (Xenoblade Chronicles 3)


Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War Ragnarök)


Ashly Burch as Aloy (Horizon Forbidden West)


Jennifer Hale as Bayonetta (Bayonetta 3)


Charlotte McBurney as Amicia (A Plague Tale: Requiem)





The Runner-Up:

Jennifer Hale as Bayonetta (Bayonetta 3)

Disregarding the background controversy that garnered Hale undeserved community criticism, it didn't seem like fans minded the voice acting change after actually playing Bayonetta 3.  When we’re talking about one of the best voice talents in the industry, no one should’ve been surprised.  Aside from having a nice British accent, what’s great about Hale is seeing her chew up so much scenery as this erotic, dual-wielding, demon-slaying witch.  Hale is always good, but she was better than good in this role.




The Winner:

Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War Ragnarök)

Fortunately, Judge won’t be giving an acceptance speech here!  In a similar situation as our runner-up, Judge wasn’t the original voice of Kratos that fans had grown used to hearing.  They quickly got over that once God of War (2018) released though.  Fast-forward four years later, out comes Ragnarök with a beefier script and thus more demands set upon Judge’s shoulders.  The VGChartz crew and community agree his imposing voice and strong physicality (witnessed through his mo-cap suit) places him at the top of this stellar shortlist.

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Jaicee (on 19 January 2023)

The reason I voted for Manon Cage -- the actress portraying main character Marissa Marcel in Immortality -- was because she didn't have to provide just vocal talent and a select array of motions, but rather had to physically act out the equivalent of three full-length films convincingly enough for the viewer to believe that they could all have been real movies from the late '60s, early '70s, and late '90s respectively, while also conveying a separate, equally convincing existence as an actress in the game. And she succeeded! Not to diss any of the top nominees here, but I just don't think there's any topping that.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 19 January 2023)

Well deserved!
GoW R nearly made me cry!

An astonishing performance and as a whole a magnificent craftsmanship from the team of Santa Monica Studios and other supporting devs

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 19 January 2023)

Masterful performance by Christopher Judge.

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LivncA_Dis3 TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 19 January 2023)

Wholeheartedly agree!

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Machina (on 19 January 2023)

Way to go Teal'c!

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ironmanDX Machina (on 20 January 2023)


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KratosLives (on 21 January 2023)

I think hugo from a plague tale should be up there. Also freya from gow ragnarok.

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coolbeans KratosLives (on 22 January 2023)

Both were slotted into our Supporting Performance category. Freya made the shortlist there.

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coolbeans (on 19 January 2023)

I'd still personally lean towards Charlotte McBurney. The crazy amounts of highs and lows for Amicia was something else.

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TheTitaniumNub (on 21 January 2023)

Amidst all the Hellena drama, she still sounds better as Bayonetta than Hale did. There were moments in Bayo 3 where her voice just sounded off.

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