Raiden's voice will be deep in Metal Gear Solid 4.
Fact: That's how he has always sounded like in Japanese.
By Ravi Singh
Posted on April 02, 2007
During the E3 2006 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, one
character made a rather unusual appearance. This character appears near the end
sporting a trench coat, taunting some mooing Metal Gear Gekkus. He throws off his
coat, does some crazy ninja shit with his long heels and nails (and sword), eventually
demolishing the Metal Gears. After a two minute fight, this character puts his sword
back, exposes his face and it's... Raiden in eyeliner. Then he speaks... and...
wow, his... voice!
Yes, his voice is very deep. "My turn to protect you, Snake," he says, and suddenly,
everyone falls in love with him. Everyone. Even those who hated him for no fucking
reason. Why the change of heart?
Well, he's a ninja, and a lot of people think anything that involves a ninja is
instantly "fucking cool." Kind of like hip-hop, which is why Samurai Champloo exists.
Gray Fox is the most over-rated character in Metal Gear history because he became
a ninja. No one gives a fuck about him as a soldier in general.
If the ninja factor is the reason why you are in love with Raiden, then I don't
know what to say except "you suck at life." However, that's not the only possible
reason. There's also the "gay-for-Snake"
complex that probably generated the hate, but this time with Snake so old, you
guys didn't care. The other reason, is that voice. That deep voice. In comparison
to his voice in Sons of Liberty...
Love at first sound... at least to some people.
Too bad it's the same voice.
"W-w-w-what?!" Yes. It's the same fucking voice. The entire trailer was in
Japanese, right? The voice actor is the same guy who voiced Raiden in the Japanese
Sons of Liberty, Kenyu Horiuchi.
Nobody was able to see or hear Raiden until the game was released--and it was released
in the United States first. Did Kojima release the game here because he really does
love us, or to keep Raiden a super secret? I don't know. However, my point here
is that nobody got to hear how Raiden sounds like in Japanese. The demo for Sons
of Liberty only had a portion of the Tanker chapter available, and all the trailers
did not show Raiden. Thus, all the material shown to us in Japanese did not have
Raiden in it.
So it's not stupidity to believe that Raiden, magically, got a new voice, considering
that he looks like he's in an exoskeleton ala Gray Fox as the Cyborg Ninja. Hell,
voice actors, being actors, could change their voices should they need to. However,
this is simply not the case here. This is just misinformation that I will clear
The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 has some VR Missions available as a demo for
Substance. For some odd reason, the voices in these missions are in Japanese. So
I have taken the liberty of recording Raiden saying "FREEZE!" to hold-up an enemy
in English (from Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance) and Japanese (The Document of Metal
Gear Solid 2). More importantly, I have also recorded the clip of Raiden speaking
in the E3 2006 trailer. Compare it with the Japanese voice from Metal Gear Solid
There you have it. With that and the fact that Quinton Flynn will be reprising his
well-done performance, Raiden's voice might change, but not that dramatically. If
that pisses you off, then you should buy some other videogame.
Thanks to Solid_SnakeMGS
for the kanji symbols and phrases.
The Snake Soup
Fortified with Metal Gear goodness since 2003!
This website believes in freedom of speech; protecting speech one might
not particularly like. While the site's content and images are somewhat harmless,
there is some language parents and others might not approve of. If that's so, please
go to another site. Most of our allies don't use such language. Another thing;
a vast majority of Metal Gear games are either unrated, or rated "M" by the ESRB, for
mainly violence, blood, and mild language. The staff of The 'Soup, or any affiliated
parties are not responsible for your viewing actions. If you can't stand such
content, get out and go to another site. Thank you for respecting our rights
and beliefs as much as we respect yours.
Content on forums, though regulated, may contain highly offensive material.
The opinions of our forum members do not particularly represent the views of
Ravi Singh, The Snake Soup, it's staff, or any affiliated parties in general.
Please read our forum rules before reading
or posting on our forums.
This site looks grand at a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. It still looks
pretty damn good in 1024 x 768. It has been designed for Firefox 3.5, Internet
Explorer 8, and Opera 9.