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The best games starring Nolan North

Best Nolan North games

There are some voice actors that you see listed on video game credits time and time again. One such actor is Nolan North. Best known for his role as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, Nolan North has starred in dozens upon dozens of video games — and plenty of TV series and movies, too. In fact, he’s got no less than 475 acting credits on IMDB. Phew.

But what are the best games starring Nolan North? What are his best roles and most memorable character performances? We’ve rounded up our favourites below, from his most well-known — Uncharted and The Last of Us, anybody? — to some that may surprise you.

1. Deadpool (and Midnight Suns)

Deadpool game screenshot
Image: Activision

Deadpool might be a bit long in the tooth now — it first released way back in 2013, and it’s since been delisted from most platforms (thanks, Activision). It was a fun game in its own right: getting to play as the merc with a mouth was a riot. But Nolan North’s performance as Deadpool brought it to life, rivalling even Ryan Reynolds’ rendition in the movies. Almost.

North also reprised his role in the Deadpool DLC for Midnight Suns, reminding us all once again just what a great voice actor he is. And if you’ve not played Midnight Suns? What are you waiting for?

2. The Uncharted series

Uncharted screenshot
Image: Naughty Dog

Perhaps Nolan North’s biggest and most notable role to date is as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series. This action-adventure series sees Drake in an Indiana Jones-type role, hunting for treasure, fighting bad guys, and balancing family life all at the same time. North does a fantastic job of bringing him to life, giving him believable emotions and somehow making us care for him — even as he’s killing dozens of so-called bad guys.

We love that Nolan North made a cameo in the 2022 Uncharted movie, too: he didn’t play Nathan Drake, of course, but he did pop up for a few seconds as ‘Hotel Guest’.

3. The Assassin’s Creed series

Assassin's Creed Desmond Miles
Image: Ubisoft

The Assassin’s Creed series has changed drastically over the years, but going way back to its roots, it featured a strong storyline in the present day. Key to those scenes was Desmond Miles, played by Nolan North.

Although he’s made numerous appearances throughout the series — even in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — it’s the first game, 2007’s Assassin’s Creed, that focused most on Desmond. He was the protagonist that stepped into the Animus, giving life to Altair. Oh, how we miss those early Assassin’s Creed storylines: bring back the focus on modern day, Ubisoft!

4. The Batman Arkham Series (and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League)

The Penguin - Batman Arkham series
Image: Rocksteady

We loved the Batman: Arkham series, and we loved many of the performances within it. One of our favourites, though, is of course Nolan North’s role as The Penguin. Usually the hero, North pulled off the creepy villain with gusto. We can’t say we liked The Penguin, but we certainly loved the performance.

Nolan North reprised the role in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, too (where he also gave voice to Superman). It might not have been a great game (we scored it a 6/10 in our Suicide Squad review), but seeing (or, more aptly, hearing) North take up his mantle as The Penguin again was a highlight.

5. The Last of Us

David The Last of Us
Image: Naughty Dog

Uncharted isn’t the only Naughty Dog franchise that Nolan North has starred in. One of his most memorable roles is in The Last of Us. But this time, he doesn’t play the hero — he takes on the chilling role of David, an unassuming antagonist in The Last of Us’ second half.

David is an excellent character, and his performance goes to show just how versatile Nolan North can be as an actor. Actually a leader of cannibal survivors, David appears harmless at first — the revelation of his true nature being a genuine shock the first time you play. The character’s motion capture was also provided by Nolan North too, allowing him to fully embody David, for better or for worse.

6. Destiny and Destiny 2

Destiny Ghost
Image: Bungie

If you’ve been playing Destiny since the very first days, you’ll remember a time when Ghost, the iconic sapient drone, was voiced by Peter Dinklage. For one reason or another — likely a simple case of Dinklage’s availability and scheduling conflicts, despite the internet’s insistence on it being due to a sub-par performance — Dinklage was replaced by Nolan North, who has held the role ever since.

Robots typically don’t have much personality, but it’s impossible not to warm to the Ghosts in Destiny, and that’s largely down to North’s performance. Although let it be said that we thought Dinklage did a great job, too.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.