10 Best Characters Voiced By Ashly Burch – TheGamer

Though known for zany Tina and determined Aloy, Ashly Burch has quite the resume when it comes to video game characters.
Amidst the heavyweights of video game voice actors, Ashly Burch has earned her spot in that pantheon for the incredible work she has done throughout recent history. After starting out with a YouTube channel, "Hey Ash, Watcha Playin'?" she went on to star in some of the best games of the last decade.
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Regardless of whether it's a good game, or a not-so-good game, a character full of charm and quirk, or one that thematically probes what it means to be a human being, her performances always stand out as authentic and memorable.
Now, she's come around full circle and is doing more writing as well as live acting with her role in the hit TV show, Mythic Quest. She deserves all the accolades, but here's to hoping she doesn't leave video games behind. In these roles, she certainly left a stellar impression.
Alright, so Burch's role in Saints Row IV might not be her biggest—or one that many even saw — but it's worth mentioning for what it means for Burch's career. In one of her earliest roles in a video game, she plays herself or, more specifically, her YouTube persona.
Fans can pick up the downloadable "Hey Ash, Watcha Playin'?" Pack to use her as a recruitable NPC — a Homie, in Saints Row parlance. It's weird and self-aware, but that is exactly what the Saints Row series is known for.
Marvel's Avengers might not be the most popular quasi-live service game (despite bearing the trappings of one of the most commercially successful franchises in recent history), but even if the game isn't great, it's got Ashly Burch in it, and she is. She plays Kate Bishop, the bow-wielding avenger that was brought into the Marvel mix with the Taking AIM operation.
She might not have been in the base game and many players might have moved on, but her ability to deliver dialogue with wit and charm is worth returning for.
Most fighting games aren't known for their stories, but Mortal Kombat has a rather extensive one. If you're down for camp and characters getting kicked in the head, it's a good time, and Ashly Burch delivers some good zingers as well. She plays Cassie Cage, the daughter of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, and the central hero of the game.
While Burch doesn't provide the vocal performance for Cassie Cage in Mortal Kombat 11, her work in MKX will go down as one of the best new characters in the Mortal Kombat universe.
There are plenty of super-heroes abounding these days across all media—video games included—but one of the best iterations of the genre is what developer Insomniac Games has done with the Spider-Man character. Surprisingly they were able to top the stellar original PlayStation exclusive with Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
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It might not be the longest game, but it sticks numerous landings and has numerous welcome additions. One of those additions is The Danikast, an in-game podcast hosted by Danika Hart, who is played with much pizzaz by Ashly Burch.
The first-person hero-shooter genre might be becoming a crowded space, but Valorant has carved out a niche for itself as one of the standout entries in the genre. Riot Games' free-to-play model has propelled Valorant to massive popularity and it helps that the game has got tight mechanics and plenty of cool characters as well.
Ashly Burch lends her vocal talents as Viper, the most toxic agent of Valorant Protocol. The character can deliver put-downs as easily as poison clouds—she's pretty fun to play as to boot.
The Borderlands series has been known for zesty characters and spicey satire since its beginning, and while the series has had its ups and downs, it's hard to argue against Borderlands 2 being a peak. The game is filled with wacky characters and Tiny Tina, as played by Ashly Burch, is one of the wackiest.
She is described as "the world's deadliest 13-year old," but she could also be described as one of the most talkative. Burch expertly captures the manic energy of the character with a performance you won't soon forget (even if you want to).
If you played The Outer Worlds and didn't pick Parvati as one of your companions, you really missed out—or maybe you were just playing Outer Wilds. Parvati Holcomb is charming, sincere, and funny and this is entirely due to Ashly Burch's standout performance.
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She's also handy to have around for gameplay reasons, but even if she was not, she'd be the best character in the game by a mile. Playing through her romance mission—which doesn't pair the player with her, but instead provides Parvati's character with actual agency —i s The Outer Worlds at its best.
The Life is Strange series has become beloved by fans for the way it deals with important topics around everything from race, gender, and sexuality specifically, to identity in general. These games offer profound narrative experiences and memorable characters that are much rounder than you'd typically find throughout the medium.
Pretty much everyone in these games is given an exemplary performance, with smart and sharp writing but in the original, Ashly Burch as Chloe Price is one of the best.
As far as smart and nuanced writing in games goes, few titles have gotten more attention and accolades in recent years than The Last of Us series. Uncompelling and underbaked characters are few and far between in this series, and Mel is no exception. As played by Burch, The Last of Us Part 2's Mel is a complicated character, one that both engenders immediate sympathy while also challenging the bounds of the player's empathy.
Everything is gray in The Last of Us Part 2 (especially that Seattle sky!) and the nuance provided by Burch's performance stands out as a climactic flashpoint.
Against all odds (who would have thought game-likers needed another open-world action RPG with skill trees, collectibles, crafting, and towers to climb), Horizon: Zero Dawn turned out to be one of the best games on the PlayStation 4. It melds all those systems together pretty expertly with an actually compelling world to explore as well, but in truth, it would not have worked nearly as well if it weren't for how great of a character Aloy is.
Ashly Burch plays the role with wonder, grit, and strength. The world you explore throughout the game is often a lonely (albeit beautiful) one, but Burch's little asides and comments make it infinitely more engaging to get lost in.
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Theo Yurevitch has published essays, columns, and fiction in numerous venues in print and online. He is currently working on a novel about house painters on Long Island, where he is originally from. He teaches college-level English as he continues to write. Follow him on Twitter @TYurevitch and he might actually tweet.

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