Nick Valentine. He's the heart of the game. They weren't even a subtle about it--I mean, it's literally his name. I go on and on about Hancock, but most of his character development was admittedly fleshed out in my head. Nick had the most complete, and frankly satisfying, storyline of the bunch.
I'd never played any other games the actor voiced, so I think it works well for an old-timey noir detective. Plus, I think he's the only one who matches Sole Survivor's sarcasm match-for-match--every flip remark you make when he's around, he has an equal and just as smart-assy response to. It's hard to get the last word with him, and I kind of find that an endearing quality in my real life friends.
The same actor also voices DiMA, which I didn't realize until well after finishing Far Harbor. I can't even hear the same inflection when they talk to one another. I was impressed by that. Fallout 4 has some of the best voice acting I've heard in a game--it doesn't usually go too overboard or melodramatic. I mean, it has its moments, but for the most part, the voices appropriately match the tone of the game.
Except Preston. Ugh. I don't hate Preston, I think he's been unfairly hacked on, but the actor has the most monotonous delivery. I almost WANT to piss him off just to hear him get passionate about SOMETHING. I figure it's just that he's so shellshocked, he's completely turned himself off, emotionally. His backstory even supports that, but God
, he's dull.
Part of my reason for this was to give these characters a little extra depth we were denied simply because of the limitations of the medium the story is delivered on. Even after hundreds of hours of voice recordings, conversation trees, and coding, it's still not nearly enough to convey a story this complex. It does a pretty good job at getting high-level information across, but that's where the role-player in me takes over and fills in some missing scenes and off-camera moments. I would be the worst film director...all my movies would be, like, six hours long.
"But the whole movie is one continuous scene, Teri!"
"So what? They had a lot to say to one another!"
Anyway, I love Nick, and I will
inflict him on you plenty, so here's your fair warning.