Double kill. Triple kill. Overkill. Killtacular. Killtrocity. Killimanjaro.
Need I go on? Surely that iconic voice is already drilled into your head by now.
As it turns out, Halo multiplayer announcer Jeff Steitzer recently did a reading of some of his most famous voice lines from Bungie’s revered shooter. As you can probably imagine, listening back to “Killionaire” – or even just the announcement that commences a game of Slayer – is lovely. Here, just have a listen, alright?
As you can see from the video, Steitzer put together a recording for some lad named Johhan, who apparently compiled a list of things he wanted to hear. Reader, this list exclusively included medal and game mode announcements from Halo 3’s illustrious multiplayer component. Johhan is obviously a legend.
It may be approaching 14 years since the launch of Halo 3 – my old bones quiver at the thought of it – but Steitzer still has the voice nailed down to a T.
“I hope that does the trick, coming to you from my little, tiny vocal booth,” Steitzer says. He goes on to show Johann and whoever else is watching said booth, but I can’t help rewinding back just to hear him say, “Play ball” again. And again. Honestly, what a voice.
Oh, to be ten years old, playing Halo 3 multiplayer way past your bedtime with the sound turned down sufficiently low for your parents not to hear, but just loud enough to listen to the amazingly melodic “Killtastrophe!” I got halfway through this article before realizing I’d involuntarily started reinstalling the Master Chief Collection on an SSD. There’s nothing quite like a reminder of how brilliant Halo 3’s multiplayer voice lines are.
Anyway, the whole situation is great. I always love seeing voice actors engaging with the games they work on, as well as the communities surrounding them. For example, Persona 5 voice actor Max Mittelman told fans that Ryuji is “probably” bisexual, while Prometheus voice actor Elias Toufexis joked with his son in-character while playing through Immortals Fenyx Rising.
My favourite one, though, was when Genshin Impact’s Traveler voice actor, Zach Aguilar, made a whole joke compilation about the fact he has no lines except for shouting “Windblade!” and occasionally grunting. Brilliant.
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Cian Maher is the Lead Features Editor at TheGamer. He’s also had work published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Verge, Vice, Wired, and more. You can find him on Twitter @cianmaher0.
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