Created by Pokejedservo on Oct 16 2009
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
EDITOR'S OPINIONBonjour! In our first VC for the DOA series we will be having this lovely lady from France namely Helena Douglas.
We shall start this off with Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore (the series' sole PS2 game), it was the series' first attempt into English voice acting and its not considered to be a good start. Granted to be fair it didn't go down in infamy like Resident Evil and Mega Man 8 and the like but the reaction was pretty much lukewarm at best. (And was probably caused because IIRC in the Sony Playstation games if it has voice acted cut scenes it must have English voice acting according to Sony.)
Anyways as for the English voice acting in that game Helena is voiced by VA Zoe Galvez. While I do agree that the English voice work certainly was average at best to put it nicely, Zoe as Helena was a nice exception. Zoe Galvez's voice for Helena was nice and fairly low and her performance did fit her persona as well. Granted I admit the lack of a French accent does kind of hurt but other than that Zoe's Helena was probably one of the better voices in that game.
Tecmo didn't try again in English voice work for the series until DOA Extreme 2, while the English voice work was received a bit better than DOA 2 Hardcore but not by much. Anyways Helena was voiced by VA Karen Strassman, at first this seemed like a good idea. I mean not only is Karen a fluent French speaker and heck she voiced Fantine from IGPX for crying out loud so she was probably an ideal choice for the role. However her Helena was a lot like her Fantine voice the only problem I have is at the same pitch, another words her Helena voice should have been a bit lower.
But to be fair other than that I do like the fact that Karen did the French accent but aside from how I wish her voice was a bit lower her acting wasn't bad though. To make a long story short Karen Strassman's voice work for Helena wasn't the best performance in that game but it wasn't the worst.
Overall I like them both but I do prefer Zoe Galvez a bit more.