When it comes to the world of video games, certain voices stand out and become iconic. One such voice belongs to Wes Johnson, a renowned voice actor who has graced many Bethesda games with his talent. His voice is instantly recognizable to fans of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, where he famously exclaimed, “STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM!” This line, delivered as the Imperial Guard, has become a legendary meme in the gaming community.
Wes Johnson’s voice has been featured in various characters across The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. However, none have been as memorable as his portrayal of the Imperial Guard. This character’s lines have become so iconic that they are often quoted and referenced, even surpassing other famous lines like “arrow to the knee” and “you’re finally awake.”
In Bethesda’s latest game, Starfield, fans were eager to discover if Johnson would make an appearance. And they weren’t disappointed. In the game, players can travel to the Volo system and land on the planet Polvo. Here, in a settlement named HopeTown, they will encounter the CEO of HopeTech, Ron Hope. While Ron Hope doesn’t deliver lines as memorable as the Imperial Guard, it’s amusing to hear him talk about enforcing “the full extent of the law,” especially given Johnson’s previous roles.
Interestingly, Johnson’s return isn’t the only nod to Oblivion in Starfield. Bethesda has included several callbacks to their older game, even bringing back the voice actor for the Adoring Fan. Players who choose the Idolised trait for their character will eventually meet the Starfield version of the Adoring Fan, complete with the original voice.
In conclusion, Bethesda’s decision to bring back Wes Johnson and other familiar voices adds a layer of nostalgia for long-time fans. It’s a testament to the lasting impact of their games and the characters that inhabit them.