ByMichelle Valens, writer at
Michelle Valens

Robin Lord Taylor is most well known for his absolutely wonderful and captivating portrayal of Gotham's Oswald Cobblepot, the umbrella boy turned underworld crime lord turned mayor of . Without a doubt, Robin takes the character of Penguin to places we have never seen before and injects a new sort of personality into it, showing us that there is more to Oswald Cobblepot than just senseless crime and walking with a limp.

Robin as Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot) 'Gotham' [Credit: Fox]
Robin as Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot) 'Gotham' [Credit: Fox]

An Outsider

Taylor takes up a new challenge in his first foray into the world of voice acting in the video game Dishonored 2 and delves into the character of The Outsider.

The sequel game Dishonored 2 came out in November and brought a lot of new things and changes to the table, one of those changes comes in the form of The Outsider, who not only has a new voice but a new look as well. The Outsider was introduced in the first Dishonored game as the mysterious God that grants the protagonist strange supernatural powers to help them in their journey through the game.

The Outsider, 'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
The Outsider, 'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

The character has always been a bit of a fan favorite for people who played the first game, a being of mystery and intrigue, he shows himself to very few within his long-spanning life time, only speaking directly to those he finds interesting and who may have a place in altering the world around them for years to come, In Dishonored, he comes to Corvo Attano's aide when Corvo is wrongfully framed for the murder of an Empress. Corvo is brought to an otherworldly place known only as The Void where the Outsider gives him a mark and these strange powers:

"In many ways, The Outsider is the narrator of this experience. He has seen all and he knows all, and he's a reference point where the player can find information and discover the world that they're in." — Robin Lord Taylor

In the game, The Outsider often speaks with you through cut scenes that are activated at specific shrines located throughout the games levels. He imprints wisdom and vague advice on you, telling you about the world around you, the people you may interact with and his own reactions and thoughts on the part you play in the goings on in the world. These dialogues will change depending on what chaos level you are playing — if you decide to play the game as a ruthless killer he will respond to you differently than if you were playing as a stealthy and moral man who just wishes to clear his name.

A New Voice And Face

Recording for 'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
Recording for 'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

Voiced originally by Billy Lush in Dishonored and two of its story DLC, the news that the character would be recast was released back in May of 2016. Many critics felt that changing the voice of the character was a mistake, as they had grown used to the original voice actor who portrayed the character well. However, for many, he failed to leave much of an impression.

"He has this very unique perspective on the characters and the story that is told in both Dishonored games. He is mildly cynical, but yet still somewhat amused by the human characters and what they are going through."

"Penguin likes to think he knows everything, whereas The Outsider actually does know everything." — Taylor regarding differences between this character and his 'Gotham' character

Robin's delivery is a very welcome change to the game. He brings a breath of fresh air to a character that I had personally never felt very connected with. Subtle changes in his tone and nuances that weren't perceivable the first time around make it much more interesting and fun to interact with The Outsider in the Dishonored sequel.

Hear Robin as The Outsider in the Dishonored 2 trailer below:

What did you take of Robin's portrayal as The Outsider? Let us know in the comments below.

Check our some more gameplay in the video below:


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