A growing number of established film artists have ventured into player-based productions
Just over a few weeks before Cyberpunk 2077 launches, developer CD Projekt Red announced that actor Keanu Reeves, in addition to already having a role in the future game as Johnny Silverhand, will also exist in the game. ‘dark future’ universe as itself. It is an observation which can cause strangeness at first but which only reinforces the weight that the actor has for the whole project.
In fact, it’s a trend that has become fairly recurring in gaming projects, especially in the so-called triple AAA (which are the big budget games, practically the blockbusters in this industry). It is more and more common for companies to call names of movies to act on motion capture technology; this decision not only gives a differentiated quality in the performances of the characters but also enhances the marketing of the project.
Here are some examples of games featuring famous names from their team. It is important to note, however, that film productions are not on the list. In fact, actors who participate in films typically express their characters in electronic adaptations. However, only the original games will be covered.
6) Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls
It was in 2013 that the French developer Quantic Dreams (ditto Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human), launched its most ambitious project to date. Beyond: Two Souls tells the story of a young woman (Ellen Page) who has been linked to an entity since she was a child. The player is placed in different situations throughout the growth of the young woman, seeing how afraid her parents were of her and how she had extreme difficulty forming friendships precisely because this entity was her. protects extremely.
Right away, the name and presence of Canadian actress Ellen Page, famous for her work on Juno and The Umbrella Academy, grabbed attention. She is the main name of the project and the cutting edge facial capture technology used by Quantic Dreams at the time helped a lot so that all of the expressive work done by her could be used to the fullest. Another name that the game also has, besides having a pivotal role in the plot, is Willem Dafoe; owner of an extensive filmography, some of the most famous of which are his role as Green Goblin in Spiderman, Florida Project and The Lighthouse.
5) Mark Hamill in the Batman Arkham Trilogy
The Arkham series still holds today the best video game adaptation of the comic book universe, more specifically Batman. Developed by Rocksteady, the series includes Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Knight; excluding the prequel produced by WB Montreal Arkham Origins. The great thing about the games was that they provided an unprecedented immersion experience in which the proposed mechanics made the player think about and come up with strategies that the Dark Knight himself is known for in his stories. It added to an open world map and exquisite storylines.
In all games, Batman, as it should be, is the constant and central figure. However, where there is the knight, there is also the clown prince of crime; so the Joker has throughout the franchise the role of the biggest villain to torment players. In the Rocksteady trilogy, its voiceover was played by Mark Hamill, eternally famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. The actor and voice actor is also known for his connection to the villain, being his “official” voice since the classic 1992 animated series. He has also voiced the Joker in films like The Ghost Mask, Batman of the Future: The Return of the Joker and Deadly Joke.
4) Terry Crews in Crackdown 3
The Crackdown franchise has been around for quite some time, specifically since 2007. Exclusive to the Xbox Windows operating system, the franchise has always stood out for being a very competent third-person shooter and, for its element. bigger and bigger. famous, the destruction of landscapes. This particular mechanic has always been highly regarded and compared to similar systems in games like Black and Battlefield, which is no small feat. The saga, however, has always suffered from criticism regarding the lack of an engaging plot.
No wonder, when the third title in the franchise came out, all the spotlight on the project turned to two things: the announcement that the game would have scenario-oriented multiplayer that would have real-time destruction using cloud storage technology, and the presence of actor Terry Crews, who did a motion capture and voiceover on a certain character; it’s also the highlight of the game’s opening cinematics.
3) Martin Sheen in Mass Effect 255
Considered one of the great RPG franchises in games and the most important in the sci-fi genre, Mass Effect was notable for the variation in choices the player could follow and for the fluidity with which the protagonist Shepard (could be a male or female) could be generated. The plot of the saga clearly takes advantage of the best productions like Star Trek, that is to say a utopian future in which humans and extraterrestrials live in peace; not focusing on wars, but on space exploration.
Here is the second chapter, widely regarded as the pinnacle of the franchise. After suffering an attack, Captain Shepard (version chosen by the author) needs to recruit a new crew to stop a wave of disappearances that has slaughtered human colonies on the “outskirts” of the galaxy. The person responsible for Shepard’s return is a man known as the Illusive Man whose voice is given by actor Martin Sheen. The father of actors Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen is known for appearing in classics of the 70s and 80s like Apocalypse Now and his critique of the predatory model of the Wall Street Stock Exchange: Power and Greed.
2) Samuel L. Jackson in GTA San Andreas
The launch of GTA III in 2001 was groundbreaking, there isn’t much else to say. The game set the viable standard of the 3D open world with a third-person camera as viable. Unsurprisingly, the game also established a dynasty succeeded by Vice City and San Andreas. The second became a Playstation 2 icon bringing the city of Los Santos (based in Los Angeles) to the mid-90s, with violence among suburban gangs at the height and police action was governed by measures controversial in these areas.
Samuel L. Jackson, the eternal Nick Fury and Jules of Pulp Fiction, brings Corrupt Officer Frank Tenpenny to life. A hated character by all players, the policeman constantly appeared with his minions to collect bribes from protagonist CJ, even taking decisive action in the twists and turns of the hero’s life.
1) Death Stranding Cast
Hideo Kojima’s latest project after his controversial departure from Konami and the end of the Metal Gear Solid saga generated many doubts before its release; mysterious trailers, confusing disclosure footage, director’s delay in announcing what the story would look like, and a stellar cast. Chances are, no game to date has seen such a fellowship of Hollywood greats acting together on the same project.
Starting with Norman Reedus known for his work on the series The Walking Dead, which occupies a central place in the project. Next comes Léa Seydoux (007 Specter, blue is the hottest color) as the mysterious Fragile, Guillermo del Toro (Oscar-winning director for The Shape of Water) as Deadman, Mads Mikkelsen (007 Casino Royale , Hannibal) as the Relentless Cliff, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) as Mama.
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