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7 Famous Actors Also Starring in Video Games

Over the years, the video game industry has become almost as competitive and high-budget as the Hollywood film industry. Video games are boasting more and more epic landscapes and wonderfully intricate level designs, many as inspiring as any Hollywood film set. Since the early 2000’s, video games developers have looked toward famous actors to star or at least, make an appearance in their video games.

With the implementation of motion capture technology in recent years, the video game industry seems to be catching up with films as a story-telling medium, and is now, without a doubt, an industry to be taken seriously, contrary to what was once thought.

Here we’ll take a look at 7 famous actors who also featured in video games. Seeing as a few of these video games feature multiple actors, we’ll be taking a look at those with the most prominent/important role. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead!

  1. Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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From the unsettled Lester Burnham in American Beauty to the devious Frank Underwood from House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has no doubt proven that he carries a wide range within. Who better than the Machiavellian American political schemer to fill the role of vengeful Jonathan Irons, CEO of Atlas Corporation? Needless to say, his motion-captured performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare received high praise. If you need any indication as to why it was, just watch the trailer and listen to his rousing speech about the failures of Democracy.

  1. Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls 

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Ellen Page played a mutant who can phase through walls (and apparently send one’s consciousness through time…somehow), she’s played an architecture student who can design and construct entire dreams, and she’s played a pregnant teen.

Ellen Page was the best choice for Jodie Holmes, the haunted young girl with telekinetic and telepathic abilities, owing to the soul of a young boy named Aiden, residing within her. Pursued by the CIA for her supernatural abilities, Jodie learns to control her powers and fight back. Such angst, and such struggle— all familiar ground for the actress, who, along with fellow actor Willem Dafoe for his role as Nathan Dawkins, received high praise for her portrayal of her character.

Also featuring Willem Dafoe.

  1. Hayden Panettiere in Until Dawn

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Sometimes it’s difficult to make choices in video games, not just because you’re not entirely certain of what the outcome of that choice will be, but because you don’t want to lose your favourite character. It doesn’t matter that they’re basically just 3D models comprised of data and pixels, sometimes you grow to like them, partially because you’re a fan of the voice actor. In this case, it’s Claire Bennet (for all you Heroes fans) and she’s not at all indestructible in this game. Famous actress Hayden Panettiere plays Sam, the most adventurous, and level-headed of the eight friends who travel to the creepy house in the woods. As with all the characters, there’s a chance she may perish because of one of the numerous choices you’ll have made, and this fantastic actress makes her possible demise that much more painful to watch.

Also featuring Remi Malek, and Peter Stormare.

  1. Kiefer Sutherland in Metal Gear Solid V

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Guns, action, suspense, and a guy named Jack— Kiefer Sutherland is no rookie when it comes to adrenaline pinching action sets. He was Avi Arad’s suggestion to Hideo Kojima, as a replacement for David Hayter, who didn’t quite sound 40. Whatever the reason for their decision to cast 24 star, Kiefer Sutherland for the role of Big Boss and Venom Snake, it was the right choice, as it added to the emotional power in MGSV that was critically praised.

  1. Chloe Grace Moretz in Dishonored

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What do Hit-Girl, Carrie White, and Emily Kaldwin all have in common? Well, they’re all played by the Hollywood actress Chloe Grace Moretz, yes, but they’re all strong characters as well, the latter of the three being the heir to the throne of The Isles in Dishonored, the young girl whom all your choices and actions in the game will directly affect. She can be innocent, she can be eerily menacing, Chloe Grace Moretz does a phenomenal job in portraying this young soon-to-be empress in the midst of a crucial shift both within and around her.

While she doesn’t feature in the Dishonored as much as one might expect, her role is nonetheless important. Unlike the video games listed above, there was no motion capture involved in the development of this game and all the emotion comes from the voices alone. When you hear that young queen in the tavern, either promising to be a just and kind ruler or a cruel and vicious overlord, her voice alone will either warm your heart or chill you to the bone.

Also featuring Lena Headey, Carrie Fisher, John Slattery, and Susan Sarandon.

  1. Sean Bean in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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The Elder Scrolls boast a near endless world of magic, monsters, and great and malevolent gods. Without a doubt, the voice of Boromir fits right into Tamriel, a breath of fresh air after talking to some 250+ NPCs and hearing one of five oddly familiar voices over and over again. Sean Bean’s humble but memorable Yorkshire accent brings life to Martin Septim, the illegitimate son of Uriel Septim VII. He quickly becomes a likeable character and worthy of the Amulet of Kings, which he breaks and seeing as how it’s Sean Bean, obviously dies in spectacular fashion, involving fire, a world-ending god and the blood of a king.

Also featuring Patrick Stewart.

  1. Liam Neeson in Fallout 3 

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He’s got a very particular set of skills. Skills he’s acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for irradiated mutants like ghouls. Fallout 3 sees you, as the lone wanderer, searching for James, your father, after he leaves Vault 101, inadvertently plunging it into chaos. Before that, you’ll be introduced to him through a sequence of flashbacks of sorts, from birth until adulthood under the guidance and parentage of Liam Neeson. Just try and think of someone more badass than Qui-Gon Jinn to father a lone wanderer, tough enough to venture through the post-apocalyptic Capital Wasteland.

Liam Nelson’s voice just makes it that much more rewarding when you tell him that you disarmed the megaton bomb and make him proud…or lie and make him proud anyway. In all seriousness though, it’s clear to see why they chose him to play James. His voice carries the gentleness and strength of a father without disturbing the fantastic atmosphere of the game. That kind of immersive character is just one more reason why Fallout 3 is a must play, no matter how old it is.

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