We’re eagerly looking forward to Rockstar’s L.A. Noire here in the NAGF office. All weekend we’ve been looking at behind the scenes footage of its proposed facial rendering, and lauding another step the video game industry is taking towards greater human rendering in its titles.
So we’ve decided to reminisce a bit and highlight the best rendering jobs developers have done with filthy human beings over the last couple of generations. And what better way than to scrutinise celebrity faces and check their transition over to the gaming world? Here’s our favourite five:
Heavy Rain – Scott Shelby and Co.
We’re big fans of Heavy Rain. When we finished it we went into the ‘making of’ part in the menu, and were literally left breathless when we saw Sam Douglas, the actor who plays Scott Shelby. It’s a like-for-like representation, and a testament to the effort put into Quantic Dream’s character modelling abilities. In fact, not just Mr. Douglas. Take a look at some of the uncanny resemblances in the below video:
Jean Reno as Jacques – Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
In the latter days of the height of the PS2’s success came this little gem, with a beautifully-rendered Jean Reno of Leon and Mission: Impossible fame. Playing French policeman Jacques Blanc, Reno soon gets the power of the Oni and kicks some feudal ass. The PS2 still isn’t dead, you know, and Onimusha 3 is a testament to what an ace little bit of kit it really was.
Ricky Gervais – Grand Theft Auto IV
Listen to all those hyucks! It was a nice break in-between missions in Grand Theft Auto IV to nip to the comedy club and have a laugh at Mr. Brent. Rockstar not only did an excellent job of making Ricky look spot on, but they also translated his humour over really well to the game. Just a shame that you can’t storm in and blow his brains out – there must have been all sorts of licensing issues about doing something like that, we imagine…
50 cent – 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
It’s not the massive ego trip that it’s been made out to be. If you take 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand with a pinch of salt, it actually isn’t half bad for an hour or two! 50 and his awful comprades look ace as they tear up the desert – better than he did when he lost all that weight a few months back and looked like a streak of piss. It’s just a shame about his terrible language – eeeeh, it’s enough to make you vomit.
Gary Coleman – Postal 2