Norman Reedus Stars As Lead Role In New 'Death Stranding' Video Game

Norman Reedus Stars As Lead Role In New ‘Death Stranding’ Video Game

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-02-07    2 min read

Creator Hideo Kojima has been known for going deeper and further than anyone else in the world of gaming. With the new game, Death Stranding, it’s “creepy as Hell” and stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.

The plot revolves around Sam, played and voiced by Norman Reedus, in a post-apocalyptic world, not unlike the AMC series. The biggest change is that death doesn’t necessarily mean the game is over.

Norman Reedus compared it to an episode of Black Mirror on Netflix.

Norman Reedus Talks About Death Stranding

Norman Reedus | Photo Credit Death Stranding

During a podcast, Norman Reedus spoke about the new game. “That guy is mind blowing,” said the actor about the video game creator. “He’s another level. Whatever he wants to do, I’m down with it.”

The television star added, “The concept is so mind blowing, because it’s not like ‘Kill everybody and win the game! It’s a connecting thing. It’s like the opposite.” This is relatively new for most games.

“It’s so ahead of its time, and there’re elements of social media in it, and the idea is that… so many games and so many parts of millennial culture are being alone in a room, and you lose contact – physical contact – with people,” said Reedus.

Many of these same ideas came from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

The Theory Behind Netflix’s Series, Black Mirror

Norman Reedus | Photo Credit Death Stranding

Since the game is mostly under wraps at this point, we can compare it to Black Mirror. The Netflix series is different than anything else on television. Every episode is self-contained but many of the themes are shared.

Some of the ideas include optical implants, memory downloads, social media rankings, and various other mind-enhancing devices. In addition, the series also has major stars like Bryce Dallas Howard, Jesse Plemons, and Jon Hamm.

As of now, some of the best episodes include “White Christmas,” “Hated in the Nation,” and “Be Right Back.” But there’s been a lot of chatter about the new episode, “Alligator,” which is about murder and memory.

Since the show is one of Netflix’s most dark series, it’s not safe for work.

Are you looking forward to the new game that stars Norman Reedus?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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