Aug 21 2012

Video Game Characters and Their Real Life Face Models

Published by at 1:00 pm under Images,Video Games

Compiled via reddit, this is a really cool list of a bunch of famed video game characters and the facial models that inspired them. Sure, many heroes and villains are created from scratch, but with facial mapping tech these days, there’s no reason that a real human shouldn’t be used.

Most of these are from Valve titles, but a few Mass Effect roles slid in as well. You could do it for games like LA Noire I suppose, but the characters in that game essentially ARE the actors to the point where it’s easy to ID them right off the bat.

Any significant ones you think they missed here? Check out the full gallery below:

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28 responses so far

28 Responses to “Video Game Characters and Their Real Life Face Models”

  1. Russellon 21 Aug 2012 at 1:44 pm

    they did the crowbar really well

  2. Spleenfarmeron 21 Aug 2012 at 1:46 pm

    How about Aaron Staton from Mad Men and the title character from LA Noire?

  3. Mikeyon 21 Aug 2012 at 1:50 pm

    How about the guy who played Starkiller in The Force Unleashed? Sam Witwer

  4. kelley kelleyon 21 Aug 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Byung-hun Lee from Lost Planet.

  5. lazybasterdon 21 Aug 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I still say Miranda looks creepy.

  6. joeon 21 Aug 2012 at 7:39 pm

    How about that dude in that game?

  7. Cylexon 21 Aug 2012 at 9:35 pm

    My mind is blown from Max Payne. Been a fan of Max Payne since 2001 and never really thought about the actor they used for the face.

    Wish they would have kept him for the rest, even though hes a little wacky looking by todays standards.

  8. Charlie Wardon 22 Aug 2012 at 12:00 am

    I think that Portal 2 one was a little spoilery, wasn’t it?

  9. Mark Milleron 22 Aug 2012 at 12:29 am

    Lucy (Kristen Bell) from assassins creed 2 was pretty well done.

  10. willroyboyon 22 Aug 2012 at 11:40 am

    DAMN mark vanderloo for his good looks!

  11. Kimon 22 Aug 2012 at 4:07 pm

    If there is one for Garrett Hawke DA2 I must know!

  12. logos-ron 25 Sep 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Where is Nathan Drake / Nolan North from Uncharted series?

  13. rowdy...on 27 Sep 2012 at 1:45 am

    But who did they model Miranda Lawson’s arse on?

  14. Liamon 22 Oct 2012 at 10:19 pm

    You missed out Sam Witwer (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 and 2.

  15. bunyaon 30 Oct 2012 at 9:23 pm

    lol on the crowbar, excellent

  16. pon 07 Nov 2012 at 10:03 pm

    That is not CMD shepard from mass effect shepard is femail and i cant remember his name

  17. davroski591on 20 Nov 2012 at 9:38 am

    Another good one is Peter Mensah in Dead Space.

  18. Yetion 03 Dec 2012 at 2:39 pm

    How could they leave 47 (David Bateson) out of this?

  19. Wen Binon 19 Dec 2012 at 11:18 am

    Seriously, I like the crowbar. Totally made my day hahaha.

  20. Jackon 26 Dec 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What about the french model that Desmond, Ezio and Altiär were modeled off of in Assassin’s Creed

  21. alphaon 28 Dec 2012 at 10:30 am

    OMFG the crowbar in the real life O_O

  22. alric strifeon 29 Jan 2013 at 10:48 pm

    i always thought halo 3 lord hood bore a surprising resemblence to ron pearlman any one else see that or is it just me?

  23. Wesley Colvinon 17 Feb 2013 at 3:28 pm

    They forgot Keith David as Admiral Anderson.

  24. nickon 23 Feb 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Who’s the girl in white saluting on the main link page?

  25. MPon 27 Feb 2013 at 1:15 am


  26. thechaostheoryon 09 Mar 2013 at 7:25 am

    #nick the girl on the main page is Jessica Chobot playing her character Diana Allers in Mass Effect 3

  27. Donski102on 19 Mar 2013 at 3:51 am

    Who’s face is the Orc in Warcraft 3 without expansion? Or Urgot in LoL

  28. lvon 04 Apr 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Bahaha. That “facial mapping tech”you speak of is actually called human with a mouse and some polygons and triangles.

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