Insomniac’s first game, Disruptor, came out all the way back in 1996. Like any good narrative imbued game released during that time period, it features live action cutscenes. The acting was… well… bold. If you want a more vivid idea of what we mean by bold – go check out some of them out on YouTube. We’ll wait.
Welcome back! Hopefully, you didn’t get distracted by that fake “Harlem Shake Goes Wrong” video. Anywho, things have changed a lot over the years including the caliber of the actors in our games. You’ve seen from Ratchet and Resistance how we like to wrangle the best possible voices for our games – and with Fuse it’s no different. The challenge this time, however, was finding four veteran voice-over actors to bring the dysfunctional chemistry of Overstrike 9 to life. After looking at the cast list – we think you’ll agree that we found them.
Brian Bloom as Dalton Brooks: I could list the games Brian has been in, but it would be much easier to list the ones he hasn’t. He’s never acted in a Mario game. Done. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but he has put in some serious work in the games industry. He’s touched everything from Mass Effect to Call of Duty to StarCraft to Kane & Lynch to… you get the idea. He’s also voiced many characters in animated shows such as The Avengers, Batman: Brave and the Bold, and TMNT. Throw in his live-action films appearances (The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, etc) and you have one seasoned actor at the helm of Overstrike 9.
Jennifer Hale as Naya Deveraux: This is another “Brian Bloom” situation. Jennifer’s game industry resume is quite possibly the largest of any actress out there. Seriously. My finger got tired from scrolling through her IMDB credits. A few highlights: Naomi in Metal Gear Solid, Samus in Metroid Prime, and, of course, FemShep in Mass Effect. And on top of all that she has been in over 50 animated series such as X-Men, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Well, now she’s in Fuse. With a British accent.
Khary Payton as Jacob Kimble: Chances are you’ve heard Khary recently. He’s been Drebin in MGS4, Emmit in Starhawk, Azrael in Batman: Arkham City, among many others. Heck, if you played our very own Resistance 2 – you heard him as Warner. Even when you aren’t playing videogames (gasp) you’ve probably heard him on T.V. Aqualad on Young Justice? Yup! Cyborg on Teen Titans? Double YUP! He certainly has the repertoire to bring Overstrike 9’s efficiency-loving sniper to life.
Ali Hillis as Izzy Sinclair: Another Mass Effect alumnus has joined the Fuse ranks! Only this time, she’s 100% less blue. Ali has been, of course, Liara in Mass Effect, Sofia in Gears of War: Judgment, and Lightning in a little indie game called Final Fantasy XIII. In animation, she’s played Emma Frost in X-Men and Karin in Naruto. To add to an already impressive resume, she has also had parts in live-action movies such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Must Love Dogs. What’s the trick to voicing the world’s most apathetic support agent? Grab the game and see!
But everyone can’t be a good guy, right? That would make it difficult to have a narrative arch. So, the antagonist crew in Fuse required acting-chops just as good as the protagonists’. To achieve this, we rounded-up Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, X-Men, Legend of Korra, and everything else ever) as Sovlenko, Gwendoline Yeo (Final Fantasy X-2, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Clone Wars) as Meilin, JB Blanc (Count of Monte Cristo, Darksiders, Naruto) as Luther, and Dave B. Mitchell (Fallout: New Vegas, Brutal Legend, Kingdoms of Amalur) as Fable. So, rest assured that knowing that the other side of the morality scale is equally represented by a talented cast.
The result of combining this veteran cast is a game where character chemistry is at the fore-front. Every witty one-liner, jab, and dramatic moment lands thanks to their performances. The benefit for the player is that the world of Fuse is given life – whether from a cutscene or banter in the middle of a firefight. No live-action or boldness necessary.
To see these fine actors in action, pick up Fuse starting on May 28th.