Out tomorrow for those who have bought its snazzy Gold Edition, and next Tuesday for those who haven’t, Hitman 2 is set to feature a Hollywood star: Sean Bean.
Starring as Mark Faba, Sean Bean will be Hitman 2‘s first elusive target, ironically nicknamed The Undying. As anyone who’s familiar with Sean Bean’s work will know, he dies in pretty much everything, and he will surely also die in Hitman 2 if players have anything to do with it. Hitman 2 isn’t Sean Bean’s first foray into the world of video games though. In fact, he has been involved in numerous video game projects over the years, and even a few video game movie adaptations. While his Yorkshire accent isn’t always present, his voice is seemingly in demand.
Sean Bean initially dipped his toes into video game voice acting in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, released in 2006. He played the role of Emperor Martin Septim, a major character who, you guessed it, eventually dies. 2006 also saw the release of one of the best video game movie adaptations yet: Silent Hill. Sean Bean was cast as Christopher Da Silva, the adoptive father of Sharon, who is somehow linked to the troubled town. He briefly reprised the role in the 2012 sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation, though his name was changed to Harry for purposes Silent Hill fans will know. His appearance is brief because he dies.
It would be 2013 before Sean Bean would proffer his vocal talents to a video game again. Mobile horror game Papa Sangre II was unusual in that it was told entirely via sound, and your guide was none other than Sean Bean. And did I mention that you were dead in it? Two years later, Sean Bean’s vocal chords were put to the test for yet another horror game too: Kholat. Placing you on a snowy mountain, your orienteering efforts were broken up by supernatural encounters and Sean Bean’s brilliant narration. I’m pretty sure Sean Bean’s character is dead throughout all of it though. Anyway, give Kholat a play if you haven’t done so. It’s available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and really is quite good.
In 2016, Sean Bean featured in two video game projects. The first was Civilization VI, in which Sean Bean plays the tech narrator. He did well in really bringing a boring sounding role to life. I’m not sure if he died in it either. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was the second project; an animated movie that runs parallel to the Final Fantasy XV game. He voiced Regis Lucis Caelum, and guess what? Yeah, he dies. It seems Sean Bean really can’t catch a break.
Sean Bean, then, really isn’t a stranger to the world of video games. Maybe he likes to kick back with a game of FIFA once in a while, though we’re not sure if he’ll get very far playing as his favourite team – Sheffield United. Or maybe he’s into horror games seeing as he’s been involved with so many. In any case, he’s from our neck of the woods, and so he’s good by us. Keep up the good work Sean, and we hope you’re in more games in the future.