WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Death Stranding.
Death Stranding is the latest game from cult creator, Hideo Kojima, and while its reception is receiving mixed reviews, players are picking up the game to make this decision for themselves. As well as its peculiar premise, another big draw is the celebrity cameos that appear in holographic form that can be found hidden throughout Death Stranding.
Actor Norman Reedus plays Sam, a porter and the main protagonist of Death Stranding, making him less of a footnote -- as the entries on this list are -- and more of the face of the entire game. Reedus is primarily known for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead TV series, and he isn't the only Hollywood star in this game. It was previously hinted that writer/director, Guillermo del Toro, and actor, Mads Mikkelson would join Reedus as castmates in Death Stranding, and this rumor has turned out to be true. Del Toro's likeness is used for a character called Deadman due to his creepy Frankenstein connection, while Mikkelson plays Clifford Unger, one of the game's mysterious antagonists.
The other, mostly lesser-known, celebrities who have lent their likeness to Death Stranding make for interesting Easter eggs and their presence adds a layer to the existing complexity of the game. If you were on the fence about purchasing a copy of Death Stranding, perhaps these cameos will help seal the deal.
One of the few celebrities to voice himself within the game is Conan O’Brien, the comedian and talk show host, who happily greets Sam (with an otter beanie, no less, which he acknowledges). "I know what you're thinking: is that an otter on my head, or am I just happy to see you?"
Edgar Wright is a director known for cult films like, Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Shaun of the Dead. He can be found south of Lake Knot City at the Distribution Center. He approves of the delivery, stating the cargo looks "good as new."
Geoff Keighley is known within the gaming industry as a show and event host. Keighley recently had the unique task of announcing himself as a nominee for the 2019 Game Awards. In the game, he can be found in the Eastern Region west of the Capital Knot City. He praises Sam stating, "you had to go above and beyond."
Daichi Miura, a Japanese musician -- whose work you might recognize from Dragon Ball Super: Broly -- can be found west of Capital Knot City as a prepper called, The Musician, in the Distribution Center. He greets Sam casually, calling him: "Sam, my man."
Herman Hulst, previously the managing director of Guerrilla Games and now the head of Playstation Worldwide Studios, acknowledges Sam softly at first, with, "oh, it’s you," before transitioning to disbelief, "Cargo's in mint condition. How the hell did you manage that?" He can be found southwest of Lake Knot City in the Central Region as the Craftsman.
Errolson Hugh, the fashion designer behind the clothing brand, ACRONYM, thanks Sam, and asks incredulously, "But seriously, what’s your secret?" He is a UCA medic located at the Weather Station.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed The Kings of Summer and Kong: Skull Island, also praises Sam for his "Excellent work.” Vogt-Roberts is currently coordinating with Kojima in the creation of a Metal Gear Solid film. He can be found as the Film Director south of Lake Knot City at the Distribution Center.
Hirokazu Hamamura, the previous Editor-In-Chief of Japanese gamer's magazine, Famitsu, calls Sam a "legend among porters." He is located south of Lake Knot City in the Distribution Center as the Collector.
Junji Ito, a horror mangaka best known the manga, Uzumaki, asks in disbelief, "You carried all this by yourself?” He is an Engineer in the Central Region.
Manabu Makime, an award-winning novelist, whose work has frequently been adapted for TV and film, judges Sam's delivery as "better than good" in his cameo.
Tommy Wirkola, a film director known for Dead Snow and Hansel and Gretel, states it's his "lucky day" receiving the cargo from Sam.
Sam Lake, a Game Writer for Remedy, the games company best known for Max Pain, echoes Hamamura, stating, "the legend sure does deliver."
Created by Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony. The game stars Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Troy Baker and Lindsay Wagner, available now on PlayStation.