Mads Mikkelsen: Hideo Kojima Is The Kasparov of Video Games

By   /   Dec 7, 2016

Many people know Mads Mikkelsen mainly because of his role in the Hannibal TV show, where he plays the titular character, as well as being in the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One. However, now he has made waves as being in a major role in Death Stranding. But why?

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According to Mikkelsen, his sudden entry into video games beyond the licensed video game for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace is out of sheer admiration for Hideo Kojima himself. Mikkelsen went on to call Kojima “the Kasparov of video games” when it came to development.

If you’re wondering who Kasparov is, Mikkelsen was referring to Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess grandmaster who many in the world consider the best player of all time.

Mads Mikkelsen will be playing an unknown role in Hideo Kojima’s first independent video game Death Stranding, but considering how he appears in the trailer, it’s likely that Mikkelsen is going to be one of the game’s antagonists, if not the main antagonist.

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Considering all of the other insane stuff that we’ve seen in both of the Death Stranding trailers we’ve seen this year (one at E3 in the summer, one at the Playstation Experience this past weekend) it’s likely that we’ll be learning more about his role in the coming years, until Death Stranding releases sometime then.

While Kojima is normally compared to various filmmakers due to the atmospheres and cinematography of his Metal Gear Solid games, him being compared to a chessmaster is actually a fairly new comparison.

Mads Mikkelsen could be referring to Kojima’s writing, where he crafted one of the most complicated and in-depth plots that wound their way through the entire series of Metal Gear Solid, whether something as simple as the Solid Snake and Big Boss conflict in the early games, to his last work filled with a number of different twists, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.