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We Knew Him Back When: The Evolution Of Chuck

by Jeff Cork on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:50 AM

Call us crazy, but we think one of the most fascinating things in game development is seeing how characters change from the time they're first sketched out to when they appear in the final game. BioShock's Little Sisters started out as lowly slugs before evolving into the cute yet sinister girls we're more familiar with. And most recently, Sam Fisher underwent a makeover from scruffy bum to, well, Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell: Conviction. Dead Rising 2 is certainly no exception, and we're bringing you an exclusive look at how Chuck Green has changed throughout the development process.

In these early concepts, it seems that Chuck poached more than a little mojo from Half-Life's Gordon Freeman. Looking at his outfit, he at least looks like he's ready for the zombie apocalypse. That shot on the left looks like it was taken from an entirely different game idea.

Chuck's cleaned up his act a bit in these next shots, trading his Road Warrior apparel for an outfit more in line with his motocross roots. We're not sure who the lady is, but she's certainly laying into our hero. Sheesh.

If you liked the previous two looks, you'll probably love this one. Each sketch has elements of the previous ones, either via the motocross-inspired apparel or desert rat padding. We also see that ax again, as well as the first appearance of his daughter.

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While this model looks good enough, it's a relief that the character ended up going in a different direction. This is about as generic as it gets. He looks like any MMA fighter.

If Frank West and Chuck Greene somehow had a child together, this is what he would look like.

Here we see a version of Chuck with a little more character. He might not be classically handsome, but he's got a unique look that stands out. And maybe a little Aaron Eckhart.

At this stage it seems like the team is zeroing in on Chuck's final look. We see his jacket here for the first time, or at least a close approximation of it.

Now that the team has settled in on a basic design for Chuck's outfit, they start tweaking his Nathan Drake-esque face...

...Which leads us to a trip to the salon.

And here's a look at Chuck Greene's final model. Ta dah!