New Screens of L.A. Noire and Press Previews from GamesRadar, Game Informer, IGN, G4TV and More

Posted on November 19 2010, 7:06pm | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Games

A police photographer records the grisly evidence while Detective Phelps looks on.

A dark detective thriller set against the most violent years in L.A.'s history, L.A. Noire's revolutionary marriage of gameplay and advanced capture technology is coming in spring 2011.  The first proper trailer was launched last week, and recently, members of the gaming press worldwide got their first look at the game in motion.  Here's a roundup of what they discovered, alongside some brand new screenshots released today: 

"Every now and then in gaming, a concept comes along that makes you totally reconsider your preconceptions of gameplay within specific genres and settings. It doesn't happen very often mind you... But then, once in a blue moon, there's a flash in the pan; a videogame that reinvigorates your fascination and faith in the medium.  LA Noire is one of these games." - TVG

"In L.A. Noire, you play the seemingly incorruptible Cole Phelps, a beacon of integrity in a police department mired in scandals.  But that's not the only departure from Rockstar's traditional formula.  Not only are you a good guy out after the bad guys, the city itself is not your playground.  Though L.A. Noire is an open-world game (explore L.A. if you like, see the sights, admire the pedestrians), there aren't mini-games to be played or side quests to complete or pigeons to shoot.  L.A. Noire is a far more linear game, that puts an emphasis on the journey, moreso than the destination, and one where the narrative and the characters take a central role, with far fewer distractions.  It's different, but that's what makes it look so promising." - IGN

A meticulously detailed 1947 Los Angeles is the backdrop for L.A. Noire's dark story, with incredible attention invested in recreating the scene of each crime.

"The core component of L.A. Noire is the city itself, a staggeringly beautiful recreation of late-40’s Los Angeles, brimming with the small, historical details that ultimately make any open world believable.  Whether it’s trolley wires criss-crossing above the street; vintage cars speeding by at a brisk 30MPH; or the classic advertisements for real-life products that litter the billboards and buildings, there is a genuine sense of place in L.A. Noire... All of that, however, simply sets the stage for a series of crimes – many of which have been modeled after, or are, in fact, entirely based upon, real-life cases – ranging from brutal murders and blackmail mysteries to horrifying assault investigations." - G4TV

L.A. Noire is the story of Cole Phelps and his rise - with each successfully completed case - from beat cop up through the ranks of the LAPD.

"This game might feature some of Rockstar’s grittiest content ever.  However, before you accuse them of being shock merchants, consider the fact that every case in the game is actually pulled from the newspapers of 1940's Los Angeles.  This stuff really happened; it’s just been adapted and slightly altered for the game (most of the time this involved writing endings for unsolved cases).  In addition, we got a few hints of the game’s larger, overarching plots, which seem to center around Phelps’ struggles to combat the internal corruption that plagued the LAPD during this time in history.  At one point, Phelps has an interaction with a vice cop that suggests the lines between cop and criminal in L.A. are very blurry indeed." - Game Informer

"Our little hobby [videogaming] is one that's been able to stick realistic faces onto static character models for some time now, but it has struggled mightily with showing them talk and express emotions in a way that really reflects the actors providing the voices.  But apparently nobody told Rockstar that because the publisher's upcoming 1940's detective-thriller L.A. Noire uses some ambitious new image-capture technology that puts a stark focus on those sort of subtle, nuanced facial expressions to not only drive the game's story, but also the gameplay itself." - Gamespot

Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, 1947 L.A. was also among the most violent and corrupt years in the city's history.

"For L.A. Noire to be an accurate detective-sim it needed the facial expressions to be spot on and this ground-breaking technology is perfect for doing just that ... This includes thousands of words of dialogue, hours of motion capture and of course time in the studio with the MotionScan.  The result will be the benchmark for all games that follow." - Gamesradar

  • R* Yon May 9 2011, 2:34pmReplyFlag
    Thanks all, please keep things on topic, and for the latest on L.A. Noire visit the official site:
    • Gleisneron December 29 2010, 1:14pmReplyFlag
      By the way, R* rules and San Andreas was their best creation (yet) and I hope LA noire will come close to it (not only have the city of Los Angeles, but also some of the surrounding woods and desserts like in SA)
      • Gleisneron December 29 2010, 1:09pmReplyFlag
        @IknowNothing so you prefer a f**kin' city before open fields, a highway through the dessert with nothing in sight but dessert and a small truckstop filled with rednecks and lots of old motorbikes, trucks and traktors outside.
        If your thoughts are like that no wonder why you picked that on line name. city-sucker!
        • Jewish4Skinon December 16 2010, 5:57amReplyFlag
          wow no side missions or any stuff like dat? wont it be really boring when u finish the game then? i hope u can kill civilians and the law coz that would be a fun thing to do when ur bored coz i did that in gta iv just going on rampages i hope u can still do that
          • JumpingKentFlashon December 14 2010, 1:42pmReplyFlag
            It looks great. As always with Rockstar games, the pics and trailers, for the most part, fail to hype me up. When I sit with the game is when I start loving it all. L.A. Noire is gonna be one of those I think. And that face animation is beyond belief. Aren't Rockstar also working on a game called Agent? Not to mention a new GTA (Frickin' hope for news on a new GTA soon).

            Can't wait for L.A. Noire.
            • DAN00091on December 13 2010, 4:14amReplyFlag
              this game looks so awsome!! i cant wait!! im a huge rockstar fan. and i knoe for a fact this game will be excellent!!! And i have a feeling it will be multiplayer. it has to be. common guys, rockstar creators know what their doing.
              • owenhugheson December 12 2010, 3:47pmReplyFlag
                Can't wait for this game to come out!
                Next Game for Rockstar: RE-MAKE 'THE WARRIORS'!!!!
                Best R* game I've ever played, anyone else with me?
                • Kalix477on December 12 2010, 3:43pmReplyFlag
                  This game reminds me on Mad Men
                  • Keitho4466on December 3 2010, 1:34pmReplyFlag
                    I've been waiting for rockstar to make a cop game since gta 3.
                    • JxSidneyon December 2 2010, 6:04pmReplyFlag
                      is this going to be set out like RDR or GTA? and which is it most simmilar to?
                      • IknowNothingon December 1 2010, 11:30pmReplyFlag
                        I think this game is very promising. Rockstar is fantastic at storytelling. The lip syncing is absolutely incredible too! When it comes to story that helps keep the audience involved. Why does everyone refer to San Andreas!? It was definitely not the best Rockstar game. I mean c'mon people. OPEN COUNTRY!? Boring. I'd rather play GTA 3 on xbox/ps2. I reeeaaaally wish they came out with a Zombie expansion for GTA IV and not Red Dead. Running from zombie hordes in an abandoned city with various NPC's hiding/surviving on there own would be great (similar to the TV show on AMC/comic The Walking Dead). A game more about survival than just blasting zombies. Anyway, this game looks great. I mean c'mon son! It's Rockstar!
                        • Overpassedon December 1 2010, 3:01pmReplyFlag
                          look at the third photo, you can see the traditional "rockstar circle" at the end of the barrel, which is actually hexagon :DD just the way it was on gta and rdr
                          • batik89on November 29 2010, 5:37amReplyFlag
                            @ghostcheez Looks like they going to show us some new stuff on next month.
                            • Alexthatexasboyon November 29 2010, 1:28amReplyFlag
                              Come ON GUYS LIKE me ON THE COMMENT BELLOW

                              GIVE SOME IDEAS...

                              • Alexthatexasboyon November 29 2010, 1:23amReplyFlag
                                MY MAIN 3 WORRIES

                                1.) No helicopters or air planes

                                2.) NO 2 player (like san andreas..except better)

                                3.)No Multiplayer
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