L.A. Noire Latest Previews: Entertainment Weekly, Kotaku, Tech Radar and More
On the heels of this week's May 17th release date announcement and big new trailer launch, more details about L.A. Noire are beginning to be revealed, and the press are taking notice.
Recently, L.A. Noire was the focus of Kotaku's weekly Well Played column, with members of Rockstar Games and Team Bondi providing insight on the genesis of the crime thriller, a look into the art of reading faces and what it means for the future of interactive entertainment:
"We always knew, when we wanted to go down this route and make a detective game, that the key part was getting the witness in the room," said Team Bondi head Brendan McNamara. "The key part is the interrogation. Can you break them?"
Read that full story here: http://kotaku.com/5735120/how-the-human-face-could-be-the-future-of-gaming
Entertainment Weekly's interview expands on the subject in further detail:
"In L.A. Noire, the photo-realism isn't just a nifty visual -- it's central to the gameplay. According to [Rockstar's Jeronimo] Barrera, "The core mechanic is... trying to figure out whether or not the person you're having a conversation with is lying to you. As the game plays out, you're investigating crime scenes and finding evidence, and you use those pieces of evidence in the conversation." And McNamara insists that the lying isn't a binary good/evil deal: "When I was writing the game, I had up on my whiteboard: 'Everybody's lying about something.'"
Read EW's piece here: http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/01/24/la-noire-trailer-rockstar-games/
Meanwhile, UK’s Tech Radar examined a case in detail and came away impressed not only with the game itself, but its approach to the unflinching and occasionally grisly subject matter.
“There is a level of maturity running though L.A. Noire that suggests that it is a game being pitched at people ready to take the next step in gaming. That's not to say it's light on action, even the single case included a fist fight, a car chase and a shoot-out.
The slavishly recreated LA environment, the hard-boiled characters and the grimy plots are straight out the writings of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy.”
Read lots more from their 4-page preview here: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/the-technology-of-la-noire-922086?artc_pg=1
Also, check out new previews at:
Electric Pig: http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2011/01/21/la-noire-review/
Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a298227/preview-la-noire.html
IGN's Reader Q&A on L.A. Noire
L.A. Times Hero Complex & PlayStation: The Official Magazine Cover Story
"Creating a New Genre of Videogames:" The Daily Telegraph Interviews Rockstar & Team Bondi on L.A. Noire
"Facing the Future" - Games TM UK Digs into L.A. Noire