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10 things you didn't know about LA Noire

It feels like ages since LA Noire was announced. It went quiet for so long, we even agreed in the office that it would never see the light of day. But suddenly, Team Bondi's crime thriller has emerged blinking into the light (probably due to all the time it's spent in darkened rooms with only slits of Venetian blind light for illumination) and details are everywhere like scattered cigarette ash on a pulled-low Trilby.

So let's get you up to speed, detective. We've sifted through the evidence in Game Informer magazine's exclusive first-look and now present it to you in an easily-read dossier. Probably written on a proper typewriter. Um… try to imagine us silhouetted against a grimy, misty street while you do, OK?

 

1) You play as a good guy for once

The primary gameplay will see you solving crimes as Cole Phelps. You will go to people's houses, invite yourself in, interview them and then move on to your next witness/suspect. These encounters will range from well-mannered house visits to car chases, shootouts and rooftop pursuits. Sweet.

 

2) LA is rockstar's biggest environment yet

The city has been rendered almost 100% accurately to its 1940s layout. Using hand-drawn maps from the time and early aerial photography, Team Bondi has recreated the city right down to 3D shop fronts, but simultaneously making this a bigger environment than anything yet seen. And in this pre-freeway era, you'll even drive down streets that don't exist any more, which sounds kinda spooky to us.


Above: The atmosphere is typical film noir. Odd, that

 

3) It's got new facial animation tech

NPCs all converse with you in real-time, thanks to a 2,000 page script and new technology that allows dialogue and motion to be captured at the same time. The result is an ultra-fast process for Team Bondi's sister company Depth Analysis, who can record around 20 minutes of final footage a day, as opposed to the usual timeframe of two animators taking a month over one minute. The results are reportedly spectacular, with faces so realistic you can lip-read them and even tell if they're lying just from watching them.

 

4) The team is paying extreme attention to detail

Everything in the game, from the soundtrack to the prices of food on café menus has been researched extensively to make sure this is a believable environment. There are some 140 interiors in the game, many with multiple rooms, and each one will be full of lovingly-rendered items. Some of the clothes have even been modelled on loaned items from the wardrobes of Saving Private Ryan and King Kong.

 

5) Cole's character will change

In movies or literature, it's uncommon for a lead character to end as the same person they were in the beginning. Videogame characters, on the other hand, are much more likely to remain the same. Cole is a complex character, with regrets about his past (and particularly his actions during WWII), but who has the strength of his convictions. He's an ambitious man, too…


Above: Why don't gentlemen wear hats like that these days?

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32 comments

  • Cyberninja - February 16, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    i didnt know anything about LA Norie
  • oryandymackie - February 16, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    Ambitious...
  • DrLovez69 - February 16, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Oh yess... So Very very yes... BAD GRAMMAR AND BADLY PLACED NOUNS FTW. seriously though, Rory Wants.
  • Yeager1122 - February 16, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    Yeah i didnt know anything about this either now i know 10 things about it yay.
  • Corsair89 - February 16, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    Wow, I'm impressed. This game is now a blip on my radar.
  • CreeplyTuna - February 16, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    now im pretty psyced. i hope this is better than gta 4 (as in acually fun). ill prob get this
  • LeeCarvallo - February 16, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    A Sandbox with Booming Twenties Class. Sounds awesome. I hope we get a 70s Sandbox Game soon though, muscle cars combined with a 70s Rock & Disco Soundtrack would be awesome.
  • D0CCON - February 16, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    knew about half of this, but it was awesome to learn the game is based off of real crimes. That along with many other neat things I didn't know make this a game I'm gonna look forward to (btw, this game is the cover story in the latest Gameinformer)
  • RebornKusabi - February 16, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    This was a game that popped up on my radar for awhile and then my interest started to wain around the time that NOTHING NEW regarding the game came out. It's good to see that it's both still around and still looking right up my alley. reCAPTCHA- sleazy insiders (Hey look! Even the spam-blocker is getting into the "Film noir" mood of this game lol)
  • Vitoruss1 - February 17, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    @CreeplyTuna Except GTA4 was fun.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 17, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    cant wait for this and agent rockstar is amazing i hope the next gta is in vice city or san andreas
  • SoonerMagic52 - February 17, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    This seems like a great game, and I've actually noticed in a few other Rockstar games that people change near the end. In GTA IV, Niko was angrier than he was at the beginning when he was chasing down Darko. Also in San Andreas and Midnight Club 3: DUB edit (not necessarily character, but goals).
  • lovinmyps3 - February 17, 2010 1:51 a.m.

    Sweet!! Looking forward to this!!
  • JustTheBoBreaker - February 17, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    This game's story will surely be endlessly compared to Heavy Rain's when this comes out.
  • PIZZAKING92 - February 17, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    Looks awesome. Hope it can live up to the hype.
  • Vagrant - February 17, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    Conversation system and playing as a 'good guy' seem like great features. That's piqued my interest. But a lot of this article, especially number 5 just read like a bad advert.
  • curly_jefferson - February 17, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    It looks so classy. This is a great preview, i'm fully sucked in now
  • pikachu2000 - February 17, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    I always wanted to play as the old decative from the old crime flims and for once I can play as a good guy, a rare thing these days. Recaptcha: resigned smitten
  • philipshaw - February 17, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    The fact it's coming out is something I didn't know
  • frmonth - February 17, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    I thought this was a PS3 exculsive so why is it a "360 feature" when I heard it was an exclusive I was very dissapointed being a fan of classic noire (Murder My Sweet, The Lady From Shanghai ect.)

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