10 things you didn't know about LA Noire

6) Progress is a desk job

Cole starts off as a simple cop on the beat. He'll be at street level, trying to solve and stop crimes for the first missions, but you'll soon move to higher, more important tasks. Each 'desk' in the police department has its own crime theme and you'll move through traffic, arson, vice and burglary until you reach your ultimate goal – homicide detective. Each desk job will give you a new partner to work with, although some may be typically corrupt so you should be careful who you trust. One of them might even pull the blinds up, which is clearly unacceptable in a film-noir setting.


7) The vehicles come from Jay Leno's garage

No, really. While most of the game's several thousand in-game objects have been painstakingly rendered in 3D thanks to some 180,000 photos from newspapers of the time, the game's vehicles are Jay Leno's. The late-night comedian apparently gave the team access to his personal collection of vintage vehicles, from cars right through to a fire truck to make the game as authentic as possible. Well… it's nice to find some use for them, right?


8) Rockstar has overseen the action scenes

The game seems to be mostly a tense but verbal affair, although the team has recognised the need for gunplay and more traditional action in order to placate the GTA crowd. Rockstar has given Team Bondi the benefit of its exhaustive knowledge on the subject to make sure there's no shortage of thrills. However, the game definitely won't be the kind where you can go on a rampage in the street with a chainsaw and knuckleduster. Aww.

Above: Feel the tension mount as the guns come out


9) The conversation system is similar to Mass Effect's

While interrogating characters in the game, you'll have three options at your disposal: coax, accuse and force. These can be used to steer the conversation as you go, so it's entirely up to you how you go about getting the answers you need. Careful, though - the wrong choice will see your target clam up. There will be unique voices too – some 300 actors and actresses have lent their talents to the game.


10) It's based on real crimes

Although some alterations have been made to protect the still-living relatives of those involved at the time, the majority of crimes in LA Noire actually happened in 1940s Los Angeles. Newspaper stories have been scoured for interesting events, and although some of the nastier stuff like child abuse has been omitted, the remaining material looks set to cover the harrowing and the ridiculous in just the right amounts.

Above: Without forensics, can you be sure this is a murder weapon?

The game's on target for a 2010 release and – assuming the game lives up to its developers' bold claims – could make the likes of Heavy Rain look like a college media studies project. More soon.

16 Feb, 2010


  • modernwarrior19 - March 3, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I didn't even know this game existed until now but it looks really good. Plus any game that has mass effect style conversation to interrogate people i'm sold on.
  • D0CCON - February 28, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    @frmonth, it isn't exlusive
  • callofdo0bie - February 27, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    This game looks awesome :) GTA IV dissapointed me(I know i'm very along on that though). I'm glad to see they are trying to make it a more story driven game. I was personally never a fan of the "hey lets put in the cheat codes and blow up stuff with a rocket launcher till they have to send the national guard". I hope this game is good.
  • 4fromK - February 18, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    wow, number 7 makes me respect jay leno more. conan may have mentioned games, but I don;t think hes ever helped out devs to this level.
  • r0LLIN92 - February 18, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    Looks pretty good i gotta say.
  • RaIdEn - February 18, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    me wantee
  • BLOODmuffins - February 18, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    Wow. I just got excited about this game.
  • Gameguy94 - February 17, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    For the longest time i always thought L.A. Noire would be the Rockstar exclusive everyone's been buzzing about but then after E3 i had no idea what to think.
  • michaelmcc827 - February 17, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    HEY! I already read this article yesterday, so when I read it today, I knew all 10 of these things! What the fuck! Fail article is fail.
  • gigiosantos - February 17, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    MUST. HAVE. GAME. Hope they make it for PC too!
  • DriveShaft - February 17, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Love this game already, leave it to Rockstar to dominate. I'm a little torn though, I've been waiting fo this and Heavy Rain since 2006.
  • frmonth - February 17, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    OK scratch that according to Wikipedia the game was announced for 360 on the 4th of Febuary (I'm out of date it seems)
  • 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.)
  • philipshaw - February 17, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    The fact it's coming out is something I didn't know
  • 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
  • curly_jefferson - February 17, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    It looks so classy. This is a great preview, i'm fully sucked in now
  • 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.
  • PIZZAKING92 - February 17, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    Looks awesome. Hope it can live up to the hype.
  • 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.
  • lovinmyps3 - February 17, 2010 1:51 a.m.

    Sweet!! Looking forward to this!!

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