Extra-creepy L.A. Noire trailer reveals serial-killer plot, May 17 release date

Up until now, what we've seen of L.A. Noire has focused on investigating seedy, but relatively run-of-the-mill crimes –- attempted murder, assault, extortion and so on. But 1940s Los Angeles was plagued by more than just the petty machinations of garden-variety criminals, and the new L.A. Noire trailer released this morning puts Detective Cole Phelps on the eerie trail of a clue-dropping, body-mutilating serial murderer. Perhaps more importantly, it reveals a firm release date for the detective thriller: May 17.

Apparently drawing inspiration from cases like the infamous Black Dahlia and Zodiac murders, the trailer showcases the work of a psychopath who hunts women, leaves their bloody corpses laying around for the cops to find and toys with his pursuers with ransom note-style letters. Honestly, we weren't quite expecting L.A. Noire to take a turn this gruesome, but we're glad to see that it will. After all, what's the point of diving into the underbelly of 1940s Hollywood if you're not going to get sketched out while you're there?

The rest of the trailer features quick glimpses of gunfights, car chases and implied romance. There's no way to tell if it's from the same serial-murderer case (which, we're assuming, will emerge relatively late in the game, after Cole has worked his way up to the homicide department), but that's just one more thing to look forward to finding out as May draws closer.

Jan 24, 2011

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  • Det.Coleman - January 27, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    I can't wait to finally learn who the Brunette Butcher is and to put him behind bars.
  • Outlander - January 25, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    Hmm, I think I'll wait until the GamesRadar super review before I make a purchase. Looks promising though.
  • theintellectual - January 25, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    i think the facial capture is perfect in this. unlike many games, all the subtle reactions in a human face seem captured right down to the eyes.
  • tuomotaivainen - January 25, 2011 3:12 a.m.

    @violentLee and @Darkhawk We've got 2 casualties of the uncanny valley! Get them to the infirmary! Can't wait till this technology starts going into other games as well.
  • ShaneCedt - January 25, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    Going to watch "Chinatown"
  • Yeager1122 - January 25, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Looks pretty good can't wait.
  • spideralex90 - January 24, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Can't wait for this game. Noir is probably my favorite film genre. and GTA IV is one of the best games in recent years. The two combined = Awesome.
  • Spybreak8 - January 24, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Looks good but like movie trailers have taught me short glimpses of scenes always make the overall product look awesome. I don't know, it still looks a bit off like the characters have floating heads. Still this game has a bunch of potential.
  • Ironarm - January 24, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    I'm so pumped! It looks like they achieved what they wanted with the face capturing technology! I cannot wait for May 17th! I hope this means that it won't get pushed back anymore.
  • Darkhawk - January 24, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    God those faces are weird. I don't buy the hype at all; this game is UG-LY!
  • ViolentLee - January 24, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Those are the faces that everyone was saying will revolutionize gaming? Yeah, maybe if they don't have to speak or emote. First time watching anything on this game.
  • SoutheastSam - January 24, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Makes me think of Seven as a game
  • accidentprone88 - January 24, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    It's L.A. Confidential...but as a game. I will do anything to get my hands on this thing when it drops.
  • Transmatrix - January 24, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Only a $10 credit on Amazon for pre-ordering. I'll wait until the $20 game credit pops up, thank you very much. Game looks pretty awesome, though. Here's hoping that Rockstar makes another classic like Red Dead this year in Noir.
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    3 days after my birthday :D
  • Y2Ken - January 24, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Very much looking forward to this, can't wait to see some more!
  • celticsfan645 - January 24, 2011 5:35 p.m.

  • PIZZAKING92 - January 24, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    This game is gonna be as tight as hell
  • GrrSnort - January 24, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    This game looks to be what I wanted out of Heavy Rain. Looking great.
  • Cropes - January 24, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I didn't care about this game until yesterday when I saw it WASN'T a PS3 exclusive. Now I'm so pumped! Feel sorry for my wallet this year.

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