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L.A. Noire debut trailer is here. Could well be another Rockstar revolution

It's finally here. The first proper trailer for Rockstar's long-in-development, long-said revolutionary noir detective epic. We've been promised great things, and being a game published by Rockstar, we've naturally come to expect them, despite having barely anything to go on.

But now, even with just a minimal amount of gameplay detail on show, this trailer has my interest legitimately piqued. Why? Watch it, and then we'll discuss.

First up, holy crap, would you look at those people. It might seem a strange thing to get excited about, but with developer Team Bondi's new performance capture and facial animation tech at play here, it feels like we really could be looking at a genuine revolution in realistic, believable human characters in games. It already feels like this could be as big a deal as when Euphoria character physics turned up in GTA IV.

And secondly, as far as authentic film noir ambience goes, this trailer is perfect. Everything from the writing to the soundtrack to the lighting to the pacing is just utterly spot-on. We expect canny cinematic purism from Rockstar games, but even in that context, the potential for L.A. Noire's overall experience has me very very excited. The Irish guy even reminds us of James Cromwell in L. A Confidential.

Now all we need is some proper gameplay details, but having heard talk of a brutal crime plot and cerebral sleuthing in a vibrant period open-world, I'm really hoping that this could be the first detective game that actually allows me to be a proper detective. I love Max Payne and all, but I can't help being enticed by L.A. Noire's promise to let me solve a crime with brains rather than bullets.

What do you think? Pumped for the drama of it all, or were you just hoping for GTA: 1940s edition?

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  • cronomonkey - November 13, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    Chuck Norris just Pre-ordered this
  • SCRubS77 - November 12, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I definitely had not heard ANYTHING about this, and I never cared, but now, I am excite.
  • NuQLER - November 12, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    @gillri, point taken on Deus EX at least. i keep forgetting how soon it's supposed to be coming out. (crossed fingers) DS2 i can probably live w/out, though. -may eat my words when i see more multiplayer. ;)
  • WalrusTusks - November 12, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Great googly moogly! Don't remeber the last time I was excited for a Rockstar game. Sign me up!
  • VTheSystemV - November 12, 2010 10 a.m.

    Haven't been following this much, but the trailer. Oh. My. God. This might just be the Red Dead Redemption of 2011, and Red Dead Redemption has possibly the greatest single player story I have ever seen. It was engrossing, the characters all had their own charm, and the way they made the USA in 1911 was perfect. It FELT like 1911. If the trailer is anything to go by, Rockstar will make an amazing game. Consider me happy.
  • Xobi - November 12, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    Cant Wait, this will be brilliant
  • Jackelsburg - November 12, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    this looks like its gonna be one awesome game
  • ShaneCedt - November 12, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Eff you Mafia 2!
  • GangsterJew92 - November 12, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    Not many games sell me on the first trailer, but L.A. Noire looks fantastic.
  • ElAmmoBandito - November 12, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    I had my purdy little eyes on this ever since it was announced!Nice to see some footage!
  • bass88 - November 12, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    @Rhymenocerous Did you ever play the Blade Runner game? It might suit you. You collect clues and study them. It could have been more detailed but it's still the closest I've seen of a true detective game. You could also try Ripper but I recommend just watching this instead: http://spoonyexperiment.com/category/lets-play/ripper/page/2/ @sarge_51 Don't bother with Heavy Rain. It's suffers from very poor writing and over-directed sequences. And it's standards of maturity are as high as A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.
  • lovinmyps3 - November 12, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    It looks like they have the atmosphere pinned! I really can't wait for this, period pieces are the best!
  • MeanwhileGuy - November 12, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    Meh. Just looks like 1930's GTA with cops as protagonists instead of criminals. And I don't understand why everyone's banging on about how realistic the characters are, Heavy Rain and even Uncharted had far better mocap and facial animation.
  • spideralex90 - November 11, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    @D0CCON: I haven't played BO's yet, but I already know its the same damn thing. it's kinda sad really.
  • spideralex90 - November 11, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    YES! I can't freaking wait for this game.
  • TheIronMaiden - November 11, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    that actually looked REALLY good. Those facial features really were fantastic.
  • Spybreak8 - November 11, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Looks good animation wise. Glad I didn't buy Mafia II, looks similar.
  • D0CCON - November 11, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Ever since this summer, LA Noire shot up on my must play list. It is now just a little bit behind Portal 2. Hopefully it sells several million copies. If a game can break a sales record because of a name change (MW2 becoming BO was the biggest change the game made), then what is shaping up to be an awesome, much more UNIQUE game deserves some sales too.
  • minelbp - November 11, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    sadly, like red dead, this ain't ever coming to PC. Even though GTAIV was a mess, with a few tweaks it played and looked better than anything out there.
  • sarge_51 - November 11, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    I'm getting really good signals from this game. To me, Heavy Rain kinda seemed like it was saying "OMG look at how mature I am and stuff! I totally am mature! Look! See?" (To be fair, I never played Heavy Rain, so these are the impressions I've gathered from trailers etc.) Here, however, I see actual maturity, and hopefully an awesome story. Just can't wait to see some gameplay.

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