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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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  • drewbian - November 11, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    holy fucking shit this is going to be awesome i dont think rockstar can ever do any wrong
  • Cruddi - November 11, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Oh man i have been waiting for this since it was first annouced... We do need more information on gameplay i get a feeling it's going to be GTA 1940, I hope not i agree with David i want this to be a detective game with more than just driving and shooting.
  • cjd85 - November 11, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Is that Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) from Mad Men? Looks A-Maze-Balls
  • NuQLER - November 11, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    finally, something besides Brink to land in the next 6 months worth drooling over. looks fantastic.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - November 11, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Yes, cjd85, yes it is.
  • Felixthecat - November 11, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! MY BODY IS MORE READY THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN
  • Crofto - November 11, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Wow. That is the best facial animation I've seen in a game since Half-Life 2. Was already intrigued by this game as it is, but this trailer has increased my anticipation immensely. I love how mature it is in tone, and hope that there are enough gamers out there that can appreciate a narrative of this potential-calibre.
  • bamb0o-stick - November 11, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    Antithos: Same here. Mafia 2 was just a huge open-world tease. It also used every Mafia cliche in the book. At least this game isn't trying to be a "organized crime clone." I'm really looking forward to this one. Will this game come to PC?
  • CitizenWolfie - November 11, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    This was the reason I bought a PS3 back in 2006! Seriously, the facial animation looks incredible. I didn't really think Heavy Rain could be beaten graphics-wise but this is something else. I read somewhere ages ago that the devs have included crimes that actually happened from police reports etc. Hopefully it'll be stuff like the Black Dahlia case and mafia shootouts and not just random hit-and-runs or something.
  • ChiefLethal - November 11, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    Incredible.
  • gillri - November 11, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Ken Cosgrove? form Mad Men? sweet!!!!! although would have preferred Pete Campbell!!!
  • danieldanielson - November 11, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    I believe I just saw screaming Jack Nicholson with a shotty.
  • gillri - November 11, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    @NuQLER not a fan of Deus EX: HR or Dead Space 2
  • elpurplemonkey - November 11, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    I love the idea of this game. It's hard to opine on anything else since we saw literally no real gameplay- but knowing Rockstar's pedigree, my hopes are high.
  • Maxstats69 - November 11, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    The acting looks phenomenal. I can't wait to see some gameplay in action. On a side note. GR should just use Youtube for their videos. The videos for this site play like shit.
  • Blasto - November 11, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    Oh wow, I didn't know ken cosgrove was in this. Consider my interest piqued.
  • RUSSO - November 11, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    So...Rockstar is using RAGE engine for making a game in the western, a game in the western with zombies, and now a 1930-esque game similar to Mafia, but here we're cops and investigators. That's nice, if we really can investigate and solve crimes, that'll be really nice.
  • RUSSO - November 11, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    We'll have to wait two years i guess for having this on PC, as many other Rockstar games
  • bass88 - November 11, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    The Irish guy actually looks like Pete Postlewaithe to me.
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - November 11, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Really looking forward to this, especially since RDR was such a high-pedigree game (in my opinion) surpassing the GTA series. Plus, it'll be nice to be the good guy for once. Or at least, it may "seem" like the good guy.

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