LA Noire shows off its seamy side with vice trailer

Given the tone of some of its more recent trailers and previews, it can be easy to forget that LA Noire isn't all serial killers and murder investigations. Before he works his way up to homicide, however, Cole Phelps will have to pay his dues as a uniformed beat cop, a traffic detective and - as showcased in the video below - with a stint in the vice squad.

Drug fiends and scheming bookies might not seem as weighty as the life-or-death cases you'll play through later in the game, but working vice promises to solidly underscore one of the game's central themes: that underneath its seemingly shiny, glamorous exterior, 1940s Hollywood was a cesspit of corruption and horror. Getting to dig into that world firsthand is one of the biggest reasons we're looking forward to LA Noire, and the appearance of two more familiar actors in the trailer (familiar to fans of Fringe and/or Mad Men, anyway) only sweetens the deal.

Apr 7, 2011


  • blast73 - April 8, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    Mafia 2 on morphine.
  • TastyCakesMcgee - April 8, 2011 5:38 a.m.

    Way more interested in this than I ever was/will be in GTA IV.
  • spideralex90 - April 8, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    JOHN NOBLE FTW! I hope he has a large part in the game. Also this gameis going to be incredibly fantastic!
  • md1292 - April 8, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    This game just seems to get better and better with each piece of news released. Definitely a must-buy.
  • keltar93 - April 7, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I'm going to bet this will win GOTY at GamesRadar, or at least be runner up. At any rate, it'll be awesome
  • mergedkestrel - April 7, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    Finally decided after watching this one particular trailer that I'm absolutely getting this. I was a bit hesitant before but this settles it.
  • Cosmis - April 7, 2011 9:36 p.m.

  • Cutter9792 - April 7, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Previous comment retracted. I googled it.
  • Cutter9792 - April 7, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Seamy? Don't you mean STeamy? I keep having to reply to your guys' posts with spelling corrections! You oughta offer me a job as editor or something.
  • Markstone - April 7, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Looks interesting, but I'm a little worried about some features, like the score card/report you get after investigating a crime scene. I feel that would kinda ruin the experience.
  • TobiasBrucknersSon - April 7, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    This game is looking awesome I can't wait! Plus was that walter from fringe I saw? Sweet!
  • FlagrantPilgrim - April 7, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    So excited!
  • DarkenedRurouni - April 7, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Even if this game has a few teensy glitches, I'm still calling 10/10 from pretty much everyone as long as everything comes out damn near perfect.
  • Mortis - April 7, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    @Redeater yeah, the more footage i see of the mocap in this game, the more i'm blown away. Now i don't know Mr. Cage personally and i'm sure his friends love him but...every interview of him or quote of his that i read makes me think he's just a pretentious asshat with some games under his belt. i've given both IP and Heavy Rain chances and while always enjoying the presentation of the games, i never found myself getting that drawn in. just my opinion.
  • Yaro - April 7, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Oh man...I really want this game to be perfect...with no annoyances and bugs, Gaming God, please!
  • Pytor - April 7, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    GOTY... runner-up to Skyrim :) All kidding aside, this game looks freakin' awesome! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
  • Redeater - April 7, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Also David Cage should be taking notes! Motion tech aside I bet this plot has more coherence then Indigo Prophecy....and I liked that game. Nothing like throwing in 2 or 3 factions endgame with no explanation of how they got there or what the hell they wanted. I like the genre that David Cage was trying to create but he really needs to learn how to polish his story telling. Sorry for the double post but I just remembered his name.
  • Redeater - April 7, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    I can't wait for this game! One of the must buys of the year for me.

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