L.A. Noire to keep casual players safe from harm

Rockstar and Team Bondi are giving video game rookies a bit of a break in their upcoming detective title, L.A. Noire. Studio reps have revealed the 40s-era game will ship with the option to bypass any and all action sequences, leaving casual consumers to enjoy the game's cerebral challenges and story without worrying about pesky things like being good at video games.

Above: Press 'X' to skip

In a Q&A session following a live demo of L.A. Noire at the Tribeca Film Festival – the first of its kind for the popular film event – Rockstar's art director, Rob Nelson, discussed how L.A. Noire will offer players a chance to skip through the game's more action oriented bits after only a few failed attempts so they can “still experience the bulk of the narrative."

Emphasizing L.A. Noire's focus on storytelling, Tribeca's chief creative officer, Geoff Gilmore, added the game's script is one of the bulkiest ever for a video game, stating it “has over 20 different cases, some 400 characters and a script that is over 2200 pages.”

L.A. Noire is looking less and less like typical Rockstar fare, and more like Heavy Rain with fedoras. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you, only that Rockstar risks turning away its regular GTA-esque fanbase (aka 'old money') in its bid to appeal to casual gamers with cinematic tastes (aka 'new money'). We'll see if it manages to satisfy both demos when it becomes available for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 17th.

[Source: MTV, GameBlurb]

Apr 27, 2011




  • QWERTYCommander - April 28, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    I love how people are getting mad over something that's OPTIONAL. Get over it, you idiots.
  • ChiChiRocket - April 28, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Boo, Rockstar... Booooo...
  • falcon4196 - April 28, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Why are people so threatened every time developers do something friendly towards casual players? Its completely optional and besides this game isn't about shooting up LA. The game's focus is solving the cases. If you're expecting a game similar to GTA then you're going to be disappointed.
  • Imgema - April 28, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Another hate vote for "cinematic games". These days games show you more but let you do less. It bores me to death every time i sit through a lengthy cut scene, holding the pad for no reason (not even for skipping the damn thing as more developers literally force you through). Now, i don't have a problem because MGS4 or Heavy Rain exist, variety is a good thing, having a few "movie games" around doesn't hurt anyone. Its the fact that more and more games follow this path and the whole thing is becoming the norm actually. I guess its much easier for a developer to make a flashy cut-scene rather than playable content. Plus, casual gamers love this thing too (because they never cared about games anyway).
  • Wazzle - April 28, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    This is the first Rockstar game I'll own. It looks astounding.
  • codzprc - April 28, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    LA Noire: "Hey buddy, you seem to be dying a lot, here's a skip button - use it if you want" Me: "Nah dude, but thanks. That mobster is going to pay for shooting me in the face - I'm going to drag him into the street as a message to other mobsters, DON'T SHOOT COLE PHELPS IN THE FACE!" LA Noire: "You can't drag corpses, dude." Me: "..." LA Noire: "You died again, didn't you..." Me: "Shut up, LA Noire!" LA Noire: "Skip Button?"
  • md1292 - April 28, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    I'm okay with this because there are action-only achievements (certain amount of headshots, chase sequences, etc.) That way casual gamers can still get the same story, but they won't have the same achievement progress as me (they probably don't care anyway).
  • TopNewt - April 28, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    This game will be fine so stop worrying. There is nothing to fear. Try to be optimistic.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 28, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    At first I thought this was kind of stupid, that people should just play the game. Then I thought about people like my dad, who is interested in a lot of the games I play, but just isn't that good at them. Take Red Dead Redemption for example. He watched me play it a lot, but when actually tried it, wasn't too good.
  • mattersnotnow - April 27, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Well, it's an option I won't be using
  • Y2Ken - April 27, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    I feel like people should be able to play on an easier difficulty and go with that. You've gotta learn at some point really. That said I don't really mind this being in the game, won't be using it myself though.
  • Yeager1122 - April 27, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    How many action sequnces can there even be if you have an option to skip it and still play a full game?
  • Yeager1122 - April 27, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Im fine with it as long as it doesnt affect my game becuase i like playing the action sequences.
  • Defguru7777 - April 27, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    I really don't like this. I'm not sure why, but I don't like this.
  • Xifihas - April 27, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Well at least it's optional and requires a few attempts before letting you skip (meaning that the casuals could at least TRY to put some effort into a real game). Of course most 'hardcore' (read: whiny) gamers will bemoan this feature but hey, you're still going to buy this game (you are buying this game right? RIGHT!?!) so suck it up, it's not like you're being forced to use it. The game's more about investigation and deduction than straight up action so this feature is also good for people who are good at adventure and puzzle games but not so good at action games.
  • Woodsey - April 27, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    But... Its a GAME. I'm all for them evolving, but evolving to the point where you don't actually have to play huge parts of them? This is just silly.
  • Ksthebest - April 27, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    As long as the gameplay stays the same.
  • D0CCON - April 27, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    I never thought of this game as one that's trying to reach out to the casual audience. I do think it's a good idea, though. It won't hurt us people who can play the action scenes and it will help those who can't. Fine by me (now about those gore filters I've been waiting for. Gears of War got the message, where are the rest of you developers).
  • Clovin64 - April 27, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    I suck ass at games, but I certainly wouldnt want to skip the action sequences. However, for casual gamers who don't want action, this could be a good way to showcase how mature and sophisticated games can be as a medium and how far they've came since the good ol' days of pac man.
  • Cruddi - April 27, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Old money? New money? Games move forward much like the rest of the world... Roll with it lol that's all i do. Old games are great but some newer games are better. As for skipping the juicy bits, i hope you can turn this off completely so it doesn't break the flow for regular gamers like me, by asking "would you like to skip this chapter?" every time i die after the first 3 times

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