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Rockstar: LA Noire will be about 30 hours long

LA Noire aims to blur the line between watching a movie and playing a game. For Rockstar, the story in LA Noire is the entire game - not the ability to shoot hookers or spend hundreds of hours online. Just how compelling will the story be? Well, apparently you'll have a good 30 hours to be the judge of that.

That comes directly from the horse's mouth, as Rockstar reportedly said during an interview at PAX East that the 23 main cases which make up the game's progression will take 25-30 hours to complete.

There are very few games these days that work specifically to have an experience single, offline players will enjoy. LA Noire hopes to bring that kind of intimate experience back to the forefront.

It is also a departure from previous Rockstar titles, because even though LA Noire still promises a lot of blood and sex, the player's point of view this time is on the right side of the law.

The biggest attention to the game, though, is in its highly sophisticated presentation. The development team created a technology called MotionScan, in which actors were motion-captured by a huge swath of 32 cameras, each taking in minute facial expressions and other details in an effort to make their virtual counterparts as realistic and humanlike as possible.

In other words, there's a lot of stuff built into LA Noire. In addition to the 25-30 hours of core gameplay and story, LA Noire is still an open-ended game at its heart, so the potential is there to spent several dozen hours before unraveling the entire plot.

[Source: PlayStation Lifestyle]

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Mar 15, 2011

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16 comments

  • thecelticmandolin - March 29, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    I'm all for lengthy story lines but does this mean no online free mode to fuck around in?!?!?! NOOEEESSSS
  • JMYodaTHX - March 20, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    "Red Dead Redemption" and "GTAIV" are my two favorite 360 titles (yes I know they're on PS3 too). I hope L.A. Noir will keep the streak going. As amateur Film Historian (and a huge WESTERNS fan) I'm also a fan of film noir especially the two that helped created the genre "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep" both staring Humphrey Bogart (THE movie star of the 20th century.) So just as RDR let me walk in the footsteps of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, L.A. Noir lets us walk in the footsteps of the likes of Bogie, George Raft and Robert Mitchum... OH and of course Jack Webb AKA Sgt. Joe Friday. "This is the city of Angels. I carry a badge" "DUM DEE DUM DUM, Dum Dee Dum Dum Daaaaaaaaa." I can't wait.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 16, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Looks like we'll be in... *puts on sunglasses* ...for the long run. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • Arianno - March 16, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Let's hope it'll have a 1:st person view, for good immersion. 3:rd person view is so frustrating: You want to look at things to the left and right; and all you see is the back of "your own" head, not the world you want to explore.
  • Yeager1122 - March 15, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Good thats a long enough time for me.
  • Cruddi - March 15, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    YES we've needed a good single player game for a good while now, heavy rain was pointless after the first play through and slow at times. But damn this year is going to be the best yet for the world of games, GOTY Batman Arkham City vs L.A. Noire... FIGHT!!!
  • TheGreatWeskby - March 15, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    I am very glad Rockstar is focusing on making a compelling, lengthy single player story... no shoehorning in pointless multiplayer modes this time.
  • Ironarm - March 15, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    What else could you expect from Rockstar? This is going to be the most unique game I've ever played.
  • nadrewod - March 15, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    @Renegade32, Buy this one used if you have to. It might not help Rockstar in the short term, but in the long term, it will make you a happier, richer customer who keeps returning to buy more great Rockstar titles: in short, everyone wins. Back to the article. This might take a while, and I just ran through Mafia 2's entire campaign in 1 weekend (okay, so I only did a few side quests, and I played it on easy, but so what? That story was really long!), so I know I will probably be playing this all summer long (20-30 hour campaign + gigantic recreation of 1940s Los Angeles area + campaign that plays out differently as your skills as a detective increase - uncanny valley = one of the greatest games of all time)
  • AGENTJORRRG - March 15, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    Good, good. That's a good amount of time.
  • soulreapermarco - March 15, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    Sweet this game looks like a must try!
  • JohnDagger - March 15, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Oh thank god! Usually games that are story heavy and have a lot of voice acting tend to be very short. I hope this means that there are a butt load of different cases rather than a few long ones.
  • Renegade32 - March 15, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    recently got bulletstorm. have mortal kombat pre ordered. definetly buying arkham city when it released. loved RDR, and have been trying to avoid this one, due to my budget. needless to say, this $60 is on YOU, my dear friends at gamesradar.
  • Z-man427 - March 15, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    I wasn't a fan of Rockstar until I played RDR, which ranks as one of my Top 3 favorite games of all time. I've slapped a pre-order on this one and can't wait.
  • kingsmikefan - March 15, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    OK OK OK, I'll buy it! Just gotta wait till summer.
  • Clovin64 - March 15, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Not only am I a big fan of strong offline singleplayer games, but I've also been playing a lot of 30+ hour RPg's lately, so the idea of L.A. Noire being a 30+ game really appeals to me. I'll be keeping a close eye on this one.

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