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

But now, even withjust aminimal 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 seema 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 likethis 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 talkof a brutalcrimeplot 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, butI can't help being enticed byL.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?

David Houghton
Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.