The lights are on
We brought you the first details on Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire back in March, but now you can see the game in action for the first time. The debut trailer was created exclusively with in-game assets, and it shows some of the incredible tech that developer Team Bondi is bringing to the game.
The trailer shows Cole Phelps (played by Mad Men's Aaron Staton) working a few homicide cases, including a mysterious hit and run. While the crime scenes are suitably gruesome, the real star of the clip is the game's facial-capture technology. Using a process developed by Team Bondi's sister company, Depth Analysis, performances are captured in unprecedented detail. Take a look at the trailer if you're not convinced.
L.A. Noire is somewhat akin to Rockstar's previous sandbox works, but operates on a much more case and investigation driven basis, giving in a very unique feel in the company's catalog. Phelps will be able to interrogate suspects and search for clues in a painstaking recreation of 1940's-era Los Angeles. As the trailer shows, he'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with seedy characters, too.
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Looks like a great movie, cant wait to see it.
Sorry guys, I'm just going to watch this all day.
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Cool, I'm definitely looking forward to this. I've never been a fan of GTA but hopefully rockstar keeps putting out quality titles like this and red dead.
Dear....God....THIS is the realism I have been looking for since this generation started. Every single game I play, no matter how great, always suffers from the same problem. The characters, especially their facial animations, look like crap. It is hard to feel sympathy, or anger, or any emotion to a digital character when they don't look realistic.
This trailer was astonishing. Truly a revolutionary jump in motion capture technology. This game just shot up on my most wanted list.
OH MY GOD THAT WAS AMAZING! I've never seen such a level of realism. It's like they pasted the actor's faces into the game!
The guy who says "that's not true god damnit" sounds like some character in Red Dead Redemption...
AH! A heralding feat in Video Game history! I've been waiting forever for this trailer, and it does not disappoint. Facial recognition is smashing, and even the character models look as if they've been dressed personally by RockStar, cuff-links and all. Sad how I've never really been a fan of the RockStar label. Grand leap, though, guys!
Wow. Looks pretty great.
This has to be the most realistic game I have seen ever. The only thing that stood out to me was the blinking, but that is minor compared to everything else. I am genuinely impressed by this.
I just hope the gameplay lives up to those high standards.
Hold on a sec, I need to put on a new pair of pants.
wow this seriously looks like the stupidest game the scenematics are horrible and so is the music the game makes you feel like your in england and not L.A.
this is a definite no buy for me
That is so scary detailed! Ahhhhh...!
That looks amazing, once again Rockstar is proving they are the greatest developers in the industry.
God, I feel like I'm watching a movie with that sort of voice acting.
Come on 2011!
Wow! The facial animation(for the most part) is insane!!!
Wow...I might actually want to play this game. Let's hope it actually releases on this generation of consoles, haha...
Oh Rockstar, can you do no wrong?
Oh my lawd! I've been dying to see this game in motion since the article ran in GI! This is even better than I expected, this is outstanding! That animation... oh my whoaaaa!
I generally make an effort to stay coherent in my posts, but that was downright awesome. This is a bold statement I am about to make:
This is one big step closer to the future of videogames. (Not motion controls). This and games such as Heavy Rain are games that show how this industry has matured. Good thing Ebert already conceded games can be art because this is great evidence they are.