See Rockstar's L.A. Noire In Motion For The First Time

by Jeff Cork on Nov 11, 2010 at 05:00 AM

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.

We've posted our March cover story online, and you can read it here.