We've seen a lot of L.A. Noire in recent months, but the latest promotional trailer is by far the most impressive.

Well, that's how we see it, at any rate. For the first time, we get a full outline of the promising title's core gameplay mechanics. The video is entitled "Orientation," and shows us how we will solve crimes as detective Cole Phelps. It involves most anything a 1940s cop would encounter; we will examine crime scenes for clues, question witnesses, chase suspects, and engage in fisticuffs and firefights. Check it out; you won't be disappointed:

The third-person action mechanics remind us a lot of Red Dead Redemption , and the detective aspects remind us of Norman Jayden in Heavy Rain . The combination of those interactive styles is just plain awesome, and there's even some driving elements, too. As far as we're concerned, this is exactly what we were looking for from L.A. Noire . How about you?

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slugga_status
slugga_status
12 years ago

I'm very impressed with this gameplay trailer. The facial recognition is incredible. I like how they speak of the set up as going thru the ranks and the interrogation aspect looks as awesome as well. Definitely getting this

Shams
Shams
12 years ago

It's strange, the character models look like the standard fair expected from GTA until you get to the eyes and the mouth, and something eerie happens. It's as if the faces move independently from the bodies! It's almost like the facial animations were captured separately from the live action movements, and that the mocap actors exaggerated their expressions to make sure their expressions were mocap'd effectively.

When one watches cut-scenes from U2, despite also being stylized slightly (though I'd say far less so and far more detailed than R* productions or any other game for that matter), one never feels one is watching a cartoon. However, even then, there's something eerie about the facial expressions in LA Noire never experienced before.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

The uncanny valley approaches.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

It is a little strange shams, they might look better on characters as detailed as in Heavy Rain, but I still think this step is worth taking in order to advance tech in games. Hopefully by the next generation the character models will catch up to the faces.

And just to be clear you were being sarcastic right? Cuz we all know the faces were captured separately.

Shams
Shams
12 years ago

Uncanny valley, indeed.

Nope, World. Didn't know. I agree, it's impressive. The game is pretty high up there on my list, too, though apparently I haven't been following it as closely as you have.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

lol, okay, yeah they had to sit in a special studio on a stool and do the acting for the faces which were then slapped onto the character models. It's kinda interesting, look at the tech videos for LA Noire.

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

you're exactly right Shams.

The facial movements were captured completely separately from the body movements. After that trailer played a tech video played about how they did it.

Shams
Shams
12 years ago

great to know, Jed. While I was aware from this vid and and previous info leaks that they used the multiple camera angle technique (much like those car commercials when they'd "freeze" a frame, then rotate about a given object of focus), but I wasn't aware that the faces and the bodies were mocap'd separately.

And i think I also finally put my finger on something else. The facial movement seems particularly smooth, and they did that on purpose because unlike modern cinema (which is filmed at 24fps), older cinema was taped at a higher framerate. So I think they deliberately used the older higher frame rate on the faces, unlike, say, in Uncharted, where modern cinema is emulated.

Snorge
Snorge
12 years ago

F-ing AWESOME! The facial technology in this is unreal!

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
12 years ago

Hmm. The gameplay looks to borrow from numerous games and genres. It essentially looks to be a combination of Mafia, Uncharted, and Heavy Rain. With perhaps a little GTA thrown into the mix. Of course at least one or two significant questions yet remain. Exactly how many DVDs is this game going to come on? And in turn exactly how much content is there?

But of course those questions aside the game is indeed looking very promising. It looks like a skillful blend of different and varying gameplay conventions.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 2/9/2011 12:40:15 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I hope it takes more than 1. Historically the better games need more than 1 disc on 360.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/9/2011 1:18:24 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

At least we know the PS3 version will be solid. Looks great in this video.

Xombito
Xombito
12 years ago

I'm actually surprised of the showing of PS3 game footage. Now I'm definately considering picking this one up.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
12 years ago

Just 1 disc if you own a PS3

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
12 years ago

Impressive. I hope that everything comes together as well as it looks in that trailer.

cLoudou
cLoudou
12 years ago

Looks really good, but there's something about that era that turns me off.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Something about it turns me on.

… maybe the garters.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Me too. I have a boner for the 1940's 50's.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

And the HATS!

L.A. Confidential made me want to start a whorehouse where I used plastic surgery to make the girls look like celebrities.

Katy Perry's dirty pillows, here I come.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
12 years ago

All women should wear hats again.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
12 years ago

LMFAO BEN! That. Was. Epic.

dillonthebunny
dillonthebunny
12 years ago

amazing, Ive never seen lip sync like it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Indeed, as I don't think it took much syncing at all 🙂

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

32 HD cameras pointed at the actors faces will do that.

coverton341
coverton341
12 years ago

Oh dammit. Another 60 bones I am going to have to part with. Great.

psxmax
psxmax
12 years ago

Who pays $60 for a game? I always see deals on new games the first week they come out. Just look on CAG.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

To quote Inspector Gadget: "Wowsers."

I've made a bit of a habit out of playing 2 or 3 games at a time lately but I think this game is going to take a single concerted effort sans other distracting games so I don't forget conversations and evidence. There must be no oversight in my investigations!

Oxvial
Oxvial
12 years ago

Sooo shooting and fistfights like rdr? it was so so for me, but the investigations looks solid, looks like it really deserve those 60 bucks.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Awesome. The game looks great. Going to go preorder this now. 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Sweeet

Danny007
Danny007
12 years ago

I'm glad that Rockstar took a chance with Red Dead Redemption. I think that L.A. Noire will come out as a sucess for them as well.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
12 years ago

I don't know if they really took a chance with Red Dead Redemption. That game was essentially an 1850s version of Grand Theft Auto. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But nevertheless this game does appear to be at least somewhat of a risk. The story looks like it will be moving at a relatively slow pace, which probably won't sit well with the instant-gratification crowd. There doesn't seem to be any multiplayer functionality either, which is going to be a turn off for a sizable number of people. Nevertheless seeing as how Heavy Rain did quite well I believe that this game will too.

Danny007
Danny007
12 years ago

Yeah, I agree with you. I said that they took a risk because that is what they said in their acceptance speech when they claimed their Game Of The Year award at the Spike Video Game Awards.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Actually it was 1910. Making a Western style video game is always a risk. 🙂


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/9/2011 6:57:14 PM

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

It was a huge risk. Western themed games are practically non-existent and those that actually did come out did not turn huge profits. Rockstar pumping millions into the production of RDR could have been a catastrophic error. The difference is this. Rockstar knows how to make engaging gameplay while telling a gripping story. They applied their strengths and released an industry changing GotY.

Calling it a GTA clone is just something that people who have done nothing more than sampled the game say. They see the same game engine, they see Rockstar, and they say it's a clone. Why would they spend that many millions for a western gta clone?? Doesn't make sense. By that definition LA Noire is a GTA clone too. But as you should know, a game is more than the engine it runs on.


Last edited by Alienange on 2/9/2011 7:10:22 PM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
12 years ago

@WorldEndsWithMe

Well I was mainly using "1850s" as a synonym for the old west. And maybe making a Western themed game is a risk, except when it has multiplayer and it the name "Rockstar" attached to it.

@Alienange

That "definition" that you mention is not something that I ever used. It's your creation and not mine. I never said anything about the game's engine. What I meant was that the game uses the same formula as GTA, but in a different setting. And on top of that they used a main protagonist who was similar to the main protagonist from GTA IV.

And the risk may not have been as big as you think. First, there was a strong marketing campaign backing this game up which included the unusual step of a relatively lengthy television showcase. Next, the game included multiplayer, which alone gave a lot of people strong incentive to purchase it especially on the Xbox 360 side. And finally little of what Rockstar does is a risk (with the possible exception of publishing LA Noire) because of the star power the company has.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 2/10/2011 7:53:16 AM

Teddie9
Teddie9
12 years ago

RELIEF!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

Okay add this one to the list.
I have about 10 must buy games this year,thats 500 bucks worth~argh!
Not to mention a fecken xperia play and maybe a NGP as well-argh argh!
Gonna be a broke a$$ed mofo this year.

Dead space2,killzone3,ICO collection,socom4,LA noire,Infamous2,resistance3,
The last guardian,Crysis2,UNCHARTED 3

Shams
Shams
12 years ago

Aye, but with patience and attentiveness, you'll be able to snag yourself some savings on the games. Example: I got DS2 for 10 usd not even a week after it released here in the States. Ok, that was bit of a *fluke, but you get my meaning.

*I was at a store called KMart, they had deal on ME2(buy it and get another half off), and a deal on DS2(buy it and get a $20 psn card free). They were out of cards, so the cashier gave me $20 off AFTER the half-off rebate, even though I would've paid $10 more if he deducted the $20 first. Awfully nice of him.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

yeah i is a sucker for D1P though.
'i rack disaplin'

Shams
Shams
12 years ago

Heh, rike you, I rack disciprine. But unless it's a game like Uncharted 3, I tell m'self to wait and save. That way I can buy more games, and not feel guilty.

This years spending since January:

Vanquish $30
ME2 $60
DS2 $10

Total $100

Planned purchases:

Killzone 3 (D1P)
U3 (D1P)
InFamous 2 (D1P)
Resistance 3 (D1P)
LA Noire (on sale)
NGP (D1P if it's released w/Wipeout or at least one other strong title).

Damn, you're right. It's gonna be an expensive year. No two ways around it.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
12 years ago

I hope they add my apartment in the game. I got mad when true crimes replaced my apartment with a parking lot.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
12 years ago

God dammit, my gaming budget is getting raped!

Mamills
Mamills
12 years ago

i was not interested in this game at all, but now that i've seen this trailer and seen what they have been up to. well, ill probably get it. im gonna need some sort of replay value though, (Multiplayer or something else) otherwise it can wait till i can get it cheaper.

daus26
daus26
12 years ago

Is Rockstar in L.A? That, or they really like the city.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

Team Bondi, in Sydney, Australia. They're the ones behind this game.

Almost brings a tear to my eye seeing an Aussie company leading the way in interactive entertainment for once. Our sports games can't even touch games like MLB or Madden in terms of quality. Just nice to see a change is all.

And this is a definite D1P for me. Might go change my preorders today, Duke Nukem Forever to LA Noire, get Duke Nukem when it's half price at the end of this year.

kraygen
kraygen
12 years ago

So I mentioned a worry I had about this game the other day and if anything this video only increased that worry. Worried how the facial system might be some kind of cheap gimmick.

Well in the video it doesn't ever show exactly how it works, but it shows a 3 button choices. Truth, doubt, and lie. So if we just look at the face and they do some blink or something then we pick one, couldn't you just always pick doubt? I'm still not convinced.

They have focused their publicity for this game on this system and yet have not shown exactly how it works. I am still unsure. I'll be waiting for the reviews and hopefully they'll release a demo, which includes this system.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Hope this fills me up while i wait for gta5

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

I really hadn't payed any attention to this game until lately, but it just looks incredible. Cant wait to give it a go.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
12 years ago

I'm absolutely getting this game, and I hope too that a lot of people will. Games like this and Heavy Rain are what pushes the gaming industry forward. We need more games that are a little more cerebral than the usual fare.