Anticipated Games: L.A. Noire

I don’t tend to watch game trailers all that often, but when Rockstar releases a new teaser for L.A. Noire, I pay attention. The facial animations are amazing, and go a long way to convincing me that the interrogations will work. You need that level of fidelity to sell a game that lets you see “ticks” in a person’s behavior, and if the game looks that good in practice it could actually work.

I’m a bit of a sucker for unique settings. Red Dead Redemption, for example, went with a familiar setting but in an unfamiliar medium. Setting the game in a seedy 1940s Hollywood reminds me of L.A. Confidential. Heck, this newest trailer even shows off a dead ringer for James Cromwell, who everyone recognizes from, “you’ve got the heart for detective work, but not the stomach,” or “that’ll do pig, that’ll do.”

Phoenix Wright + noire + guns? I’m sold.

  • The case of he said, he said for the NGP continues. Technically he’s correct that Sony never promised a simultaneous launch, but Tretton’s quotes pretty clearly indicate that they were at least considering one until the earthquake.
  • I didn’t even know that the old-style Sonic had been nicknamed “chubby Sonic” until posting about this trailer made me aware of it.
  • The aforementioned amazing L.A. Noire trailer.
  • And the hacktivists realize that pissing off the people you claim to be standing up for is a bad idea. Three days too late. Quick on the draw, kids.

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