The crime drama video game has been released in markets across North America for the PlayStation®3 and the Xbox 360®. A departure from standard video games, L.A. Noire was honored as an Official Selection by the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival for its uniquely cinematic approach to gameplay and rich, deep narrative. So far the feedback from critics has been impressive.
“Team Bondi worked hard to stay true to the noir genre,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “L.A. Noire blends realistic performances with gritty action and real detective work, throwing players headfirst into the dark heart of Los Angeles.”
According to information from the manufacturer, L.A. Noire is a crime thriller based on a lead character, Cole Phelps, a decorated World War II veteran and a new detective in the LAPD. The game is set during the boom of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Game players must search for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals to solve a series of cases based on real world incidents.
From a purely technological standpoint, one innovative feature of L.A. Noire is in the use of MotionScan, which creates more realistic looking characters by capturing the nuances of a real actor’s facial movements.
The game is currently available through most commercial retail outlets.