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Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire Hitting May 17

Hey, that sounds like a perfect time for an open-world crime thriller.

Doing anything this summer? No? Great, because here’s a game you can check out: L.A. Noire, Rockstar Games’ open-world crime thriller, hits North American store shelves on May 17, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A European release on both consoles will follow three days later on May 20, 2011. 

Rockstar confirmed these dates earlier this morning after a leaked trailer let the US release date slip in advance of its marketing department’s wishes. You can view it now in all its “official” glory just below.
  

   
L.A. Noire is a Team Bondi-developed game, and an ambitious one at that. According to reports, the title has a 300-page script and focuses as much on character and narrative as your typical, loosey-goosey Rockstar Games open-world joint. Team Bondi has put a lot of effort into the facial motion capture for the game, which theoretically should make for some interesting conversations and such.

The game's story revolves around a cop named Cole Phelps, a do-gooder with a secret who's fresh out of World War II. As Phelps, you’ll investigate and solve crimes and also deal with a police department steeped in scandals during the 1940s. L.A. Noire is the second May release in a row for Rockstar, who also shipped Red Dead Redemption around the same time last year.

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Posted by wethebiscuitz

If this actually features GTA-style sandbox, this is the best game of the current generation. Hands down.

Posted by cyraxible

I wish I could be excited for this game but without a PC release I won't be playing it.

Posted by Claude

Open world... really? I haven't seen any gameplay.

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@MrKlorox said:

" @Ygg said:

" Bad writing, stop referring to this as a Rockstar game. jeesh. "
It's published by Rockstar Games. That's like saying Crysis doesn't count as an EA game. "
Publishers don't make the game last time I checked, it counts as a game under their name/company but it's still not a Rockstar game. 
 
I thought this was common knowledge. Crysis is a Crytek game.
Posted by MrKlorox
@Ygg said:
" @MrKlorox said:

" @Ygg said:

" Bad writing, stop referring to this as a Rockstar game. jeesh. "
It's published by Rockstar Games. That's like saying Crysis doesn't count as an EA game. "
Publishers don't make the game last time I checked, it counts as a game under their name/company but it's still not a Rockstar game.  I thought this was common knowledge. Crysis is a Crytek game. "
We'll just see how the credits are split once the game comes out. I'm expecting something like RDR's with a number of Rockstar studios assisting with more than just QA.
Posted by themartyr

I think I could get into this.

Posted by HarrySound

Man rockstar really have pulled a rabbit out of the hat with Red Dead and this...
Posted by dcgc

Can't wait for it...

Posted by hermes

Its not a Rockstar game. Rockstar is the publisher. Its like saying Mass Effect is an EA game. 

The whole "Rockstar presents..." is no different then "Tarantino presents: Hostel" or "Tarantino presents: Hero". Its brand recognision so it may help the sales of the game by associating it with Rockstar.  

Thats not to say its not a good game, far from it. At this point is hard to pass judgement... Just that people should be more cautious that buying it waiting for a new GTA.

Posted by dragonzord
@hermes said:
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Its not a Rockstar game. Rockstar is the publisher. Its like saying Mass Effect is an EA game. 

The whole "Rockstar presents..." is no different then "Tarantino presents: Hostel" or "Tarantino presents: Hero". Its brand recognision so it may help the sales of the game by associating it with Rockstar.  

Thats not to say its not a good game, far from it. At this point is hard to pass judgement... Just that people should be more cautious that buying it waiting for a new GTA.

"
But it's a game made by developers that made games similar to Grand Theft Auto, published by Grand Theft Auto ie Red Dead Redemption.
Posted by TheBigAristotle

I can't take Ken Cosgrove seriously... anyone else recognize him from Mad Men?

Posted by TronCorleone

Is it just me or did I see GameStop offering preorders of this game last NOVEMBER???

Posted by Kungfustu72
This is looking more like a movie than a game. :)