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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 BradNicholson

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.
  

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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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Edited By jaffaz

Cannot wait for this game xD
 
also - first

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Posted By deactivated-57beb9d651361

Dammit. I really want this game, too.

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Posted By Chemin

I love the theme and the era. Let's just hope it's as good as it has the potential to be.

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Posted By SSully

So you post the video by itself, and then and article about the video? That makes perfect sense, top notch work. 

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Posted By SomeJerk

No PC version, no way to care about anything outside of the great technical achievements who deserve many rewards by themselves, putting a game this beautiful on these old clunker consoles. May the PS3 version be decent :|

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Posted By drumpsycho89

THATS MA BIRTHDAY!!! BOOM!! iknow what i want!! lol

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Posted By Grissefar

Using the old x-number of pages script argument. Oh noes, the last game I remember bragging about script size was Haze. At least the game looks good.

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Posted By yyZiggurat

Awesome.  Thats about the same time RDR came out.

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Posted By MikkaQ

This is shaping up to be a more interesting Heavy Rain or something, with Mafia II elements. I'm just super excited about this. 
 
@Grissefar said:

" Using the old x-number of pages script argument. Oh noes, the last game I remember bragging about script size was Haze. At least the game looks good. "
I wrote a 500 page fanfiction script for Haze, they'll totally use it for the sequel. 
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Posted By kerse

looking good

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Posted By pwnasaurus

hey its on my birthday cool. looking forwards to this.

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Posted By Box3ru13

considered me interested. 

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Posted By MrKlorox

May 17? Damn that's almost a month later than I expected. Oh well.

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Posted By Surkov

I want this so bad it hurts. 

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Posted By crusader8463

Makes me sad to see Rockstar abandon the PC. Was looking forward to this game, but now I'm going to wait for the bargain bin since I hate playing these kind of games with controllers.

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Posted By Vinny_Says

May of last year is when I picked up another Rockstar game I knew nothing about. And that ended up being my favorite game of the year. 
 
Could this do it again? Only Rockstar....

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Posted By nwr123

My first ever comment, and yes... it's a negative one (sorry)
 
" Hey, that sounds like a perfect time for an open-world crime thriller."
 
Is the tagline for this article... But the game actually isn't open-world. Rockstar have said that themselves.

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Posted By bolognarock

I could of sworn Rockstar was developing this

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Edited By amir90

On Norway's Nation Day, awesome
 
btw, same date as Witcher 2 :)

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Posted By Whitetiger13

This looks very cool, I love the unique era.

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Posted By big_jon

I'm not big into this kind of stuff, but it looks cool.
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Posted By banzai_nl

Guess who's going to have a Happy Birthday! :D

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Posted By Jimbo
There is some wicked uncanny valley going on in this trailer.
 
@nwr123 said:
" My first ever comment, and yes... it's a negative one (sorry)  " Hey, that sounds like a perfect time for an open-world crime thriller."  Is the tagline for this article... But the game actually isn't open-world. Rockstar have said that themselves. "
It's open world.
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Posted By ABritishNerd
@Chemin said:
" I love the theme and the era. Let's just hope it's as good as it has the potential to be. "
I hope it's better than Red Dead Redemtion was. Not that it was a bad game, just not as good as everyone raved about.
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Posted By Kayotix

Damn this game is looking goooood!
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Posted By McGhee

Yeah OK Sure Maybe

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Posted By Sooty

Bad writing, stop referring to this as a Rockstar game. jeesh.

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Posted By KillerBears

still waiting for gameplay
 
...yeah I'm probably gonna buy it though.

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Posted By RubberFactory

Holy shit! This looks amazing.

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Posted By Gaagie

It's Rockstar, so it can't fail right? Can't wait!

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Posted By CL60

Lol, Duke Nukem Forever comes out before this.

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Posted By GozerTC
@Box3ru13 said:
"considered me interested.  "

Agreed.  Cautiously optomistic.  I await Giant Bomb's review!  (I'm married I'm in no rush to buy games. :) )  
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Posted By MrKlorox
@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.
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Posted By tourgen
@amir90 said:
" On Norway's Nation Day, awesome  btw, same date as Witcher 2 :) "
what?!  oh man I see I'm going to have to do some planning and make a hard choice here.  no idea which one i'll end up getting.  need more gameplay footage.  There are just too many good games coming out this year!
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Posted By Zelnox

So cool. I should play RDR first, eh?

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Posted By Forever

Woot, comes out on my birthday! I have high hopes after playing RDR.

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Posted By Th3_James

I would have liked to see this and RDR on PC even though I played it on 360 and own a ps3. 

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Posted By mracoon

I'd like to see gameplay of this. It's coming out in less than 4 months but I don't think they've shown any footage of what you'll actually be doing most of the time.

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Posted By 234r2we232
@Ygg said:
" Bad writing, stop referring to this as a Rockstar game. jeesh. "
It's the same open world formula game that Rockstar have been rehashing for a decade, right? So...
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Posted By Artisan88

I dunno about that facetech, I mean the faces look realistic, but they are too good in comparison to the rest of the model. So to me it just looks like they cut out a live human face and glued it onto a robot. Kind of creepy. Still interested in the game though.

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Posted By AgentofChaos

This may be the only game I have pre-ordered in the past 5 years.

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Posted By DystopiaX

Awesome. Looking forward to the lie detecting, awesome face technology, and the story. One of the most underhyped facts about the game is that every case they took from the game is actually based on a real-life crime that happened in 1940s LA- they went to archived newspapers and pulled those stories...should make the crimes feel realistic, at least.

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Posted By Paulrus

I love the technology, but I'm skeptical if it'll be any good.

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Edited By Seppli

I'm just about to get hyped for L.A. Noire and woooot, it's just around the corner!
 
Rockstar really knows how to hit the hype sweetspot with a prompt release like no other.

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Posted By bwmcmaste
@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. "
Not to mention the official website says in big bold print "Rockstar Presents: L.A. Noire". 
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Posted By falserelic

Its so damn smooth,I must obtain this aswomeness of a game.

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Posted By Afroman269

It all looks good so far, but I would like to see some damn gameplay. That's the only thing that I have a feeling will be sub-par. 

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Posted By Fjordson

GOTY 2011! Can't wait.

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Posted By SamuSlave

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

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