Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire Hitting May 17

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Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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.

#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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.
  

Loading Video...
   
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.

#2 Edited by jaffaz (182 posts) -

Cannot wait for this game xD
 
also - first

#3 Posted by GetEveryone (4531 posts) -

Dammit. I really want this game, too.

#4 Posted by Chemin (656 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by SSully (4660 posts) -

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

#6 Posted by SomeJerk (3640 posts) -

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 :|

#7 Posted by drumpsycho89 (513 posts) -

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

#8 Posted by Grissefar (2905 posts) -

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.

#9 Posted by yyZiggurat (1047 posts) -

Awesome.  Thats about the same time RDR came out.

#10 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

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. 
#11 Posted by kerse (2193 posts) -

looking good

#12 Posted by pwnasaurus (1298 posts) -

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

#13 Posted by Box3ru13 (731 posts) -

considered me interested. 

#14 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

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

#15 Posted by Surkov (1017 posts) -

I want this so bad it hurts. 

#16 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

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.

#17 Posted by Vinny_Says (5911 posts) -

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....

#18 Posted by nwr123 (2 posts) -

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.

#19 Posted by bolognarock (200 posts) -

I could of sworn Rockstar was developing this

#20 Edited by amir90 (2243 posts) -

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

#21 Posted by Whitetiger13 (19 posts) -

This looks very cool, I love the unique era.

#22 Posted by big_jon (6155 posts) -

I'm not big into this kind of stuff, but it looks cool.
#23 Posted by Banzai_NL (322 posts) -

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

#24 Posted by Jimbo (10216 posts) -
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.
#25 Posted by ABritishNerd (331 posts) -
@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.
#26 Posted by Kayotix (41 posts) -

Damn this game is looking goooood!
#27 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

Yeah OK Sure Maybe

#28 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

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

#29 Posted by KillerBears (254 posts) -

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

#30 Posted by RubberFactory (306 posts) -

Holy shit! This looks amazing.

#31 Posted by Gaagie (27 posts) -

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

#32 Posted by CL60 (17120 posts) -

Lol, Duke Nukem Forever comes out before this.

#33 Posted by GozerTC (485 posts) -
@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. :) )  
#34 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -
@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.
#35 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -
@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!
#36 Posted by Zelnox (424 posts) -

So cool. I should play RDR first, eh?

#37 Posted by Forever (104 posts) -

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

#38 Posted by Th3_James (2593 posts) -

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

#39 Posted by mracoon (5084 posts) -

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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#40 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -
@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...
#41 Posted by Artisan88 (46 posts) -

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.

#42 Posted by AgentofChaos (1575 posts) -

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

#43 Posted by DystopiaX (5378 posts) -

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.

#44 Posted by Paulrus (281 posts) -

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

#45 Edited by Seppli (11233 posts) -

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.

#46 Posted by bwmcmaste (894 posts) -
@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". 
#47 Posted by falserelic (5721 posts) -

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

#48 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -

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. 

#49 Posted by Fjordson (2556 posts) -

GOTY 2011! Can't wait.

#50 Posted by SamuSlave (271 posts) -

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

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