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L.A. Noire’s First Gameplay Trailer (Video)

by Joey Davidson | February 9, 2011February 9, 2011 9:52 am PDT

Rockstar is taking the same presentation and approach style they applied to Red Dead Redemption‘s pre-release trailers and slathering it all over the new goodness that is L.A. Noire. This intuition-based crime solving title is set to release on May 17th, the same release date as last year’s New Austin champion.

Rockstar details this first orientation as such:

The first in our series of in-depth gameplay videos for L.A. Noire, “Orientation” is an overview of the game’s core mechanics from searching for clues, to the fundamentals of witness interrogation, and classic action including brawling and shootouts. Using all in-game footage, this first gameplay video in the series explains how your detective skills, intuition and cunning have the power to make or break each case.

At first glance, this trailer makes L.A. Noire seem like a unique blend of GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, Mafia II and Heavy Rain. Each title, I’m not ashamed to admit, is one that I found myself consumed by in some shape or fashion. There are those out there that knock Heavy Rain for its faults, but it’s crime solving presentation was neat enough to warrant at least a lengthy visit.

The previously touted motion capture system looks better than ever in this extensive gameplay clip. The fact that actors and actresses will be used to their full emotional potential through facial animations in gaming is unprecedented and sure to immediately set this game ahead of its time.

It’s funny that GTA has become the safe bet for Rockstar, while games like Red Dead and L.A. Noire look to push the envelope. There’s no doubt that this title is costing the company a ton to produce, but, with each new trailer, the success of the game is looking more and more promising.

This film noire type game is due later this spring. Who out there is excited?

[via Rockstar Games]


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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