The past two weeks I’ve been playing WWE All Stars and the usual Black Ops team death match and domination circuits. I used to own a lot of games but over time many of them lost my interest and their replay value diminished, so I traded them in. I know you don’t get much for trading in some games, but when I went to game stop two weeks ago I got 74 bucks for trading in two Little Big Planet Game of the Year Editions, some singing game for Ps3, and Resistance 2. I was able to get WWE All Stars and still have money left on my GameStop card. While I was there I asked about the release date of the new Mortal Kombat, which I had pre-ordered the week before. I can’t wait for that game to come out! I played the demo and was literally about to pass out from excitement. That game is sick! I’m going to get to GameStop early that morning and pick it up. I spend a lot of time at GameStop and Micro Center as well. What can I say? I’m kind of a geek!
So while I was having my geeky conversation with the guy behind the counter, the black guy who works there came in and dabbed me up. He’s mad cool and since I just moved to the area, I’m starting to get to know the guys who work there. One of them is nice sometimes but he always has this smug attitude I can’t stand. Eh, whatever. He does help out sometimes though and last time I was in there he told me if I pre-ordered “L.A. Noire” I’d get a bonus stand alone case. How could I resist?! So put five bucks down and since then have been playing WWE All Stars and Black Ops, while reading the latest in gaming news.
There is a lot of great games coming out in 2011 and I’m sure at E3 in June there will be a bunch of hidden surprises. There are games that are rumored to be in the makes but nobody knows for sure, such as GTA 5. Apparently a few weeks ago there was a casting call for voices for a few characters, one named James Pedeaston, who was a child molester in previous GTA games. There is also a need for some other characters that might have a connection to GTA 5, but nobody is quite sure yet. Well I’m sure those who work at Rockstar know but those geeks on the outside (including myself) are in the dark. Yet it is known for sure that Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, and Deux Ex: Human Revolution all have release dates in 2011. I’m excited about all of those titles, especially Gears of War 3 and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Both of those games are on my top favorites list, especially Uncharted. I have so many reasons why I love those games and my favorite games in history, that I will have to devote individual post to them.
Amongst the list of games I love, I’m sure L.A. Noire will become a favorite. I’m a huge fan of period pieces and especially have this fascination with the 1930s and 1940s. I’ve seen some great detective movies set on the 30s and 40s on TCM and I enjoy playing games set in that time. The Godfather was fun to play but it didn’t offer the perks that L.A. Noire promises to deliver. The game is set in Hollywood’s post-war 1947 Golden Era. It’s not just another 40s gangster game in which you drive around town shooting people, exhorting business owners, and hang out with dames (ladies). This innovative game explores the meaning of being an LAPD detective in the 40s, a time filled with corruption, racketeering, murder, mafia, dirty cops, and other conspiracies.
Instead of playing as Nico Bellic with a dramatic Russian accent or CJ and kickin’ it with his homies over on Grove Street, we are introduced to Cole Phelps. He is a rookie cop in the LAPD force and is working his way up through the ranks of the LAPD. You get to experience his character growth and make or break his rise to higher ranks. The cool thing about L.A. Noire is it’s mixture of adventure, strategy, thriller, and action. It’s like watching a movie, except you get to control the actions and make decisions. This game relies on critical thinking and treats the gamer as if they actually are a real life decision. It’s like a 40s episode of Law Order, except with a rapper playing a cop.
The game isn’t mainly based on missions and levels, but more so a series of cases that you must solve through the usage of clue finding and interrogation. Each time you solve a case you unlock challenges and clues that will bring you closer to the ruthlessness of Hollywood’s Golden Era and organized crime. Every case involves intense blending of action and detective work, which makes for an innovative game that is bound to have replay value.
Yet the most innovative aspect of this game is Rockstar and Team Bondi’s usage of “Motion Scan.” This breakthrough technology is responsible for creating the level of realism scene in the facial expressions of L.A. Noire’s characters. Basically the actors sit in the middle of a circle, comprised of cameras capturing their every facial move and body movement. The camera’s are surrounding the actor and capture close ups from 360 degrees. While the actors deliver their lines, they are being recreated simultaneously in 3d. This results in realistic facial movement, which is key to discerning truths and lies in L.A. Noire detective work.
With it’s utilization of breakthrough technology “Motion Scan”, L.A. Noire is setting a new trend for next generation gaming. The combination of an old school 40s concept and the integration of futuristic technology, this game is going to be one of Rockstar Games most talked about products. I can’t wait to get my hands on L.A. Noire and the bonus content. If only May 17th 2011 was a few days away and not a month. Until then, I’ll have to keep watching 40s detective movies and mentally solve crimes on Law and Order: SVU. If Ice T gets to play a cop, then why shouldn’t we?
L.A.Noire is 2011’s groundbreaking crime thriller and until it’s release date, we are being teased with breathtaking trailers and exclusive game footage. Check it out for yourself and be sure to place your order for L.A. Noire.