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Monday, January 31, 2011

Rockstar Games Presents "L.A. Noire"


Boy, I'll tell ya...Rockstar Games seems to be like Pixar-- they seemingly NEVER MISS! From the Grand Theft Auto series, to The Warriors, to Red Dead Redemption-- these guys know how to make cinematic quality video games WELL. Wait until you see the trailer for their latest game, due out in May of 2011:



Can you freaking believe that?! I mean this is SPOT ON 1950s Film Noir in video game form! Did you notice the voice acting and facial expressions? It turns out that this more than just your run-of-the-mill video game. This game took about 5 years of research into a new type of motion capture technology to enable the developers to replicate the facial performances of the actors. This is important, not just for the look of the game, but for the game play itself. Since you are playing a detective in the game, you have to be able to tell whether or not people are lying to you; every move you make in the game depends on decisions you make as to whether people are being honest or not.




I am rarely this impressed by games these days-- mostly because the GTA model  has felt kind of stale over the last few years (Red Dead Redemption played to me like GTA on a horse-- nothing very special). This added dimension of game play, coupled with the signature cinematic style of Rockstar Games has me REALLY excited to try this thing out!

I've been playing video games for many years. The last time I knew of a game like this was way WAY back in the days of the Commodore Amiga with a game called "King of Chicago", made by Cinemaware (the Rockstar of the 80s):



Ah, good times. "King of Chicago" also had multiple solutions with many different results. But as you can see...it doesn't hold a candle to what's being done these days.

I. Can't. Wait.

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