L.A. Noire graced the front page of this weekend's New York Times' Arts section with a feature-length preview detailing how the game recreates one of the most violent years in L.A.'s history as well as the MotionScan technology used to replicate actor's performances in game.
|"It is steeped in gorgeous renderings of 1947 Los Angeles, from the
exterior of Musso and Frank Grill and Grauman’s Chinese Theater to the
'Hollywoodland' sign up in the hills. Characters curse, smoke, drink,
fight — the whole noir playbook, over moody jazz, in bright color by day
and neon-flecked shadow after dark."|
While in the UK, The Guardian's Keith Stuart discusses the game's concept:
|"What L.A. Noire represents is a new era for interactive
entertainment. Over the past 30 years, games have been based around
challenging the player's hand-eye co-ordination – the ability to react
quickly with a controller. But in LA Noire, the main skill is emotional
perception, being able to judge body language and facial "tells' – the
little nervous tics that betray liars. These are the same skills we use
in real life and that allow us to engage with characters in TV and movie
dramas. Suddenly then, games are a universal medium."|
And finally, for an inside look at the research that went into recreating 1947 Los Angeles, check out this article from our friends at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, who provided L.A. Noire with fantastic reference material during the development of the game.
|"The game designers digitally stitched together some 300 maps,
creating a working template that captured the broad sprawl of the city,
from the Sunset Strip to East L.A. and beyond. They then added dimension
and detail with the aid of topographical information from the U.S.
Geological Survey, aerial photographs from the era from UCLA’s Spence
Air Photos collection, and thousands of period photos. The final result
is a gritty, three-dimensional virtual city where gamers will be able to
immerse themselves in a realistic world of noir.”|
Link: http://huntingtonblogs.org/2011/05/mean-streets-of-los-angeles/ With just about a week to go until the release of L.A. Noire, check out some of the latest previews to hit.