Tuesday, 17 May 2011

L.A Noire, an upcoming adventure game by Rockstar

Over the last five years Rockstar's titles have seen a subtle shift in tone. The publisher has always been known for creating fantastic experiences, but in the past, their titles provided an intoxicating mix of mature-themed content and boisterous fun. Their best games – most notably the groundbreaking Grand Theft Auto series – allowed players free-run in brilliantly constructed worlds. They contained a great deal of violence, sure, but all of it was wrapped up in satirical humour and a cartoon-like veneer, which conspired the take the edge off.
This all changed with Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008, which saw Rockstar's open world environment presented as a living, breathing city which was better and more believably constructed than ever before. The game also boasted one of the best stories in any game that year, following Niko Bellic, ex-soldier from Eastern Europe, as he tried to make an honest living in his new chosen homeland, the United States. Bellic was a classic noir character; his quest for the American Dream was a starting point, but gradually, as he ran afoul of shady characters and desperate situations, he was forced to turn to the talents he'd learned in war to survive. As a result, hell opened up beneath his feet.
Bellic, it turned out, was one of the first of a series of fully-fleshed characters to star in a Rockstar title. Over the next few years, the publisher's GTA DLC and Red Dead Redemption releases presented players with a host of damaged characters; all of whom had violent pasts, all of whom were surrounded by antagonists and danger and all of whom were trying to make good in the worst possible circumstances. Rockstar's protagonists are no longer ciphers, like the silent Claude Speed in GTA III. They are complete, well rounded individuals that the player comes to care about.
This strong emphasis on character is more front and center than ever before in Rockstar's upcoming game, L.A. Noire. Set in 1947, the game follows the fortunes of one Cole Phelps, a soldier back from the war turned policeman on the means streets of Los Angeles. The post-war period setting instantly brings to mind classic noir entertainment such as Chinatown, The Big Sleep and L.A. Confidential; here, perhaps more so than in any Rockstar game before it, players find themselves walking in a world of shadows and intrigue. Phelps is a man set against the rules of his time; he's an honest cop trying to make good in an era of endemic police corruption and heightened racial tensions and in a city where everyone seems to be playing an angle.

30 comments:

  1. I pre ordered this game. Can't wait to get my copy. :)

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  2. Glad to see something different from Rockstar.

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  3. Seems like an alright game.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to this game.

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  5. Finally, a rockstar game that isn't GTA! I remember them back in the ol' days when they made that awesome game 'Body Harvest'. They were under a different moniker back then.

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  6. i'm happy that l.a. noie isnt a sandbox

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  7. Sounds really good, especially because it isn't another GTA

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  8. I'm so excited to play this. Like, ridiculously. Noir is NOT represented in gaming nearly enough.

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  9. it'll be great game, i have hope it isn't gta-wannabe game

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  10. I have been dieing to get this game for over a YEAR now, I even pined up a page from Game Informer on my wall at work like 6 months ago...

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  11. Don't forget Rockstar were responsible for Lemmings, back when they were DMA Design! :D

    This looks ace. Gonna keep my eye on it.

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  12. nice review, this game looks awesome

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  13. Saw some videos about it and I really got to say that I'm lookin forward to this game.

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  14. think i might give this a miss

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  15. Looks awesome...a taste of GTA V...won't miss that

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  16. So looking forward to this!

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  17. i love gta games and i can't wait for this to come out

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  18. i have to agree with CounterCulture im tired of GTA clones, neverending story of III, IV that changes nothing. I hope they can make something more like Police Quest than another GTA. Anyone played Gemini Rue? I recomend.

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  19. Great blog, waiting for the game in my gamefly queue

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  20. man gta 2 was the best ever. after that no rockstars game really surprised me

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  21. I'm truly impressed with the attention to detail in this game... however... I wish they'd make the voice acting truer to the time period. The "accents" are all off :(

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  22. i played it and i have to say: it's not that good.

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  23. Awesome post man! Keep up this excellent work!

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  24. a lot of people are talking about this. i'll have to check it out
    +followed

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  25. Dude tell me does this rings any bells concerning your Name?? THANOS REIGNS!!!

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  26. My friend just got this song and I guess the attention to detail is pretty good. I can't wait to borrow it.

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  27. I don't see what the big hype is about with this game.

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  28. in my game queue hope its good

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