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L.A. Noire: ground-breaking lip-sync in debut trailer

Submitted by on Thursday, 11 November 20107 Comments

Rockstar has finally unveiled video footage of their upcoming crime thriller, L.A. Noire. The game is set to have a cinematic feel, a distinctive setting and very impressive acting. All are present in the trailer, but we’re especially blown away by the incredible lip-sync.

L.A. Noire is being developed by Australian devs Team Bondi, who are looking to blend action, detection and complex storytelling, as they attempt to draw the player into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders. We are expecting the game to have a slower pace than most current generation titles – and that’s not a bad thing, eg. Heavy Rain.

Possibly the most appealing aspect of L.A. Noire (aside from the realistic lip-sync) is the distinctive setting. It is set in 1940s Los Angeles, complete with all its grit and classic noir. It makes us want to go back and re-watch some classic films such as Chinatown, Lady of Shanghai and LA Confidential.

Another point worth making: the clips you will be viewing in the trailer are all done using the in-game engine, nothing is pre-rendered. Not bad eh?

The game is scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. So what’s your first impressions of L.A. Noire? Let us know below…