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L.A. Noire – Rising through the ranks

Submitted by on Friday, 22 April 2011No Comment

The fact of the matter is that there isn’t much more for us to say about L.A. Noire before we actually get to play L.A. Noire. Its relevance and cross-industry potential has been well documented.

In any event Rockstar has released a brand new trailer that gives greater clarity to one Mr. Cole Phelp’s rise through the ranks of the LAPD so why not have a look?

Plain and simple, and perhaps to recap, there are 5 department desks that Cole Phelps will find himself in front of, beginning with patrol and concluding with arson. In sequential order we have patrol, traffic (don’t think meter maid), homicide (do think dead people), vice, and arson.

With each promotion will come a new partner. Partners appear to serve as guides through the ins and outs of the nuances that come with each particular. Just when you start to get a good rapport with the Rusty Galloways of the world you’ll have to move on to a Roy Earle or a Herschel Biggs. Such is the life of a fast-rising detective.

It is truly amazing how relatively ‘linear’ L.A. Noire appears to be presenting itself to be. Rockstar, the studio which very much popularized the sand-box gameplay style that has been mimicked many times over may be looking to step away from the principals of the much celebrated Grand Theft Auto series.

Linear however can mean many different things. From linear we may receive a tightly woven narrative that plunges players deep into a very engrossing adventure. Conversely, linear may end up equaling bland and restrictive. Unfortunately speculation is of the highest authority until release.

Now that you’ve seen the trailer supply your thoughts on the direction of the game. Does it appear to be too linear or does a divisive move away from traditional Rockstar gameplay more aptly suit your palate?

For more information on L.A. Noire get a look at the vice trailer or some of the high society screens.