Well, Blogger's been offline for the better part of a day now, so sorry for not having any new posts up since Tuesday. And it seems that in order to bring it back online, The Powers That Be had to temporarily delete all posts and comments made after Wednesday morning. I guess this explains why the comments section over on my Ep. 4 Reactions have been gutted. 6 of the most recent 8 comments have vanished!
I'm sure they'll be back shortly, however. No big deal. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a new blockbuster video game title hitting stores next Tuesday. The game in question? Rockstar Games' detective thriller, L.A. Noire.
I've purposely kept myself in the dark until just this week regarding what this game would look and play like. But now that I've educated myself, already I can see that I'm going to have a blast! This is right down my alley. It's got good guys fighting bad guys; clues to be followed and cases to be closed; and a thoroughly researched and historically accurate setting to play in. In this latest opus from Rockstar Games--the name behind the legendary Grand Theft Auto series, as well as last year's Red Dead Redemption--L.A. Noire takes place in the golden age of Hollywood, circa 1947. You start off as a beat cop by the name of Cole Phelps, a WWII vet trying to make a name for himself on the payroll of the L.A.P.D. Through the game you'll work your way up to detective, climbing the ladder through various departments like Vice and Homicide, and collecting clues along the way on various cases. Some of the bigger cases are based on actual crimes from the day, like the infamous Black Dahlia case, to name just one.
So far the visuals are looking fantastic, but of course it's the story and acting I'm salivating over. Real actors were used as the character models in the game, who look remarkably similar to their flesh-n-blood counterparts. These actors provided voices to the characters as well, which gives the finished product a very believable and accurate look. This is important because apparently a big factor in the gameplay will involve being able to accurately read suspects' faces during interrogations. Read a wrinkle of a forehead or the curve of a mouth the wrong way, and you'll send Cole down the completely wrong path.
I mean, WTF? How freaking AWESOME is that??? You'll basically being playing Hal Lightman from the FOX show, Lie To Me! Time to bone up on my micro expressions!
Anyway, enough of this reading chore. Mayhaps some of you will actually like to SEE what the game is all about? Well, if so, then you're in luck! For below is a cool little featurette breaking down just what makes this slick looking title tick. Give it a watch, won't you?
For a video game, L.A. Noire looks and sounds quite cinematic! It's been making some waves in movie circles recently, due to the excellent historical setting and on the strength of its story narrative.
Yeah, like I said: my kind of game!