L.A. Noire

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Team Bondi
Release Date: May 17, 2011 (US), May 20, 2011 (EU)

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'L.A. Noire' (ALL) Reveals Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 6:11 p.m. PST

L.A. Noire is an interactive detective story set in the classic noir period of the late 1940's. L.A. Noire blends action, detection and complex storytelling and draws players into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders.
L.A. Noire is a dark and violent detective thriller set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the post-war years of the late 1940s and delivered with Rockstar’s signature attention to atmosphere and detail.

L.A. Noire faithfully recreates every subtle nuance of an actor’s performance, allowing players to use the classic interrogation technique of analyzing a subject’s behaviour and facial expressions in order to get to the truth. This revolutionary marriage of gameplay and technology, combined  with clue-finding, and classic elements like shootouts and chases, gives players the opportunity  to truly explore what it means to be a detective in the most corrupt and violent period in L.A. History.

The foundation of L.A. Noire is a brand new technology called MotionScan that enables us to capture and scan every nuance of a real actor’s facial performances and put them right into the game itself. It provides a level of realism, detail, performance and emotion never seen before in a videogame, and brings them to life in a totally new way.  This goes beyond the limited grid of data points delivered by traditional motion capture – these are the actual performances themselves, scanned and placed onto our digital characters. This marriage of gameplay and technology allows players for the first time ever to truly feel like a detective, reading the emotional behavior of every character. Furthermore, MotionScan lends itself perfectly to this type of game: one that focuses on characters and performances where everyone has something to hide.

Fans that pre-order L.A. Noire from Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop/EB Games will receive bonus content ranging from unlockable detective outfits to additional cases for the player to solve. Wal-Mart shoppers that Pre-Order L.A. Noire on Walmart.com or purchase it in-store on launch day (May 17) will receive a free DLC download code for an additional case that takes place on the game’s Traffic desk. Also, fans that purchase at Target will receive either a $5 Gift Card with Pre-Order or a free Rockstar Games T-Shirt with an in-store purchase during launch week. 

All incentive offers are limited in quantity and available while supplies last.

  • Amazon.com (Pre-Order):

    “The Broderick” Detective Suit boosts your fist-fighting capabilities and resilience to damage. Throughout L.A. Noire while working cases, you’ll encounter quite a few suspects and persons of interest who prove to be resistant to arrest. Your hand-to-hand fighting skills will be called into action on these cases – the Broderick suit with its enhanced fighting abilities may be that edge in helping make that collar.

  • Best Buy (Pre-Order)

    “The Sharpshooter” Detective Suit enhances your aim with rifles and pistols. Always a worst case scenario for any detective working a case, there are of course those occasions for Cole Phelps when pursuing a suspect escalates to gunfire. In these tense shootouts, the Sharpshooter suit provides that extra aiming precision to take the criminal down.

  • Gamestop/ EB Games (Pre-Order)
    1. ‘The Naked City’ Vice Case
      In this bonus case from L.A. Noire’s Vice Desk, detective Cole Phelps investigates the supposed suicide of a stunning fashion model. Can you help Cole unravel the truth in a city blighted by drugs, corruption and greed, where the death of a beautiful woman is never as straightforward as it seems?
    2. The Badge Pursuit Challenge
      Hidden around L.A. Noire’s beautiful recreation of 1947 Los Angeles are 20 police badges to find and collect. If you can find all 20 of these badges, the dapper Button Man suit will be unlocked which provides extra ammo for all weapons. Each badge also provides 5 additional XP which will help further unlock Intuition Points – special credits that can be used to give Phelps a key investigative insight when you need it most.
  • Wal-Mart (Web Pre-Order or In-store Purchase on May 17)

    “A Slip of the Tongue” Traffic Case is a bonus case from the Traffic Desk in which a seemingly run of the mill car theft ends up sparking an explosive investigation into the largest auto fraud racket the city has ever seen.  With the stolen cars piling up and questionable characters at every turn, can you help Cole Phelps crack the biggest case so far in his career?

In 1947, Los Angeles was in the middle of a massive economic boom and the world was beginning to be seduced by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. At the same time, traumatized GIs were returning from the Second World War and struggling to re-assimilate into a changed society. The result was that beneath L.A.’s glossy veneer, there was actually more corruption, deceit and murder at this time than any other period in the city’s history.

L.A. Noire is the story of Cole Phelps, a war veteran who fought in the Battle of Okinawa, the last and bloodiest battle of World War II. Awarded the Silver Star for bravery, Phelps is shipped back to the states and uses his recovery time to re-evaluate his life and what he’s achieved. He decides to join the LAPD, becoming a patrolman. Recognizing an opportunity, the department fast-tracks Phelps for success in part due to his investigative skills but mostly because of his war record – though Phelps is generally the first to admit he doesn’t want any favors for his time in the War. Phelps’ rise through the ranks of the LAPD forces him to confront the darker side of humanity, and puts him face-to-face with his own fears as a result.

The overarching story unfolds across a series of self-contained cases, each successfully solved case is a step up the ladder bringing Phelps greater success, but also bringing him closer to the true criminal underworld of L.A., until he is embroiled in events far beyond his control, revealing the truth about the dark heart of post-war Los Angeles.

Throughout L.A. Noire players work on different desks in the LAPD, and instead of conventional missions or levels, gamers play specific cases from each desk. At each desk, players will be assigned a different partner, who in addition to participating in the story as it unfolds, will also assist with suggestions as to how to pursue the clues in each case as needed.


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