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Rockstar Games has promoted their detective yarn LA Noire as being a truly cinematic experience. Turns out they were being quite literal.

The gritty game has been chosen as an Official Selection at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in April, becoming the very first video game to be shown at the event.

"What Rockstar and Team Bondi have accomplished with L.A. Noire is nothing less than groundbreaking," gushed Tribeca Enterprises' Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore. "It's an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion. We are poised on the edge of a new frontier."

That's some seriously high praise for an unreleased video game, though few games demand the sort of attention as LA Noire.

Starring actor Aaron Staton (best known as Ken Cosgrove from "Mad Men") as a detective in the seedy, crime-ridden Los Angeles of 1947, it emphasizes subtle, cinematic presentation over the wild and crazy action gameplay Rockstar is best known for with games like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Using revolutionary 'MotionScan' technology from LA-based Depth Analysis, the company aims to transforms video game models into characters so realistic, you'll be able to read miniscule changes in their facial expressions. Since you're playing as a detective, the gameplay pretty much hinges on it.

The title will be shown in an hour-long gameplay session followed by a Q&A with developers. It's an honor that wasn't lost on Rockstar Games president Sam Houser, who called it "another step forward for interactive entertainment."

LA Noire is due out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 17.

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