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Stylish ‘L.A. Noire’ debut trailer wows web

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From the glorious skyscrapers of Grand Theft Auto IV to the
dusty backroads of Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar Games has taken their
open-world act to some pretty cool places.

Next up? The seedy streets of post-war 1940s Los Angeles, one of the most
genuinely awesome stops in modern history. To prove it, Rockstar has released
the first official trailer for their long-awaited detective thriller, L.A.
Noire.

And it's a doozie.

Now that's how you do video game drama, people.

Of course, it helps when you have great actors...sort of
like Aaron Stanton -- better known as competitive young
account exec Ken Cosgrove from the Emmy-winning series "Mad Men" -- who plays the game's main character, Detective Cole Phelps. Rockstar's gone a step further, too, by
bringing on "Mad Men" director Mike Uppendahl
to helm the whole shebang. Cred? Loads of it.

As for the trailer's impressive look, Rockstar points out
that L.A. Noire utilizes "groundbreaking performance capture technology"
that can render "every subtlety and nuance of an actor's facial
expressions and emotions." That's
a mouthful, but it's also the crux of the gameplay, which will feature a "blend of
classic action, clue-finding and interrogation, allowing players to analyze
every subtle nuance of an actor's performance in order to get to the
truth."

It's pretty daring stuff. We've seen video games attempt
this sort of cinematic realism before --
the gorgeous Mass Effect games comes to mind, as does Sony's PS3 thriller
Heavy Rain -- but if this trailer (comprised entirely of in-game footage) is
any indication, Rockstar is aiming to raise the bar a good foot or two. Best of
all, we'll only have to wait a few more months: the game releases for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in Spring 2011.

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