Rockstar Games Unveils First Look at L.A. Noire

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The follow-up to Rockstar Games’ best-selling Red Dead Redemption goes further west and even darker than the publishers hit Western. After a long silence, the new trailer for upcoming crime drama L.A. Noire shows off an uncanny performance capture system that makes in-game characters seem alive like never before.

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Not much gets introduced by way of characters, gameplay or story in the clip, but Rockstar’s promising a divergence from their usual gunplay-heavy game design model in L.A. Noire. Supposedly there will be detection mechanics in the game that let you find and track clues as you try to solve cases. Players will also need to read characters’ facial expressions to try and discern if they’re telling the truth. Here’s the official description from Rockstar:

A dark detective thriller set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s Golden Age, L.A. Noire features Mad Men’s Aaron Stanton as lead officer, Cole Phelps, Fringe’s John Noble, and a cast of esteemed actors, working alongside director Michael Uppendahl (Mad Men) in a twisted tale of murder, corruption and jazz.

No specific release date for the game was given but it will ship for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year. We’ll have more on L.A. Noire as news develops.