Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Team Bondi Pty. Ltd., are proud to announce that L.A. Noire is now available at retail stores across North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“Team Bondi worked hard to stay true to the noir genre,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “L.A. Noire blends realistic performances with gritty action and real detective work, throwing players headfirst into the dark heart of Los Angeles.”
L.A. Noire is a crime thriller that is the story of Cole Phelps, a decorated World War II veteran and newly-minted detective in the LAPD. Set amidst the boom of Hollywood’s Golden Age, players must search for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals to solve a series of cases based on real world incidents. As he rises through the ranks of the LAPD, Phelps comes face-to-face with the corrupt heart of Los Angeles: from fallen starlets to double-dealing police officers and the vast reaches of the criminal underworld – and finally, the darkness of his own personal demons.
L.A. Noire features MotionScan, a groundbreaking technology which captures every nuance of a real actor’s facial performance, delivering the most lifelike characters ever seen in a video game and creating brand new gameplay out of the art of interrogation.
In a world first, L.A. Noire was honored as an Official Selection by the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival for its uniquely cinematic approach to gameplay and rich, deep narrative.
Critical reviews for L.A. Noire have been outstanding. Following is a short list of the initial accolades:
- “No one makes the real world virtual like Rockstar…We’ve seen it with the Grand Theft Auto series, and we saw it with last year’s Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar has turned out its most pointed, and poignant, statement with L.A. Noire.” – Seth Schiesel, The New York Times
- “Ever since it first worked out how to assemble pixels so that they resembled something more recognisable than aliens, the games industry has dreamed of creating one thing above all else – a game that is indistinguishable from a film, except that you can control the lead character. With L.A. Noire, it just might, finally, have found the embodiment of that particular holy grail.” – The Guardian
- “L.A. Noire is not only something totally new for the modern gamer, it’s one of the first cerebral titles that will force people to rethink the potential of video games.” – CNET
- “L.A. Noire is a testament to the possibility of bringing dark, adult, mature games to the mainstream market… truly mature, with the kind of narrative you’d only expect to see in a major TV drama series or crime movie. No game released this generation has tackled the subject matter found in L.A. Noire with the same degree of intelligence and respect, and no game has so seamlessly blended gameplay from various genres together so seamlessly, in a way that delivers something far more unique in experience than the sum of its parts.” – Destructoid
- “All the things I’ve only read about in Dashiell Hammett novels, or seen in film classics like Double Indemnity, have all come to interactive life in L.A. Noire… L.A. Noire had me more involved in its first thirty minutes than some other games do in their entirety.” – 1UP
- “L.A. Noire is a bold release, because it defies the expectations not just for the type of game Rockstar usually releases, but also for the type of game that receives this degree of care and proficiency in its execution.” – Giant Bomb
- “L.A. Noire is a unique game with a terrific sense of period atmosphere, absorbing investigation mechanics, and a haunting tale with plenty of moments that would be right at home in a classic film noir.”– GameSpot
- “L.A. Noire transcends genre and the expectations of what a game can be and casts a spell that I have yet to shake.” – G4TV
L.A. Noire for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is rated M for Mature by the ESRB, and is currently available in North America for the suggested retail price of $59.99. L.A. Noire will release internationally on May 20, 2011.
Our review should be out within the next few days.