About The Game

L.A. Noire is an open world crime/police thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles. L.A. Noire also has third-person-shooter elements and Wikipedia even defines it as "Neo-Noir". L.A. Noire was Developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games for the PS3/XBox 360 consoles as well as PC. The console version hit the shelves in May 2011 where as the PC version was released in November 2011. L.A. Noire is rather unique game for its one of a kind engine and MotionScan technology.

Noir? "Neo-Noir"?

Noir, or better known as "Film Noir" is a term coined in the 1940s by a French critic named Nino Frank. It is a cinematic term used for crime dramas that usually focus on such themes as cynicism, moral ambiguity, sex and crime. Film Noir is also known to use low-key lightning for a dramatic effects and the majority of classic noir films are in black and white. Stylistically, Noir films tend to also use shots that are somewhat disorienting.

The stereotypical characters that appear in noir are: hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, corrupt policemen, jealous husbands, intrepid claims adjusters, and down-and-out writers. The setting for noir films are usually urban as well, focusing on major cities like Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Chicago, New York City, etc. The climaxes of most film noirs take place in a visually complex or industrial place. Such places can include train yards, sewers, power plants, refineries or even factories.

Neo-Noir, or "New Black" is a more modern term or genre, where many elements of original noir are kept intact but are featuring media, visual effects or themes not present before.


As mentioned above, L.A. Noire relies heavily on MotionScan technology. MotionScan uses 32 HD cameras to capture an Actor's face and body motions from all angles, allowing for a more accurate rendering of body movement and facial expressions. All actors from L.A. Noire were recorded with this. This technology allowed for the interrogation mechanics used throughout the game.

Basic Plot

The year is in 1947. The setting is a corrupt and booming Los Angeles. The murder rate is at an all time high, Hollywood is booming and drug gangs are all around. It's been almost two years since World War II ended and many war veterans are back to their normal daily lives. Enter Cole Phelps, a former US Marine who is married and has two daughters. Since returning from the war Phelps has become a Police Officer, working the Patrol desk at the Wilshire Division Police Station. When Phelps manages to solve a murder he impresses his boss, who has him promoted. From here, Cole Phelps works his way up through various divisions such as Arson, Vice, Traffic, and Homicide. Along the way, he attempts to stamp all corruption he comes across out.

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