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L.A. Noire's New Screens Show Off the High Life

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One of the things that Rockstar and Team Bondi have tried to hammer home with their upcoming L.A. Noire is a sense of time and place. In my recent demo with the game (you can find the preview here), Rockstar representatives told me that the development of a late 1940s Los Angeles required tons of research to capture the mood of the era. A massive archive of old newspapers and magazines in Hollywood served as part of the team's sources of inspiration for recreating the high life, while old police records helped develop the city's seedy underbelly.

These latest screenshots (pictured below) show a bit of the booming glitz and glamor that defined the time. Giant mansions, land barons, and trendy lounges set the mood for a game that takes place in a setting very different from most others. As you flip through the screenshots, imagine a smokey sax setting the mood and you'll have a good idea of what Rockstar is going for.

Rockstar's explanation sums it up quite well: “Detective Cole Phelps will soon learn firsthand though what they say about all that glitters. With power comes ruthlessness, with wealth and privilege come greed, with fame comes desperation—and below that high gloss sheen lie the darkness of souls.” Perhaps it's a bit cliché, but it's a cliché I'm damn excited to get my hands on (again).

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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