L.A. Noire Blooper Reel Is Just This Side of Creepy
The revolutionary MotionScan technology that makes L.A. Noire a game with great acting and facial graphics also, at times, gave it a violent shove into the uncanny valley.
And if you’re looking for another dose of both creepy and intriguing hyper-realistic facial movements, you’ll want to head over to depthanalysis.com and check out the company’s blooper reel video for LA Noire (warning: some NSFW language). It shows outtakes from the actors, complete with their in-game scenes, that are often both funny and occasionally just…weird-looking. It’s like watching cartoon characters on a blooper reel, but not quite.
Depth Analysis is the company behind the MotionScan technology that made LA Noire such an interesting game. It uses multiple cameras positioned all around an actor, to capture every angle and facial movement while the person is acting. The result is what we see in L.A. Noire: nuanced facial expressions you can actually read to the point of using them to tell if a person is lying or not. It also means all the actors in the game are highly recognizable and not just voice actors wearing motion capture suits.
You’ll have to head to Depth Analysis’ website to watch the video, but it’s definitely worth it. Makes me think a screwball comedy of a game might be an even better use of MotionScan.
Thanks to Dan Hindes of PC PowerPlay for pointing this out.