L.A. Noire: “Rising Through the Ranks” (Video)

Hold smokes, details keep pouring out about L.A. Noire and every new tidbit makes it obvious it’s going to be a major leap forward in how games blend play mechanics and story. In the video below, you’ll see some of what’s already been covered, like following leads and gathering clues but you also get to see how Det. Cole manages to hit every department in the 1940s LAPD.

After the video, we also take a moment to break down the game‘s setting. Enjoy:

The gameplay looks like a lot of fun, but I’m more interested in yet more confirmation of how scary-accurate they’re making this recreation of 1940s LA. A close inspection of the video reveals:

* The criss-cross of power lines that powered the city’s streetcars and trains (skip to :35).
* Confirmation at least part of the Valley is in the game. Skip to 1:36 for a glimpse of Burbank’s historic Blue Room Bar (now a dive bar for tools, it used to be a jazz club. It was also featured as Carrie-Ann Moss’ workplace in Memento).
* A gleaming Union Station (2:09). In the late 30s, the city of LA forcibly evicted all residents of LA’s original Chinatown to make way for Union Station. The current Chinatown was hastily cobbled together 2 blocks to the northwest and has always been more of a toursit locale than a true ethnic enclave. in 1946 this would still have been a major sore spot for Chinese Angelenos.
*Skip to :18 for a perfect recreation of a street banner for Richard Nixon’s 1946 congressional campaign (and proof the story begins in the summer/fall of 1946.)

I cannot wait to play this. Download a copy of the Rising Through The Ranks video and spend some time picking this thing apart. L.A. Noire drops on May 17th.

Crooks eluding you more than you’d like? Pour out a couple fingers of rye and consult our L.A. Noire Walkthrough!

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1 Comment on L.A. Noire: “Rising Through the Ranks” (Video)


On April 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Looking forward to this like you would not believe!

LA is such a beautiful city (you know, from a distance so you can see the skyscrapers but not the trash and the graffiti). Awesome to see the game’s depiction of old school LA.