Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Reefer Madness" DLC Case Trailer

When a tip from an informant leads Detective Cole Phelps and his Vice desk partner Roy Earle to a local L.A. drug dealer, a deadly shootout ensues and they suddenly find themselves in the throes of one of the city's biggest narcotics rings.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition

L.A. Noire

Now Available for Windows, Steam and Onlive

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is a dark and violent crime thriller set against the backdrop of 1940’s Los Angeles, where newly-minted officer Cole Phelps embarks on a desperate search for truth in a city where everyone has something to hide. Utilizing revolutionary new facial animation technology, L.A. Noire blends the breathtaking action of chases and shootouts with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.

Featuring the groundbreaking performance capture technology called MotionScan®, L.A. Noire lets players analyze every subtle nuance of an actor’s performance. By using real-life interrogation techniques combined with classic action elements, L.A. Noire enables players to truly explore what it means to be a detective in 1940’s Los Angeles.

Developed by Rockstar Leeds, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is now available in North America and coming on November 11th in Europe and Australia.

Special Features
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition will run on a wide range of PCs and feature increased resolution and graphical detail along with keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC will also feature support for NVIDIA 3D Vision, which provides an even greater sense of interaction and immersion.

System Specs
  • Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive® for PC or Mac
  • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz
  • RAM: 2GB to 8GB
  • Hard drive space: 16GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce® 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible
  • DVD Drive

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"Nicholson Electroplating" DLC Case Trailer

When a devastating explosion at the Nicholson Electroplating plant rocks downtown Los Angeles, Arson desk detectives Phelps and Biggs are called to the scene. Was this just a tragic accident, or is something more sinister at play?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rockstar Pass Video

The L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass is a new way to pre-order & purchase DLC that gives players access to all of the upcoming L.A. Noire downloadable content for a limited-time discounted price on PSN & Xbox LIVE. Watch the clip to see a glimpse of all that you’ll get with the Rockstar Pass deal.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Real Crimes: A Marriage Made In Heaven

Real Crime Stories of 1947 Los Angeles that Inspired L.A. Noire Cases

In the L.A. Noire Traffic desk case, "A Marriage Made in Heaven", a man is found dead in the street - the apparent victim of a hit and run. A case inspired by the true story surrounding the death of Jay Dee Chitwood in 1944.

Presenting the real crime story that inspired L.A. Noire's "A Marriage Made in Heaven" Traffic desk case.

On August 10th 1944, Los Angeles county resident Jay Dee Chitwood was found killed at the corner of 203rd St and Western Avenue in Torrance (203rd has since been renamed Del Amo Blvd). Upon examining the body and scene, traffic detectives concluded that Chitwood was the fatal victim of an apparent hit-and-run.

In response to this traffic death, local Torrance City Council lawmakers sought to improve pedestrian safety in the area by constructing new sidewalks. Area newspapers reported that without those paths, many local residents of new housing developments and trailer parks in the surrounding neighborhood had been forced to walk on the highways putting themselves in danger.

A sad and unfortunate case indeed, but it appeared to at least have led to an improvement in local safety to prevent future accidents. Jay Dee was laid to rest - and his widow, Helen thereafter remarried and re-settled down again in San Pedro.

Fast forward about two and a half years later to January 1947.

Local detectives are alerted to a tip from a male friend of Helen's that she had suddenly related a quite shocking tale. The apparent revelation being that counter to how things originally seemed that fateful August night, it was no hit-and-run case at all.

San Pedro detectives stated to the news media that Mrs. Chitwood confessed to having stabbed her husband following an argument they had that night in the street near 203rd and Western Ave, jabbing him twice in the chest with a knife. As he fell, the story goes, he was struck by a passing car.

The surprised detectives subsequently booked Helen on suspicion of murder pending a new full investigation. Quite a wrinkle in a seemingly straightforward traffic accident case.

But just one day later, the true life plot turned once again.

A revisiting of the original autopsy findings yielded that there was no evidence of a knife wound on the body – the conclusion being that Chitwood died of a punctured lung from the impact of his chest being struck by an automobile.

Why would Helen lie about such a thing so many years later?

"I was drunk and didn't know what I was saying and wanted to make my present hubby angry" was her explanation as reported by in the papers.

She was released from custody. And the traffic death case of Jay Dee Chitwood was closed. Again.
They say that truth is so often stranger than fiction, and this odd tale of twists certainly applies.
While L.A. Noire's fictionalized case "A Marriage Made in Heaven" is inspired by this story of a dream wife who lies about killing her previous husband in order to upset her new husband – it doesn't quite play out in the same way.

In our case, is it in the end a straightforward hit-and-run accident? Is the wife in our rendition guilty of foul play? Are there other persons or factors involved? What's that note in his inside pocket say?

Like all cases in L.A. Noire, an already interesting true story was used to inspire an original crime case with even more elaborate turns and revelations you'll have to play to discover...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Real Crimes: The Red Lipstick Murder

Real Crime Stories of 1947 Los Angeles that Inspired L.A. Noire Cases

An element of our "Red Lipstick Murder" directly inspired by this case - the eponymous red lipstick scrawled on the corpse.
In L.A. Noire, virtually all of the cases you'll play are inspired in some part by real life incidents that happened in and around Los Angeles circa that crime-plagued era of 1947. Team Bondi meticulously researched stacks of original articles reported in the newspapers of the day to cull authentic elements of real life crimes that would inspire the in-game cases.

One of those is "The Red Lipstick Murder" from the Homicide desk. Like all such cases in the game, our version is an original story inspired by some element of the 1947 crime. It could be an intriguing aspect of the crime scene, or a particularly fascinating twist of a case, or a surprising lead. The game's writers embellished and fictionalized these real cases to create a thrilling playable story - including in some instances, re-imagined outcomes to real world cases that remain unsolved to this day.

"The Red Lipstick Murder" is based on the real life homicide investigation into the murder of Jeanne French. French was a 45 year old veteran Army nurse who was discovered stripped and stomped to death in an isolated lover's lane type area of LA known as "The Moors" early one morning in February '47.

Occurring just weeks after the notorious 'Black Dahlia' murder of Elizabeth Short, the killer in this case infamously created a stir when it was discovered that the letters "B.D." (along with some obscenities) were scrawled in red lipstick on Mrs. French's nude body. Was this the work of a serial killer, responsible for both killings, and possibly others? Or was it a sick copycat inspired by the Black Dahlia crime? As one would imagine, a sensational media frenzy ensued and the case of Jeanne French spurred a wide LAPD dragnet.

The investigation yielded an intriguing list of possible suspects who were investigated by the police. French's husband, who proclaimed his innocence as the tabloids reported he was abusive to Mrs. French and even had an argument with her the very evening of her murder. The mysterious "other man" who shared a private post office box with her? The unidentified 'dark-haired' male companion who reportedly shared a last meal with her at a Chinese restaurant hours before her death?

In the end, the case remained unsolved. French's husband famously passed a lie detector test in effort to prove his innocence. The other men were proven to be false leads or never identified. Jeanne French was just another cold case from the year of 1947.

Our "Red Lipstick Murder" in L.A. Noire takes some very specific kernels of inspiration from this tragic story, including the eponymous red-lipstick scrawled on the corpse, other similarities to the crime scene, and the suspected husband who protests his innocence. But in the game's original story, the player does close the case. The outcome is one we won't be spoiling for you of course, leaving it to you to solve the mystery this May.

Look for more real crime case stories to come...

An original Jeanne French case article clipping as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times, February 13th 1947

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Crime Desk: Arson (3/3)

With fire trucks still on site, Nicholson surveys the damage first hand.
Howard Hughes addresses the press about his revolutionary new aircraft, the "Hercules H-4".
Phelps grills Fred Nicholson for all he knows at the site of the explosion.
Phelps and Biggs have an unexpected meeting with retired LAPD officer Vernon Mapes.

Phelps surveys the devastation from the Nicholson explosion.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Crime Desk: Arson (2/3)

Cops bantering in the briefing room.
Phelps and Detective Herschel Biggs arrive at the scene.
The explosion took many casualties including several Nicholson employees.
Nicholson walks amongst the ruins of his factory.

Phelps and Nicholson discuss the case.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crime Desk: Arson (1/3)

All it can take is a simple strike of a match – and an entire home, building, city block… livelihoods and lives can be destroyed forever.
Scary enough that such danger can teeter on an accidental mishap like a kitchen grease fire, or a misplaced candle... But terrifying when at the hands of an arsonist who creates this devastation with intent.
After LA's bravest have fought and quelled a fire – if the responding fire chief determines any cause for suspicion, the LAPD Arson Crime Desk is alerted and its detectives go to work meticulously examining the scene for clues.
As Detective Cole Phelps working the Arson desk, you will see firsthand the charred ruins, scorched corpses and anguished survivors that are the victims of this most heinous of crimes.

Head of the Arson desk, Captain Lachlan McKelty relays the grisly details of a new fire.
Thorough examination can turn up key pieces of evidence.
Phelps looks over the unfortunate victims.
One of L.A.'s bravest surveys the devastation.
Sifting through the wreckage of a devastating fire.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Crime Desk: Vice (2/2)

At the precinct, Phelps accepts Lieutenant Colmyer's wishes on a job well done.
Phelps and Earle pay a visit the Parnell Soup Co. to question its owner on some employees possible involvement in marijuana smuggling.
A suspicious late night shipment to the Parnell Soup Co.
An unusual coin found on the body of a dead drug dealer - could this be linked to other members of the drug ring?
Phelps examines a weapon in the aftermath of a shootout with local drug dealer, Juan Garcia Cruz.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Crime Desk: Vice (1/2)

Vice is a desk that can replace any officer's wide-eyed optimism - with hardened cynicism - in no time at all.

LAPD Vice detectives plunge themselves down into the seedy underbelly of LA, overturning the most decrepit of stones to expose the city's dregs, druggies, pimps, pushers, prostitutes, bootleggers, bookies, mob lords, thugs and gangsters. Working these cases will defy your worst and lowest expectations of humanity.

Cole Phelps 'graduates' to this department following a harrowing stint investigating murders on the Homicide desk, to find that things can indeed get even more vicious in LA. Among the crimes Phelps and his Vice partner Roy Earle will face are illicit gambling activity, the case of a missing boxer, and an investigation into the latest casualties in the dope scourge plaguing the city.

The switchblade - a favored weapon of the underworld's street thugs and hustlers.
A big fight in LA brings spectators of all kinds, from petty gamblers to powerful mobsters.
Illegal slot machines designed to take advantage of Los Angeles' gambling addicts.
In Hollywood, Phelps phones in to Central on a police phone, or "Gamewell".
Taking a witness statement at the 111 Club, where a shootout has occurred.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crime Desk: Patrol (3/3)

Pipes and ladders can be climbed when necessary to inspect a site on a case.
Make good use of that flashlight when investigating crime scenes at night. Vital clues may lay hidden in the dark.
Phelps and Dunn patrol the area on a bright Los Angeles afternoon.
When on patrol, always be at the ready for emergency report calls.
Trying to determine whether a handgun can be traced back to this gunshop owner’s store.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Crime Desk: Patrol (2/3)

Homicide detectives Floyd Rose and Rusty Galloway ask the reporting patrolmen to help inspect the scene of the crime.
Danger lurks outside and inside Westlake Savings & Loans.
You will need to be a crack shot with that service issue pump shotgun.
In the case “Armed & Dangerous”, the bank robbery gunman refuse to go quietly.
Phelp’s patrol partner, rookie Officer Ralph Dunn.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crime Desk: Patrol (1/3)

Starting out as an LAPD officer means following in the footsteps of so many lawmen before you - literally. Walking the beat and cruising your precinct's area as an officer on patrol is both how you pay your dues in the police department as well as a time-honored means of honing your skills and intuition to protect and serve. Before you can move up from a uniformed policeman to the suited attire of a crime desk detective working cases, you will have to prove your worth to the higher-ups on the force with some stellar policework on patrol.

As Cole Phelps, working alongside your partner Officer Ralph Dunn, you'll soon find that a day on patrol in 1947 Los Angeles is anything but routine. Be prepared for anything, and ready to spring into action when those calls come in.

Two of the crimes you'll face while working in uniform include a violent incident of armed robbery and a gunshot victim homicide.

Interviewing a shop keeper about a brutal murder that happened on his store’s block.
When a killing happens in broad daylight outside a shoe store, is there anything the salesgirl inside knows that may help?
Trying to take down the violent armed robbers inside the bank.

With the bandits outside taken care of, Phelps and Dunn prepare to enter the bank, guns in hand.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Juan Garcia Cruz

Protecting his product, by any means necessary.
Cruz engages in a shootout with Detective Cole Phelps.
Enterprising young dealer Juan Garcia Cruz.