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L.A. Noire

February 2, 2011

The forthcoming relelase of the video game L.A. Noire has received a huge amount of publicity. Set in a ‘perfectly recreated Los Angeles’ of 1947 the player takes on the role of an LAPD investigator Cole Phelps who is tasked with solving a series of murders (judging by the trailer and the 1947 setting, the creators have drawn heavily from the Black Dahlia murder case). Following the release last year of David Cage’s Heavy Rain, the influence of film noir and hardboiled crime fiction can be increasingly seen in the development of video games. L.A. Noire is released in the UK on  May 20th. You can watch the trailer below:

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  1. February 2, 2011 5:28 pm

    Hi Steve!

    1940s Lone Woman Murders in L.A., a serial killer on the loose posing woman’s bodies on vacant lots; writing taunting messages in lipstick on their bodies. Sounds like it would make one hell of a book!


    Steve Hodel
    Los Angeles

    • Steve Powell permalink*
      February 2, 2011 6:08 pm


      They already had to change ‘L.A. Noir’ to ‘L.A. Noire’, at least they didn’t call it ‘Black Dahlia Revenger’!

      Best wishes,

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