L.A. Noire part of Tribeca Film Festival

Rockstar's latest becomes first game to be recognized as an Official Selection of annual lower Manhattan celebration of cinema.

Rockstar Games has drawn plenty of inspiration from films for blockbuster hits like Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption, but the company is taking it a step further with its latest game, L.A. Noire. The publisher today announced that its cinematically inclined crime thriller will rub elbows with actual cinema as an Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

A little club soda will get that right out.

In an hour-long event on April 25, Rockstar representatives will introduce audiences to the first game ever featured in the film festival, with a live walkthrough of one of the game's cases, followed by a question and answer session. It's not clear who will be on hand for Rockstar and developer Team Bondi, but the session will be moderated by Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore.

L.A. Noire is in development at Australian studio Team Bondi and follows Detective Phelps as he becomes entangled in a violent web of vice, corruption, and crime in 1940s Los Angeles. Players jump into the seedy underworld of the metropolis and are tasked with solving a series of murders in what Rockstar describes as an "open-ended challenge." The game is set for a May 17 debut in North America, with a European launch on May 20.

For more on L.A. Noire, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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MGS_fan_2015
MGS_fan_2015

EVEN CAPS LOCK CANNOT EXPRESS MY JUBILATION!!!!!!!! THIS IS A TRIUMPH -- A HISTORICAL ONE -- FOR THE WORLD OF VIDEOGAMES!!!!!!!! SUCK IT, EBERT!!!!!! GAMING HAS INITIATED A TRANSCENDENCE INTO YOUR MEDIUM!!!!

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MGS_fan_2015

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CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

This and Batman: Arkham City are the two titles this year that I'm the most stoked for...Oddly, both star detectives and not a random special forces hero. Look how far we've come.

mp01juve
mp01juve

damn if only it was coming out on PC too

Shinkada
Shinkada

@Jay444111 The only thing special about Okami was the graphics, and personally, I found them ugly. Now the fact that they're subjective like that proves they were in fact artistic, so I have to give it credit that far, but I personally believe it was artistic in a way very difficult to be enjoyed by non-otakus. If you take that to someone who neither games nor watches anime, there's a very good chance they would look at it and the first word from their mouth would be "messy". And quite frankly I can't even remember who Waka is, so there you go. I watched No Country for Old Men only recently, and if you think that was inferior to Okami then you should probably go back to watching Naruto or whatever.

Jay444111
Jay444111

@Shinkada, I'm serious, the game is AMAZING to just look at all the time, the charactors are memorable and change by the end of the story, such as Issun, amy and waka, and the sheer creativity of the entire game is something movie studios don't even know what the meaning of "creativity." is anymore. Look at the movie industry, they have been bested by a young new medium capable of doing much more with their medium then the movie industry EVER will be able to do. virtual reality is the future of videogames, movies. 3D, which one is better?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Impressive. I like it. Can't wait to play the game.

Shinkada
Shinkada

@the_requiem I was never able to play RDR. It had such a great sounding multiplayer that I was waiting/hoping for it to come out on PC. In any case it's good to hear it nailed the dialogue, hopefully I'll be able to pick it up used sometime.

Shinkada
Shinkada

@Jay444111 Okami? Really? That's your big 'better than movies' game? A slight spin on a mythological tale blatantly catering to the otaku crowd? At least choose something that had strong character development.

Wings_008
Wings_008

i cant express how much i am exited for this game

Jay444111
Jay444111

@Shinkada, Realistically, videogames with great story are outnumbering movies with great story being released nowadays. Hell, the story a videogame can tell is so indepth sometimes that it makes a good 99% of movies look like trash already, considering there is no set limit on time in a videogame. MANY more ways to tell the story then a movie could ever dream of, and style that movies just don't get anymore. I think it is pretty damn realistic to say that the videogame industry has beaten the movie industry in nearly all fronts. Hell, the sane fact that Okami even EXISTS prove that videogames are a much more creative medium than movies could ever hope to be.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Shinkada: I agree. I too should apologize for not commenting on other half of your post. Games being a much more recent media, are still evolving. People forget the early days of movies, or for that matter, comics. The key here is that organizers of a film festival accepted LA Noire as an entry for festival, which augurs well for story-telling in-games. RDR captured the essence of Westerns perfectly... atmosphere, music, characters, dialog... everything... and gameplay didn't suffer at all.

Shinkada
Shinkada

@the_requiem Definitely, I apologize if I made it sound as if films generally have good plots. They don't. As I said, this does NOT mean the game will have a good plot, it just means they're TRYING, which is the important part. Trying to make a good plot is more than you can say for a huge majority of games, and a pretty decent chunk of movies too. So it's a good thing they are. @Jay444111 I dunno about games surpassing movies. Good call on Deus Ex, I'll give you that, but there are a LOT of games that claim to have good storylines that don't. Granted a game holds my favourite storyline of all time - Nier - but it's still mired heavily with traits that make it unacceptable to anyone not already into games. As a total experience for anyone to love from start to finish, games are still a long way off the best movies out there. A lack of meaningful conversation between characters outside of pivotal cutscenes is a big part of that, and LA Noir looks like it's doing very well on that front.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Shinkada: You know, if you were to factor in all the movies that are made, you'll realize even movies don't have that high percentage of "well written" movies. I mean, most movies that make to the cinemas are just dumbed down by-the-numbers rehash of same few cliches. Like Avatar, it was a big hit and all, but story and character wise it was just Pocahontas in Space, and not very well written either. Thing is, movies get over so quickly, that they don't give you enough time to realize many of the inconsistencies in stories, while in a game you get enough time to spot and ponder over story telling weaknesses.

Jay444111
Jay444111

@Shinkada Realistically man, videogames have been a storytelling medium since... I would say the first deus ex came out, that is when it started, it's just now that videogames are finally being taken seriously. Which should've happened many years ago with bioshock and all that. Honestly, videogame stories have went WAY ahead of movies nowadays, no surprise that the film festival HAD to go into videogames just to find great stories again. (something the movie industry hasn't had in many years, just saying.) But now I think it is time for a bigger then heck, "I told you so!" to Roger ebert soon. dang, within a matter of years we have already went past movies as the most artistic medium! I think we should break out of the best videogames to celebrate this.

Shinkada
Shinkada

@masterchief80 I see your point but let's be honest here; videogames have rubbish storylines, generally speaking. A select few RPGs have some good plots but they're few and far between, and they certainly never have 'Final' in the title. An even fewer number of other mixed genres have good plots. It's about time we had some games that weren't about saving the princess (or the adolescent version, stop the terrorist). Being in a film festival proves they're taking the actual story of this game seriously, that it's not just some simplistic crap dumbed down beyond even the definition of a plot. That doesn't mean it will be good - look at films themselves - but it at least means they're trying to make a plot, not dialing in some mediocre arbitrary reason to go to the next map and shoot the next guy.

Solamon
Solamon

@masterchief80: I agree with you. It always seems as if the video game industry has no self-esteem when it comes to people taking us seriously. We don't need validation from people outside the industry who don't even understand what a game is; from people who's last videogame player was Pac-man 25 years ago. People who aren't gamers arenm't going to understand the subtle vocabulary video games use to express themselves with anyway. For instance, look at how reactionary some of the people over at Fox New get almost monthly about this game or that. A gamer sees a multiplayer FPS as a more complex game of tag, but the non-gamer gets hung up on the ancillary elements; not understanding in even a small way how gamers are interfacing with this game.

masterchief80
masterchief80

I just don't see why some people feel the need to prove that video games should be judged alongside any particular kind of medium, in this case film. It is, in fact, it's own unique medium that I feel stands out quite well on it's own while borrowing the best aspects of other forms like literature, film and music while also being interactive. We don't have to belong! We just have to be!

Razorbladez
Razorbladez

Not to be too much of a troll or gloat too much, but suck on that Roger Ebert.......lol j/k

shakensparco
shakensparco

So if Team Bondi is the developer, what is Rockstar doing for it exactly?

victoremilioflo
victoremilioflo

Finally considering videogames art! Its not chopping heads off in this century anymore, history, plot, and characterization is vital to compete in the market of video games now... and im so happy about it =)

flicks09
flicks09

A pretty interesting development. Will be good press for Tribeca, yes, but also positive exposure for videogames in a new forum.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

a giant step forward for videogames, we have come far :)

Tseng
Tseng

Really looking forward to this game, but a video game in a film festival? What next? Live readings by authors at Sundance?

vadicta
vadicta

I love L.A Noire and already have it pre-ordered, but I don't think saying, "Hey, look, our game's totally a movie," is the best form of marketing.

Melgisimo
Melgisimo

fully paid and ready to play it cmon may come fasterr!!

shinglemill
shinglemill

already got this bad boy pre ordered

zzamaro
zzamaro

Now, if Rockstar could sell the complete game instead of selling missions as a pre-order bonus.

pokecharm
pokecharm

this is very clever by Rockstar, get out to another venue and show of your stuff. I've got my pre-order ready, just waitinfg for the game to come out :)

djsundowner
djsundowner

Smart move by Tribeca. People will actually know they exist now. This is all for publicity.