Rockstar releases new trailer for “L.A. Noire”

Rockstar Games and Team Bondi have a new trailer for “L.A. Noire” that further showcases the game’s cinematic aspects.

Previous trailers have shown game protagonist and 1947 LAPD detective Cole Phelps investigating a case of murder-for-insurance money, a Black Dahlia-esque serial killing case and other examples of vintage vice. The new trailer, the game’s third, reveals the game will also put Phelps on the trail of both a rigged boxing match and government-issued morphine. What’s more, “the LAPD cops might be involved” with whatever sinister deeds are being committed in the City of Angels.

The trailer doesn’t really give prospective players a chance to anticipate what L.A. Noire’s actual gameplay will be like, but the featured cut scenes look superb. The game’s visuals and soundtrack are reminiscent of such noir classics as “Chinatown” and “L.A. Confidential,” just as last year’s “Red Dead Redemption” looked to Westerns like “The Wild Bunch” or “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for visual and thematic inspiration. Is Rockstar guilty of borrowing too much from movies? Let us know what you think.

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L.A. Noire is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 on May 17 in North America.