Many gamers have already commented on the amazingly lifelike virtual acting in Rockstar's LA Noire, the much-anticipated detective thriller due out next Spring on Xbox 360 and PS3. Created by Australian studio, Team Bondi, the game is set in and around the seedy underbelly of '40s Los Angeles. Players takes on the role of fresh-faced detective Cory Phelps (played by Mad Men actor Aaron Staton) as he investigates a series of gruesome murders. Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy have been namechecked as influences.
This teaser looks into the technology behind the captivating movie sequences, already seen in previous game trailers. Developed by Depth Analysis, the technology powering the lifelike human characters is called MotionScan. It uses 32 HD cameras to surround the actor and record their facial expressions and gestures at 30 frames-per-second. Of course, this is similar to the 'full performance capture' used in games like Heavy Rain, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Force Unleashed II, but it seems Depth Analysis has taken the fidelity to the next level. Apparently, over 400 actors are taking part in the game.
Anyway, take a look and let us know what you think.