I had started to hear the talk about L.A. Noire but really wasn't sure what kind of game it was going to be. I knew it was set in the 40's or 50's and thought it was going to be a Mafia II type game but I was wrong.
L.A. Noire is set in the 40's or 50's but it is a detective game. You play a detective that just got promoted up to homicide. The case I saw had you going to the murder scene of a woman who was in a park naked, yeah completely naked. When you get to the crime scene you talk to the officers on the scene and then start to look around. The more clues you find here the easier it is to solve the case. All of the clues you find are kept in a notebook. Thought out the game you will be using the notebook for all of your information about the crime.
From the crime scene you figure out that she was at a bar, so you take a trip to the bar. You can either drive yourself or have your partner drive. By letting your partner drive you get there faster. Next at the bar you interview the owner of the bar. This is were things get interesting. In the interview process after asking a question you have three choices, you can either believe them, doubt them or flat out say they are lying. The way you tell is by their facial gestures. That is if they are looking you directly in the eyes they are probably telling the truth, however if they are looking around then you have a reason to doubt them or even call them a lier. If you do say they are lying you better have proof. The proof you need is in your notebook, that is if you have proof. Even though we didn't see it in the demo I was told that if you make the wrong choices it will take you long to find out the information needed to solve the case.
I watched about 20 minutes of game play and it looked very interesting. It did have some Heavy Rain feel to the game but also had the GTA style fighting. I'm almost positive I heard the guy say that the game was on five or six discs and each disc had at least on case on it. Cases could take you from half an hour to a couple of hours to complete. From what I saw this game is a day one purchase for me.