L.A. Noire Countdown
Investigating The Road to L.A. Noire: Week #6
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
While the game doesn’t have the vast hype it most certainly deserves, it has shown evidence that it may be one of the most innovative current generation titles.
Alas, release is so close, but yet feels so far. So for now, let’s delve into yet another week of interesting noir/crime-related finds!
This time… an actual game series.
The name? Payne, Max Payne.
[Ed: Make sure you check The Collected Stories from L.A. Noire at the end of article. There's a FULL downloadable PDF version of the e-book, What's In A Name, down there for all our readers to enjoy. No spoilers are in the e-books]
(The game; let’s just forget about the movie…)
Now, that’s not to say the game wasn’t a success. The flavor of the month amongst Louisiana gamers (such as myself) isn’t exactly reflective of the entire world’s demographic.
Max Payne is an exaggerated crime drama that uses typical characterizations and plot lines combined with a man’s tragic past (his family being murdered) to drive its main character, Max Payne, to a state of desperation, with his ultimate goal being revenge.
Payne is framed for a crime he has not committed and loses his badge as a result. Now, Payne is going above the law, killing people and actually solving things.
The story is told in a monologue fashion, primarily through comic book-esque cinematics. Writing is absolutely top-notch, and has some of the most memorable, quotable dialogue you’ll ever run across in a game.
The first title is hailed as a masterpiece of noir proportions, and the second game was almost as good. Max Payne 2 is a tragic love story between Max and an attractive femme fatale with a bone to grind from her past.
It was a classic case of the original being good with one flaw, and the sequel making up for said flaw but not continuing what made the first so great. Regardless, both titles are respective masterpieces and we all anticipate Max Payne 3 (if Rockstar actually starts talking more about it…).
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So – what’s in a name?
It can be analyzed many different ways. Simply as the title is, it could be “la noire”, the French feminine form of saying “the night”, “the darkness” or even quite literally, “the black.”
But if we look at the title in its entirety, Los Angeles Noire, it could be “Los Angeles night” or even so far as to mean “the angels night” or “the black angels.” The former is what I would like to hope to be true, but it mixes two different languages and doesn’t make sense in a grammatical way.
We have just under two weeks until the game releases and blows the world away.
If I’m enjoying the literal title, the full title should be awesome. (Bah dum tish!)
• L.A. Noire: The Storyline
The Angels’ Night
Team Bondi truly are crafting an epic that will go down in history as a breath of fresh air.
With one final week of anticipation to go, we will end on a note of epic proportions in the next and last installment.
You may want to brush up on your Frank Miller. Hint hint!
L.A. Noire The Collected Stories beginning to be released -
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What’s In A Name
by Jonathan Santlofer:
On the heels of this past Tuesday’s announcement about L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, a series of original short fiction inspired by the game itself, today we present for your reading pleasure the first full story release from that collection – as we introduce you to John… or is it Jon… or maybe it’s James…
A story of a sociopath with high hopes, and a curious knowledge of the Los Angeles underworld. And of a young LAPD detective working to crack the latest murder case to terrify the city.
Make sure you stay well and truly tuned for more releases from the series over the coming weeks to and through the launch of L.A. Noire. And look for the full set of stories to be made available for download as an e-book on June 6th.
by Meagan Abbott:-
Also available will be:
- Hell Of An Affair by Duane Swierczynski
- Black Dahlia & White Rose by Joyce Carol Oates
- See The Woman by Lawrence Block
- Naked Angle by Joe R. Lansdale
- Postwar Boom by Andrew Vachss
- School For Murder by Francine Prose
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
Previously on L.A. Noire Countdown:
- Week 6: Max Payne
- Week 5: Media Blowout
- Week 4: JFK Assassination
- Week 3: Dark City
- Week 2: The CSI Effect
- Week 1: The Untouchables
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