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L.A Noire map is this big

Team Bondi has created 8 square miles of LA, so that means the map is huge, isn’t it? A look at the four screens below show that the game’s map is indeed vast and begging for exploration. (L.A. Noire, PS3, Xbox 360)

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immortal84  +   1730d ago
can't wait to play this game.
DarkCharizard_  +   1730d ago
LA Noire vs Uncharted 3 vs Legend of Zelda SS vs Portal 2 vs Gears of War 3.

EDIT: Thanks immortal, i made the correction :) Though I think Skyrim & Dark Souls have great potential, we can't say for sure that they will be GotY quality.
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RedDead  +   1730d ago
Personal preference here, but I would take Skyrim over all of them. More than likely, if it is what it looks like(Morrowind Oblivion cross over with upgrades)

Also Demons souls was my Game of the year for whenever I got it. I think it comes down to what people look for in games, normally I use other games to hold me off until the next big RPG. Also don't be surprised if The Witcher 2 is Game of the year. It probably will be but of course it will get looked over because it is a pc game. I wish I could play it, haven't got the specs though.

Well anyway, LA Noire looks like it will be good. I like when games do something different than anyone else, like Heavy Rain.

@below.....Why not Gears 3? from what i've heard it rapes Gears 2 and surpasses Gears 1, an obvious GotY contender. And LoZ? Seriously doubting LoZ. I don't even like LoZ even but it is one of the most loved and respected franchises in gaming
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the_best_player  +   1730d ago
Legend of Zelda SS and Gears of War 3, HELL NO!
DarkCharizard_  +   1730d ago
Well personally speaking I'd take Xenoblade Chronicles over Skyrim as my most anticipated RPG any day. Also, you guys are such noobs.

One says "LOZ SS and GoW3 HELL NO!"

The other says "from what i've heard it rapes Gears 2 and surpasses Gears 1, an obvious GotY contender. And LoZ? Seriously doubting LoZ. I don't even like LoZ"

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DelbertGrady  +   1730d ago
Logic says Uncharted 3 won't get amny GOTY awards. Not because it's a bad game but because Uncharted 2 won so many last year. My bets are on L.A. Noire and Portal 2.
Bear_Grylls  +   1730d ago
Take gears 3 and Zelda out and add Battlefield 3 and Witcher 2 and your list is perfect.

No Gears has been or ever will be GOTY material.
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kingdavid  +   1730d ago
Skyrim is definite goty potential.
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AngryTypingGuy  +   1729d ago
GOTY will be LA Noire vs. Uncharted 3 vs. Gears of War 3 vs. Skyrim. My money is on Skyrim.
mikeslemonade  +   1729d ago
8 sq miles is on the tiny side. Square root 8 is like 2.7. I just ran 3 miles in 22 minutes. The game does look more detailed than most open world games.
No Way  +   1729d ago
@mikeslemonade -
It all depends on how you use the 8 square miles, though, wouldn't ya say?
L.A. Noire looks very compact with lots of road and other little goodies.
Where as a game like .. Just Cause 2 where there is a bunch of emptiness.
Then 8 square miles isn't really of anything to be too overly happy about.
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BigBoss07  +   1729d ago
Skyrim definitly looks to be getting either GOTY this year or RPG of the year without a doubt. I'm a big fan of demon souls and can't wait for dark souls, but I consider it one of those "under the radar" games. Its a good thing that it is though because thats what make demon souls so awesome.
Resistance_lord  +   1729d ago
Skyrim will at least have 4 Goty Awards :]..
And One from me :D
DERKADER  +   1729d ago
I think it's funny that a couple a screen shots of a map gets turned into a GOTY debate. By the way there are about 2 dozen GOTY awards. They will all win at least one GOTY award or they can just create a new GOTY awards to give to their game.
sergiospain  +   1729d ago
LA Noire - Portal 2 - Skyrim - Battlefield 3 - and here either uncharted 3 or Zelda.

I don't think Gears will make it to the list and uncharted is going the same direction too, you know, the "another sequel that doesn't innovate" syndrome. Zelda could make the cut if it's a good game, because, you know, being a Zelda, being good + being Zelda = being awesome for everyone.

But that still doesn't matter because Skyrim is gonna take GOTY no matter what. Sorry Portal 2, you are a great game, but too short. Sorry LA Noire, you will be a great game, but in the sandbox category Skyrim will be superior. Sorry Battlefield 3, but I find it difficult for you to win being a FPS, even though you look great.

Oh and yeah, the underdog of this year will be of course Dark Souls. Maybe not so much since Xbox360 owners are hyping it up since it went multiplat (owners that probably didn't even know Demon's souls exists...)
YodaCracker  +   1729d ago

Gears of War won 30 GOTY awards in 2006, and was only second place to Oblivion.


Gears of War 2 won 8 GOTY awards in 2008, putting it as the fifth best game of the year.

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MoDyDo  +   1730d ago
Yea it looks great and the map is really huge, I can't wait either
immortal84  +   1730d ago
@ WiiS3:

Don't forget about Gears 3, Skyrim, The Witcher 2 and Dark Souls.

BTW Mass Effect 3 has been delayed it's due to be released in 2012 now. So it isn't a contender for GOTY 2011 :)
Pintheshadows  +   1729d ago
I was just starting to forget about the ME3 delay and you bought it back up :(
NobleGamer  +   1730d ago
Getting this next week :D Hey does anyone know if you can swim yet? How extensive is the free-roaming?
tja90  +   1729d ago
Rockstar has confirmed that Phelps will not be able to swim. It is the second yellow rockstar comment on the linked page.
AEtherbane  +   1729d ago
consider me impressed. This game is looking absolutely incredible!
egidem  +   1729d ago
I want to know how they are going to split a huge open world on 3 Xbox 360 discs and make it playable. It would suck if I travel across the map and halfway through, I'm met with a message that says pop in disc 2.
stealth500k  +   1730d ago
does having a huge map make it good?

really no

If anything it makes travel more of a bore and like every rockstar game theres hardly anything to do in these maps but go from point A to point B
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Rival_31  +   1730d ago
That makes you sound impatient.
aaabbbccc4324  +   1730d ago
there are other games for you sir.
bigger is better
GLoRyKnoT  +   1729d ago
there are (other 4him) & thats what she said :) (so its gotta be true:) Got my pre-order in! BIG(map)W00T!
GameZenith  +   1730d ago
So would you rather have linear corridor game?
OMGitzThatGuy  +   1729d ago
Killzone 2 and 3 are good games dont insult them
nickjkl  +   1729d ago
so what your saying is as long as a game has big maps it automatically makes it a better game

nope im not seeing it making cod maps bigger wont make it a better game
thrasherv3  +   1729d ago
@nickjkl: Actually UO added HUGE maps and made the game better.
GameZenith  +   1729d ago

I'm not saying that having huge maps automatically makes a game good, but in no way does having huge maps automatically makes the game bad.

In fact, depending on the type of game, having huge maps actually DOES make the game better. Now there are games with huge maps that are still bad like Two Worlds, and the True Crimes games. However having huge maps with a very lively enviornment really does add to the atmosphere and immersion of a videogame, take Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and GTA4 for example.

Skyrim and L.A. Noire would be similar.
nickjkl  +   1729d ago
but you disagreed with the fact that bigger wasnt always better

meaning you think bigger is better

now your saying that bigger isnt always better

make up your mind
HebrewHammer  +   1729d ago
You know what, I'm inclined to agree with stealth500k. GTAIV really lacked the "extracurricular" activities present in PS2-era GTA titles, and LA Noire sounds like it will be going the way of Mafia 2: 99.9% focus on story, leaving behind a huge open world to take advantage of for side missions and fun distractions. I mean, isn't that the point of an open world game? I think RDR did a great job with those fun little distractions and unlockables, but LA Noire looks to be taking a very different approach. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to it as much as the next guy, but I think the city, albeit expansive, will give little incentive to explore it. It seems the only thing outside of the story missions are collectibles..... Sounds like Mafia II's Playboys... What a bore...
Figboy  +   1729d ago
Actually, LA Noire has 40 or so side quests you can complete while doing the main story quests.

Your police scanner will inform you of stuff (purse snatchers, robberies, suicide jumpers, etc), and you can respond to the call.

The game does share a similarity with Mafia 2 in that there is a heavy emphasis on story, and less emphasis on sandbox gameplay (LA Noire is open world, not a sandbox), but Noire looks to be more intriguing from a game play perspective, and many people, such as my self, are excited about exploring an environment based off of a real city that they are familiar with.
MARKUS_MAX1MUS  +   1729d ago

I think alot of open world games have lost their fun element since San Andreas, half the time when playing these games I cant help but think....

"it would be really good if.."

San Andreas pretty much had it all and I think Rockstars last GTA game really took a step backward in content and offered pretty graphics and sound instead.

THe setting of LA Noire doesnt particulary appeal to me but I will still check it out.
InLaLaLand  +   1729d ago
The map seems similar to the first True Crime: Streets of La game.

@Figboy, the police scanner reminds me of Yakuza 4 (Tanimura but no karma system) and True Crime which you get a karma system like Infamous 1.

I'm not really looking forward to this game. I think you beat it once and never complete it again but that's just me.
awiseman  +   1729d ago
go play killzone 3 then since linear corrodor movement is your style
Mikeyy  +   1729d ago
Buy san andreas, k thx bai.
TheTruth89  +   1730d ago
how the hell this can be possibile with the three discs version?? change disc during map exploration?


So... the discs are necessary just because of some TEXT files with scripts? o bunch of MB?

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xPhearR3dx  +   1730d ago
With the use of a brain. The world is on all three discs, but with different parts of the story.
NukaCola  +   1729d ago
Will there only be certain sidequests on discs?The main story is broken up amongst 3 discs, but what about all the extra stuff? How does that work on 3 discs? It would be stupid to lost out on large chunks of sidequests because the game has to jump to the next disc after doing a story mission.
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aaabbbccc4324  +   1730d ago
its not during exploration its when you start a new case
Daz  +   1730d ago
how can people diagree with these 2 above ? does the truth hurt?
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1729d ago
I think some people just like to disagree for giggles. Don't know how that would work though.

"Hahahaha.... I just clicked disagree, I'm funny.... hahahahaha."

See? It's not really working for me.

Now watch as I get disagrees.
lucifon  +   1730d ago
No the story doesn't just involve text files with scripts, voice acting will take up a huge portion of space.
NobleGamer  +   1730d ago
PS3 version for sure. 3 discs = LOL
sp1deynut  +   1729d ago
360 version for sure.
No online for trophies, downloading updates, or keeping up with friends while you play = LOL
Orange Juice  +   1729d ago
Woah! You can still earn trophies and download updates even during this temporary downtime! Way to not have a ps3, nut.
theaceh  +   1729d ago
Someone please tell David Jaffe that Blu-Ray says hello.
BrianG  +   1729d ago
Well, good news Spideynut

PSN is coming back up tonight into early morning, depending on your region. So looks like we will have online.

Also as the above said, we can already earn trophies and download updates while the network is down. Just proves you don't have a PS3, or don't play it.
DoomeDx  +   1729d ago
Text files, scripts, sounds, dialog, missions, Cutscene animations.

Yes, 3 discs are necessery for that.
Mikeyy  +   1729d ago
Im lost.. are you another drone that thinks all the data in the world fits in 7gb's via endless compression?
aaabbbccc4324  +   1730d ago
will the santa monica be in the game?
gravemaker  +   1730d ago
i cant believe it this big о_О gonna play today or tommorow already
Sugreev2001  +   1730d ago
Release Already !!
Jonah_Reese  +   1729d ago
Haaa That's what she said. Sorry couldn't help it.

But yes, I cannot wait for this game.
Etseix  +   1729d ago
Release the kraken!
SolidStoner  +   1730d ago
I hope there is more open world, like in red dead or san andreas.. I hate 100% urban..

anyway this game is good, and must buy for me!
Oldman100  +   1730d ago
OMG airport. Can't wait to hijack a plane.


lol this game is going to be epic.
NnT3291  +   1729d ago
I dont think we can play this game like GTA lol
Lirky  +   1730d ago
I bet the quality in this game is amazing like rdr, but if it includes tons of arresting features like u can arrest any random criminal looting or harassing ppl itll have that similiar feeling to rdr with the lasso.

Itll be interesting to see how rockstar and teambondi used the extra space given from blu ray to see what things are polished and maybe reduced loadtimes too. I know it was developed soley on the ps3s hardware first, then ported down to the 360s.
Funky Town_TX  +   1730d ago
Then it better be super sweet.
MasterCornholio  +   1730d ago
looks pretty good to me. If the reviews are good i am going to have to pick this title up
Lirky  +   1730d ago
The reviews maybe good its a sandbox police game, like rockstar are very good in storytelling and quality visuals of games, sometimes it lacks like in-depth features like overdoing features as in grabbing ppl and walking around while having them in your grasps.
Pintheshadows  +   1730d ago
I think that sandbox maybe a bit wrong. Open world, yes, but I expect this to guide you more like Mafia 2 and have LA as a backdrop for the story.
Funky Town_TX  +   1730d ago
No more hype and excusses
It was said that the 360 held back GTA. With the game being on 3 disc and the PS3 being the lead platform LA should have no limits. Im tired of the hyped Rockstar games only holding my attention for a few months. I want replay value.
GameOn  +   1729d ago
I don't really dig R* games either.
All the best to them though and hopefully this is their first game I can finish.
news4geeks  +   1729d ago
will probably play this in a few years time.
krazykombatant  +   1729d ago
Need a bloody job soo badly.... Between partying, taking out lady friends, and new games. I have no money, The one time where not owning a ps3 seems like a good thing.... (sadly it's not).... Oh well pussy trumps video games.
Savader  +   1729d ago
Too...much...detail!! Eyes...MELTING!!!
SpinalRemains138  +   1729d ago
3 disks? It's 2011. Who the hell wants 3 disks?
Incipio  +   1729d ago
A 360 gamer! Duh! What choice does one have?
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Marquis_de_Sade  +   1729d ago
I listen to album over 2,3 - 4 discs, it doesn't particularly bother me. I'm a PS3 only owner but at times I would much prefer an extra disc as opposed to sitting through a lengthy mandatory install.
Incipio  +   1729d ago
8 square miles is relatively small (tiny, even) compared to most open world titles. I just hope that it is indeed packed with much detail including lots of buildings with interiors.
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CrzyFooL  +   1729d ago
lol @ Vizio :-p
SlyFoxC  +   1729d ago
Thats what she said
Figboy  +   1729d ago
Nice! I saw my street looking at the map. I'm totally gonna drive by it and check out if my apartment complex is there. It's an old building, so it's very possible.

Can't wait. Already got it pre-ordered from Amazon, and I changed it to release day delivery right before the cut off. Tuesday can't get here soon enough. I wonder if I'll come down with a mysterious case of the "24 hour flu..."

EDIT: I think people saying that 8 square miles is small aren't taking into account that LA has a LOT of streets and blocks within that space. Just look at the map! I'm so surprised it has so many side streets that I'm familiar with represented. Lots of potential for stuff to be hidden really well throughout the map.
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Incipio  +   1729d ago
I'm from Alhambra, I lived in South Pasadena, and I frequented downtown all the time...and yeah there's a lot in there, but you have to keep in mind that 8 square miles in an open world game is rather insignificant UNLESS there is much detail in all the environment and there are lots of buildings with interiors. One thing that bothered me about GTA IV was the absolute lack of buildings with interactive aspects and lack of interiors. The city felt...fake (yeah, I know it's a game, but you know what I mean), even with the lively pedestrians and random things that happen.

Red Dead Redemption was a little better with that. Yeah, there was less "civilization" overall, but what was there was typically more apt to being interactive or able to be entered and explored by the player.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1729d ago
Should I play this On on PlayStation for the possiible visual improvements and on 1 disc or xbox. Well seein how I only own a xbox I'm gonna buying it for the Box lol.
acemonkey  +   1729d ago
midnight release cant come any sooner
dkgshiz  +   1729d ago
First this game, then Infamous 2 in June. Good gaming incoming.
theroadtoruin  +   1729d ago
my god, that is what you call a game. i can see putting over 100 hours in this game easy.
Orionsangel  +   1729d ago
PSN is coming back online! Sony just sent out a press release.
earbus  +   1729d ago
I decided to get dirt 3 instead but will get it for 360 eventually to support team bondi,rockstar games suck so this may be good as they didnt build it all best rockstar game is still table tennis.
SpLinT  +   1729d ago
its all a waste of time unless 70%~ of the buildings and houses are explorable. GTA4 had like 90% locked which is stupid.
Orionsangel  +   1729d ago
If it has a world that big. It has to be open world to some extent. There's no way a linear game would cover all that space.
fullmetal297  +   1729d ago
F all you guys. My GOTY choice is battlefield 3. Will rain a hailstorm of fire upon every game it touches.
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