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.

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immortal843018d ago

can't wait to play this game.

DarkCharizard_3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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.

RedDead3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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

the_best_player3018d ago

Legend of Zelda SS and Gears of War 3, HELL NO!

DarkCharizard_3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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"


DelbertGrady3018d 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_Grylls3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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.

kingdavid3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

Skyrim is definite goty potential.

AngryTypingGuy3018d ago

GOTY will be LA Noire vs. Uncharted 3 vs. Gears of War 3 vs. Skyrim. My money is on Skyrim.

mikeslemonade3018d 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 Way3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

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.

BigBoss073018d 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_lord3018d ago

Skyrim will at least have 4 Goty Awards :]..
And One from me :D

DERKADER3018d 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.

sergiospain3018d 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...)

YodaCracker3017d ago (Edited 3017d 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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MoDyDo3018d ago

Yea it looks great and the map is really huge, I can't wait either

immortal843018d 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 :)

Pintheshadows3018d ago

I was just starting to forget about the ME3 delay and you bought it back up :(

NobleGamer3018d ago

Getting this next week :D Hey does anyone know if you can swim yet? How extensive is the free-roaming?

tja903018d ago

Rockstar has confirmed that Phelps will not be able to swim. It is the second yellow rockstar comment on the linked page.

AEtherbane3018d ago

consider me impressed. This game is looking absolutely incredible!

saladthieves3017d 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.

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stealth500k3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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

Rival_313018d ago

That makes you sound impatient.

aaabbbccc43243018d ago

there are other games for you sir.
bigger is better

GLoRyKnoT3018d ago

there are (other 4him) & thats what she said :) (so its gotta be true:) Got my pre-order in! BIG(map)W00T!

GameZenith3018d ago

So would you rather have linear corridor game?

OMGitzThatGuy3018d ago

Killzone 2 and 3 are good games dont insult them

nickjkl3018d 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

thrasherv33018d ago

@nickjkl: Actually UO added HUGE maps and made the game better.

GameZenith3017d 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.

nickjkl3017d 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

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HebrewHammer3018d 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...

Figboy3018d 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.



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.

InLaLaLand3018d 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.

awiseman3018d ago

go play killzone 3 then since linear corrodor movement is your style

Mikeyy3018d ago

Buy san andreas, k thx bai.

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TheTruth893018d ago (Edited 3018d 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?


xPhearR3dx3018d ago

With the use of a brain. The world is on all three discs, but with different parts of the story.

NukaCola3018d ago (Edited 3018d 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.

aaabbbccc43243018d ago

its not during exploration its when you start a new case

Daz3018d ago

how can people diagree with these 2 above ? does the truth hurt?

QuodEratDemonstrandm3018d 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.

lucifon3018d ago

No the story doesn't just involve text files with scripts, voice acting will take up a huge portion of space.

NobleGamer3018d ago

PS3 version for sure. 3 discs = LOL

sp1deynut3018d ago

No online for trophies, downloading updates, or keeping up with friends while you play = LOL

Orange Juice3018d ago

Woah! You can still earn trophies and download updates even during this temporary downtime! Way to not have a ps3, nut.

theaceh3018d ago

Someone please tell David Jaffe that Blu-Ray says hello.

BrianG3018d 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.

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DoomeDx3018d ago

Text files, scripts, sounds, dialog, missions, Cutscene animations.

Yes, 3 discs are necessery for that.

Mikeyy3018d ago

Im lost.. are you another drone that thinks all the data in the world fits in 7gb's via endless compression?

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aaabbbccc43243018d ago

will the santa monica be in the game?

gravemaker3018d ago

i cant believe it this big о_О gonna play today or tommorow already