Rockstar Games is really ramping things up as we draw ever-closer to the eagerly-anticipated release of L.A. Noire later this month. Today's treat comes to us in the form of the L.A. Noire 1947 Edition Crime Map, produced in collaboration with the L.A. Times.
While creating the game, Team Bondi sat down and read through reams of newspapers from back in the day - including every single issue of the L.A. Times from January 1st until December 31st 1947. This included "countless" true-crime reports, and dozens of inspiring tidbits that have all added up to the fictionalised cases now included in the game.
As we pace nervously waiting for the game to arrive, why not take a moment to browse through the L.A. Noire 1947 Edition Crime Map, lovingly compiled by both Rockstar Games and the L.A. Times archives group?
Not only will you find the original cases which inspired The Red Lipstick Murder and A Marriage Made in Heaven, but you'll also find other cases which range from the fascinating to the frightening.
Criminals these days just ain't what they used to be (with some notable exceptions).
You can read the original clippings from the 1947 editions of the L.A. Times, plus follow where they happened on a map of the area. Take a look, it's all on the game's website: http://www.latimes.com/lanoire - and there are more on the way!
Also on the topic of L.A. Noire, it seems that pre-release information isn't the only thing we'll be getting an abundance of. Thanks to the serious amount of voice acting and facial capture included in the game, it's going to be a pretty hefty end product. So hefty that while it will fit happily on one 25GB single-layer BluRay disc, you'll be picking up three DVDs for the Xbox 360 version to play the same content.
Fingers crossed that this means the gameplay itself is also pretty significant, and that they're not dedicating that much real estate to simply make things look awesome.
Jimmy the Geek