Those of you who thoroughly enjoyed Heavy Rain on the PS3 (like us) are anxious to get their hands on Rockstar’s L.A. Noire this week. Although many believe Rockstar have developed L.A. Noire, the GTA and Red Dead Redemption creator have actually taken a seat in their publishing HQ. Team Bondi are the creators of this forties detective fest and we have to say, it’s looking to be a pretty amazing PS3 and Xbox 360 release.

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L.A. Noire is looking to become a chart-topping release from Team Bondi

We’ve witnessed some very good feedback from L.A. Noire and from what we’ve seen, read and heard…we can honestly say that L.A. Noire is the game all Next-Gen consoles have been crying out for! We’re all familiar with the golden rule that gameplay always triumphs over visual appeal, but at the same time I’m sure many of you (just like us) have often wondered why you shell out for such Next-Gen powerhouses when many developers simply pump-out Tetris remakes, arcade classics or any other retro remake? Don’t get us wrong, these are still amazing to play but be honest…did you honestly shell-out £300 on your next-gen console to play these titles? No. This is where the beauty of L.A. Noire comes into play.

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L.A. Noire is no retro re-release and you'll be sure to get your money's worth from your next-gen console, with this blockbuster

It’s no secret that L.A. Noire looks amazing. The trailers show Team Bondi’s newly created technology that enables real-life actors to perform scenes for the development team to then graphically create over. But here is where our graphics and gameplay join ultimate forces. Here is where you suddenly realise that for the first time in gaming history, one can’t truly live without the other. L.A Noire’s gameplay will mainly revolve around questioning and interrogating witnesses and suspects. You’ll have to decide who’s telling the truth, lying or covering all from the facial expressions and overall body language of the characters. This means that L.A. Noire’s gameplay totally relies on it’s visual power. Without the incredible detail and life-like expressions and reactions, L.A. Noire wouldn’t pack the same punch.

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L.A. Noire's advanced facial motion capture techniques, make it one the most visually impressive next-gen releases

Yes, L.A. Noire uses real actors who not only lend their acting talents, but their physical features too. You’ll continue to spot very familiar faces throughout your first play-through of L.A. Noire. The cast is very impressive.

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Lord of the Rings and Fringe fans will recognise John Noble, lending his talent to L.A. Noire. Fingers crossed for Fringe season 4!

L.A. Noire isn’t only about finding evidence and questioning suspects. The game also includes action-packed chase scenes and firefights. It seems that a good blend action and strategy form the compound that is L.A. Noire. With high scores coming from major online and magazine game critics, we can’t wait to get our hands on L.A. Noire.

L.A. Noire is released on 20th May 2011 and many games retailers are offering different forms of free L.A. Noire DLC, so be sure to shop around and take your pick!