L.A. Noire's blooper reel is cool (and a little bit creepy)

Phil Savage


L.A. Noire's motion capture was impressive, but still required input from fallible human beings. Hence mistakes were made. Hence a gag reel of fluffed lines, misjudged delivery and sneezing was created. Only here, Depth Analysis - the firm that supplied the MotionScan technology - has released that reel using the in-engine characters from the game. The result is... kind of weird.

The final game's facial performances always struck me as slightly off - a result of the overly exaggerated expressions required to flag up whether a suspect was nervous or lying. Here, as the actors' avatars break character, sticking out tongues and smirking, we take a sharp left turn into the Uncanny Valley. Still, the accuracy and detail of the capture is undeniably sophisticated.

Thanks, Kotaku .

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Phil Savage

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.

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