FAN THE FIRE
t eels like every year Rockstarput out a title that the video gameindustry touts as ‘game-changing’.Just in the last our years we’ve hadthe absorbing story o
Grand Tet Auto IV
, a miniaturised version on theNintendo DS with
Grand Tet Auto:Chinatown Wars
, the epic landscapes o
Red Dead Redemption
. And now the lat-est, the remarkable acial movementsand graphics o
.Set in Los Angeles in 1947, play-ers take control o Cole Phelps, a warhero-turned LAPD detective, throwninto the corrupt and brutal under-world o a city unable to cope withits own growth and success amid anexpansive post-war boom.With much o the game charg-ing you with tracking down the realculprit behind the amous Black Dahliamurders, ater tracking down clues ateach crime scenes and investigatingthe bodies and oten limited evidence,much o your time in the game is spentinterviewing suspects and gaugingwhether they’re telling the truth.With lie-detectors no where to beseen, instead its your human intuitionthat’ll need to lead you down one pathor the other, but it’s only made possi-ble my the implementation o remark-able technology that creates stunning-ly realistic impressions and reactions.While at rst a elon’s tells will be littleless than obvious, soon they becomemore subtle; the slight twitching o an eye, or moving one’s head around alittle too much. It eels like you’re re-ally in the scene, sat right at the table,shaking your suspect down. And at one point, the charactersreally were. o get such remarkablerealism, every scene, piece o dialogueand storyline was acted out by proes-sional actors (most o which seem tohave walked straight o the
set), their every move charted by de-tailed motion capture on the body, andin particularly, the ace.It creates a nished productthat puts a lot o lms to shame. Barperhaps
, you won’t nd suchdetailed acial mapping on the silverscreen, and ater another very well-written plot, it makes you wonder justwhen Rockstar, or some o their team,will try their hand at movies.Executive producing
has been their only real orayto date, and starring Danny Dyer, itcan’t really be counted as a seriouspiece o lmmaking. But all the ingre-dients are there or them to make areal stab as the silver screen; the worldo
is perectly set-up, whilethe story o Cole Phelps would havemade or a much better Black Dahliamovie than the 2006 Brian De Palmaproduction. Ten again, i it meansthey’d have to slow up on makingvideo games (and it almost certainlywould, I’m not sure I’d be so exciteable.
The perfect crime.