The first trailer for Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire has been released, showcasing some of the extensive voice acting and impressive facial animations in the game.

As you can see in the trailer below, the game has a heavy focus on the acting and story- and my, it looks interesting. The facial animations are impressive, especially when you compare them to something like GTA IV where the characters looked like they were trying to gulp in as much air as they could every time they said something. Let’s hope the body animations are just as good.

Rockstar press release below:

We are extremely pleased to announce the worldwide debut of our next video game, L.A. Noire.

Developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a dark and violent detective thriller set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the post-war years of the late 1940s, the most corrupt and violent period in the city’s history.

Based on groundbreaking performance capture technology that goes beyond traditional methods to render every subtlety and nuance of an actor’s facial expressions and emotions, L.A. Noire is the first game to truly explore what it means to be a detective, offering players the opportunity to solve crimes through a blend of classic action, clue-finding and interrogation, allowing players to analyze every subtle nuance of an actor’s performance in order to get to the truth.

This trailer was made entirely from in-game footage.