Last Call- LA Noire Then & Now Edition

LA Noire is a new video game that plunges its players into the City of Angels’ seedy past. LAist has a compilation of great then and now pictures that celebrate that games late ’40s setting. One of the most interesting is the street scene in which the famous (think Blade Runner) Bradbury Building is in the background. They also link to a cool LA Times/LA Noire 1947 interactive crime map, which shows you just which streets you should have been avoiding, back in the day.
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  1. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    The Zoot Suit Riots were probably the most stylish evar.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    The Bradbury Building is incredible. It was also in a classic episode of The Outer Limits, "Demon with a Glass Hand", starring Robert Culp. The building suffered a fire in 1947, by the way.

  3. Lotte Avatar

    If you have the time, go to the linked site for the actual game and watch the trailers and other clips of the game. It looks fantastic.

  4. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    The persistence of older pre-war architecture is among the things I'll miss most from leaving LA. For a place with a reputation for forgetting its history, there's still tons of it around. Not really the case with the Bay Area, outside of maybe SF, Oakland and Alameda.
    Remotely on topic: the site LA Noir (no "e") is a killer blog run by a fiction writer about crime (and historic crime) in LA. Not always right (and never claims to be), but awesome commentary and perspective. Generally hilarious, too.

  5. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    No PC version? Sadly, I've searched my pockets, and I seem to be all out of fucks to give.
    A pity – but hopefully it'll show up eventually, as Bully and GTA4 did (though the Red Dead series hasn't, so far). I suppose that this is really an AtomicToasters rant.
    Regardless, who am I kidding? I'll wait patiently and get it when/if it comes out for PC.

    1. acarr260 Avatar

      It's a very cool game; I rented it and returned it overdue. They have received a lot of press for the in-depth facial expressions that the characters have in-game while you're interrogating someone. Their mannerisms and facial expressions are sometimes all you have as far as information and you have to decide if you wish to challenge their story as you ask them questions. A very interesting take on the genre.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Good point, someone should cross post this to Atomic Toasters…

  6. LTDScott Avatar

    A good friend of mine who lives in L.A. and loves its history is going gaga over this game, mainly because the maps and areas you can travel are so accurate. He was telling me he was driving along a road in the game and thought to himself that in real life you could see the Hollywood sign from that vantage point, and sure enough, it appeared in the game.
    I'm not much of a gamer, that is pretty damn cool to me.