17 June 2011

Random Quasi-Informed Thought

L.A. Noire seems to contain about as much "Noir" as Troll 2 contains trolls.

Additionally, among those who have reviewed the game -- positively and negatively -- I haven't found any great pieces written by fans whose familiarity with Film Noir extends past L.A. Confidential and Chinatown. Not that this is a terrible thing, but it does seem like a wasted opportunity to educate.

Folks, for starters:

Out of the Past
Kiss Me Deadly
Touch Of Evil
Criss Cross
In A Lonely Place
Night and the City
Double Indemnity
The Big Sleep
Murder, My Sweet
The Killers

Back to games, this article is great. Not simply as a review, but as a critical evaluation of the pitfalls and possibilities of storytelling through games.