If you thought L.A Noire was a long game then think again as it was actually shortened before the final cut was produced, meaning it was in fact intended to be even longer. That’s right; the news comes as Team Bondi has been discussing how they were forced to cut two whole desks in order to fit the game, which already took up three DVDs on the Xbox 360, onto one Blu-ray disc for the PlayStation 3.
The desks were the different departments that players were promoted to once they had been successful for each case, for example Traffic. The two desks which Team Bondi were forced to cut were Burglary, which consisted of robbed houses and muggings and Bunko which is another word for fraud.
According to CVG Brendon McNamara, Team Bondi co-founder, told PSM3 the two desks which did not make the final cut were that close to doing so that they had actually designed 11 cases for Burglary and had begun developing them to the extent of artwork and writing, but they would have just pushed the overall size of the game over the limit for one Blu-ray.
One of the main reasons that the game was so large to start with was down to its advanced face capturing MotionScan technology. It was used throughout the game as a main feature and played a vital role in the way players were able to conduct interviews. The tech was so accurate that players could tell if suspects were telling the truth or not just from their facial expressions, something we hadn’t really seen before.
Not only were the extra cases cut but the developers were also unable to include the ability to fail missions, which is why you are forced to just try again when you don’t find the correct suspect. The original plan was once a case was failed, players were forced to take care of petty crimes such as muggings and car chases before they were allowed to continue a major desk case again. There is a fair amount of extra content for L.A Noire that players are able to experience from DLC packs, though strangely none of the extra content includes either of those desks.
Obviously the final cut has not disappointed however, despite being a lot shorter, it has still managed to shift a total of 1.32 million copies in the U.S since its launch in May, making it the bestselling game for the last two months. Are you glad the cut fit one Blu-ray or would you have preferred a longer game? Do you think the cut content should be made available via a DLC?