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With LA Noire now nearly upon us it is safe to say that some people are stating that it is the first game of its kind mixing together deactivate work with an open environment and fantastic shooting scenes. Whilst this may be true there also people that state it is the first video game to borrow from the classic Noir film genre however this statement isn’t true. Here are some of the games that have taken parts from the genre (including LA Noire) and have ended up being fantastic games.
What is Noir?
The first point that readers must understand is what Noir is and how games can take from this. Traditional Noir movies tend to be Hollywood Crime dramas that have clear cynical attitudes and rather disturbing sexual motivations. However when it comes to a simple definition of how games can take from this you will find that Noir is described as strange, erotic, cruel and ambivalent.
Whilst the game is of course based on the comic books and people will not often include this in a list of traditional “noir” games I think this game deserves a place on this list as it has everything you would expect from a noir movie. The plot opens with the main protagonist badly wounded and with no memory of his past which immediately opens up to that ambivalence that you would expect from a movie in the genre. The game also opens with a woman in a very tight red swimming costume (there’s your erotic) and the story continues in a strange and new style (certainly to a video game back in 2003) with a whole lot of violence which ticks every box on the noir checklist. Arguments to this? Bring it!
Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
As a Marvel fan and a big gamer a fairly decent Spider-Man game was welcomed with open arms last year. Having being royally screwed over with previous Spider-Man games, I was sceptical about purchasing a new game but am certainly glad I did. The game allows players to play as four separate Spider-Men ranging from the classic Amazing Spider-Man to the futuristic Spider-Man 2099. The key one to talk about here was the Spider-Man Noir. Not only was this segment more of a tactical stealth section of the game but it was pretty much all in black and white which really added to the game play.
Okay so you don’t have all of the things ticked off but what you do have is noire in the name!
A fantastically well made adventure game that pretty much took what Noir movies did in the 20s and 30s and put it right into a modern world setting. Players interact with the game more than play it by performing actions that are highlighted on the screen. These range from a simple press of a button to shaking the controller in various directions. The game features four protagonists that are all trying to figure out the mystery behind the Origami Killer. The game has several endings that depend on what players have chosen and decided upon during the overall storyline.
Just look at the title! You can expect the forthcoming game from Team Bondi and Rockstar to be the best rendition of the movie genre yet. Added to this is the fact the game is set in LA within the post war 40s and based around crime, sex, violence, cruelty and ambivalence, Is there any way this game could get any more Noir?
Are there any other titles you can think of that contain Noir references?