Rockstar and Team Bondi are positively bucking the trend with L.A. Noire. Where most impatient gamers skip past cutscenes in order to get back to the gameplay, Rockstar and Team Bondi are delivering the opposite with L.A. Noire. You will be able to bypass difficult action sequences in order to get back to the real meat of the experience: the story. Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame would be so proud.
This news broke at the Tribeca Film Festival where Rockstar’s Art Director Rob Nelson was on hand to show off the company’s interactive crime thriller. During the gameplay demonstration, Nelson talked briefly about the difficulty curve that L.A. Noire would present to gamers, mentioning that Rockstar and Team Bondi implemented a new feature which allows gamers to skip action-heavy sections if they find them too difficult. “You can skip those action elements and still experience the bulk of the narrative,” said Nelson. Players will be prompted with the option after failing any given action sequence two or three times. It's also worth noting that MTV is reporting that 80% of L.A. Noire is devoid of action. The vast majority of the game is spent interviewing suspects and searching for evidence.
So, if you’re interested in L.A. Noire’s cinematic qualities, but lack the hand-eye coordination to turn digital heads into blobs of digital, bloody chunks, consider this Rockstar and Team Bondi’s way of tipping the hat in your direction. And remember, you can always choose to ignore these prompts if you consider yourself a “true gamer”... whatever that means.
L.A. Noire launches on May 17 on PS3 an Xbox 360.