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L.A. Noire Will Ship On Three Discs For Xbox 360

Jonathan Lester
Discs, Games news, L.A. Noire, PS3, Rockstar, Xbox 360
L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire Will Ship On Three Discs For Xbox 360

Rockstar's L.A. Noire is set to boast the best facial animations ever seen in a game, featuring over 400 motion-captured faces for its massive cast of characters. However, this level of detail is set to come at a heavy file size cost: and will fill three Xbox 360 DVDs when it launches in a couple of weeks. Full story below.

Speaking to Kotaku, Rockstar's Jeronimo Barrera confirmed that L.A. Noire will ship on three DVDs on the Xbox 360 and fill an entire 25GB Blu-Ray disc on the PS3.

L.A. Noire was always going to be a massive game, from the size and detail of the world to the length of the cases, and of course, the sheer amount of MotionScan data required for the faces of over 400 actors in-game. To tell the story and make the game we wanted to make, we knew that it was going to take an entire single layer Blu-ray disc and three Xbox discs.

All arguments for and against the Xbox 360's disc format of choice notwithstanding, Barrera has allayed our fears that disc-swapping will become an overly intrusive part of the experience. Apparently we'll only need to change the DVD during natural breaks in the narrative.

Since the game is built around the concept of progressing through individual cases from desk to desk, players on Xbox will find disc-swapping is hassle-free. In fact, players will only need to swap discs twice at natural breaks between cases without interrupting the flow of the game.

Finally, Barrera confirmed that more DLC will likely be on the way after launch - and that the case file narrative structure will allow future episodes to slot seamlessly into the experience.

Throughout development, we created lots of great cases, the bulk of which were central to the main story of Cole Phelps and his rise through the ranks of the LAPD, alongside other cases that felt more like strong stand-alone episodes. This gave us a powerful main story, and left us with quality extra content that we wanted to put out as DLC, that would slot seamlessly into the existing game.

We're very, very excited about L.A. Noire; regardless of how many discs it ships on. However, it might be time to ask whether the Xbox 360 disc is due for an upgrade...

Add a comment12 comments
Hippidy  May. 6, 2011 at 12:24

Perhaps microsoft could bring out some sort of high capacity DVD, an HD DVD if you will. They could sell the drive as some sort of external device which you connect to your Xbox with a USB cable.... Oh... wait a minute.

Jonathan Lester  May. 6, 2011 at 12:27

Ooh, that's a novel idea. Maybe they could get some serious industry backing for it as well in order to make sure that it doesn't flop? Hurry to the patent office, Hippidy! :)

Gunn  May. 6, 2011 at 13:34

Well its 100% that the new xbox will have a higher capacity disc but will it be blu ray or will they use a proprietary format like the wii 2 is apparently using.

Its good to see that the disc swapping is only twice but I do wonder how much impact disc swapping has on the development of a game, id say its got to be simpler if a game is on one disc.

yak  May. 6, 2011 at 13:53

surely most people would just install the discs on the HD

Jonathan Lester  May. 6, 2011 at 13:56

You'll still need to have the disc in the drive, though. The HDD install is designed to increase loading speeds rather than to replace disc-swapping.

Rubisco  May. 6, 2011 at 14:02

The Wii 2 will apparently be made entirely out of cheese.

The Gamer  May. 6, 2011 at 14:06

Indeed, otherwise it'd make it considerably easier to play games by nefarious means.

Rubisco  May. 6, 2011 at 14:08

Surely each disc isn't required to perform the copy-protection procedure? As long as all the data is on the HDD, the only function of having the disc in is to stop people installing their mates copies on their machine, you don't need all 3 discs to do that.

Rubisco  May. 6, 2011 at 14:15

How? That's absolute nonsense. The only nefarious means I can see is if one person plays through the first disc without installing, then lends the game to a friend to install, friend uses disc 1 to play and the owner continues on with disc 2 and 3. This rare event only serves to speed up the lending of a game that would have been leant anyway, it's not worth inconveniencing everybody over.

Jonathan Lester  May. 6, 2011 at 14:35

This is naturally only speculation, but I'd assume that L.A. Noire will check the disc drive every time it demands a disc change, regardless of if the data is on the HDD. I'll let you know if I hear differently.

Mass Effect 2 requires you to place disc 2 in the drive even if you have it installed, for the record.

ODB  May. 6, 2011 at 16:14

Sucks but I'm gonna switch to PS3 for this game me thinks....shame would prefer it on 360 tbh. Thank god I own both :)

Steve  May. 6, 2011 at 16:36

...as does every other multi-disc 360 title except Forza 3, where the second disc is more akin to the extra content that you find on two-disc GOTYs


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