L.A. Noire For 360 Needs Three Discs


Posted May 5, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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The Noir of L.A. Noire: Why Rockstar

According to Rockstar, upcoming open-world crime game L.A. Noire will ship on three discs for the Xbox 360.

"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," Jeronimo Barrera of Rockstar told Kotaku, "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."

Lest you think you'll constantly be getting off your couch a hundred times to switch discs, Rockstar says that you'll only have to swap out DVDs twice, and they happen at "natural breaks between cases."

"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," Barrera said.

Before you start imagining that L.A. Noire will be three times as long as Rockstar's single-disc Grand Theft Auto 4 or Red Dead Redemption, keep in mind: One of the main features of Noire is the facial-video technology. Basically, the cut scenes are meant to be more detailed than any other game I've ever heard of, and that, no doubt, will take a whole of disc space. Speaking of disc space, that Blu-Ray on the PS3 is seeming pretty useful right about now, eh?

While Nikole "Zipper" Zivalich says she hates switching discs, I feel it's a nostalgic trip back in time to my youth of playing PC games, some of which came on like 8 floppies that had to be switched constantly. What do you think?

Source: Kotaku

L.A. Noire For 360 Needs Three Discs