Tuesday, 31 May 2011

[Played] Your Not Telling Me the Truth!

Like many folks at the moment, I'm enjoying the delights of L.A. Noire. You don't need me to tell you it's a fantastic piece of work (see Metacritic) or even that its a commercial success (see ChartTrack).

Whenever I play GTA, I always wonder what it would be like to play as a cop for a change, so L.A. Noire scratches that itch. Playing as a detective based in the 1940s is a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, the reason behind all the new facial tech within the game is to assist you when you interrogate folks. By watching the persons facial animations and using your own knowledge about how people react in various situations you should be able to work out whether or not that person is lying or telling the truth.

Now, I thought I was good at this. And after the first proper case I thought I had interrogations nailed. So why is it I suddenly can't seem to select the right response? What does this say about me?
Perhaps I'm a little naive.
Maybe I'm over-thinking about the statements they are giving.
Could it be possible that the facial tech just isn't as good as people say it is.
Or..I'm just terrible at reading people.
I'd probably say it's the latter of those 3 statements. I'm not the worlds most observant guy (as many friends, family and work colleagues would agree with). I've had no issues with finding all the clues/evidence, so I guess that means I'm quite patient and leave no pixel unturned. However, perhaps I don't read between the lines enough when I ask people questions, both in real life and in L.A. Noire, or in the back of my mind have come to expect people to tell me the truth.

I'm going to keep working my way through the game regardless (as it's nearly impossible to fail even if you constantly ask the wrong questions), and perhaps during the course of the rest of the story I'll develop my face-reading skills to the point where it helps me out in the real world.

Or not, as the case may be.

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