Posts Tagged ‘rockstar


The psychosis of Niko Bellic part two

niko bellic - playwisegaming.comThis is a continuation of a previous feature article written for a psychology class. Read on to learn how to treat Niko Bellic of “Grand Theft Auto IV” of his abnormal psychology. 

In order to help Bellic, I plan on starting him off on antipsychotics in order to curb some of the more acute Type I symptoms.

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The psychosis of Niko Bellic part one

Niko Bellic - playwisegaming.comBelow is the first part of an analytic look at the mental well-being of “Grand Theft Auto IV’s” main character, Niko Bellic. It was written for an abnormal psychology class, therefore reference to outside materials might be helpful in fully deciphering its meaning. However if you’re feeling lazy, you can generally use the context of the essay to extract most of its meaning. Let the psychoanalysis begin.

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Seedy underbelly of L.A. Noire’s gameplay exposed in lengthy new trailer

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After viewing Team Bondi’s recently released trailer for the upcoming detective action-adventure title, “L.A. Noire,” very little investigating is needed to decipher what exactly this game is all about.

The video does an incredible job of detailing all the minutia of the game, from chasing criminals down a dark alleyway to full-on interrogation of suspects. Continue reading to see the three-and-a-half-minute video orientation in action.
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UPDATED – L.A. Noire trailer leaks, reveals May 17 release date

Originally Published on Jan 22:

Publisher Rockstar was set to release the next trailer for their upcoming detective title, “L.A. Noire,”  on Monday Jan 24. By some chance of fate, the trailer has been leaked today, and other than showing even more incredible facial animations and the tiniest bit of plot details about tracking a serial killer in Los Angeles, it reveals a release date of May 17, 2011.

The trailer has been uploaded by quite a few people on YouTube, but you should watch it soon. Rockstar will inevitably be requesting their removal until they officially release it themselves.

UPDATE: Good prediction on our part. The video already appears to have been taken down, but trust us — it was glorious. We’ll update this on Monday with the new trailer.

UPDATE: The video has now been officially released by Rockstar and uploaded by IGN.


Staff picks of 2010 — part two

staff picks two - playwisegaming.comIn order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE will be featuring several articles in the next few weeks detailing the most memorable games of the year. So far we’ve talked about both our biggest disappointments and the best hidden gems of 2010.

Here’s the final round of staff picks for best games of 2010. If you missed the first one, you can find it here.

Check back on Tuesday Jan. 4 for our most anticipated titles of 2011.

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Technology behind facial animation in Rockstar’s L.A. Noire

For the last five years, Australian game developer Team Bondi has been working with the technology behind Rockstar’s latest third-person detective game slated for 2011, “L.A. Noire.”

Rather than animating the facial features of the game’s characters with computers, Team Bondi has been using optical cameras to capture real actors playing out the scenes from the game. The videos are then translated into a digital image and placed on the characters in the game.

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