Rockstar's L.A. Noire was released to critical acclaim in 2011, not so much for its gameplay, but for its use of state-of-the-art facial-mapping technology to bring the game's characters to life. A new video from Australian tech firm Depth Analysis shows off some of the hilarious real-time outtakes that were left on the game's cutting room floor.
Creating today's video games is a lot like creating an animated movie. It's not enough to have a voice actor crank out some lines and collect a check anymore. Facial expressions and body movements are now captured using sophisticated motion-capture technology in real-time to give characters realistic and convincing characteristics.
For L.A. Noire, Depth Analysis captured over 400 actors using its MotionScan technology, including all manner of flubs by actor Aaron Station, who plays lead protagonist Cole Phelps. Every single cough, sneeze and line mix-up made by the actor is actually captured in real-time and mapped to the in-game character's face. It's pretty frikkin' weird to look at, but trust us, it's worth your five minutes to sit down and watch these polygonal characters goof up.