Rockstar’s upcoming L.A. Noire puts the player in the shoes of Cole Phelps, a detective in 1940’s Los Angeles. Playing as Detective Phelps allows the player to solve the mysterys and engage in iconic shoot-outs with mobsters.
As you saw in the trailer, the facial animations are impressively realistic. This is a key mechanic of the game as the player will have to interview multiple characters to solve the crimes and will have to decide if a witness is telling you the truth or bending it.
For more info about the game, let me direct you to a previous article I wrote a few months back that really goes into the state-of-the-art technology that went into recording the actor’s faces. Article – L.A. Noire’s Motion Capture Will Stun You