The Mean Streets Of LA
“It’s mind-boggling how much effort these guys went to,” says Jutzi, reflecting on the years of painstaking effort involved. That comment could apply to both the video game team and the original mapmakers. The extensive street-level detail gave the designers the historical information they needed to digitally create the game’s realism. The WPA draftsmen would be proud!
A botanist, however, might raise an eyebrow at one minor point in which in the virtual world of L.A. Noire strays from historical accuracy: the designers opted to depict L.A.’s iconic palm trees, which were still quite short in the 1940s, at a more familiar modern-day height.
But let’s not quibble about details.