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Three whole disks of crime capering

Bad news for Xbox 360 owners who can’t wait to get their hands on L.A. Noire: your version of the game will be coming on three DVD disks, while jammy PlayStation 3 owners get the whole game crammed onto one Blu-Ray disk.

This should hardly come as a surprise, as the game has motion capture data for over 400 cast members and over 50 hours of dialogue. No wonder the 7.95GB DVD format that the Xbox 360 isn’t big enough really. However, given that it’s not an open world game we’re told it’s not a problem, as the disk changes come at natural breaks. Phew.

‘L.A. Noire was always going to be a massive game, from the size and detail of the world to the length of the cases, and of course, the sheer amount of MotionScan data required for the faces of over 400 actors in-game,’ said Rockstar's Jeronimo Barrera to Kotaku. ‘To tell the story and make the game we wanted to make, we knew that it was going to take an entire single layer Blu-ray disc and three Xbox discs.

‘Since the game is built around the concept of progressing through individual cases from desk to desk, players on Xbox will find disc-swapping is hassle-free. In fact, players will only need to swap discs twice at natural breaks between cases without interrupting the flow of the game.’

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