LA Noire's facial animations have gotten a great deal of attention, but Rockstar's gritty crime thriller is more than just a pretty face. Check out the first in a series of videos investigating the gameplay of LA Noire.

LA Noire mixes action and adventure gaming in a way I never knew I wanted. I was fine with limiting my detective work to point-and-click affairs, scratching my action game bug with games more suited to fast-paced thrills. LA Noire looks to deliver the best of both worlds.

Check out the video to see how we'll be playing the game come May 17, once we get over those startlingly lifelike facial expressions.