Rockstar’s latest offering, L.A. Noire, has been advertised as a playable movie with a rich plot and deeply drawn characters. The crime drama game puts the player in the shoes of a new homicide detective.

The game went on sale Tuesday for $59.99 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Early reviews for the game have been glowing.

CNET praised the way the game handles the crime investigations. IGN’s 8.5 of 10 review called it a “bold and unique take on games as entertainment,” with perfect acting.

And in his USA Today review, Brett Molina said L.A. Noire could be the game of the year, comparing it to Rockstar’s blockbuster Grand Theft Auto series and films such as “L.A. Confidential” and “Chinatown.”

Actors Aaron Staton of “Mad Men” and John Noble of “Fringe” lend their voices and their likenesses to the game’s characters.

What sets L.A Noire apart, reviews say, is the characters. Using developer Team Bondi’s MotionScan technology, the game captures every detail of the actors’ faces — PCMag said that there are moments in the game where players have to decipher whether someone is lying based solely on their expression.

L.A. Noire’s attention to detail seems to be what sets it apart. The game also faithfully re-creates Los Angeles as it was in the 1940s thanks to aerial photographs from Robert Spence, a daredevil photographer from L.A.

According to Popular Science, developers re-created the city using the photographs Spence snapped with a 46-pound camera while hanging out of his plane’s cockpit.

Related stories:

Pac-Man, Portal, Heavy Rain among games headed to Smithsonian

Video game song wins a Grammy

A conversation with video game exhibition curator Chris Melissinos