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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire PC review

The law is an ass

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1 year ago

Rockstar planning PC-only VR version of L.A. Noire

Rockstar’s first foray into the uneven world of virtual reality isn’t a GTA spin-off, or a brand new game, but instead VR version of Rockstar and Team Bondi's 2011 detective romp, L.A. Noire [official site]. While the current generation of consoles are getting the whole game with added 4K support and the like, over on PC we're in for a trimmed-down version redone as a…

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3 years ago

Feature: "Everybody's somebody's son"

A Policeman On What Police Games Get Wrong

If you played Ryse: Son of Rome you may remember it for the serviceably clangy combat. My friend “Jack”, a police officer from northern England of several years standing, recalls the game for other reasons. “There are those bits where you join a shield wall - you're in a tortoise formation. There are public order situations that are like that. Most officers in Yorkshire get…

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4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Of Crime And The City In Thief, Dickens And GTA

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam's 2012 article singing the praises of videogame cities which are more than mere reconstruction, but are built from the bricks and mortar of ideas. I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored…

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6 years ago

It’ll Be Alright On The Night: LA Noire’s Human Bloopers

Here's something I never thought of when playing LA Noire. Whatever its other merits and failings, the stuff it does with facial animation and performance capture was amazing, and something the whole industry can benefit from presuming it's not drowning in a thousand million unbreakable patents (which it probably is). However, all it was being used for was to, essentially, just achieve a slightly better…

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7 years ago

BAFTAs 2012: Portal 2 Takes The Prize

The British Academy Video Game Awards took place on Friday night and Portal 2 was awarded highest honours, taking home little gold faces not only for Best Game, but also for Story and Design. Congratulations to Valve, who by this point must be making plans to put up some new shelves of award-bearing load strength. The popular vote went to Battlefield 3, which also won…

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Feature: A Tale of Two Taffers

Outside Influences: Of Crime And The City

I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored made me think about how much I miss Looking Glass. Put the two together and this happens. Join me in a meandering word-search for cohesion and theme in the use of the city across Thief, and the selected works of Rockstar and Charles Dickens. Be warned, there are spoilers…

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Feature: A Good Year For Open Worlds

Is 2011 The Year Of Game World Exploration?

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I've…

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Feature: The law is an ass

L.A. Noire PC review

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, so named due to the PC version of Rockstar's vintage crime opus containing all the DLC from the get-go, launched on Steam not minutes ago in the US, though Brits must wait the traditional three extra days. Retailers, you're bad people. Still: I've been playing it over the last few days, so here is An Opinion. There's a slight element…

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Feature: Mod News

Mods And Ends: Grand Theft Auto IV

What to say about Rockstar? They’ve made me gnash my teeth in anguish this week by stating, to nobody’s surprise, that Red Dead Redemption is unlikely to grace my PC, your PC or anyone else’s PC. But they are giving us LA Noire. They finally got round to releasing Grand Theft Auto IV but there were technical issues and beyond them it needed a monstrously…

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Feature: Why Do They Call It Los Angeles?

Hands On With L.A. Noire On PC

We sent Agent Smee to study the case of the L.A. Noire port to PC. This is the detailed report he sent back. Having studied its contents, we have no reason to suspect foul play. The notebook I carry around everywhere is an unreadable mess. Written in handwriting so poor I can barely sometimes decipher my own words, it’s a collection of incomprehensible interview notes,…

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I Spy LA Noire PC’s Release Date’n’Specs

Release dates and system specifications: least entertaining of all the PC game-related facts. Oh well, it's worth stating, given this is Rockstar's first PC game in a while. Ambitious but oddball detective puzzle/action saga LA Noire is coming to PC as 'the Complete Collection, which includes all the DLC release to date. In terms of PC-specific features, all we're promised is "increased resolution and graphical…

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LA Noire Devs Team Bondi In Administration

Some sad news, I'm afraid. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has announced that Team Bondi, developers of LA Noire, have gone into administration. It’s not long since stories of the troubled and prolonged development hit the airwaves and Rockstar had already stated they would not publish the team’s next title. Rockstar do own the rights to LA Noire though and the PC version is…

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Feature: We Put Our Thinking Hat On

L.A. Noire: What It Could Mean On PC

So what should PC gamers expect from L.A. Noire? Well, for a start they should expect a strange hybrid of a point adventure game, a GTA-free roaming driving game with on-foot pursuits and shoot-outs, all hung on an arduous, sometimes perplexing interrogation game. But what else? And what could be fixed? What should be fixed? And what about Red Dead Redemption? There's lots of things…

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L.A. Noire Announced For PC

Yep. It's happening. L.A. Noire, Rockstar's 1940s crime thriller is coming to PC. “L.A. Noire is a new type of game that makes players see through a detective’s eyes in 1940s Los Angeles,” said Rockstar's Sam Houser. “Its unique blend of story, action and crime solving will be perfect to play on PC.” It'll arrive in the Autumn. Other details below.

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