We've been waiting on the arrival of L.A. Noire for over four years now, but the wait should soon be over.

Developed by Team Bondi and initially set to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive, this multiplatform crime thriller has all sorts of promise. Last we heard, it had a vague spring 2011 launch window but now, various retailers have decided on a release date. It isn't official yet but GameStop, GameFly and Amazon all say the highly anticipated title will hit store shelves on April 5. That does happen to be a Tuesday and it falls in line with earlier rumors, so it's likely accurate. The game that will have players interrogate suspects, determine from their facial expressions whether or not they're telling the truth, solve cases based on real-life crimes from the 1940s, and explore an atmospheric city could be evolutionary in terms of interactive storytelling. Rockstar calls it an "open-ended challenge" even though we won't have full reign of the city as we do in Grand Theft Auto .

We'll let you know when Rockstar reveals the finalized release date; chances are, it'll arrive with the new trailer they've teased. That should be available very soon.

Related Game(s): L.A. Noire

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NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
10 years ago

I'm so excited for this game. Can't wait for it. D1P definitely.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

I'm really interested in this, but I'm wondering how much we lost by it going multi-plat. Any idea how many discs it is on the 360? If a game like this fits on one dvd I'm thinking it might not be as big and exciting as we all hoped.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Agreed. That's why I am going to wait a bit. It's never a good thing when exclusivity is yanked out from under a game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I worry too, but if they can squeeze the Fallouts, Elder Scrolls, GTA, and RDR on one DVD maybe it won't be so bad. At least the multiplat status was announced early so less will actually wind up on the cutting room floor.

FM23
FM23
10 years ago

What is this with multiplatorming degrading…last I checked, Rockstar doesn't quit on greatest. RDR, GTA3-IV. Rockstars got this…I hope…lol

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Multiplat games can be and ARE some of the best experiences, but there is no denying that exclusive games push certain limits higher. This is why you will never get the clean and realistic look and smoothness of Uncharted 2 or Killzone 3 in a multiplatform game.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

When a developer focus' on one piece of hard ware, exploiting it for all it's worth, the game always turns out better. This is a fact. PS3 exclusives are the evidence.

Besides, my problem with this particular game is not that its a multiplat, its that it USED to be an exclusive then it was decided mid development it would go multiplat just like FFXIII and we all know how that turned out. Square had to cut a ton of content out of the game and scale it back so it would be equal on both platform despite the fact that the PS3 is the better of the two systems. In that regard, PS3 owners got screwed out of a full experience because they wanted to be "fair" to Xbots. And now we learn Square is repackaging those left overs and are going to sell it for another $60. That's shady on Square's part.

Now non of us know for sure if that is the case with this game but we have reason to wonder. The Xbox has gimped so many games this gen its not even funny.


Last edited by Jawknee on 1/20/2011 8:19:58 PM

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

True a lot of those games have fit onto one dvd, but all of those games have also been chock full of glitches, graphical and gameplay wise. I'd rather they focus on making a game smooth and crisp without hiccups, than trying to figure out how to squeeze every last drop out of a dvd.

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

You are right Jawk… that is as shady as it can get… Exclusives push the hardware to its limits, squeezing the best out of it… lets us hope LA Noire has not lost any of its initial shine… Who knows what the non-exclusive version is missing out.

I too will wait, to make sure it is as great as it is proclaimed to be.

Q!

"play.experience. enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 1/21/2011 2:49:19 AM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

This is of course not to say that multiplatform games are bad. It's just that they are not as good as they could be.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

This game has a HUGE history of problems… so I have very low my expectations, and now out of the blue and without demo is coming in two weeks?… I predict a 7.0 game.


Last edited by Oxvial on 1/20/2011 1:03:14 PM

matt99
matt99
10 years ago

Where did you get the two weeks from? It says april 5th…

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

yes I eat two months lol, okay now that sound less rushed.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

4-5 years is a pretty long time, and even though Team Bondi made the game, demo stuff (I forget) may be up to the publisher, and Rockstar just doesn't do demos.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Where's that "history of problems" you speek of?

FYI, I surf the web endlessly for untold gaming info, plus I also have all the major gaming industry newletters waiting for me in my inbox daily(Ben can attest to that with everything I send him, LOL), & I've never seen that LA Noire has a "history" of problems.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

Well I do know that the fact that Rockstar didn't actually make the game is most likely a bad sign.

coverton341
coverton341
10 years ago

There have been quite a few games that had huge potential and then suffered set backs and turned out to be huge disappointments. I am fearful that this is the route this game may take.

I will keep an open mind, but this is definitely a game that, if I do end up buying, will be after careful consideration of the reviews.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
10 years ago

I'm looking forward to this, finally it's coming out. Now maybe we can get some news on "Agent".

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

I think we gonna get more news about GTAV, dunno Agent seems to me it never gonna happen, R* has been a huge disappointment to me this gen even RDR the best thing they delivered was a so so port for the Ps3 =/.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
10 years ago

I think RDR was pretty good, but not as good as some people seem to think it is. LA noire seems different, it may have potential.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

The concept has promise but again no proper gameplay video or demo and the game comes in two weeks? somethings wrong if the release date is correct.

Danny007
Danny007
10 years ago

I hope it does come on April 5th. I hope it doesn't get delayed like Red Dead Redemption did around that time last year.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

It will be mine whenever is releases. I wonder about the facial expression system though, am I going to be looking for obvious deception or subtle twinges and tells, or am I taking a person's basic character into account or all of the above? Cuz that can really affect one's decisions. Either way it promises something very interesting.

I just watched L.A. Confidential again, definitely seeing the parallels but I hope this game is even more noir.

A2K78
A2K78
10 years ago

From the discription this is game is more than just a GTA rip-off, its a GTA/Omikron rip-off mashed into one.

Now if this is the case then its quite interesting how that 5 years was used to create a rip-off;its probably why Sony dropped it.

A2K78
A2K78
10 years ago

From the discription this is game is more than just a GTA rip-off, its a GTA/Omikron rip-off mashed into one.

Now if this is the case then its quite interesting how that 5 years was used to create a rip-off;its probably why Sony dropped it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Fail. The gameplay isn't even the same, the focus of the experience is clearly very different, and it is essentially an homage (to noir), as opposed to GTA which is a parody (of Hollywood films).

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

::facepalm::

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
10 years ago

If only it had an arcade release…

FM23
FM23
10 years ago

It's Rockstar…so this is a must buy for me, but my I'm not anticipating it or whatever….so the wait until April is managable.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

You are of course aware that Rockstar didn't actually make the game, right?

aaronobst
aaronobst
10 years ago

looks good

aaronobst
aaronobst
10 years ago

looks good

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

This game looks great. Can't wait for another Rockstar masterpiece. And those faces, they're just creepy realistic.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

Rockstar didn't actually make this game. They are just publishing it. So I would be wary of expecting the same kind of quality as the games actually made by Rockstar.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
10 years ago

Not sold on this just yet. It looks pretty enough, but there's something about everything that's non character face that doesn't fit. It reminds me of the old animated films that were roto-scoped or old Brian Michael Bendis comics where he took pictures of people and drew over them to create comic book art; or, heh, Alex Ross art. It looks well animated, but there's something inherently OFF about it. Might get it, but I might wait until it comes down in price.

I dunno.

___________
___________
10 years ago

retailers cant be believed, if they are mostorstorm apocalypse will be releasing march 17.
i doubt this will be out in april, id say more like August or something around there.
R* have not really talked much about it, so they will want E3 to hype the game up as much as possible.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

It certainly sounds plausible, and I think R* are keeping mum so that the hype doesn't get out of hand. Whenever it is chosen to release, it will be mine. Must support the local economy. And I'm sure it'll be a different experience.
Peace.

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