You may have heard about the overheating issues associated with L.A. Noire .
At first, it seemed to only be happening to older PlayStation 3 models (original 60GB and 80GB machines) and furthermore, due to Rockstar's wording in an update, it sounded like recent firmware update 3.61 might be the culprit. But since that time, we've learned both PS3 and Xbox 360 owners have experienced some crashing issues, and Sony has confirmed such problems have nothing to do with the PS3. Nick Caplin, head of communications at SCEE recently clarified :
"There is not an over heating problem with PS3. Occasionally a PS3 over heats for numerous reasons and we’re not seeing an increased number of reports at the moment."
After which he added:
"The point is that there is no problem. With so many PS3s in the market, the odd one is bound to over heat and for some reason this has been made to sound like an particular issue. We have not seen an increase from the normal level of calls that are received by our call centres on a daily basis."
For the record, after more than a few 3 and 4-hour sessions, we've never had the game crash, although it is clear that it demands a great deal from the system. The fan kicks in a little faster than with other titles, it seems. That being said, this sounds like a rare problem and one you probably won't encounter, especially if you have a newer PS3 or 360.
Related Game(s): L.A. Noire