L.A. Noire will be re-released for modern consoles this fall, alongside a new virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive. First released in 2011, the game invites players into a dazzling recreation of 1940s Los Angeles to play as LAPD Detective Cole Phelps, who unravels a series of mysterious crimes as he draws closer to the heart of a city-wide conspiracy.
Developed by the now-defunct Team Bondi, the game utilized then-new motion capture technology known as MotionScan to bring the game's characters to life, thanks to performances from a number of notable actors. An impressive cast was assembled for the game, including Aaron Staton as Phelps, John Noble as the duplicitous Leland Monroe, Patrick Fischler as infamous gangster Mickey Cohen and Andrew Connolly as LAPD Captain Donnelly.
Those who missed out on Rockstar's unique blend of action-oriented gameplay, old fashioned detective work and cinematic flair will have a second chance to experience L.A. Noire this fall. After rumors that a re-release was coming, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the game will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on November 14. As expected, the new version of the game will include all of the downloadable content as well as visual enhancements that take advantage of the new hardware. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will feature 1080p, with 4K visual fidelity on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Switch gamers have some treats of their own to look forward to, as L.A. Noire will take full advantage of the Joy-Con controller with motion controls and touch screen capability. As mentioned earlier, the game is also being adapted for virtual reality with L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive. Seven of the original game's cases have been redesigned for virtual reality, allowing gamers to truly enter the world of Detective Phelps.
L.A. Noire was a success for Rockstar Games when it launched in 2011, earning rave reviews and strong sales. Developer Team Bondi closed down soon after the game's release, however, and Rockstar hasn't touched the property since. That makes this re-release great news for fans, as it invites renewed interest in the game and potentially signals Rockstar's interest in returning to the franchise with a sequel.
The game's MotionScan technology, while not perfect, undoubtedly added a cinematic layer to the experience. With the new visual enhancements made possible by the more powerful modern systems, L.A. Noire will look better than ever, which is reason enough for fans to give it another try. Of course, many gamers have now expressed distaste for the continuing trend of old games being refurbished for new consoles. Time will tell if L.A. Noire's unique style will be able to overcome that skepticism.
L.A. Noire becomes available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One starting November 14th.
Source: Rockstar Games
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