Rockstar Games, the people who brought us the Max Payne, Grand
Theft Auto, Manhunt, Red Dead Redemption series of games, has announced that
its going to put out a new version of LA Noire, which was originally released
Set in the 1940s, LA Noire centred on the life (and troubles) of WW2 vet Cole Phelps, a disgraced and formerly celebrated investigator. Bumped down to the Arson department after having an affair, Phelps' seemingly-now-humdrum career suddenly takes a twist when he ends up looking into a drugs case involving a number of his fellow former marines.
The original was known for allowing gamers to roam freely through 1940s Los Angeles among a number of iconic buildings and landmarks of the time, as well as its third-person action-adventure style melee combat and extensive selection of weapons.
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On 14 November this year, an updated version of the game will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is set for a later release on Nintendo Switch, as well as HTC Vive in a package called LA Noire: The VR Case Files.
The PS4 and Xbox One will host the full original game with better graphics (2011 looked like shit), as well as a few updates here and there for good measure/to justify buying the thing.
Improvements are set to include 'enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures, and more', giving the gamer a richer, more visually pleasing but apparently more cloud-heavy experience.
You can get that by flying to Ireland, but I guess it doesn't have the same noirish appeal. Unless you go to Limerick. Little Irish joke for you there.
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the 2011 original version of LA Noire was originally developed by Aussie games
studio Team Bondi, who were somewhat infamously known for the controversial
Whore of the Orient, which was cancelled before its feted 2015 release.
The house has since closed and Rockstar is yet to reveal which team (or teams) are responsible for the updated version of the game. The company has, however, promised to let on more 'in the weeks ahead' which makes it seem like it's adding a little additional mystery to the whole mysterious escapade.
Fans of the game will be delighted at the prospect of jumping back into the finely tailored suit and sharp hat of Cole Phelps once more, getting hold of his Chicago Piano Gun (among others), interrogating baddies (and some goodies), and just generally bringing the world of 1940s LA to justice, or something approaching it.
Fans of Mad Men will also be hoping for some more silver-tongued voiceover action from Aaron Staton, who played Ken Cosgrove in the hit TV series, which led him to entering the lucrative world (in the sense that it's money for old rope) of video game voiceovers.
Blimey, all this noir and nostalgia talk has got me thinking about LA Confidential. And Fab lollies. Think I'll go buy a Fab lolly and then watch LA Confidential. Or just buy another Fab lolly.