Crime drama L.A. Noire will make its grand comeback on the PlayStation 4 next month, and to build a little enthusiasm, publisher Rockstar Games has released a new trailer of the title running in 4K on the PS4 Pro. To be honest, despite the significant bump in resolution, this game is still looking very much like it belongs in the...
We've already voted on our game of the year, and we picked Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
It appears that the Academy Of Interactive Arts And Sciences agrees with our opinion, having nominated the Naughty Dog developed PS3 exclusive for a whopping 12 awards. The final awards will be dished out at the annual DICE summit in Las Vegas on February 9th. Uncharted 3 will be in strong company, with Portal..
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If you haven't got around to sampling L
A. Noire's</a> outrageously nifty interrogation mechanics yet, then things are about to get a whole lot easier. Detailed in the PlayStation Blog's weekly "The Drop", Sony's announced that Rockstar has a digital version of the crime thriller in the pipeline. It's set to release when the PlayStation Store refreshes this week. And no, we're..
The man responsible for L
A. Noire</a>, Brendan McNamara, is to have his next project produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell. The game, according to a report published by the Financial Review, is entitled Whore Of The Orient — another name for the city of Shanghai. Much of Team Bondi, the studio responsible for L.A. Noire, got folded into KMM productions earlier in the year. The remaining..
If you didn't get a chance to dive into L
A. Noire</a> yet, Rockstar's confirmed that the game's Complete Edition is coming to PlayStation 3 on November 15th and November 18th in North America and Europe respectively. The Complete Edition comes with the main campaign (obviously) as well as all the pre-order gubbins and DLC. It means you'll be able to play through L.A. Noire's..
A. Noire</a> developer Team Bondi owed debts to the tune of AU$1,425,156 ($1.4 million USD / £900k) before it was closed. EDGE reports that more than a million dollars were owed to staff, with executives claiming up to $100k a pop. Unbelievably, Team Bondi closed owing $150k to Depth Analysis, the company that created the MotionScan facial animation technology so pivotal to the game's..
What an extraordinary story
L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi was subject to enormous critical acclaim before getting hit by an employment scandal. And now it is no more. The studio entered administration in late August, with its assets supposedly sold to Australian production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell. Despite critical and commercial success, a prolonged development cycle took its toll on Team..
A number of European video game retailers are listing the release of a Game Of The Year edition for L
A. Noire</a>, due for release this November. And yes, you'd be right for pointing out that L.A. Noire has yet to win any Game Of The Year awards — largely because the game only released in May of this year. Still, the package promises to offer all of the DLC from the previous release of..
According to a Develop source, the rumours regarding Team Bondi are true: the company and its assets have been sold off to KMM Productions, the company owned by Mad Max creator George Miller
According to Develop, all Team Bondi staff have received a letter offering them a job at KMM or a severance package. It's unknown whether Team Bondi will continue post-release work on L.A. Noire, as Rockstar..
According to reports on NeoGAF, L
A. Noire</a> developer Team Bondi has gone bankrupt, and is being folded into KMM Studios — the animation outfit currently working on Happy Feet 2. The news follows a series of rumours about the developer's fate. Apparently Depth Analysis, the company Team Bondi formed in order to create L.A. Noire's stunning facial tech, is also in heavy financial trouble..
Team Bondi's Brendan McNamara has revealed that content was cut from L
A. Noire</a> due to the limitations of using a single Blu-ray disc — even though L.A. Noire does not use the maximum capacity Blu-ray available. According to McNamara, two desks known as bunko and burglary were written, designed and had art assets created — despite being cut at a later date. "We had a Bunko and..
Turns out Patrick Seybold was very crafty with his wording of inFamous 2's sales success
While Sucker Punch's super-hero adventure might have been the top selling single SKU in June, it did not manage to outsell its multiplatform rivals L.A. Noire and Duke Nukem Forever. But that's ok, we'll forgive it that. Finishing up in third on the multiplatform sales chart is a very good result for inFamous..
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Zumba Fitness is still top of the UK sales charts this week, beating out Codemasters' DiRT 3 and Activision's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon to take the top spot again. The top ten was familiar territory this month, with Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 both taking up slots in the aftermath of Wimbledon, and favourites such as L.A. Noire, Brink and LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean filling up the..
We assumed Rockstar and Team Bondi would continue to release L
A. Noire</a> DLC for as long as the market demanded it, but we suppose this content is expensive to make. As such, Reefer Madness is being touted as the final case in the detective game's post-release collection. The Vice case sees Phelps paired up with Earle, attempting to uncover one of L.A.'s biggest narcotics rings. In short:..
It's funny what goes on behind closed doors
While the relationship between Rockstar and Team Bondi seemed water-tight during the public build-up for L.A. Noire, it's capitulated ever since. Talk of long hours, poor management and "disdain" between the developer and publisher have surfaced over the past few weeks — prompting a report from GamesIndustry.biz that suggests Rockstar will not..
Zumba Fitness is top of the UK sales charts again
Sigh. It's the game's third consecutive week in premium position, proving, if nothing else, that overweight middle-aged women now enjoy video games as much as spotty teenagers. The chart was backed up by usual suspects of LEGO: Pirates Of The Caribbean and L.A. Noire, with F.E.A.R. 3 taking the fourth spot. There were spaces in the top ten for both..
Heads up detectives: Rockstar's just sent us word that L
A. Noire's</a> "Nicholson Electroplating" DLC is out today on the PlayStation Network. If you've already purchased an L.A. Noire season pass it will cost you the grand total of $0.00. The best price. Those of you without a season pass will need to cough up $3.99. Still not a...
Rockstar's released a trailer and new details about L
A. Noire's</a> latest DLC pack. There's been an explosion at the Nicholson Electroplating plant and its down to Phelps and his arson desk partner Biggs to solve the case. At 9.45 in the morning, a thunderous explosion rocks Los Angeles," explains Rockstar. "City blocks are...
Despite a number of seriously scathing reviews over the weekend, Duke Nukem Forever has knocked L
A. Noire</a> off its perch at the top of the UK sales charts, scoring a number one finish for the long-in-development FPS. L.A. Noire finished up in second, while Sucker Punch's new superhero escapade finished up just behind Zumba Fitness in fourth. The game probably deserved to do better than..
A. Noire</a> has held onto its spot aloft the UK sales charts, in a week where very little has changed in the top ten. LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean and DiRT 3 swapped places from last week, finishing second and third respectively. Elsewhere, it's your usual selection of casual and pseudo-casual experiences. Knock yourself out. L.A. Noire (Rockstar Games) LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean..
If you buy the Rockstar Pass for L
A. Noire</a> you're essentially able to pre-order all of the game's seven DLC packs for a one-off price ($10) that's roughly 50% cheaper than it would be if you bought all of the content separately. Or something. Seeing as the whole concept is all a little bit bemusing, Rockstar's released the above trailer...
Rockstar's announced its "Pass" service for L
A. Noire</a> this afternoon, a nifty method of keeping the primarily single-player title out of used game stores. The service will essentially allow players to "pre-purchase" all of L.A. Noire's upcoming DLC for $10. The content will still be available a la carte, but will cost you 50%...
A. Noire</a> has held onto the UK sales charts top spot for a second week running, beating off Codemasters' semi-sim DiRT 3 which finished up in a respectable second. LEGO Pirates Of the Caribbean, Zumba Fitness and Brink all held onto their high positions to round out the top five, with familiar faces such as Crysis 2 and Call Of Duty: Black Ops rounding out the top-ten. L.A. Noire -..
Rockstar's confirmed that details of L
A. Noire's</a> DLC plans will be revealed next week. The company announced the, errr, announcement in a Tweet overnight. There are already two additional L.A. Noire cases made available through various retail chains: The Naked City and A Slip Of A Tongue. Details on a third DLC pack, Nichlson...
Team Bondi's crime-thriller, L
A. Noire</a>, has literally flown out of the gates, becoming the fastest-selling new IP of all time in the UK. The game — which knocked Brink from its perch atop the charts — outsold Rockstar's previous effort, Red Dead Redemption, by some margin to claim the accolade. The UK chart is actually a pretty powerful one this week, with plenty of quality titles..
Arvind Bhatia of analyst firm Sterne Agee reckons L
A. Noire</a> will sell 3-4 million copies. Based on the critical and consumer reaction, we wouldn't be surprised if the game doubled that estimate over the course of its life-span. We think the Street is expecting the title to sell 3 to 4 million units and so far the initial reviews seem to support this thinking. Our channel checks last..
As part of a promotion with Best Buy, Rockstar awarded the first sixteen purchasers of L
A. Noire</a> with a free redeem code for the game's first batch of DLC. The pack, entitled the "Nicholson Electroplating" Arson Case, will be available next month according to the redeem code's instruction page, which slaps a June 21st release date on the content. We doubt this will be the last..
A. Noire</a> is not yet out in the UK. The crime-thriller released overnight in North America. Even though it's early days, the unique Rockstar published title has already made a killing for Take-Two. A round of positive reviews pushed Take-Two's shares up by 7.75 per cent to $17.10, a 32-month high for the company. We wonder if Sony regrets squandering its publishing contract with the..
Let's be honest: most people have already decided whether they're going to buy L
A. Noire</a> by now. There's no need for reviews at this point. Still, L.A. Noire is a video game, and naturally publications will review the game. So what's the consensus? It's good, really good. GiantBomb's Brad Shoemaker scored it a 5/5, explaining that "L.A. Noire is a bold release, because it defies the..
Team Bondi has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 was the lead development platform for upcoming crime thriller L
A. Noire</a>. It's not much of a surprise, given that the game was originally intended to be a PS3 exclusive. "For this project, we led on PlayStation 3, and in a way I think that's what most people are doing," Team Bondi boss Brendan McNamara told 1Up this week..
Yo, we don't know if you've heard but there's a game coming out next week -- a really good one
At least, we hope so anyway. Everything we've seen of Rockstar and Team Bondi's crime-thriller, L.A. Noire,borders on the positive side of brilliant. After awarding our game of the year award to Rockstar and Red Dead Redemption last year, we're waiting to see if Team Bondi can win us over for a second..
A. Noire</a> is out next week. We're so excited that we're literally doing handstands in the middle of a motorway wearing period appropriate clothing. Not really of course, that would be dangerous. And stupid. Seriously, don't try that at home. Rockstar being Rockstar, our inbox is still being flooded with new announcements regarding the upcoming crime thriller. Today the label's revealed a..
Rockstar's Social Club is a great extension to games with a lot of content
You'll recall Red Dead Redemption allowing you to follow your progress online via the web portal. L.A. Noire will boast the very same feature, allowing you to track every last morsel of action that it will take to reach the coveted 100% completion mark, as well as comparing your progress against friends. That's not all..
Rockstar has confirmed that it has partnered up with Mulholland Books to release a digital collection of short stories called L
A. Nore: The Collected Stories. Some of the short stories will focus on the characters and cases from the Team Bondi developed L.A. Noire video game. Authors being touted include Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan..
Everything we've seen of L
A. Noire</a> thus far has focused on the game's incredibly realistic facial animation. So it's jarring to see some of the more "gamey" elements revealed in this latest trailer. Intuition points, scores and experience points? It sounds like a video game, but it's not quite what we expected from L.A. Noire, which is definitely gunning for a more cinematic..
Rockstar has confirmed that L
A. Noire</a> will receive exclusive content in the PlayStation 3 version of the game. We reported this morning that retailers had updated their boxart for the PS3 version of the game, hinting at exclusive features. Later evidence suggested that PS3 owners would get an additional mission called the "Consuls Car Traffic Case". A Rockstar representative..
A bunch of leading North American retailers have updated their boxart for the PlayStation 3 version of L
A. Noire</a>, revealing an "Exclusive Features" tag at the top of the packaging. Further investigation around the 'Net points to an exclusive mission for PS3 called the "Consul's Car Traffic Case". Expect an announcement on that soon. It makes sense that the PlayStation..
Rockstar's only just getting round to releasing Red Dead Redemption's pre-order bonuses on the PlayStation Store
The publisher cites "technical reasons" for the delay. In the case of the RDR, the delay isn't actually such a big deal. The game's pre-order bonuses were pretty low key — adding in golden guns, additional costumes and a new horse. L.A. Noire's pre-order bonuses are a..
Good grief, Rockstar's pulled it off again
Sure, we actually need to play L.A. Noire before we go out spewing too much hyperbole, but we can't think of a single game due out this year (including Uncharted 3) that looks as promising as this. Bloody nora.</em>
Quantic Dream's outspoken gaffer, David Cage, has said that the Team Bondi's impressive Motion Scan performance capture technology is a "dead end", and that his own studio's new gizmos are already more advanced
I think [Motion Scan is] an interesting solution to a problem for now. But its also an interesting dead end, the visionary head told CVG. Thats exactly what I feel. Their..
A. Noire</a> continues to toe game of the year territory with this short teaser trailer for its "A Slip Of The Tongue" bonus case. The mission is available alongside pre-orders of the game from Walmart in North America and Play.com in the UK. Rockstar previously confirmed that all of its preorder bonus missions will be available as premium DLC when the game launches in..
Rockstar's confirmed that there will be no collector's edition for L
A. Noire</a> when the game releases in May. It's a semi-refreshing change for an industry that demands any remotely popular game franchise must have a special edition. Of course, it's not a first for Rockstar — Red Dead Redemption also launched without a special edition. There wont be any special edition release of..
A. Noire</a> screenshots are pretty hit or miss. While the game looks absolutely amazing in motion, the still shots can look a bit... Odd. It's, of course, the faces. They look like they've been stuck on with a Pritt-Stick. It reminds us of Goldeneye 64. Remember how the guards had a photographs for faces? Yeah, that was weird.</em>
Hopefully nobody will be moaning about the length of L
A. Noire's</a> single-player campaign, as a report on PlayStation Lifestyle pitches the experience at about 25 hours in length. Apparently that time-span relates purely to the main campaign, and not side-missions and cases that help to flesh out the secondary characters.
Another year, another Rockstar game, another potential game of the year
The PR cycle is now in full-flow for L.A. Noire. Everytime a new trailer pops into our inbox we can't help but wish that May release date would come sooner. It kinda reminds us of last year, when Rockstar employed the exact same strategy for Red Dead Redemption. We all remember how that turned out, right?
The music. The visuals. The animation. The premise. Everything about Rockstar's L.A. Noire looks so darn good. The latest trailer details one of the game's additional missions, available with pre-orders from GAME in the UK and GameStop in the US. Sure it looks pretty macabre — we're not sure we could hack this detective lark — but, man, it looks brilliant too. Please can we have this now,..
As is common-place for any big PlayStation 3 release right now, Rockstar's revealed a bunch of exclusive pre-order bonuses unlocked depending on the retail outlet you order the game from
The in-game goodies range from exclusive missions (or "cases" if you will) to some additional in-game suits. Ironically the suits raise your stats — we thought L.A. Noire was going for the whole gritty..
Team Bondi's crime detective title, L
A. Noire</a>, is due out on May 17th in North America and May 20th in Europe. It's a tired cliche, but we cannot wait. Rockstar seems to be making a habbit of scooping the game of the year every 12 months.
We've been critical of Team Bondi's L
A. Noire</a> in the past, but we're finally well and truly aboard the hype train. This. Looks. Incredible. The first gameplay footage (embedded above) shows off both the free-roaming GTA-esque action, and some of the interrogation options. Starting life as a Sony funded PlayStation 3 exclusive, it makes sense to put the PS3 gameplay front and centre,..
We've been a little harsh on L
A. Noire</a> lately. The focus on the game's technology has really taken us away from the core of what's been developed here, and for that we apologise. The latest trailer for L.A. Noire has reminded us that behind Team Bondi's facial animation technology, there's actually going to be a video game. And it's totally won us over. The setting, the characters, the..
Rockstar's just slapped a big official release date stick on L
A. Noire</a> with the words "May 20th" clearly marked down in red Sharpie. A leaked trailer confirmed a May 17th release date for North America over the weekend. All makes sense now, eh? There's a new trailer due this afternoon. L.A. Noire breaks new ground for us, said Rockstar boss Sam Houser. Its intense blend..
We're beginning to wonder if there's anything else to L
A. Noire</a> other than "OMGZ LOOK HOW GOOD THE FACES ARE WITH OUR MOTIONSCAN TECHNOLOGY!" Every single screenshot, trailer and piece of PR has focused on the same thing. The faces. Look at the goddamn faces. Y'know guys, we think Rockstar want us to look at the faces. As it happens, the face technology is part of a bigger..
Team Bondi's Brendan McNamara has lofted that L
A. Noire</a> sports over 50 hours of dialogue: We captured over 50 hours worth of dialogue in total, all using MotionScan its equivalent to about two full seasons of a TV show, he told IGN. Each case has its own twists and turns depending on the choices you make, leading you down different paths on your way to cracking the case,..
Look, the tech behind L
A. Noire</a> is clearly absolutely phenomenal. We get that. At the same time, the game just looks weird. Because the technology is so amazing and the facial capture is so realistic, the crappy looking character models just make everything look weird. We hope the rough edges are just a result of early development or something, but if they can't tidy up the character..
We hopped onto Twitter shortly after the embargo for L
A. Noire's</a> latest trailer lifted and couldn't really fathom the trend of, "OMFG L.A. NOIRE IS TEH BEST THINGZ EVER," that filled our stream. It looks good, for sure. The tone's neat and the facial animation is incredible. Outside of that we're not quite sure what everyone's screaming about. Jury's still out for us. We..
Rockstar's sent us a word of notification that LA Noire's set to get a brand new trailer this Thursday
It'll be the first trailer for the game in four years. The trailer's expected to go live around 5PM here in the UK, that's roughly 12PM EST. The crime thriller's often been described in the same sentence as "ground breaking". Guess we'll find out for real this week, eh?
Let's be honest, LA Noire is never going to come out is it? To point out just how long Team Bondi's detective game has been in development, let's just look at the origins of the product
In 2004, Sony were funding the project as a PlayStation exclusive. In 2007, Rockstar re-confirmed the game's release for PlayStation 3 in the fall of the following year. Sometime after that, the game was announced..
A. Noire</a> ever release? The latest issue of XBOX 360-World magazine suggests it's still some time away - they're hinting at a Spring 2011 release for the innovative detective title. To be fair, Take Two revealed the date as the fourth-quarter of their fiscal 2010, which ends in March, 2011. Technically Spring starts around there so we could still be on. Still, if you were hoping to..
Team Bondi's claimed that L
A. Noire's</a> motion capture goes above and beyond traditional methods. "MotionScan" is said to bring "to life the subtle nuances of the chaotic underworld", which would be impossible with "tradional motion capture". Apparently. The tech uses "32 high-definition cameras to capture true-to-life three-dimensional performances at..
Soak it in folks
This is the first ever screenshot (ever) of Team Bondi's L.A. Noire — the thriller that's been in development for almost forever. There are more shots over at GameInformer. If you have even a passing interest in the title, then you're probably no longer reading this.
Rockstar's just announced over Twitter that Team Bondi's ambitious thriller L
A. Noire</a> is due this fall. The company Tweeted, We have not announced a specific release date yet, but L.A. Noire is coming this fall. Stay tuned. GameTrailers' Geoff Keighley claimed it would be out in September this week.
GameTrailers TV's very own Geoff Keighley has been Tweeting world exclusives once again
This time via a leaked copy of the L.A. Noire themed GameInformer he's read. He's let slip that the Playstation 3 title is due to hit sometime in September. We're convinced Keighley knows the meaning of life.
If you're in the market for a video games magazine, might we suggest the latest issue of GameInformer, which includes a 10-page cover feature on Team Bondi and Rockstar's noir-esque thriller L
A. Noire</a>. The features focuses on everything from facial animation, to the reconstruction of 1947 L.A. Pick up the magazine for more.
An unusual Twitter account under the pseudonym Veracious_Shift has popped up this morning, claiming to know the secrets of upcoming PS3 title Agent's exclusivity, and the fiasco regarding the oft-lofted, rarely shown L
A. Noire</a>. Veracious Shift writes:To McNamara [dude what did The Getaway - Ed], The Getaway was a tainted brand by Sony's doing, and he cannot create a masterpiece with a..
It's something when you write a post about a game's protagonist
Still, such is the scarcity of news on Rockstar's highly anticipated (well, we're anticipating it) LA Noire title, we'll kill for anything. So here's the news: the game has a protagonist called Cole Phelps. This has been revealed via a casting call which asks for "strong actors able to handle lots of dialogue". The actor..
During an investor call today, Take-Two's Ben Feder confirmed that the company have implemented Playstation Motion Controllers in "just about all" of their studios
While Feder didn't address specific titles, he did claim, "everybody's working with them to try to figure out new ways in which we can innovate and create the kind of content that this company is famous for". Feder also..
It's been a very long time since we heard, well, anything about L
A. Noire</a>. Team Bondi and Rockstar Games' collaboration has been quiet to say the least. But, at last, we have hope of the product still being alive. Cue this rather moody storyboards created by contracted team Tui Studios. Head over to their site and hit Storyboards to see more. We really, really hold hopes for this game..
Gah, remember L
A. Noire</a>? It was announced as a Playstation 3 exclusve many moons ago. Apparently a collaboration between Team Bondi (The Getaway) and Rockstar (uh, GTA), L.A. Noire was touted as a homage to film noire. Last September Team Bondi announced the game was a year away — and now they're staffing up for the final push. This + Heavy Rain + Fall 2009 = PushSqaure excitement..