When Rockstar Games isn’t meticulously crafting a new entry in
the “Grand Theft Auto” or “Red Dead Redemption” video game
series, the publisher rarely makes other games. There are
the occasional exceptions, like “Bully” and “Table Tennis”
but Rockstar tends to focus on its heaviest hitters.
2011’s “L.A. Noire” — a gritty detective story set in 1940s Los
Angeles, which focused more on detective work than on shooting
bad guys — is another such exception. Rather than hijacking cars
and shooting at anyone in your way, “L.A. Noire” was about
working police cases. Much of the game was spent determining
whether people were lying based on speech patterns and facial
recognition or engaging in verbal swordplay with your colleagues.
There’s shooting, and chases, and you can drive around a
gorgeously detailed 1940s Los Angeles, but the game is really
about doing “CSI”-style detective work.
And this November, it’s getting reborn on slightly more modern
hardware: the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo
Switch. (The game was originally an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and
A virtual reality version of the game is even in the works,
dubbed “L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files.” Rockstar says it will
feature seven of the cases from the original game, all re-created
in VR so you can experience them far more personally.
Rockstar Games says all rereleases of “L.A. Noire” will come with
the entire original game plus all additional content that was
sold separately, but because there’s a horsepower gap between the
Xbox One/PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch, the game will
have some minor differences on the different systems.
Here’s how Rockstar describes the Switch version:
“L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch features the complete
original game and all additional downloadable content, with
specific enhancements including a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic,
gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and
over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen
controls for portable detective work.”
And here’s how Rockstar describes the version for the PlayStation
4 and the Xbox One:
“L.A. Noire for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delivers the complete
original game and all additional downloadable content with a
range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity and
authenticity, including enhanced lighting and clouds, new
cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures and more. Plays
natively in 1080p for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles,
and stunning 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, these
versions capture the grit and grime of the City of Angels like
The game is planned for launch across the Switch, the Xbox One,
the PlayStation 4, and the HTC Vive on November 14.