Rockstar revealed huge news last week when they announced a remastered version of cult-classic LA Noire was due to release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on November 14th.
Originally released in 2011, the action-adventure detective game slotted into Rockstar’s release calendar between the extremely popular Red Dead Redemption and the vastly successful Grand Theft Auto V, the latter of which stands as the publisher’s last major release.
Rockstar is likely to dominate the charts next year when the highly-anticipated sequel to Red Dead Redemption is released. Although the sequel – Red Dead Redemption 2 – was recently pushed back from a Fall 2017 to a Spring 2018 release, a remastered LA Noire is enough to keep us occupied in the meantime.
For some, the news may be swept under the carpet as people await the aforementioned new release or continue to sink multiple hours in the highly-addictive GTA Online – but LA Noire’s re-release is something everyone should be looking forward to- regardless of whether you’ve played the game initially or not.
Rockstar Games celebrating LA Noire announcement.! pic.twitter.com/aySaOCp0cr
— Bisp (@hanmik01) September 7, 2017
Like many upcoming releases, LA Noire’s remaster is set to make the most of the 4K visuals available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and the upcoming Xbox One X, which is due to be released mere days before LA Noire drops into stores, as well as playing in a native 1080p for the standard consoles.
Rockstar has revealed 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’ will drop with the remastered addition, which will make the game feel brand new – especially six-years after it’s initial release.
There’s nothing like it
[LA Noire – Interrogation Room]
Phelps: Could you describe them?
Man: Not sure
[Press X for Doubt]
*Phelps powerbombs man through table*
— Nick de Bruyne (@NickdeBruyne) September 12, 2017
The modern games market can be quite saturated and a lot of comparisons can be made between rival games. However, Rockstar is very much in its own market and there’s been nothing quite like LA Noire in the years since it first dropped.
Placing the player the role of a detective, one is tasked to solving crimes by finding clues, quizzing the accused, and making assumptions. It’s a game that tests your ability to seek out hidden treasures and look for hints in the accused’s tone of voice and behavior, something which can be quite difficult.
Rockstar delve into VR
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 7, 2017
One of the stand-out parts of Rockstar’s announcement was the reveal that the company would be delving into VR for the re-release of LA Noire, with seven of the original cases from the game rebuilt specifically for virtual reality on the HTC Vive.
The VR setup takes the first-person detective approach to the next level and should be an extremely engrossing approach to the game, offering something entirely different to what a user can experience on a console – which is crucial to success in the VR field.
— Patrick Streutjens (@PayneReactor) September 7, 2017
As is customary with a remastered game, the full DLC will be available from the get-go to anyone who downloads LA Noire. This makes five further cases available to players, adding onto the 21 assigned cases and the additional 40 street crimes that the Rockstar title initially launched with.
The story takes the player from the traffic desk up the ranks through homicide, vice detective and arson; each offering different challenges and a range of difficulty, as well as providing replay-ability as players seek to get the maximum 5-star score on each case.
— Spider-Vice (@SpiderVice) September 8, 2017
Like all Rockstar titles, LA Noire delivered a superb and unrivaled narrative experience. The structure of the game immediately makes it immersive and the approach is nothing short of a masterpiece, as one is thrust into the position of Cole Phelps; a ‘war hero’ in the LAPD.
The story isn’t quite all as it seems though, as Phelps was awarded the Silver Star for what he himself perceives to be a ‘lack of courage’. Having seen close friends killed in the war, Phelps takes those experiences with him into the field with the LAPD – which makes his background story just as interesting as the events that unfold ahead.
It’s easy to see why Rockstar have elected to bring Phelp’s story back into the market. Complex character backgrounds and fascinating plays on the nature of truth have set L.A. Noire apart from the rest of the pack ever since its release. Now, it’s time for round two.