When Rockstar Games isn’t meticulously crafting a new entry in
the “Grand Theft Auto” or “Red Dead Redemption” video game
series, the studio rarely makes other games. There are the
occasional exceptions, like “Bully” and “Table Tennis” (really!),
but Rockstar tends to focus on its heaviest hitters: “Grand Theft
Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 (cash)Why? Because “Grand Theft Auto” makes big

2011’s “LA Noire” — a gritty detective story set in 1940s Los
Angeles, which focused more on detective work than shooting bad
guys — is another such exception. Rather than hijacking cars and
shooting at anyone in your way, “LA Noire” was about working
police cases. Much of the game was spent determining whether or
not people were lying based on speech patterns and facial
recognition, or engaging in verbal swordfighting 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 re-born on slightly more modern
hardware: the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. (The
game originally launched on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and

LA Noire (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC)The only artwork released
for the game thus far is this 1940s-style

There’s even a virtual reality version of the game in the works,
dubbed, “LA Noire: The VR Case Files.” It’s got seven of the
cases from the original game, all re-created in VR so you can
experience them far more personally.

Since there’s a horsepower gap between the Xbox One/PlayStation 4
and the Nintendo Switch, there are some minor differences between
the game for the former and the latter. First and foremost, all
console re-releases of “LA Noire” come with the entire original
game plus all additional content that was sold separately.

The differences are specific — here’s how Rockstar describes the
Switch version:

“‘LA 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 the version for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is
described by Rockstar:

“‘LA 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
never before.”

LA NoireEven in 2011, Rockstar
Games’ “LA Noire” was a looker. We haven’t seen what the new
versions look like just yet.

The game is planned for launch across Switch, Xbox One,
PlayStation 4, and HTC Vive on November 14. 

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