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Published at 7:36 AM PST

L.A. Noire is now available worldwide.

Published at 3:28 PM PST

This is a reminder that L.A. Noire is out now in North America. Rockstar was gracious enough to allow us the opportunity to play the game this past weekend and I must say, the game is nothing short of amazing and is revolutionary in every sense of the word. The amount of content and the attention to detail both TeamBondi and Rockstar have managed to achieve is stunning. The world feels absolutely alive and is one of the best looking open world games yet boasting highly addicting and satisfying gameplay. You will not be disappointed getting L.A. Noire and at $60, it is quite frankly a steal but don't just take our word for it. L.A. Noire has been getting extremely positive reviews all around. Here is a collection of just some of the reviews so far:

"L.A. Noire is a bold release, because it defies the expectations not just for the type of game Rockstar usually releases, but also for the type of game that receives this degree of care and proficiency in its execution." - Giant Bomb: 5/5

"This is vastly different from the countless first- and third-person shooters and all the 'me too' open-world games sitting on store shelves. All the things I've only read about in Dashiell Hammett novels, or seen in film classics like Double Indemnity, have all come to interactive life in L.A. Noire. Team Bondi has gone to great lengths to wrap you up in the game's story, and from my experience they've succeeded. I investigated these crimes. I apprehended the suspects. I pieced together all the clues. L.A. Noire had me more involved in its first thirty minutes than some other games do in their entirety, and that makes this a game you may regret passing on. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon -- and for the rest of your gaming life." - 1UP: A

"Ever since it worked out how to assemble pixels so that they resembled something more recognisable than aliens, the games industry has dreamed of one thing above all else - a game that is indistinguishable from a film, except that you can control the lead character. With L.A. Noire, it just might, finally, have found the embodiment of that particular holy grail." - The Guardian: 5/5 Stars

"L.A. Noire approaches the dichotomy of interaction and narrative by integrating them together inextricably... Each element of the game is so intertwined with the other that it takes some time to realize the subversive genius on display; the story is the game, the game is the story... L.A. Noire transcends genre and the expectations of what a game can be and casts a spell that I have yet to shake." - G4: 5/5

"L.A. Noire is a game that needed making. It offers something truly unique in an unbeatable setting... a breath of fresh air in an otherwise increasingly stale industry." - NowGamer: 9.3/10

"What a marvellous advert L.A. Noire can be for the eclecticism of video games, taking familiar mechanics that have been honed down the years and moulding them into an ambitious drama of exceptional impact... on the strength of this case, I can only hope the rest of the industry follows LA Noire’s lead." - The Telegraph: 9/10

"L.A. Noire is a unique game with a terrific sense of period atmosphere, absorbing investigation mechanics, and a haunting tale with plenty of moments that would be right at home in a classic film noir." - Gamespot: 9/10 Editor's Choice

“L.A. Noire is a staggering technological achievement, offering up a fantastically detailed open world, a hugely engrossing story, varied gameplay and some of the best acting performances ever to appear in a game. More impressively, all of its parts work together beautifully, creating an immensely fun adventure that’s worth replaying at least once." - GamesRadar: 9/10

"If you really want to appreciate the aesthetics (especially the best-in-class lighting), turn on black-and-white mode and see just how closely Team Bondi and Rockstar have replicated the look of a classic film... This is a little glimpse of an explored territory in interactive media, a hint at an incredibly exciting future that I can only hope we're hurtling towards." - Joystiq: 4.5/5

"L.A. Noire is a testament to the possibility of bringing dark, adult, mature games to the mainstream market... truly mature, with the kind of narrative you'd only expect to see in a major TV drama series or crime movie. No game released this generation has tackled the subject matter found in L.A. Noire with the same degree of intelligence and respect, and no game has so seamlessly blended gameplay from various genres together so seamlessly, in a way that delivers something far more unique in experience than the sum of its parts. Add that sense of uniqueness and intelligence to the fact that L.A. Noire is a terrific bloody videogame, and you have what is guaranteed to be a classic for years to come. True maturity and narrative depth in mainstream gaming begins right here." - Destructoid: 9/10

Published at 2:15 PM PST

Rockstar has added a brand new soundtrack section to the L.A. Noire website which features in-depth information about the artists and their tracks from the game. Also included are full-length previews of just some of the songs from the two soundtracks. For your convenice, we've embeded the currently available songs below. Check out the feature on the official site for more information.

L.A. Noire Original Soundtrack

L.A. Noire Remixed

Published at 11:49 AM PST

Mulholland Books, Rockstar's partner for the short story collection "L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories", has released another story from the collection titled "See the Woman". It is available for reading now on the Mulholland Books website and will be available shortly on the official L.A. Noire website in PDF form.

Source: Mulholland Books

Published at 9:13 AM PST

As promised, the Official Launch Trailer for L.A. Noire has been released by Rockstar. At this point, I don't think anybody is really interested in reading, so check out the video below:

Next week, L.A. Noire will arrive in stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Today, check out the game's official launch trailer, which reveals evidence uncovered on the Vice desk and hints of a trail of corruption leading from drug dealers on the streets of Los Angeles to the highest offices of the LAPD.

Under a week to go until we can play this beautiful game...

Published at 9:09 AM PST

In the recently released Xbox Live Marketplace schedule for May 10-23 L.A. Noire receives a special mention, not just for that fact that it is being released in under a week, but because of some unknown DLC entitled "Rockstar Pass" which will be available the day the game is released.

The DLC will cost you 800 Microsoft Points, and currently nothing is known about what exactly this 'Rockstar Pass' has to offer. We suspect Rockstar will announce something in relation to the DLC prior to the games release next week.

As a side note, the schedule eludes to there being L.A. Noire Avatar items available the day of the games release also, however what those items might be is anyones guess for the moment...

Source: Joystiq

Published at 12:17 PM PST

Rockstar has announced that the final trailer for L.A. Noire will be launching tomorrow Wednesday May 11th at noon eastern. Be sure to head on over to RockstarBoard and discuss what you wish to see in this last trailer before the launch of L.A. Noire next week!

Published at 12:11 PM PST

The next story within the short story collection for L.A. Noire, titled "Hell of an Affair", has been released. Written by Duane Swierczynski, the story tells the tale of  Mr. William Shelton and how to went from law-abiding citizen to the dark underworld of Los Angeles. You can read the new story and comment on it at our newly relaunched RockstarBoard or you can head on over to the offical website for L.A. Noire. You can also now pre-order the ebook, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes for the low price of 99 cents.

Published at 4:40 PM PST

Rockstar has posted a brand new L.A. Noire character dossier featuring Captain James Donnelly. Donnelly, who is officer-in-charge of the homicide desk, is a respected member of the LAPD. He will guide you throughout your career at the homicide division.

Official Site: L.A. Noire

Published at 11:34 AM PST

The ninth story from the short story collection L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, "What's in a Name?" which was written by Jonathan Santlofer, is now available in it's entirety for free on L.A. Noire's official site. The story follows a sociopath with knowledge of Los Angeles' underworld and a young LAPD detective who is trying to crack a murder case.

Official Site: L.A. Noire

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