L.A. Noire is being remastered for virtual reality and modern consoles

By Polycount ยท 7 replies
Sep 7, 2017
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  1. Although not quite as well-known as their Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto franchises, there's no denying the success of Rockstar's detective thriller/simulator L.A. Noire. Originally released back in 2011, many players viewed L.A. Noire as a nice change of pace from standard Rockstar fare. The game placed more of an emphasis on thinking and investigating than wild shooting sprees and vehicular rampages.

    With how successful the game has been, it's no surprise that Rockstar has decided it deserves some extra attention. Today, the publisher has announced not one, not two, but four new remastered versions of the detective thriller for the virtual reality and modern consoles.

    L.A. Noire will now be making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, (with 4K versions releasing for the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X) the Nintendo Switch, and the HTC Vive. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will feature "contextual touch controls", new camera angles, Joy-Con mode (which offers gesture-based controls) and a few other nifty features.

    The versions of the game for the PS4 and Xbox One (and their latest Pro and X console variants) offer pretty standard remaster fare. You'll see assorted visual upgrades such as enhanced lighting, high-resolution textures, cinematic camera angles and more.

    The HTC Vive version of L.A. Noire is a different beast entirely. Titled "L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files", this version of the remaster is slated to include 7 of the original game's full cases, built from the ground up for VR.

    According to HTC's official blog, the HTC Vive version of the game will allow players to use "real world physical motions" to grab, manipulate, and investigate various clues throughout the game world. Additionally, the detective notebook has received a bit of a revamp - rather than simply selecting menu options to navigate through your notes, you'll now be able to write or draw directly in the notebook itself - freehand.

    If you want to get your hands on one of the many upcoming remasters for yourself, you're in for a bit of a wait. The new versions of the game are set to release later this year on November 14. Rockstar hasn't diclosed any pricing information just yet.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,284

    One of my favorite games! I would love it if they give us a good PC port.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,845   +2,368

  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    It came to PC, it wasn't some console exclusive.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    I loved this game when I played on PC and I'll play it again it but I'll give the VR edition a very wide berth even if it gets ported to PC later on.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,284

    I know that, but the port wasn't good. Poor optimisation, 30FPS cap (you had some fixes for 60FPS, but it raised other issues and the facial animations were still locked at 30FPS) and other bugs and problems.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    Yeah but it didn't ruin the experience... at least it didn't ruin mine.
  8. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Booster Posts: 199   +87

    I would love to play this game in VR.

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