L.A. Noire pre-order bonuses, boxart detected

After years in development, L.A. Noire will finally arrive on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 17th. To gear up for the final pre-release push, Rockstar has released the game’s official boxart (which you can see to your left) and the game’s retailer-specific pre-order bonuses (which you can find below).

While most retailers plan to include in-game bonuses as part of their pre-order ploys, a few retailers plan to offer something a bit more tangible. The publisher’s own Rockstar Warehouse will include an official L.A. Noire t-shirt with every pre-order while Target is bundling a $5 gift card and a Rockstar Games t-shirt with every copy of L.A. Noire sold during the game’s launch week.

After the break you’ll find just the facts on the in-game bonuses being offered at GameStop, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy.

All pre-order bonuses apply to US, Canadian and UK retailers unless otherwise specified.

GameStop (Available in UK at Game)

‘The Naked City’ Vice Case: In this bonus case from L.A. Noire’s Vice Desk, detective Cole Phelps investigates the supposed suicide of a stunning fashion model. Can you help Cole unravel the truth in a city blighted by drugs, corruption and greed, where the death of a beautiful woman is never as straightforward as it seems?

The Badge Pursuit Challenge: Hidden around L.A. Noire’s beautiful recreation of 1947 Los Angeles are 20 police badges to find and collect. If you can find all 20 of these badges, the dapper Button Man suit will be unlocked which provides extra ammo for all weapons. Each badge also provides 5 additional XP which will help further unlock Intuition Points – special credits that can be used to give Phelps a key investigative insight when you need it most.


‘The Broderick’ Detective Suit: This unlockable detective suit boosts your fist-fighting capabilities and resilience to damage. Throughout L.A. Noire while working cases, you’ll encounter quite a few suspects and persons of interest who prove to be resistant to arrest. Your hand-to-hand fighting skills will be called into action on these cases – the Broderick suit with its enhanced fighting abilities may be that edge in helping make that collar.

Walmart (Available in UK at Play)

‘A Slip of the Tongue’ Traffic Case: “A Slip of the Tongue” is a bonus case from the Traffic Desk in which a seemingly run of the mill car theft ends up sparking an explosive investigation into the largest auto fraud racket the city has ever seen. With the stolen cars piling up and questionable characters at every turn, can you help Cole Phelps crack the biggest case so far in his career?

Best Buy (Available in UK at Zavvi)

‘The Sharpshooter’ Detective Suit: The Sharpshooter unlockable detective suit enhances your aim with rifles and pistols. Always a worst case scenario for any detective working a case, there are of course those occasions for Cole Phelps when pursuing a suspect escalates to gunfire. In these tense shootouts, the Sharpshooter suit provides that extra aiming precision to take the criminal down.

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