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L.A. Noire is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and VR this November

L.A. Noire‘s focus on detective work has made it one of the most unique games of the last decade, and fans who missed it the first time around will get the chance to try it out this November, as Rockstar has announced plans to re-release it for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this November.

Owing to the different strengths of the Switch and the PS4/Xbox One, Rockstar is producing two relatively unique versions of the game. Both versions will include the full game and all previously-release downloadable content, but players on the PS4/Xbox One will be able to experience L.A. Noire in 1080p with “enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures, and more.” And those who’ve upgraded to the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X will be able to play the game in 4K resolution.

Meanwhile, the Switch version of the game will include a special “Joy-Con Mode” with gesture-based controls, as well as HD Rumble support, new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, and “contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.”

Rockstar will also launch a special mini-version of L.A. Noire for the HTC Vive known as L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files. “Rebuilt specifically for virtual reality,” players will be able to slip on a headset and play through seven self-contained cases from L.A. Noire in virtual reality.

“We’re excited to bring L.A. Noire’s unique mix of real detective work, classic Hollywood atmosphere and thrilling action to these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, the Founder of Rockstar Games. “Now with a choice of spectacular virtual reality, stunning 4K, or the freedom of portable play, these enhanced versions are a perfect opportunity for players to experience this richly detailed world in a whole new way.”

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files and L.A. Noire for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch will be released on November 14.

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Rockstar forces Frank Darabont to change the name of L.A. Noir, his upcoming TV show

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Last year, Frank Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption and the the creative force behind the first season of The Walking Dead, announced that his next television production would revolve around the cops and criminals of 1940s Los Angeles. Oh, and he planned to name his show L.A. Noir, after the John Buntin book its based on.

Needless to say, Rockstar Games was less than pleased.

Speaking to io9, Darabont revealed the show’s new name, Lost Angels, and described exactly how less than pleased Rockstar was with the original title:

[I]t was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the **** out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we’re changing the title.

The first season of Lost Angels will air on TNT sometime this Summer.

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Rockstar Games Collection includes Red Dead, LA Noire, GTA Episodes, Midnight Club LA

It’s just raining Rockstar news today! In addition to showing a trio of editors from Game Informer around Grand Theft Auto V, the publisher also announced that the four-game Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 6.

The compilation, which is priced at $59.99, is a stellar deal and includes such fan favorites as Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles – Complete Edition. If these games have somehow passed under your personal radar, here’s a quick overview of what you’ll find within the Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1…

Red Dead Redemption – Winner of over 170 Game of the Year awards, Red Dead Redemption brings the dying West to life with a vibrant open-world, powerful story, and intense single- and multiplayer action.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – The explosive conclusion to the highest-rated game of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV, featuring two complete games on one disc: The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony.

L.A. Noire – The revolutionary crime thriller featuring MotionScan, a breakthrough technology that captures every nuance of a real actor’s facial performance, providing a level of realism, detail and emotion never before seen in a video game. Featuring brand new gameplay and a dark, hard-boiled detective story, L.A. Noire became the first ever video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition – One of the highest-reviewed racing titles of this generation, featuring deeply customizable real world cars, non-stop open world street racing and intense multiplayer action. The Complete Edition also includes every downloadable real world vehicle and city section released since launch.

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PSN “Ultimate Editions” of Black Ops, Mortal Kombat, LA Noire, more on sale this week

Sony has added a new featured section to their PS3 Full Games store: Ultimate Editions!

Each Ultimate Edition is comprised of the original game and any available downloadable content, ensuring that gamers who use the PSN always have the complete game. To celebrate their new offering, Sony is running a weeklong sale on all nine Ultimate Editions. From now until June 4, all the Ultimate Editions will be 30% off with PS Plus subscribers getting a 50% discount.

Hit the jump to view the full list of PS3 Ultimate Editions. (more…)

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Portal 2 wins “Best Game” at 2012 BAFTAs

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards in merry old England last night. And like most other award shows this year, Portal 2 came away with “Best Game” honors. Valve’s teleporting sequel also won the “Design” and Story” awards.

Other big winners include Batman: Arkham City (winner of the the “Action” award and a “Performer” award for Mark Hamill’s role as The Joker), LittleBigPlanet 2 (which took home the “Family” and “Game Innovation” awards), and Battlefield 3 (which won the “Online – Multiplayer” and “Audio Achievement” awards). Battlefield 3 was also selected by fans as the winner of this year’s GAME Award, which is sponsored by the British retailer. But with all their financial troubles, this might be the last GAME Award ever awarded.

Hit the jump for the complete list of winners. (more…)

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Batman: Arkham City, L.A. Noire lead 2012 BAFTAs with 8 noms each

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominees for the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards. In all, 48 games were nominated in 18 categories including four new awards for this year: “Debut Game,” “Online – Browser,” “Online – Multiplayer,” and “Performer.”

Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire garnered the most nominations from the BAFTA board with eight apiece. Several other games have a chance to win big when the awards are handed out on March 16 including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (six nominations), LittleBigPlanet 2 (also six), Portal 2 (five), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (five), and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (four).

Arkham City, Skyrim, L.A. Noire, and Portal 2 will be competing for the prestigious “Best Game” award along with FIFA Soccer 12 amd The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Finally, voting for the BAFTA’s yearly audience participation award, The GAME Award, is now online at BAFTAGAMEAward.com.

Hit the jump for a complete list of all the nominees. (more…)

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Uncharted 3 leads the 2012 AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards with 12 nominations

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 15th annual Interactive Achievement Awards and, to save everybody some time, they just recycled the nominee list from 2010.

OK, not really. But a surprising number of games on this year’s ballot are part of franchises that took home some IAA hardware in 2010. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception leads all nominees with 12 nominations, just like Uncharted 2, which nearly swept the 2010 IAAs. Batman: Arkham Asylum won every award that Uncharted 2 didn’t in 2010, and so it goes in 2012 as Batman: Arkham City racked up six nominations this year.

Other games with more than five nominations include Portal 2 (ten), L.A. Noire (nine), Battlefield 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (six each).

Many of those multiple nominees (Arkham City, Skyrim, Portal 2, and Uncharted 3) will be involved in the five-way battle royale for the IAA Game of the Year award. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword rounds out the the category.

Hit the break for a complete list of every nominated game in all categories. And remember, the 2012 AIAS IAAs will be handed out during this year’s DICE Summit on February 9. (more…)

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The Golden Pixel Awards 2011: Gaming’s Best, Worst, and Everything Else

Welcome to Warp Zoned’s first ever Golden Pixel Awards. Sit back and relax as we reward the best (and worst) games of 2011 with accolades based on their rather unique accomplishments.

The Apocalypse List

The bombs have fallen, the zombies have horded, food is scarce, and you’ve boarded yourself up in a bunker that’ll stand for a hundred years. What better way to spend your time in “The Vault” than by playing Warp Zoned’s favorite games from 2011? It doesn’t matter if you call it a “Top Ten List” or “Our Favorites From 2011,” but these are the games we plan to keep playing even if there was no game industry to keep making games. (more…)

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