Rockstar Games unveils an upcoming four-game compilation featuring Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition

Leviathyn.com's Dean Martin looks into the achievement craze. Is it good for gaming? Also, could we possibly see a unified points system for gamers in the future?

"Amazon's Spring Sale has begun on THQ and other downloadable titles. Some games are as low as 75% off. Click in to see some of the prices and get a link to the sale!

Amazon's Spring Sale on downloadable titles has begun. Some of them are very popular current games at insanely cheap prices, such as THQ's Warhammer 40,000 for $9.99 and Saints Row: The Third for $24.99. Other games such as Red Faction: Armageddon, Darksiders, and Metro 2033 are available, as well as add-ons for many of these ..."

"GAME is unfortunately closing down unless it can find a buyer quickly. The banks bailed out GAME before Christmas but poor sales mean that GAME is in even more trouble than ever before. Certain publishers have refused GAME pre orders or not allowed GAME to have any stock of their games to sell. You may as well grab some cheap games while you still can.

GAME is selling off many of its new and pre owned games at bargain prices. Here are a few key deals that stick out as being worthy of your ..."

"Last time I talked about game-to-game continuity of choices, something that is already being implemented in games today. This time I am going to tackle something that game developers are anticipating for the future and what this technology might mean for gaming. The technology I am referring to is emotion-reading games."

"While players really only got a brief introduction to the character, Jack Kelso is definitely ready to become the leading man in L.A Noire. The emotionally charged ending of the original has put him front and center, and with such a rich backstory, he can definitely carry the weight of the franchise."

"PushStartSelect : "Rockstar recently stated to not “rule out the possibility of an L.A. Noire 2.” With the good sales and positive reviews why not make a second one? You can read their full comments below, but what do we want to see in an L.A. Noire 2? Glad you asked why don’t you find out now.""

Due to Team Bondi shutting their studio down, hopes of another game set in the LA Noire universe seem slim at best. However, when asked about the future of the title, Rockstar thinks fans should remain hopeful and that another LA Noire title is not out of the realm of possibility.

"Fans have been going crazy trying to dissect and analyze the debut trailer of Grand Theft Auto V for any information about the game, but they may not have to wait much longer for some concrete revelations. In the latest edition of Rockstar Games’ “Asked and Answered” segment featured on its website, the studio has claimed that new details regarding the title is just “a few months’ time” away."

"Ask yourself, if you will; what is a game?

I suppose you could see the question from any number of angles, any number of interpretations. You could view it mechanically – a typical game involves an actor, maybe several, multiple mechanics, parameters. You could take each individual aspect of a game and put a magnifying glass to it. Or you could take it at its most literal definition; something to be played."

"I began playing a game yesterday, a game lauded by many, so I decided that I should have a go at it as well: LA Noire. Now, truth be told, open world games have stopped captivating my interest these last few years (yes, I’m counting Skyrim as well). The problem is that this kind of game tends to sacrifice storytelling for freedom. After playing New Vegas a while back, I said to myself that I’d rather play a completely linear story that at least has more depth than 50 square miles that are as ..."

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This article is a follow up to two separate articles: Can I Really Be a Social Gamer? and Help! My Wife Stole My Xbox! As the family meets in the middle of their hobbies over the medium of video games, Ryan Johnson of GoozerNation starts to see not only how his family is evolving, but how society sees gaming as a whole.

Here are this week's deals on Xbox 360 stuff from around the internet including some good savings on several blockbuster titles and discounted pre-order prices at Toys "R" Us.

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Ryan recently had situations fall as to where his traditionally non-gamer wife jumped at trying Batman: Arkham City and is now hooked on L.A. Noire. What is it about these games that draws a non-gamer who traditionally avoids the controller like the plague to get so in-depth as to have a desire to complete a game? Better yet, what should Ryan have in store for her once she's done so he doesn't lose a gamer partner? Read in to see his opinions, and please drop s...

Now that 2011 is done, I've compiled a best and worst of the past year. I talk about the hits and misses, Sony's plight, and shine some light on new IPs that deserve all the praise they get. Who will win game of the year? click to find out!

"Printing, distributing and advertising are all things that the big disc-based games have built into their price structure that actually have nothing to do with the game. When a game is digital only, it can be cheaper, eliminating those steps. They can also afford to be smaller: I know that I think twice about a game when it begins its retail life at $20. Even though it is possible for a developer to make a quality title and release it cheaply, it just seems to devalue the inner content when i..."

GameFly's year-end sale started today and many used games have been heavily discounted including some excellent titles like Crysis 2, L.A. Noire, Dragon Age II, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

Rockstar Games has issued a title update for the PC for L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition which includes improvements on performance issues and some render state optimizations.

In the final entry in Gaming Irresponsibly's storytelling in games series, Matt Beaudette takes a look at the quality of writing present in most games, and speculates about where storytelling can go in the future of games.

"We here at the Department of Electronic Entertainment possess vast pools of intel about the gaming industry. We deal with situations every day that would leave most Americans cowering in terror. But some secrets don’t require a team of espionage specialists; some secrets about the gaming industry are widely understood by long-time gamers yet unknown by most of the population. While the following revelations may seem obvious to most gamers, the financial security of the industry is based ..."

In this week's edition of Top 10 Tuesdays, Matt Beaudette of Gaming Irresponsibly runs down the Top 10 Games of 2011. Where does your favorite game rank on the list?

"PSS: "You just watched the Spike TV Game of the Year Awards, and might be watching the re-runs right now. However we are glad to have you here and want to share our own game of the year awards. We have browsed the internet, talked with one another, and made several tough decisions, but this is what we believe the winners should be! Either way, this was an absolutely fantastic year to be a gamer.""

OnLive announced today that it is bringing console-class gaming to mobile devices with the OnLive app for tablet and mobile platforms. The latest top-tier games will be available for instant play via the free OnLive app on over 500 million mobile devices over Wi-Fi or mobile networks in the US and UK for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

"Are you looking to buy a new Xbox at one of the big sales this weekend? What about a recent AAA game at half price, or maybe an old hit that you never got around to. We looked through all of the retailers and online sales to find the best Xbox deals for Black Friday and are here with our recommendations on how you should spend your Xbucks this week."

Black Friday will soon be upon us and GameStop is always one of the go-to stores for video games so here are their Xbox 360 deals. Big titles like Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, and Crysis 2 get some good discounts.

The Spike Video Game Awards are always good for a certain level of hilarity, only not the kind you want. Disney's Epic Mickey? Need for Speed: The Run? L.A. Noire being up for best graphics over Battlefield 3?

What were they thinking?

As part of their weekly video game deals running through November 5th 2011, Amazon.com has discounted the Xbox 360 version of L.A. Noire to just $19.99.

With fall releases in full swing the crew at Goozernation looks back to their ever growing backlog which includes games such as Red Dead Redemption, Fallout New Vegas, Goldeneye 007, Enslaved, Borderlands, Bulletstorm, LA Noire, and Metal Gear Solid 4. The bigger question here is how can a gamer find anytime to play this stuff and how did these games end up in the backlog?

"If you still have yet to experience the unique blend of breathtaking action and true detective work that is L.A. Noire on your console of choice, Rockstar Games and Team Bondi have announced that L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is coming to the PlayStation 3 computer and Xbox 360 consoles on November 15, 2011 in North America and November 18, 2011 internationally."

Year after year some publishers produce the same games. Sometimes if gamers are lucky they seen a new IP. Sometimes the new IPs sell well for example Bulletstorm, Dead Island, and LA Noire. But other games like Majin and Blur don't sell well at all. Is it because the gaming industry only wants the new Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Madden?

Gamefly is having an under $20 used game blowout. The big question is what games should gamers pick up now? Some of the better games include Duke Nukem Forever for $10, Brink for $10, Epic Mickey for $12.99, and Red Faction Armageddon for $12.99. La Noire for $19.99 and Shadows of the Damned for $17.99 are too good to pass up on. The biggest question is when will gamers have time to play all these games?

"Before we begin there are two things worthy of note that happened last week. Steve Jobs passed away and Team Bondi have closed their doors for good. Steve Jobs leaves behind him the sort of legacy that most of us will only ever dream about and the rest of us will spend time complaining about. The fact of the matter is, whether you love or hate Apple, his work has had an undeniable influence on the modern world and, on topic, mobile gaming, a fact that seems undeniable when Angry Birds, availa..."

"After months of drama, accusations, leaked documents and media attention, Team Bondi is finally closing its doors. The game development company has filed papers with the Australian Securities and Investments Administration and will be closing for good. This is the end of a long drama that has been playing out since May when Team Bondi’s LA Noire was released. Check out the news below."

"What makes the PC version the “Complete Edition”? Well, it includes the full game as well as an access code for all downloadable content previously released for the console editions. The DLC includes the “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson case, “Reefer Madness” Vice case, “The Consul’s Car” Traffic case, “The Naked City” Vice case and “A Slip of the Tongue” Traffic case."

"After accusations of unfair payment practices, never-ending mandatory overtime and deliberately excluding swathes of developers from LA Noire's game credits, developer Team Bondi seems to be reaping what it sowed. Whether or not any of these problems actually caused the company's current dire financial situation may never be known, but this we do know: Team Bondi has gone into administration. If you enjoyed the team's previous work, you may be waiting a long time for another example of it."

Daav from NoobFeed.com rounds up another batch of game ideas after a 'very productive period of film watching'. At least there's a justification for eating chips and sitting on your ass. Five more films get transitioned and compared with games like Zelda, L.A. Noire, Brink, Assassin's Creed and even Leisure Suit Larry.

LA Noire is a character study that focuses on Cole Phelps' history and the complexities of his personality. There is something intrinsic to the video game medium which makes LA Noire a ridiculous examination of an unhinged, possibly psychopathic, police officer looking to rehabilitate himself. It's also an exposé of how strict realism can't yet be achieved in video games.

Cole Phelps has another case to open. Missing missions. Co-Founder of Team Bondi Brendan McNamara announced that there were two desks that had to be cut because of the size of the Blu-ray disk

"In the wake of L.A. Noire’s last announced downloadable content, Reefer Madness, being released yesterday, Rockstar stated that it doesn’t believe that’s the end of it. Though Rockstar is keeping a lid on what it has got coming up, whatever it is will be sure to please fans of the game."

"LA Noire got a new DLC pack entitled “Reefer Madness” for the Vice Desk today. The case sees Cole tracking down and stopping a narcotics ring. Rockstar Games has released a character dossier and a few new screens of Juan Garcia Cruz, one of the narcotics smugglers you will encounter during the course of the DLC. Check out the screens below."

"So put on that oh so cool detective hat because it's time to smoke out some reefer heads. Players will take the reigns of Detective Cole Phelps once again, this time behind the desk of the vice squad as they try to unravel a drug ring that is starting to smell a little funny. Phelps and his partner Roy Earle find themselves hitting this case after getting in a shootout with a local drug dealer."

2011 is halfway over. Matt Buckley takes a look at the games released so far this year and outlines the 5 best, those that stand the chance of being mentioned again at year's end.

"LA Noire is getting a brand new downloadable case called Reefer Madness for the Vice Desk. The case sees Cole and Roy tracking down a large drug dealing operation and will be available on July 12th. Check out the trailer below."

A new trademark for “Rockstar Films” by GTA parent publisher Take-Two Interactive means that there just may be reason to suspect movie spin-offs for the likes of LA Noire, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto.

"Rockstar and Team Bondi will not be working together again anytime soon. The L.A. Noire publisher and developer, respectively, had numerous problems with one another over the game's extended development period. Check out the news below."

"Playstation 3 owners in North America and Europe are getting the chance to buy some new avatars and themes based on the popular game LA Noire. Check out the info and some pictures below."

"Rockstar Games has announced a 360° viewer tool that will allow gamers to see in-game footage matched up with real life photographs of crime scenes from the game. Check out the specifics below."

"After several team members who worked on LA Noire complained about 'sweat shop' like conditions working on the game, Brendan Mcnamara of Team Bondi has hit back at these claims by basically dismissing them and saying that all of his team knew what they were getting into when they signed up."

Writing a good review or holistic critique of a video game is easy, because that analysis feeds off interesting subject matter. Writing an interesting video game product review, on the other hand, is extremely difficult.

"Much has been written about the long development cycles on games such as Duke Nukem Forever, Too Human, or Prey, but the story behind L.A. Noire's rocky road to release stands out within Australia's small, tightly-knit development community. Team Bondi's crime drama is not just the biggest game development project ever undertaken in Australia, it also served as the first-ever project for many of the creative forces behind L.A. Noire. It's perhaps the combination of all these factors that has ..."

"With Rockstar Games releasing the new L.A. Noire: Nicholson Electroplating Disaster dlc this week, Planet Xbox 360 felt that it was a good time for L.A. Noire players to undergo some serious introspection. Have you been playing too much L.A. Noire? Maybe you carry around your own little notebook, or over-examine every day objects by rotating them right and left. If you made your daughter cry on Father’s Day after examining her card and proclaiming that it was “irrelevant to the case,” then it..."

Somehow we're already halfway through 2011. What games have stood out so far? Joystick Division looks at the ten best games of the first half of 2011.

"With some very impressive early stats on display at Chart-Track, and a number of earlier reports detailing its successes in the market, L.A. Noire has hit a sales figure of 4 million units sold worldwide since its May 17th release, coming up second only to Lego Pirates of the Caribbean in terms of top UK sales. Note that the figure describes units shipped, and does not specifically mention how many of those units have actually been purchased by consumers from retailers."

"Rockstar Games has announced today that their popular game title, LA Noire, will be coming to the PC this fall. The game, now available for PS3 and Xbox 360, has players stepping into the shoes of an LAPD detective in the 1940’s."

GamersGameplay: Controversy to praise, chaos to orderly conduct, Rockstar Games is one of the companies that have evolved into a renowned publisher in the video game industry. Over the past few years their presence in the industry has changed in a good way. Countless great titles lie under their belt, however one franchise by far is the most common one associated with their name.

The "Nicholson Electroplating" DLC for L.A. Noire is now available to download on Xbox live and PSN for 320 MS Points, and $3.99, respectively. If you hold the Rockstar Pass...

"This is the most interesting DLC case released so far. I appreciate that it doesn’t start how almost every case does, with something happening, and Cole getting the call to check out the crime scene. It feels very organic the way it starts, and that’s a nice change of pace. Driving into the blast zone was honestly pretty shocking. There’s people running away, and cars crashing in front of you. Characters constantly comment on the devastation. I was baffled when I had to start investigating th..."

Set for release on Tuesday June 21st, the trailer for the new LA Noire DLC, named Nicholson Electroplating, has just been released. This DLC is based on real life events.

In his weekly Joystick Division column, veteran game journalist Gus Mastrapa schools gamers in the remedial lesson of how to read a video game review. Surprise: reviews, by definition, are never objective.

Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire saw weaker than expected sales in May. Combined across the PS3 and Xbox 360, L.A. Noire managed nearly 900,000 units sold, bringing down Take-Two's stock in the process.

L.A. Noire can be described with two words, innovative and unique. Taking place in 1940’s Los Angeles, you play LAPD officer Cole Phelps. Phelps is a former military serviceman who served his time in World War II. Starting off as a patrolman, you take on cases and move through the ranks to traffic detective, homicide, vice, and arson.

"Today, Rockstar Games announced that it is extending the duration of the discount on the L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass. The Pass was set to expire today, however, thanks to Rockstar, gamers will have two more weeks to snag it at the low price of $9.99 on PlayStation Network and 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. It is now set to expire on the release date for the “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson case: June 21st."

Certain companies, we expect them to make gold every time they make something, but Mike D from GoozerNation wonders if Rockstar might have finally hit coal in their new game, LA Noire.

Amazon usually has some good deals on video games. Today's Deal of the Day is 25% off the recently released L.A. Noire. Despite being very different from other Rockstar games, the game has gotten critical acclaim.

"It's only been a matter of weeks and already I'm missing the smell of young women's corpses and the clutter of syringe filled back alleys. It's a strange feeling attempting to wean of crime and corruption, but L.A. Noire offered up a very addictive approach and solving mysteries and serving justice. Those who feel the streets aren't clean enough just yet, however, can clock in once again with the titles' first downloadable case; The Naked City."

L.A. Noire is going to one of those games other developers try to emulate. Rockstar has taken gaming in a different collection with L.A. Noire. The combination of an open ended world paying homage to GTA IV meets detective work is a welcome change to the industry standard. The biggest question, is will gamers see a sequel?

With the release of yet another Rockstar extravaganza, everyone is running around with their heads cut off about L.A. Noire. Whilst the game is quite good, not every aspect of it is admirable.

"Rockstar Games has just announced that the DLC 'The Badge Pursuit Challenge' has been updated with a tracker, available through The Social Club. This, along with the other DLC announced this week, will ensure that L.A. Noire fans get the best gaming experience."

Normally death in video games doesn't make an impact on Gus Mastrapa, but L.A. Noire's handling of mortality touches him in a surprising and transformative way.

LA Noire is a new kind of game that attempts to bring investigation, interrogation, and good old fashioned police action together to form a realistic experience. The year is 1947, you jump into the shoes of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who wants to put the war behind him and start a new life. Phelps joins the LAPD and begins as a patrolman; it is your job to help him move up the ranks and uncover the seedy underground of 1940’s Los Angeles.

"We will also have two new cases coming as DLC, one to be released on 21st of June and named as The “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson, and the other case being titled as “Reefer Madness” Vice with a release date set to July 12th."

Rockstar Games have revealed their Playstation Network pricing schedule for L.A. Noire’s Rockstar Pass downloadable content when the Playstation Store returns.

"In the past, storytelling in video games was a minor thing, high scores were the target. This changed with the roleplaying game and with the invention of bigger hard drives to hold more game information. Now the role of storytelling is going through another renaissance, the actions of the character have dynamic consequences on the story and on future games in some cases."

One man can make all the difference - if that one man means Cole Phelps and that difference being made is in 1940's Los Angeles. At its heart, LA Noir is a tale about one man standing up to corruption, while working to clean up the city streets. And the streets need a lot of cleaning. Robberies, shootings, theft, and, of course, murder, are just some of the crimes Phelps is looking to stop.

Default Prime writer Joe Jones takes a trip through postwar 1940s Los Angeles and steps into the shoes of detective Cole Phelps. How did the latest blockbuster from Team Bondi shape up?

Rockstar has finally detailed the online pass function that they plan in implement in L.A. Noire. Check out the full post for all the details on the price and whether it's worth it.

""When a company tries to jump out of their normal routine to try something totally different, it has the possibility of either becoming some new way to define them as a company; or it fails miserably and makes you never want to look at them again.""

While the GoozTube vidcast may lie dormant for the time being, Mike D has started a new video series called GoozTube review.

Here you will see the first 10 minutes (give or take) of a particular game; some old, some new, some borrowed, and some even on Blu-ray. GoozerNation's Mike D will add his own commentary about the feel of the game, graphics, game play, and anything else that may come to mind during the first bit of game play.

In this episode, we look at Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire...

In this episode, the crew talks about Portal 2 co-op, L.A. Noire (spoilers), Infamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale, The Avatar Legends (XBL Indie), Bulletstorm, NBA Jam, The Kinect, PSN, and plenty of other lovely topics. Plus, they have a special giveaway to celebrate Memorial Day.

L.A. Noire has come out and is being hailed for its incredible and realistic animations. So much so, that many are wondering if actors will start to have a greater influence in video games. Check out our story to see what we think.

"Let me begin by saying L.A Noire is a very different experience from what everyone’s used to when it comes to games that are similar to the Grand Theft Auto series. This game doesn’t only enter unvisited territory but also does a good job at it. From shoot outs, to playing private eye or chasing people on foot and on wheels. L.A Noire has a lot going for it but is it enough for the people who aren’t used to this flavour of tea? One thing we can be sure is naked women, size 8 shoes and a hell ..."

L.A. Noire has come out and many have been blown away by the facial realism that it manages to display. Check out the article above for a second opinion by two prominent editors of theGamerBuzz.

"It’s 1947 and Cole Phelps has returned from World War II as a decorated hero, and now he is attempting to navigate the ranks of the L.A.P.D. Cole must discover the truth behind murders, illegal drug trades, racketeering conspiracies, and arson attacks as he tries to clean up the streets of a quickly growing city. As the hero of the game you learn that Cole isn’t the squeaky clean hero that he’s portrayed in the beginning of the game. The police and politicians are as corrupt as the criminal e..."

L.A. Noire has been for going on a week now, and while we are still in awe of the MotionScan technology offered in the facial animations, apparently Team Bondi is not finished.

L.A. Noire, Rockstar Games’s latest release, with developer Team Bondi at the helm, aims to shift paradigms and create new gameplay trends. In recent months, the developer has created a huge hype about the game and after a few minutes driving through the streets of an almost exact rendition of Los Angeles, you'll understand why. L.A. Noire is unlike anything you've ever played.

Rockstar's latest epic brings 1940's LA to life. Gone is the emphasis on free exploration, replaced instead with solid scripts and classic film noire action. Filled with some small graphics glitches and with limited replay value, this is still a modern classic.

Check out GameZone’s video review of L.A. Noire. Is L.A. Noire a fun experience for every gamer or is it a cut scene fest that only a number of gamers would enjoy? For the video review go to Gamezone.com

Check out GameZone’s video review of L.A. Noire. Is L.A. Noire a fun experience for every gamer or is it a cut scene fest that only a number of gamers would enjoy? For the video review go to Gamezone.com

Welcome to theGamerBuzz podcast Episode 7! We're back this week with a plethora of gaming news, including our impressions on L.A. Noire, Sony's most recent troubles...

Rockstar Games has had a history of bringing cities to life, and with L.A. Noire, that tradition is continued. Team Bondi has done a masterful job of recreating...

"Did you pre-order L.A Noire from Amazon? Well if so, by now you should have your $15 promotional credit available to use, and what better way to spend it than by putting it towards the second biggest game to release this month, The Witcher 2? Sure this is only relevant to PC gamers, but those gamers will be interested to know that Amazon have already discounted the retail version of the game from $49.99 to $44.99 and even better, the digital version to just $39.99. Slap on your $15 credit and..."

"Everyone is a track star. Their shape and size doesn't matter because everyone has more stamina than a camel, with the speed of a cheetah. Maybe they're trying to teach the lesson of not judging a book by its cover, but the inhabitants of L.A. Noire are ridiculously agile."

I’ve watched countless film noir and neo-noir movies while pursing my degree in video production (which I just finished this last week!) and now I’m going to put my knowledge to the test as I play through the opening hours of LA Noire tonight at midnight. In addition, I’ll be sharing my expertise on the subject of noir, detective stories, and video game criticism in general, as I pop down a couple of Bawls energy drinks and play until the sun comes up.

In anticipation of this week's release of the long-awaited LA Noire, Joystick Division celebrates ten of the toughest and most hard boiled detectives in video games.

In this episode, the hosts talk about the return of PSN, Portal 2, L.A. Noire, Gears of War 3, Brink, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Outland, Portal, Fallout: New Vegas, Thor, Game of Thrones, and plenty of other lovely topics.

A new overview trailer has been released for the Japanese version of the upcoming Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 open-world title from Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire.

Having to swap discs on video games never used to be a problem in past generations. Why is it that so many gamers complain today when games, such as L.A. Noire, are released on multiple discs?

theGamerBuzz podcast is coming right back you with a fire side discussion of the latest gaming new announced in the past week. We also take a look at the upcoming release of L.A. Noire. Check it out and send us your questions for next week.

L.A. Noire has even released yet and there is already talk about when we will get the chance to download additional content. Check out the full story to read what Rockstar said of the matter.

Rockstar announced today that they will be following in the path created by EA and THQ by introducing an unfortunate tactic to get more of your hard earned money. Check out the full story for all the details.

"The time is almost opon us LA Noire is set to be one of the biggest games of the year, set in the 1940′s world of detectives and real lifecrime cases.

Rockstar have released the launch trailer for your pleasure"

Several new screenshots have been released today by Rockstar Games for the Japanese version of the upcoming open-world game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, L.A. Noire.

In anticipation of next week's LA Noire, Joystick Division looks at ten classic film noirs, from The Big Sleep to LA Confidential, that would make excellent video games.

"Looking over Rockstar’s back catalog, it’s interesting to note how far they’ve come since Grand Theft Auto III first became the poster child for violent video games. Rockstar’s detractors have often argued that the company’s titles lack real substance and are merely threadbare plots stitched together as an excuse to include wanton violence and sexual mischief. If you look hard enough, a bit of brilliance shines through the blood-spattered windshield. With each game they release, Rockstar evol..."

In an interesting bit news, Rockstar Games has removed the PC/Mac versions of L.A. Noire from the ESRB website. theGamerBuzz.com was able to confirm directly with a Rockstar rep...

Target is bunch of gaming deals starting this Sunday involving games like Portal 2, Dragon Age 2 and L.A. Noire. DPrime's gotcha covered, so check out what you could be saving!

COD Black Ops DLC Escalation has hit the 360. But will it be enough to keep gamers interested in the series? This summer is shaping up to be a good year for games and Black Ops is going to have to compete with a lot of games this summer including Duke Nukem Forever, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Brink, as well as several AAA titles.

Holy multiple discs, Batman! It seems that Rockstar and Team Bondi's upcoming crime thriller L.A. Noire is so massive that it will take up 3 Xbox 360 discs. However, the disc swap...

LA Noire is only days away, but Rockstar Games have made it even harder, for the game's official soundtracks are announced to release on the very same day.

Rockstar's LA Noire currently has a price-cut at $45 without specificity of when this steal ends. Click here to find out where you can find this deal.

Gamers can save money by buying smart. Here are some of this week's promotions and discounts on Xbox 360 stuff from around the internet, including $20 off Mortal Kombat from Toys R' Us and a headset for just a few bucks at Amazon.

Online retailer, Newegg.com, has revealed a pretty enticing pre-order deal for the open-world game coming to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, L.A. Noire.

In this episode, Kush discusses the PSN outage with a calm that makes Gandhi look like Bill O'Reilly and Kari admits she alone brought the service down. -- Topics of discussion include Sony, PSN, and all that crap, the next Wii (again), Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Sword & Sworcery, L.A. Noire, Rio, Game of Thrones, and plenty more.

One thing you have to say for the guys at Team Boindi, and Rockstar is that they spare no expense on their projects, with L.A. Noire having the highest number of actual actors, many of them well known in many movies that grace our screens, playing just simple NPC roles within the gameworld.

Most developers have actors play the part of major characters only, perhaps one or two even, not 20 or more.

This will be a monumental game to both view and play.

"A new month is upon us and we here at PlanetXbox are taking a look at some of the new releases in store for Xbox 360 players this month. From Driving games, to FPS', and open world sandbox games, May will have something for everyone. Let's start with the Disc based games you'll be spending time on:"

GameStop has revealed an addition pre-order bonus, which will be exclusive to their PowerUp members, for the upcoming Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game, L.A. Noire.

"Heavy Rain solves this dilemma by using button prompts (aka quick-time events, but don't let Cage find you saying that), creating highly dramatic, dynamic moments while still allowing for exploration (and more traditional point-and-click gameplay) in quieter moments. While Cage's system isn't flawless, the use of button prompts allows you to more seamlessly transfer the "point-and-click" experience to consoles (which often suffer due to the controller versus mouse setup), as well as creating ..."

"Great titles heading to release that are worthy of Game of the Year candidacy deserve a second look. Right now one of the games that has been recognized but not given the spotlight it should be is LA Noire. Once again Rockstar has a sleeper hit in the making and we should all be on the lookout for it."

"Spring is now upon us and there’s fortunately more to look forward to than just flowers and the chirping of birds; the next few months are jam-packed with great games. We here at PlanetXbox360 are hoping to make life a bit easier for you by narrowing down the must-play games to a manageable five. The following titles are the ones worth looking out for over the next few months."

What is more frustrating then on the disc dlc? Multiple pre-order bonuses from different stores. Rockstar is showing their true colors by pitting store against store and giving gamers the run around once again with the upcoming release of L.A. Noire. This sort of mentality only hurts the consumer in the long run. Goozernation has a full list of the pre-order bonuses and wants to know what other gamers think about Rockstar's continued use of this this trend

Rockstar and Team Bondi have release another trailer entitled, "Rising Through the Ranks." Unlike others, it details how Cole Phelps rises up to detective.

Will human beings ever be able to take a galnce at a CG character and completely accept it as "real." Maybe one day, but as of right now, we explain why that won't happen anytime soon...

Today on the daily update: The first episode of Mortal Kombat Legacy is online, Section 8: Prejudice trailer was released, PS3 users will be getting exclusive content for L.A. Noir, Dead Rising is reimagined as Dead Rising: Off the Record, new games announced during Capcom's Capcom Captivates tradeshow, A new Kinect title, PowerUp Heroes is announced and Blizzcon tickets prices get a price increase

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has released a rating summary for the upcoming L.A. Noire, detailing the game’s gore, nudity, sexual themes and other mature-rated contents.

Gamers have been weighing their options as of late, trying to decide which console version of L.A. Noire to pick up. Today, details have emerged regarding exclusive content coming to the PS3. Check out the full story for the details.

L.A. Noire has now been approved by the British ratings board. With its rating, we have learned some great details on what we can expect when the title launches in May. Check it out.

Today on the daily update: Super Meat Boy gets the action figure treatment, Rockstar is pulling a Grand Theft on gamers, Duke's got the girls, Star Trek set to beam to a Netflix portal near you, Rage trailer gets Zqueakz hot and bothered, and video games ready to take the Grammys by storm.

The winter season has become a crowded a competitive area for some of our most favorite titles. In this latest opinion piece, we discuss whether certain titles would benefit if released in the summer. Check it out.

May 17th can't come soon enough, but in the meantime, here's some fresh new L.A, Noire screenshots from a case entitled "The Set-Up." Boxer Albert Hammond...

"L.A. Noire Trailer 3 sheds more light on Phelps’ experiences rising through the ranks of the LAPD. Upon landing at the more glamorous Vice desk, he discovers illegal gambling, corruption within the force, as well as investigating a shipment of government-issued morphine killing junkies even as it causes problems for the town’s most notorious mobsters. Created entirely from in-game footage, L.A. Noire will release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 17 in the US, May 20 in Europe and Australia."

A new trailer will be hitting the internet tomorrow for L.A. Noire by Rockstar Games. L.A. Noire has been praised for the incredible facial animations that it is introducing to the industry. Check out the full story for all the details.

"L.A. Noire will undoubtedly transform the albeit small detective/crime thriller genre in gaming.

Team Bondi and Rockstar Games are successfully producing what will become the epitome of our [console] generation’s technology, and will set the precedent for many others to follow.

While last week’s theme was modern, we’re going back in time again, but at the same time we’re going forward, confusing – yes? SO read on and let’s see what we can uncover together.

Ladies and gentlemen, I pre..."

"This video features a look at "A Slip of the Tongue" Traffic case, which will be available as a Walmart launch exclusive. Consumers that purchase L.A. Noire from Walmart starting May 17 will receive a free downloadable code for the case while supplies last."

In a first for the gaming industry, a video game has been selected as an Official Selection for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Congrats to L.A. Noire!

"The revolutionary detective title L.A. Noire by Rockstar Games and Australia’s own Team Bondi is now only eight weeks away.

With expectations running high and hype slowly escalating, you’re going to find yourself more and more interested in the fascinating world of crime drama.

Last week, I presented to you The Untouchables, which was very in-keeping with the time frame. While post-World War I (and II) America is a cultural explosion and the setting for much classic crime drama, this we..."

Rockstar has created some of the most memorable moments in the gaming landscape. They've given us characters that we care about and settings that truly feel alive. We had an opportunity to see an entire mission from the game recently. Check out the full story to see what we thought. Cheers

"I loved Red Dead Redemption as much as the next guy, but the prospect of playing another Rockstar-made open world title so soon is exhausting. Everything I’d seen of L.A. Noire suggested it would toss detective work into the formula but still offer the same driving and shooting elements the developer is known for. If you’ve been expecting the same, stop right there. L.A. Noire isn’t Grand Theft Auto with bits of crime solving—it’s a crime-solving adventure game with bits of Grand Theft Auto."

Whether you love or hate Rockstar's games, you can't say that they don't make a game that's not worth your hard money. New information has been released as far as the game's length, as well as a few other tidbits. Check out the full story. Cheers!

The retail market has slowly been losing ground to the digital market. Is it an inevitable fate that the digital market will be the only way for us to get our favorite games? Check out the full story to see what we think. Cheers!

Probably one of the most miss-represented games by the gaming media. Not a shooter or a GTA clone as some seem to think, but a game of skill, intellect and deception.

OXCGN's doing a 9 week update on the game as it approaches release, and looking at the era and what brought the Noire style into the game through movies, books, small screen etc.

This week they unlock some great in-game info, as well as deal with the movie "The Untouchables' from 1987. Definitely worth the time to slip ove...

"The company has just revealed new details of its next blockbuster, L.A. Noire. The game takes place in Los Angeles in the year 1947. The game was built thinking carefully about all the features of that era, with the streets, cars and all the characters’ costumes are from the '40s era."

"From Rockstar:

"In the Vice desk case “The Naked City” (available as a pre-order bonus through GameStop in the U.S. and Canada, and through Game in the UK), Cole Phelps investigates the apparent suicide of a stunning fashion model. When the young beauty is tragically found naked in her bathroom amidst a pool of pills, the most likely conclusion is that she’s taken her own life. But what about those bruises? And her taste for luxury beyond her means? It soon becomes apparent that this young..."

"Andy neurotically renovates Minecraft home and bemoans the downfall of shooters with Killzone 3. David goes episode 1 with Telltale's Back to the Future and begins a feud with Pat that will ultimately destroy the both of them over the Dragon Age 2 demo. Nick reluctantly spills his prudish guts over Bulletstorm and some crappy game he bought.

In news, we discuss the disappointing Nintendo 3DS US launch lineup, the awesome first footage of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3, and t..."

"L.A Noire is Rockstars next big offering and one of its major features is MotionScan. MotionScan replicates facial movements perfectly into facial animations which, aside from making the game prettier, adds to the gameplay in interesting ways. L.A Noire is a game based in 1947 and you play Cole Phelps who works for the LAPD which means you will spend your time solving crimes ranging from theft to murder. So how does MotionScan work and how does it make L.A Noire unique? Well read on as I try ..."

A new trailer has been released for Rockstar's latest venture into the open-world genre. The trailer shows off some of the core gameplay mechanics that we'll enjoy. Check out the full story to see it in it's entireity. Cheers!

GameStop has revealed some details as to what the official strategy guide for the upcoming Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 title, L.A. Noire, will contain.

It's 2011, so let's look ahead to the year in gaming. Some of these predictions are serious. Others... not so much. You should be able to tell which is which.

L.A. Noire is an upcoming adventure game by Rockstar for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. BrightHub takes a look at the gameplay and motion-capture technology of the game.

Rockstar Games have released several impressive new screenshots for the upcoming open-world detective game, L.A. Noire for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

With 2010 drawing to a close, it's time to look forward to the next year. Here are the ten most exciting video games of 2011! It's looking like it's going to be a very, very good year for games.

"The first of five installments, GameZone Downloads Manager Mike Splechta reveals his Top 10 most anticipated 2011 games. Check back tomorrow to find out GameZone News & Games Editor B. James’ picks as we discuss how exciting 2011 truly is."

"The Rockstar Games blog posted an incredible video piece on Team Bondi's MotionScan technology which works from 360 degrees to capture 100 percent of the actors' facial movements from all angles.

Have a look, it is easy to spot the difference to traditional animation. It seems almost too real, causing a reverse uncanny valley since the faces look so real versus the environments."

"Critical Gamer writes: The first L.A. Noire trailer has finally shown its face and gives us plenty of good cop, bad cop detective work in Rockstar’s latest and relatively unknown project.

The game, set in a 1940s re-created Los Angeles, gives players the challenge of solving murders, old school style. It certainly looks to take a slightly less glamorous approach than CSI Miami."

Xbox 360 World has reported within its latest issue that upcoming crime drama from Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire, may have been pushed back into Spring 2011.

"With E3 2010 almost here gamers everywhere will be hoping to hear new titles announced, along with new details on already announced upcoming games.

But what of those games previously announced where we have seen very little, if any, real gameplay footage, have few details on final retail release dates, or even know if they are really still coming? E3 sees studios and publishers (sometimes even those not at E3) provide new details of their upcoming games.

Here is my Top 10 list of games..."

With 2010 shaping up to be the biggest in gaming history, John from All Age Gaming sat down and compiled a list of the Top 10 games in the second half of 2010 (1st July to 31st December 2010). What a year this has already been and its only getting better!

"It looks like there may be some issues with Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated and very ambitious LA Noire for the PS3 and Xbox 360. In particular it appears the Xbox 360 version is the one with issues. While many have questioned the DVD media format on the 360 since 2006, it seems the antiquated format is causing enough problems to be frustrating the team at Team Bondi, the developer behind LA Noire."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa… what’s this? One of the contestants on CBS’s “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” is in an upcoming video game being overseen by the team that made “Grand Theft Auto"?

Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, who was the first contestant booted off the all-star, let it slip that she’d be doing some voice work for the upcoming “L.A. Noire” – up until recently, one of the publisher’s most shrouded in secrecy games. (The title, due in September, is being developed by Team Bondi, which is working ..."

Nick, admin of TheGamerAccess.com, is back again with Nick's Gaming View Episode #3. He covers the latest news and happenings in the gaming industry as well as educates gamers how the PS3 and HDMI 1.4 will work together to bring 3D gaming. He also brings up what grinds his gears.

The first ever in game pictures for L.A. Noir were published in this months Gameinformer issue, and scans from the preview have hit the internet. Check out the screens below, the game is looking graphically good, and read the preview to learn about the gameplay.

L.A. Noir is getting a lot of attention lately, which it desperately needs, ever since the announcement of being on the cover of Gameinformer. In the issue Rockstar confirms that the game will released sometime this fall. So after all the years of waiting with little to nothing of information, the game is only months away from being on our shelves.

"L.A. Noire is no longer a PlayStation 3 exclusive, confirming a rumour that sparked on an anonymous Twitter account that suggested the game had been “ported” to other systems. That system, according to GameInformer staffer Matthew Kato, is the Xbox 360.

The magazine revealed its March cover on its website, with Team Bondi's latest title taking the lead story. A render of the game is being used for the front and back covers of the issue. The magazine itself will dedicate ten pages to the ga..."

"In the March 2010 issue of Game Informer (on stands this month), the first real details of L.A. Noire are revealed. Developed by Team Bondi (The Getaway), L.A. Noire is an open-world action-adventure game set in the City of Angels in 1947. Unlike previous Rockstar efforts, L.A. Noire exists in a real city, painstakingly recreated for historical accuracy. Don't expect the "shoot everyone" mentality of a Grand Theft Auto title -- this is something completely different."

"Rockstar Games is known for its ambitious projects, and L.A. Noire proves that the company’s reputation is safe. While the rumblings about the game have been heard for years, our world exclusive cover story is the only place you’ll be able to get concrete information on the gritty crime epic. Over the course of our 10-page feature we look at the game’s astonishing reconstruction of 1947 Los Angeles and learn how the team took on such a massive undertaking. We also talk to the team to see L.A...."

L.A. Noire has been hidden away for many years now. Very little information has been revealed about that game and because of that rumors began to spread. Some speculating the game is canceled, a few even say that Rockstars new game The Agent is what is left of L.A. Noire. Well none of that is true and the developers Team Bondi have confirmed that the game is still in development.

""As part of our long standing relationship with Rockstar, and the incredible success for both companies with the cultural icon that is Grand Theft Auto, we've agreed to the PlayStation exclusive rights of the next great franchise from the Rockstar studios," Shorrock wrote."

Tom Crago, the president of the Game Developers' Association of Australia yesterday gave an overview of the development industry at GC Asia 2008. IGN luckily were there and gleaned a few details about L.A Noire. The project being developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar. According to him it is about a year from completion and coming to both the 360 and PS3. Though this has yet to be confirmed by the developers or publishers themselves.