Could we be seeing more period super-sleuthing? It would certainly seem that way as Take-Two hinted at a bright future ahead for the company's newest addition to the franchise roster.Click here to read more...
LA Noire was quite the success, but behind-the-scenes controversy meant developers Team Bondi couldn't quite revel in the moment. Such were the brutal working conditions they subjected their staff to, former publisher Rockstar dropped the team almost instantly, leaving Team Bondi to regroup and come up with a new game plan. However, it appears McNamara and co may have find a new home.Click here for more
LA Noire is a big, big game. We're aware of that. What we weren't aware of, however, was that Team Bondi's original vision was so big, it couldn't fit on a single blu-ray disc! They cut several desks in order to squeeze it onto one - and three dual-layer DVDs on the Xbox 360 - although much-maligned director Brendan McNamara claims it would have provided a "better arc" if they had included the severed content.Click here for more
We're big fans of LA Noire here at Dealspwn - check out our round table review for more on that. But it appears Rockstar's 1940s crime caper has bigger fans than us. Hideo Kojima, the acclaimed director of Snatcher, Zone of the Enders and, above all, Metal Gear Solid, has been praising LA Noire to Next-Gen today, claiming its patented MotionScan tech will "change the direction of adventure games".Click here to read more...
You might think that L.A. Noire's brisk sales and massive profits would have provided a firm foundation for a lasting partnership between Team Bondi and Rockstar, but according to a sensational series of leaked emails, the relationship between the two companies has been strained to breaking point. Apparently mutual resentment over disagreements about creative control, branding and management style has made it impossible for Bondi and Rockstar to work together, hitting like a sledgehammer after claims of unfair working conditions last week. We have the full report on the sorry situation below.Click here for the full story >>
It's clear that a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears went into making L.A. Noire... but according to a sensational expose over the weekend, Team Bondi may be guilty of making their employees simply work too hard in order to meet the release date. The brutal "crunch" period before a game goes gold (requiring massive amounts of employee overtime) is fairly standard throughout the industry - but the International Game Developers Association trade body/union is now investigating the studio for forcing 100+ hour work weeks and truly horrific working conditions on their developers.Click here for the full story >>
It has been an interesting month for new games releases - especially when you consider that two third-person action titles from legendary developers (American McGee and the Suda/Mikami tag team extraordinaire) and innovative synesthesia playground Child Of Eden released in recent weeks... but you wouldn't know it by looking at the most recent UK Games charts. Shadows Of The Damned and Alice: Madness Returns have barely scratched the top thirty - and once again, Zumba Fitness is on top thanks to strong multiplatform sales and our dedication to gainful exercise (apparently).
LA Noire is enjoying a well-earned second place after receiving rave critical reviews, and the newly-released F.E.A.R. 3 has spooked the competition enough to romp up to third position. We'll have a review for you shortly. Elsewhere, Ocarina Of Time's 3DS port has secured a place in the top six (we rated that 9/10, by the way) and Duke Nukem Forever is still holding garnering significant interest despite lacklustre reviews. Top Spin 4 has surged forward 28 places thanks to, you know, that Wimbledon thing.
We're also glad to see Brink clinging to a place in the top ten. Though Splash Damage's debut FPS is deeply flawed, it also happens to be deeply fun - and as I said in our recent 7/10 console review, the addition of clan support and new DLC pack is going to completely change the face of the experience.
As always, click through to see the top ten - and the cheapest prices!Click here for this week's UK Software charts!
While we've been jailing innocent house-husbands, clambering up drainpipes and spotting all the cast of TV's Mad Men, PC gamers have been left to watch Chinatown on repeat and hope, nay, pray LA Noire makes it to the desktop computer. Well, it appears Rockstar have finally wised up, having just announced that a PC version of their 1940s crime caper is in development at their Leeds studio!Click here for more details
Far Cry 3 was one of the few genuine surprises at this year's E3, with the Wii U, Halo HD and NGP renaming all spoiled in the months prior to their June unveiling. Ubisoft's shooter showed off a lush tropical paradise mired in bloodshed between warring factions, and a brief segment where the player is captured by a fiendish kingpin showcased the stunning tech they're employing in an effort to bridge the gap between good and great virtual performances.Click here for more
If you've managed to make your way through all the current cases that are out for L.A. Noire and you're itching to solve another crime, you won't have to wait much longer because the "Nicholson Electroplating" case'll be available to download on 21st June.Click here to check out the trailer!