The Noir-based adventure Team Bondi has created may not be perfect, but it is a wonderful and dark experience that rises above the blemishes it exhibits. The investigations and interrogations are put to a well-crafted backdrop of 1940’s Los Angeles, and the MotionScan technology moves past that of a gimmick and helps reflect some fantastic performances by the cast. If you can get past some clunky control issues and slow pacing, you’re in for a real treat with this one. - L.A. Noire Review | A Murder Most Entertaining?
L.A Noire is worth a purchase at £10.99, so £1.99 is a must have. It gives you the ability of progressing through the ranks as a 1940's L.A.P.D police officer, who wouldn't want to experience that?
Saving over £21 in comparison to what L.A Noire is listed for on the Steam Store.
You will be required to hold a US residential address on your Amazon account to complete the purchase, but as they are emailed to you this shouldn't be a problem.
£3.93 seems somewhat of a no brainer given that the complete edition contains:
Day 10 of the Humble Store Spring Sale sees some nice reductions on Rockstar titles:
Still haven't experienced L.A. Noire? This cheap PC deal has your name on it.
You'll get the thrilling mystery game, which Carl called a "wonderful and dark experience" in our L.A. Noire review, and all of the DLC. It's a bargain at £4.24 and you won't even have to hand over your badge or your gun. Thanks Buzz!
The facial expressions look a little bit hilarious now, though. Remember to check out the rest of the Steam Midweek Mystery sale!
Along with the main game the Complete Collection includes all of the DLC as well, meaning 5 additional cases and several suits which provide enhancements to certain gameplay mechanics.
Rockstar have kicked off a massive Xbox LIVE sale this week that'll see Bully available for three quid, L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption for under a tenner, and Max Payne 3 for less than £7.
The relevant DLC has all been heavily discounted too, and you can now see exactly how much things will cost thanks to the recent XBL update that nixed Microsoft Points in favour of "real" currency.Click here to read more...
Missed Gamefly's £6.25 deal just before Christmas? Don't worry, Steam have it a penny cheaper than that price for the next 30 hours. If you're not bothered about the DLC, you can nab the straight-up regular version of the game for under a fiver at £4.99.
If you still haven't picked up L.A. Noire yet, your apathy has been rewarded by another cheap price for the complete edition (including all of the DLC cases).
Microsoft have announced that a co-op demo for EA and Starbreeze's upcoming shooter Syndicate will be arriving on January 31st. Furthermore, all of L.A. Noire's DLC is half price for the next week as part of the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week and, better still, Bastion is half price the week after. There's literally going to be no excuse for not playing Supergiant's splendid smash hit.Hit the jump for the full list of Xbox LIVE updates for the next two weeks...
Bit of a temperamental one, this. Was briefly in stock this morning, then went store-only, and now back in stock...SO GET INVOLVED QUICKLY! We loved L.A. Noire, bringing adventure titles up to date and demonstrating some exceptional motion capture tech. This sub-£10 price is an absurdly good price for the Complete Edition, which comes with all DLC. Tip of the fedora to Arcturas for the initial spot.
We’ve had some rather excellent (and a few not so great) deals to come out of Steam’s Holiday sale over the last few weeks. However, we’re finally at the end of the road today, with a return of some of the best offers from throughout the season returning one last time. As usual, the expiry time for these will be 6pm today.
While not all of the offers are the best around, some stand out as some great bargains. Our FPS of 2011 Serious Sam 3 is at half price with a £5 saving, while Orcs Must Die! is at £3 and definitely worth your money. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is available at just over a tenner, and L.A Noire with all its DLC will bag you a saving of over £10. Skyrim is at its lowest available price at just under £24, whilst Magicka and Terraria provide some indie fun at under £2.
Oh, and if you have yet to play it and missed out / passed on getting Bastion for under £4, punch yourself in the face for failing to get it the first two times it was in the sale and then go grab a superb indie title.
2011 is now at an end, and looking back it’s been quite the year for gamers of all interests. There have been plenty of titles from different genres to choose from, and although some of the big heavy hitters didn’t pack the punches we were expecting, there were others that knocked us for the count across all systems and that is what matters. So enough of me attempting to sound all meaningful and whatnot, you’re here to see what caught my eye over the last twelve months, so let’s get to it.
Oh come on, did you honestly think I was going to pick anything else? I’m still playing through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at the moment, and even though there are gravity-defying horses, NPCs that occasionally like to submerge themselves in the ground, and Lydia being as stupid as she is useful at being a pack mule, I’ve enjoyed every second of it because the overall experience is sublime. No other game this year has had me put in so many hours so effortlessly than Skyrim has (and I play MMOs, so take from that what you will) and I’m already planning for a second playthrough next year. I stand by what I stated at the end of my review; Skyrim is the pinnacle of the RPG genre.
Also, right, you can catch salmon with your bare hands.Click here to read more...
A year is a long time in this industry and Dead Space 2 suddenly seems an age away, but it's only been eleven months since that game hit. I was also quite surprised to find that Dragon Age II came out this year, hunting through the archives for earlier releases to make sure I hadn't skipped over any gems; but then again I'm pretty sure I'd attempted to erase it from my memory after I vented my disappointment at that game upon this very site. Such is the nature of Silly Season. The effect of having triple-A games coming out of the industry ears every week makes for an enormous backlog.
Thankfully, that's what December is for.
Depending on who you talk to, it's either been a great year for the industry or a frankly worrying one. The range of blockbuster titles has been enormous, but we've seen the middle ground suffer a lot, with studios closing left, right and centre, industry luminaries abandoning their grand sweeping legacies for smaller, less risky ventures where they can unleash their creativity without fear of publisher backlash. New IPs have been scarce, with quotes rolling in week after week regarding how dangerous it can be to dump a completely new game onto shelves in the middle of a recession.
It's certainly been an odd year, that's for sure, one I'll cover in more detail in my retrospective editorial at the end of the month, but review scores have been going up. 8 is the new 7, which was the new 5. Content is king these days, alongside production values, with bang for your buck being a crucial consideration. Gamers have aguably never had it so good, with a slew of AAA titles to choose from this year (too many?) and a wealth of creativity to be found in the indie scene. That said, publishers have been looking for sustainable franchises above all else, multiplayer is to be found in nigh on every game, shooters are everywhere and you'd better have a zombie mode...people will bitch and moan if you don't.
The slew of sequels means choosing the lists this year has been easy, but picking a winner less so. We'll be running our revised annual awards later this month, but for now let me kick off a week of staff highlights and personal accounts from the last year.Click here to read more...
It's not just Amazon busting out the daily deals this week, Steam's on the case too. Each day, from 6pm GMT, there'll be 24 hours of slashed prices on selected products. Here are a few highlights to jump on for the next cycle.
There are loads more available right now, so go check it out for yourselves!
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...
Rockstar has announced that the recently-revealed Complete Edition for acclaimed crime thriller L.A. Noire won't be a PC exclusive. The console versions will be hitting the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 18th, containing all of the previously released DLC including the Nicholson Electroplating Arson case, Reefer Madness, The Consul’s Car Traffic case, The Naked City Vice case and A Slip of the Tongue Traffic case - as well as the Badge Pursuit Challenge and all weapons and outfits released to date.
I daresay that many of you have been holding out for the complete edition, so mark the date in your diary. The PC version will arrive on November 8th.
Rockstar announced a PC version of LA Noire back in June, but since then we've heard little to nothing on the title. The controversy surrounding Team Bondi's treatment of their staff and subsequent liquidation can't have helped, but in a chat with IGN, Rockstar Jeronimo Barrera, VP of Product Development, revealed the delay boiled down to the studio wanting to finish all the console DLC first before beginning work on the PC port, which they didn't want to rush.Click here to read more...
Last month, we broke the news that the troubled studio behind 1940s crime caper, LA Noire, had been placed into administration amid financial and employee-related turmoil. Team Bondi had looked all set to plow forward with LA Noire 2, but such was the furor surrounding boss Brendan McNamara's treatment of his beleaguered work-staff and the studio's troubled financial issues, the Australian outfit was forced to admit defeat. And it's only getting worse, with staff - including McNamara himself - citing unpaid earnings of almost a million Australian dollars.Click here to read more...
Oh dear. Team Bondi, developers of 1940s crime caper LA Noire, have been placed into administration amid reports of brutal working conditions and former publisher Rockstar Games ditching the studio in the wake of the controversy. Rumours emerged last month that Mad Max director George Miller's animation outfit KMM were interested in picking up the studio, but it would appear Team Bondi's rescue came to nothing, as Australian business and financing site Smart Company broke the news this morning that the studio has been placed into administration.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
Despite LA Noire's rampant success, Rockstar won't be publishing any further Team Bondi games, mainly due to the furor surrounding studio chief Brendan McNamara's treatment of his staff. Employees were forced to work long and arduous hours in an effort to complete LA Noire on time, and received little to no overtime pay. However, despite their split from Rockstar, McNamara has come out and praised their former publisher for taking a "risk" on the 1940s crime caper.Click here for more