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4:20 PM on 07.05.2011

Rumor: Rockstar has 'disdain' for Team Bondi

According to supposedly leaked emails, Rockstar will not work with Team Bondi again, despite the success of L.A. Noire, due to "disdain" for the Australian developer.  "It's pretty well reported now that the working cond...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 06.23.2011

L.A. Noire is getting a PC version this fall

Better late than never at all. Rockstar Games has announced that L.A. Noire will appear on PC this fall. This time around, Rockstar Leeds is handling development. An official blog post promises keyboard remapping and gamepad ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 06.21.2011

L.A. Noire missing 130 staff credits, developers upset

[Jim's Note: Nick wrote this better] L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has been accused of a year-long crunch period that led to a number of developers leaving the company -- at the cost of their credit for whatever work they p...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 06.16.2011

L.A. Noire's Nicholson Electroplating case gets a trailer

Want someone to yell at you? Click the play button. This is the trailer for the impending "Nicholson Electroplating" arson case for L.A. Noire. An explosion spanning six blocks has occurred, and it's up to Cole Phelps to pic...

Jordan Devore

1:40 PM on 06.14.2011

L.A. Noire, Halo: Reach, and more discounted on Amazon

While it certainly wasn't without its faults, I found L.A. Noire to be something all gamers should experience. If price was a major concern, well, how does $44.99 sound instead? Amazon has the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versi...

Jordan Devore

11:40 AM on 06.03.2011

Uncredited L.A. Noire devs speak out

A group of developers who claim to be uncredited for their work on Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire are speaking out. Former members of the Team Bondi development team are claiming that the game's credits are missing well over 100 names. Some, the group alleges, are given a "Special Thanks" in cases where they should have been eligible for a specific credit.

Nick Chester

7:00 PM on 06.01.2011

An overview of L.A. Noire's Rockstar Pass

The Rockstar Pass for L.A. Noire seems like a reasonable enough deal. $10 gets you seven premium downloadable content items, including: four new cases, a collectible challenge, and two outfits. You pay up front, and get acce...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 05.31.2011

L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass, pre-order DLC launches

L.A. Noire's Rockstar Pass has launched on Xbox Live today, giving customers access to a range of downloadable content. The extra stuff starts today, and is expected to continue for several months to come.  For 800 Moon ...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 05.28.2011

What happened to the Summer drought of gaming?

Gaming seasons can be as fickle as Scarlett O'Hara. In the past four years, we've seen Call of Duty take over a dominant position in the traditional Christmas season where all the big titles used to come out. Following tha...

Maurice Tan





10:55 PM on 05.25.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Peace in Duke Wii Warfare?

Hey guys. Wednesday evening is upon us, and that means it's time for another episode of the Destructoid show! Let's waste no time; this gin and McDonald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade isn't going to drink itself. First up on t...

Tara Long

5:40 PM on 05.24.2011

Take-Two sees L.A. Noire 'as a powerful new franchise'

Commenting on L.A. Noire during a call to investors, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said "We certainly don't want to be subject to [comparing] all of our new releases of new franchises against the extraordinary suc...

Jordan Devore

10:10 PM on 05.23.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Infinite Metal Monster RISING!

Oh, it's you. Welcome to The Destructoid Show episode whatever. I'm really tired and I hate Mondays. Sometimes I surprise myself with how much I sound like a cartoon bear. Anyway, first up on this evening's program is PSN ...

Tara Long



A line in the sandbox: L.A. Noire's closed open world photo
A line in the sandbox: L.A. Noire's closed open world
by Andrew Kauz

In January of 2011, Rockstar offered a proclamation with no room for alternate interpretations: "L.A. Noire is not a sandbox game." There it was, clear as day, telling us that this seemingly open world crime-solving videogame would not bear the same "Rockstar" open-world traits. No crime sprees, no insane jumps, and no tanks.

With the game's release, a common complaint revolves around this very issue: L.A. Noire is not a sandbox game. It's linear. It's not an open-world game. Absolutely all of these are true, even the latter, which seems contradictory when the game's open-world version of Los Angeles is taken into account. Regardless, L.A. Noire is a linear game taking place in an open world, and there is exactly nothing wrong with making a game like that; many of the comments bashing the game for not taking advantage of the open world are seriously missing the point.

So, how do we understand the role of the open world in L.A. Noire? Is it just meant to tease us and try to hide the fact that the game is extremely linear, or is it time for us to change our understand of the difference between open world, sandbox, and what a Rockstar game is?

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11:40 AM on 05.23.2011

58% of L.A. Noire sales on Xbox 360, 42% on PS3

L.A. Noire has sold 58% of its British copies on Xbox 360, as opposed to 42% on PS3, according to Chart Track. Although the sales figures are quite even -- moreso than Brink's 69% landslide -- it would seem that the addition ...

Jim Sterling

10:20 AM on 05.23.2011

L.A. Noire becomes fastest selling new IP in UK

Team Bondi's L.A. Noire has, quite unsurprisingly, broken a sales record to become the fastest selling new property in British history. In addition, it's become the 15th fastest selling game on Xbox 360 and the 11th fastest o...

Jim Sterling



New Destructoid Episode: Free Dragon Ages & Battlefields! photo
New Destructoid Episode: Free Dragon Ages & Battlefields!
by Max Scoville

Hello my little darlings. I've got another one of these awful awful Destructoid Show videos for you:

Uh-Huh-Yeah-Sure News: The PSN store is supposed to be working next week. Okay, moving on.
Graduation Present News: The new Xbox firmware update supports Paypal, and you could get a free 360 if you buy a new computer soon.
Fraudulent News: The first DLC for LA Noire is coming out next month. That was quick.
Conceptual News: The concept art for Battlefield 3's reinvention of Wake Island looks wicked rad.
Obvious News: Dragon Age 3 is a thing that's happening. Also, inFamous 2 is coming out soon because they finished making it.

Also, Bytejacker's Anthony Carboni and I recorded a commentary for xXx. The uh. Vin Diesel movie. This is hopefully part of a new thing we do called Movie Fail. Check out the details here.

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