LA Noire had a lot going for it - pulpy murder mystery cases to solve, an open world 1940s Los Angeles to explore, and that weird uncanny valley facial motion capture.
The thing I remember most, though, is its interrogation scenes. As Cole Phelps I sat across a table from my suspect and attempted to extract information using three button prompts - Truth, Doubt, Lie. And frequently I'd mess up.
LA Noire's new remaster - headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch next week - has rejigged this slightly.
The download version of LA Noire on Switch doesn't fit on a Switch, which means you have to buy a microSD card to play it.
Rockstar's released a new trailer for L.A. Noire that's presented in 4K. You will of course need a 4K display to enjoy it in all its glory.
Rockstar Games has announced 1940s detective game LA Noire for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and a spin-off virtual reality experience for HTC Vive. All three console games are coming 14th November. There's no date on the VR game.
The company behind L.A. Noire's uncanny face technology has released a gag reel for the game.
Rockstar Games has announced an anthology containing four of its most successful games of the last few years. This includes: Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, LA Noire, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition.
Controversial L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi is targeting the PC and the next-generation of consoles up for its upcoming project, Whore of the Orient.
UPDATE: The Ultimate Edition promotion will not be available in the UK, Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer, although many of the DLC bundles are already available in Europe.
The OnLive version of Rockstar's detective epic LA Noire has been updated to support touch controls for Android devices.
The cloud gaming service's boss, Steve Perlman, reckons that makes it "the highest-performance console video game developed specifically for touch-enabled play via mobile cloud gaming. Ever."
If you already own the game for OnLive, the game should automatically update to incorporate the new control option.
L.A. Noire PC version The Complete Edition now supports DirectX 11, courtesy of a fresh title update from publisher Rockstar.
BAFTA has announced its shortlist for the 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards and Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire lead the pack with eight nominations each.
Rockstar is currently mulling the future of last year's crime thriller L.A. Noire.
Ambitious detective drama L.A. Noire has sold-in nearly five million copies since launch, publisher Take-Two has announced.
That makes it the best-selling new IP of 2011 in the US, according to NPD data.
The news comes out of Take-Two's latest quarterly financial report, which also offered up life-to-date sales for a few other recent titles from the publisher.
Modern Warfare 3 was the best selling video game in the UK last year, UKIE and GfK Chart-Track have revealed.
The next game from Brendan McNamara, the controversial writer and director of L.A. Noire, is called Whore of the Orient.
Brendan McNamara, founder of now shuttered developer Team Bondi and writer and director of L.A. Noire, is making the video game of what he describes as "one of the great untold stories of the 20th Century".
L.A. Noire main man Brendan McNamara has discussed criticism of the body animation in open world detective game L.A. Noire, specifically why some thought they were "dead from the neck down".
Publisher Take-Two has hinted that it sees a future for Rockstar's new detective IP LA Noire.
L.A. Noire's Complete Edition will arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 18th November, Rockstar has announced.
Development on the PC L.A. Noire: Complete Edition did not start until all work on the game's console brothers was complete, Rockstar has said.
Developers who worked on L.A. Noire are owed nearly £900,000, legal documents have revealed.
Administrators have decided to close acclaimed but beleaguered Australian developer Team Bondi, the creator of L.A. Noire.
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition launches on 11th November in Europe for PC, Steam and OnLive for £39.99 / €49.99, Rockstar has announced.
North American gamers get it three days earlier on 8th November for $49.99.
The Complete Edition was previously spotted in a listing by Czech publisher Cenega, which spilled the beans last week.
An L.A. Noire Complete Edition has been spotted in the Czech Republic.
Uncharted 3 developer Naughty Dog, and the actor that portrays Nathan Drake, Nolan North, have given their opinions on the lauded facial animation system used by Team Bondi to create L.A. Noire.
Treasure's touched-up Radiant Silvergun XBLA release, DLC for Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and a Games on Demand slot for Bulletstorm head up the latest Xbox Live Marketplace schedule update.
As detailed on Major Nelson's blog, you can also expect deals on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Rockstar Games' content.
Here's how the next few weeks shape up:
L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has entered administration, according to a new report.
Movie tie-in Happy Feet Two, the game made by the company rumoured to have rescued L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi from bankruptcy, hits the UK this autumn.
The rumour is apparently true: Team Bondi all assets and IP and be folded into KMM productions, the company owned by Mad Max maker George Miller.
Critically mauled shooter Duke Nukem Forever will be profitable for publisher 2K Games and parent company Take-Two.
Rumour has it that Team Bondi is struggling to find a new publisher following allegations of unfair working practises levelled at the Australian studio.
An uninspiring week of game releases sees Zumba Fitness unchallenged. It landed top of the UK all-format charts once again.
New Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack Annihilation headlines this week's massive PlayStation Store update.
Xbox 360 owners have had it exclusively for the past month. Available from tomorrow on PS3, its five new maps will cost you £11.49.
Looking for something a bit cheaper? Sony's massive summer sale reaches Europe this week, with more than 30 downloadable titles discounted over the next seven days. Highlights include Popcap's Peggle, Hothead's Swarm and Telltale's Sam & Max and Back to the Future.
Brothers Sam and Dan Houser, the founders of Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar, have climbed The Guardian's annual list of the 100 "most powerful people in television, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital media, media business, advertising, marketing and PR".
Controversial Team Bondi co-founder Brendan McNamara has blamed Blu-ray's disc size for L.A. Noire shipping without its planned Bunko and Burglary cases.
It's been a good week for Western developers on the notoriously parochial Japanese software chart, with LA Noire and inFamous 2 taking the top two spots.
It's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store. Sony's Welcome Back offer has ended and the company has now caught up with the backlog left by the PSN downtime.
There are no new PS3 or PSP games to download, but a few decent dollops of DLC.
A day after its launch on Xbox 360, PS3 owners can now investigate Rockstar's final L.A. Noire episode. The Reefer Madness vice case pits Cole Phelps against a city-wide dope ring and is free for those who own the Rockstar Pass.
Let's put it this way: I've seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. And I nearly cried. The film wastes no time getting to business - there's a bloody war going on. Potter 7 Part 2 packs a whole trunk of crash, bang, wallop. Perfect fodder for a video game. Only, don't expect the official Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 game to Wingardium Leviosa above the usual turgid memorabilia tie-in fare. We'd be Stupefied if it did.
Two former Bondi staffers, speaking to Eurogamer sister site Gamesindustry.biz under condition of anonymity, claim Rockstar's relationship with Team Bondi reached such a low point during the course of the creation of 1940s crime adventure L.A. Noire that it now has "disdain" for the Australian developer.
The International Game Developers Association is investigating L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi following reports of brutal working conditions at the Australian studio.
Brendan McNamara, boss of L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi, has responded to accusations of exploitative working practices at the Sydney, Australia-based studio.
Rockstar has announced a PC version of dark detective drama L.A. Noire for release this autumn.
In development at Rockstar Leeds, the PC version of Team Bondi's thriller promises 3D support, improved graphical capabilities and gamepad functionality.
Retail and digital versions will be available.
PlayStation 3 owners will be able to download a Sonic Generations demo from tomorrow, Sonic's 20th Anniversary.
Sega's Sonic Anniversary bundle also gets a 20 per cent price cut - it contains Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sonic Adventure, the DX add-on and the Sonic 4 dynamic theme.
Also this week: Several big games get new DLC. L.A. Noire's Cole Phelps gets a new Arson Case, Nicholson Electroplating, to solve. Killzone 3's From the Ashes map pack adds four new locales - but no zombies. Mortal Kombat adds a "Klassic" skin pack, while LittleBigPlanet 2 gets Tron: Evolution gear.
Accusations have been levelled against L.A. Noire developer Rockstar and Team Bondi for leaving 130 developers out of the game's credits and for enforcing unfair work practices. These include making staff work 12 hour days as well as weekends.
A new automatic title update for Rockstar's detective epic L.A. Noire has gone live today.
As detailed on the developer's site, it makes a number of fairly minor changes, including a fix for a bug that was preventing some users from advancing beyond rank 19.
Here's the full list of tweaks:
Poor scores for Duke Nukem Forever and underperforming L.A. Noire sales have damaged Take-Two stock.
LA Noire was the biggest selling game in the US during the month of May, according to the latest NPD data.
Dark detective drama L.A. Noire has extended its reign on top of the charts, spending a third week at number one.
Over 100 L.A. Noire staff members have not been credited for their work on the game.
Rockstar has confirmed the contents of the Rockstar Pass and dated the "Reefer Madness" DLC case for 12th July.
L.A. Noire's mysterious Rockstar Pass is available now from the Xbox Live Marketplace, priced 800 Points.
L.A. Noire has lapped new entry DiRT 3 to remain top of the UK charts.
Rockstar's L.A. Noire could be the starting point for a lucrative franchise, judging by comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.
Spotted any bugs while playing L.A. Noire?
The game has already recieved its first update, containing tweaks and fixes for various in-game issues.
According to patch notes obtained by Shacknews, the download squashes various bugs and adds several improvements, although there's no major changes to see.
Developer Team Bondi reckons development on a sequel to crime caper L.A. Noire would take less time than development on the first game did.
Epic crime caper L.A. Noire has locked up the top spot in the UK charts. It is the fastest-selling new video game IP ever in the UK.
L.A. Noire isn't just for men playing by themselves, according to developer Team Bondi.
Neither the PlayStation 3's 3.61 firmware update nor L.A. Noire itself are to blame for system crashes reported while playing Rockstar's new crime epic, according to a joint statement from the developer and Sony.
Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of L.A. Noire have been reported to crash and freeze.
Upcoming L.A. Noire's first paid-for DLC, the "Nichlson Electroplating arson case", launches for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 21st June.
Rockstar now lists the new content on its site. Gamers who bought L.A. Noire at a Best Buy midnight launch event are able to nab the add-on for free.
Word of the DLC leaked earlier this week after being spotted on Best Buy flyers. It's listed as the "first DLC pack", rather unsurprisingly implying more DLC will follow.
Rockstar has retracted its accusation that firmware 3.61 causes PS3 versions of L.A. Noire to crash and freeze due to the console overheating.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Sony told Eurogamer "We don't comment on rumours or speculation about our products."
The Rockstar Pass, a promised downloadable add-on for L.A. Noire, has missed its planned release date.
Dark detective title L.A. Noire has already made a killing for Rockstar financial overlords Take-Two Interactive.
Team Bondi's sleuthing shooter L.A. Noire originally filled up to six Xbox 360 discs.
What looks like L.A. Noire's first DLC add-on has been outed in a retail advert.
Open-world gaming royalty Rockstar this week decrees you turn your attention from Westerns to the film noir genre.
HMV has denied it's offering Rockstar crime-em-up LA Noire for a fiver with a Brink trade-in.
Cut content in L.A. Noire could be re-instated as DLC, developer Team Bondi has revealed.
Rockstar's games have made headlines in the past for their gratuitous violence, but the GTA developer says it can envisage a future where no gunplay whatsoever features in its titles.
Next Tuesday a Rockstar Pass will be available to download for L.A. Noire on Xbox Live.
Rockstar Games' forthcoming crime saga L.A. Noire gets two star-studded soundtrack releases, the developer has confirmed.
The Xbox 360 version of Rockstar Games' forthcoming open world crime saga L.A. Noire will be spread across three separate discs.
Rockstar Games has commissioned a series of short stories to accompany the release of its forthcoming open world crime epic L.A. Noire.
Owners of L.A. Noire on PS3 may receive an exclusive traffic case called The Consul's Car.
Supporting evidence was pulled from PS3 shop boxes touting "exclusive content", plus a captured image (on Rockstar Network) - possibly from a video - that reads, "Get The Consul's Car traffic case only on PlayStation 3".
When confronted with the evidence, a Rockstar official on the company's website said, "Look for more details on that coming soon." Is that confirmation? It's not a denial.
L.A. Noire, Rockstar's forthcoming crime epic, features over five hours of cutscenes, according to a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) listing.
Yes, L.A. Noire has impressive facial animation, but Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment reckons its new technology is even better.
The impressive motion capture tech that fuels Rockstar's forthcoming open-world crime epic L.A. Noire is nothing but an "interesting dead-end" according to Heavy Rain creator David Cage.
Rockstar's forthcoming crime epic L.A. Noire is the first video game ever to secure a slot at Robert De Niro's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.
The main L.A. Noire story lasts 25 to 30 hours, Rockstar has revealed.
GTAIV is the second best-selling Grand Theft Auto game ever, Take-Two has announced.
Don't fancy pre-ordering L.A. Noire but worried you'll miss out on the various shop-offered early-bird goodies?
L.A. Noire pre-order bonuses are diverse - a handful of shops all jostle for your heavy, money-dripping purse.
Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire will launch in the UK on 20th May.
A leaked trailer had this weekend already revealed a 17th May US release date. It is expected to officially go live at 5pm UK time this evening.
"L.A. Noire breaks new ground for us," said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser. "Its intense blend of action and real detective work defies genre conventions to create a unique and captivating thriller."
A leaked trailer for Rockstar's open world detective thriller L.A. Noire has revealed a 17th May release date.
It is unclear at this stage whether the date relates to a worldwide or a North American launch.
The video was pulled from YouTube following a copyright claim by Rockstar's parent company Take-Two.
Rockstar's new open world detective game L.A. Noire will be released in the spring of 2011.
Rockstar's new open world detective game LA Noire will be shown this week.
1940s detective game L.A. Noir has been delayed to "the first half of calendar 2011", Take-Two has announced.
LA Noire developer Team Bondi has "defeated the uncanny valley" according to founder Brendan McNamara.
Rockstar has refused to comment on an LA Noire preview that listed the game for release next year.
Rockstar's 1940s crime thriller LA Noire may change how actors are captured and recreated in games for ever.
Developer Team Bondi is using groundbreaking technology developed by sister company Depth Analysis to capture all aspects of a performance at once - audio, visual and movement - and recreate them quickly and en-masse to characters in-game.
"Traditionally, one minute of facial animation could take a couple of animators a month. The idea is that we can mass-produce. We can produce about 20 minutes of final footage a day, and it's seamless - I don't even have character artists or animators working with me," Depth Analysis' Oliver Bao told Game Informer (via VG247).
Rockstar has confirmed that its 1940s detective drama LA Noire will be released this autumn.
"We have not announced a specific release date yet, but LA Noire is coming this fall. Stay tuned," tweeted the publisher.
Rockstar also clarified that the game will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360 after having initially appeared to be a Sony exclusive.
L.A. Noire, the stylish new period drama from Rockstar, is no longer exclusively in development for PS3.
An Xbox 360 version is now planned too, according to US magazine Game Informer. In comments on a post about the magazine's new preview of L.A. Noire, editor Matt Kato wrote, "It's not a PS3-exclusive. It was at one point, but it's coming out for the PS3 and 360."
Fellow staff member Matt Bertz added, "To be clear, this is NOT a PS3 exclusive. Rockstar has another game called The Agent it announced last June that fulfills that role."
Rockstar has said that February will see the first "in-depth" details of LA Noire released to the public.
Take-Two refused to comment on the status of Grand Theft Auto V during its latest financial results conference call, but did say that LA Noire is still in development.
Rockstar has told Eurogamer that it currently has no plans to show anything at E3, although that may not rule out announcements during the show.
Rockstar and Team Bondi are hiring for what may be the final L.A. Noire development push.
Rockstar's Australian Team Bondi may only be a year away from finishing moody crime caper LA Noire.
Could Team Bondi's moody-looking LA Noire be on its way to Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation 3? That's what raincoat-clad Internet detectives believe after a job posting on Gamasutra sought a lead animator and listed both platforms in a section about job details.
Take-Two may be jolly pleased with BioShock, but it's keeping quiet about LA Noire, and has pushed the PS3 game's release date back to fiscal 2009 (in English, next Christmas at the earliest).
Rockstar and Team Bondi have released a full-length trailer for LA Noire, their upcoming next-gen crime thriller on its way to PlayStation 3 and possibly other consoles at some point in the future.
You can watch it now on Eurogamer TV, and although it looks like CG to us it should give you an idea of what to expect in terms of content and atmosphere, with the music and graphical approach in particular worthy of note.
LA Noire, of course, is under the direction of The Getaway creator Brendan McNamara, who departed Sony shortly after that game's completion and set up Team Bondi to work on games for PlayStation 3. Rockstar has yet to confirm formats or a release date for LA Noire, but it's expected to complete its journey to PS3 and probably Xbox 360 as well.
Rockstar has done a deal with Getaway creator Brendan McNamara's Team Bondi to publish next-generation crime thriller L.A. Noire.
The Sydney-based development studio set up by The Getaway creator Brendan McNamara and some of his former team from SCEE's Soho studio has revealed its first title - a PS3 exclusive detective thriller called L.A Noire.
Brendan McNamara, the Australian writer/director of multi-million selling London crime caper The Getaway, has returned home to set up a new Sydney-based development studio called Team Bondi and has started work on an all-new PlayStation 3 title.