L.A. Noire: PC Hands-On Preview

L.A. Noire for the PC has boosted visuals, 3D support, and all the preorder bonuses and downloadable content seen on the console versions.

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For those who've been holding out for a PC version of L.A. Noire, fleeing spoiler-packed discussions at the water cooler since the console release in May, the wait is nearly at an end. The PC version of Rockstar's gumshoe-'em-up arrives on November 8 in the US and November 11 in Europe as L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition.

Coming soon to a PC near you.

The Complete Edition, available through Steam and OnLive, as well as on ye olde DVD, comes with a code for all of the downloadable content so far. So, by way of compensation for the six-month wait, PC gamers get to play through Cole Phelps' L.A. Noire career in its entirety from the get-go.

Like the L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass, the PC version's download code gets you the bonus content initially available by preordering with various retailers, including the extra cases The Naked City and A Slip of the Tongue, as well as the post-launch downloadable chapters Nicholson Electroplating and Reefer Madness. The PC version also comes with The Consul's Car case, which is a chapter from the Traffic Desk portion of the game, previously only available for the PlayStation 3.

The PC port, produced at Rockstar's studio in Leeds, features remappable controls for the keyboard and gamepad compatibility, as well as adding 3D visuals; that is, support for Nvidia's 3D Vision system. Resolutions get a boost in the translation from the console version, too. When we sampled the game, playing through the Nicholson Electroplating case on the Arson Desk, the streets of Los Angeles benefited from these the most. The case begins with a catastrophic explosion at an electroplating plant and, as Detective Phelps arrives on the scene, the scorched streets looked especially striking.

The 3D adds depth to the ash particles hanging in the air around the site of the explosion and enlivens the (already lively) faces of Cole's interrogation subjects. It looks best when extending a scene into the distance like when you glimpse a sunny street through a window, say, rather than when a broken girder pokes out of the foreground and into the camera at the electroplating plant.

So begins downloadable episode Nicholson Electroplating.

For those without Nvidia's 3D Vision kit, this is the same L.A. Noire console gamers enjoyed back in May with upped resolutions, the full set of downloadable content, and some minor aesthetic tweaks. The shadow-on-an-alley-wall main menu screen, for instance, has been reworked. Now, the camera cranes up from the alley and through a window to look at Cole's casebooks on a desk, from which you can access completed cases.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition comes to PCs (and Macs, via streaming service OnLive) on November 8 in the US and November 11 in Europe. Rockstar's official system specifications are below:

Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive for PC or Mac

Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz

RAM: 2GB to 8GB

Hard Drive Space: 16GB

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB

Sound Card: 100 percent DirectX 9 Compatible

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Discussion

54 comments
wigwam2
wigwam2

ICEnhancer i've found your next project :P

csabaszoszi
csabaszoszi

Whooohooo! Thank you Rockstar, really nice of you( finally xD) now i'd love to try out RDR too :D

ZakMcKracken
ZakMcKracken

lol @ all the RDR comments. So true, so true...

Eleven_ab
Eleven_ab

RDR on PC would be sweet :S!

shansss123
shansss123

now i only want red dead redemption,come on rock*

gamerxxx89
gamerxxx89

FOR GOD SAKE ROCKSTAR GIVE US RDR........OTHERWISE UBISOFT WILL MAKE ANOTHER PART OF CALL OF JUAREZ :)

dbzpranav
dbzpranav

After the sadness that was the GTA IV PC port I get shudders every time I see a PC game running on the RAGE engine

theabster
theabster

I'll say it again... They should have brought RDR to PC, its way better than LAN...

ganesh69
ganesh69

Eventhough i have finished this game on my ps3,Am still getting it for the pc cause of them DLC's and visual enhancements.Long live pc gaming!!

GarGx1
GarGx1

hmmm same release date as Skyrim may be a bit of a mistake. Would have been better releasing early december. I doubt there is huge amount of people chomping at the bit to play LA Noire, especially with all the top releases out September through to December.

rosen22
rosen22

about to ask same question..where is RDD?

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

waiting for it. i wish i get an update RDR n uncharted are coming to PC too.

oldbomb
oldbomb

BTW, any ETA on GTA 5?

Jooj
Jooj

Yeah LA Noire is all well and good but WHERE IS RED DEAD REDEMPTION!!

oldbomb
oldbomb

WE NEED RED DEAD ON PC!

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@StDrake Spoiler Alert: St Drake gets butt raped by 6 crack-heads this weekend.

dladz
dladz

Why are dev's always going with Nvidia 3d, i've got a 3dtv and a 6870 capable of 3d and it's just wasted, makes no sense, i get that nvidia are probably paying them but it's a joke because ati users are missing out on all the eye candy. Sort it out u money grabbers.

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

no mention of the huge amount of jaggies the console versions had? And the poor performance in places? Also no mention of pc performance?

Doomrul
Doomrul

ahhh No , no , no , the wrong game , it was meant to be THE RED DEAD REDEMPTION ! i bet $ 10 R.D.R. will sell more on PC than this , even after being released after SKYRIM !

lordmelvern
lordmelvern

this game looks pretty bad tbh, mafia 2 with abit of detective work

jackblade_live
jackblade_live

At least, it release in PC version. I might but for this game =D

StDrake
StDrake

SPOILER ALERT:Cole Phelps died at the end of the game:D

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

*Wonders if PC release so close to Skyrim is to claim PC sales sucked* Hhmmmm.

with_teeth26
with_teeth26

must be optimized for AMD, the 6850 isn't anywhere near as powerful as the GTX580

seangames
seangames

I'd rather have RDR, but this is great too! Props to R*!

hector530
hector530

3 days before skyrim? ill wait for a steam sale.

XanderKage
XanderKage

Great to see they are showing the PC some love. Can't wait. The release date might hurt the sales some, though... Personally, I wasn't planning on getting Skyrim anyway, but who knows...

EA_LOVER
EA_LOVER

skyrim and LA NOIRE and batman i think i can buy it in the same month

bluehawk-55
bluehawk-55

and after this: dead red redemption!!!!!!!!

ymegzari
ymegzari

Released 11.11.11 in Europe? F*** that then, I'm getting Skyrim!

mccarthy86
mccarthy86

Whats that loud bang? ..Oh wait its my jaw hitting the desk

AleksandarTale
AleksandarTale

I can't wait for the PC release. :) I've alredy got it on PS3, but I'm definatelly getting it, it looks so much better than the console versions. :D

calvinsora
calvinsora

@Humorguy_basic: "Meat" isn't defined as open-ended. I can't stand most open-ended games, maybe one of the few exceptions is Minecraft. I'd rather have a focused game that knows what it's trying to do and has a great narrative.

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

@Humorguy_basic I'm a PC gamer and I enjoyed L.A. Noire. I also enjoy Elder Scrolls and STALKER. Perhaps L.A. Noire wasn't your cup of tea but I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with PC gaming.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

If you like a game you cannot fail at and is on rails most of the time, this is the PC game for you. Like most PC gamers, I like a bit of meat on my bone of gaming, so i'll get Skyrim and the mods, and then Risen 2 at the end of the year and STALKER 2 next year! :)

turok0
turok0

hope it's not a lagfest like GTA 4. Console ports are not the specialty of Rockstar

turok0
turok0

most boring game i've ever played

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@TheLast1Left Wow, I don't know how I missed that... I must be tired... thanks.

PushLevel
PushLevel

YES!!!! It's coming to PC!! Thank you Rock Star! I wish Red Dead Redemption would also come to PC also but this will do fine :D

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

3D vision is the shinizzzle even when companies don't go out of their way to add extra support With a few pathetic exceptions... I'm talking to YOU Trion!!! If you have not seen 3D vision from Nivida on a solid PC system... forget everything you know about the $2 junk 3d glasses like you have seen at the movies. 3d vision tech is 1000 times more convincing and immerssive. Almost like looking at a hologram. Don't use it 100% of the time because my head would explode as I game like 6 hours a day. But I'm definitely happy that La Noire is going to have specific support for this tech.

kpolicoff
kpolicoff

Yay... gonna work with 3D vision. I'm totally getting this!

harry_daniel200
harry_daniel200

at last!!.....now my cousin will stop cumin 2 my home to play this!!!!.......but may b still come 4 playin gears of war 3

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

No DX11... Oh well a console port is better than nothing. Hopefully they have it half way optimized.