Tuesday, 8 November 2011

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Releases on OnLive in the US

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition released day-and-date with the PC version of the game on the OnLive cloud gaming service in the US. As promised, all DLC content released for the console versions is included with this release. This includes the “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson case, the “Reefer Madness” Vice case, “The Consul’s Car” Traffic case, “The Naked City” Vice case and “A Slip of the Tongue” Traffic case.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is published by Rockstar Games and was developed by shattered game studio Team Bondi. The porting of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition to the PC and OnLive was handled by Rockstar Leeds. The game is priced at $49.99 and PlayPack subscribers can get the game off for additional 30%, so the price for them is $34.99. Gamers in the UK will have to wait three more days, till friday November 11th 12:01am BST, when the game releases in the UK.

The story of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition follows Cole Phelps amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age. He is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core.

Using groundbreaking new animation technology that captures every nuance of an actor's facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Search for clues, chase down suspects and interrogate witnesses as you struggle to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide.

Sadly, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition currently doesn't feature a demo on OnLive, but it's only a matter of time when OnLive will enable the demo, like with the Homefront demo.

Another unfortunate omission for L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is, that two big OnLive features, namely gameplay spectating and brag clips have been disabled at the request of the game publisher Rockstar Games. Upon launching the game for the first time, users will be presented with the following prompt: “To avoid giving away plot twists and spoilers, spectating and Brag Clip videos have been disabled by request of the publisher.” I don't think this is such a smart move by Rockstar, they should have let the gamers decide if they want to see others playing or not. I hope that Rockstar rethinks this decision and lifts this ban, if not now, at least after the game has been on the OnLive service for some time.

Metascore: 83


  1. Wow, was on the fence to buy this, but Rockstar's move disabled the three things that made the onlive experience unique: instant demo, arena, and brag clips.

    More than half my games bought were because of these three.

  2. @Heffer

    Yeah that sucks. It would be cool to watch others play and people would definitely come up with weird brag clips. The game is also long enough, a half hour demo wouldn't kill it.

    I hope that Rockstar change their mind about this soon.