L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Coming To PC On Nov 11

Those rumours about have turned out to be the real deal: Rockstar is bringing the detective thriller to PC on November 11. I sat down with Rockstar a few weeks ago for some hands-on time with the game in 3D. Let's just say that if I had known that L.A. Noire would be coming to PC, I wouldn't have bothered borrowing Mark's copy for Xbox.

We were supposed to have a Q&A session with a developer from Rockstar Leeds, but after sending over our questions, we were told that the Q&A was no longer possible. No explanation as to why was given with the apology. Rockstar says that Team Bondi, recently acquired by KMM, didn't have any role in the development of the PC version other than providing the initial assets — the rest of the work was done solely by Rockstar Leeds.

From what I could tell during the one-hour hands-on session, there weren't any changes in the narrative compared to the console versions, but all DLC will be available at no extra charge via an unlock code. It'll be available on disc, via Steam and OnLive, and it will also feature keyboard remapping, gamepad support and NVIDIA 3D functionality, if that's your thing.

The mechanics of the game is on the whole the same as on the console versions with the added usability that comes with playing on a PC — turning over objects in your hand to find clues is much more intuitive with the keyboard, picking up clues around the room is less frustrating when all you have to do is walk and button-mash the mouse, driving in the game feels exactly the same, and Cole Phelps still can't walk or run fast enough.

Despite past efforts, nothing popped out at me during my one-hour hands-on session to suggest that this is a lazy port. Rockstar says that they focused on making sure the experience was as close as possible to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. There were no random references to console control buttons, resolution is noticeably better (the screenshots below don't do it justice), the environment is sharper and smoother, character faces look more natural, and all the fonts were the right size (they could have even been bigger in my opinion, but I felt the same way about the console version).

Here are the minimum spec requirements:

Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 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 HD3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible DVD Drive

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition has an RRP of $89 and will be available for PC on November 11.


Comments

    I was actually gonna get this game on PS3 til I read about all the DLC being retail shop exclusive.... I had to cancel my preorder of Arkham City for similar reasons at my local EB Games.

    But I'll probably get this. Hopefully it's not too expensive :s

    Man, those system requirements. Those recommended ones are steeper than Battlefield 3. :/

    Who gives a shit about LA Noir, we want RDR for crying out loud

    this is gonna soo good, can't wait!!!

    funny how people who turn their noses up at console games, don't mind playing console-imports on PC.
    Not a comment at anyone in particular, but we all know gamers like that.

      "funny how people who turn their noses up at console games, don’t mind playing console-imports on PC"

      Its because a lot of those people think that putting the same game on a PC makes it better.

      I personally don't mind if a game bounces along platforms - if the game is built properly in the first place is will be fine no matter what platform one runs it on.

      As I have constantly said in the past, if a game is good on a console, it will be just as good on a PC. If the game stinks on a console, it is still going to stink on a PC no matter how many pixels, ram, etc you throw at it!

        exactly. a good game stands out, no matter what platform its on.

    Is it the 8th or 11th that it comes out? Title says one, article says the other. Either way, mark this down as ANOTHER game that I want to get in November... I'm going to be so broke

      Sorry, my bad. It's November 11 in Australia.

    I just realised that so many titles are coming out in November, even lots on the 11/11. I know the rest of the world doesn't care, but that's our Remembrance Day! Are shops even gonna be open for people to buy all these new games on that day?

      I don't think it's seen as a public holiday like ANZAC day because we never had the day off school etc. Just a minutes silence at 11am.

      Also I won't be running this till I get a new rig, hate you Rockstar :( But it will be amazing!

    I can't wait to give this another playthrough on PC. I just hope it's coded a bit better than GTAIV on PC though lol.

      The recommended specs are significantly higher than the recommended specs Rockstar released for GTAIV so who knows....

    Consarn it, where's my cotton-pickin' Red Dead Redemption you varmints, dagnabbit...

    Although, to be fair, having the chance to wear a snappy fedora while the Chief keeps breathing down my neck about making a collar in the big murder case the blats are making such a song and dance about and dames with gams that just don't quick are always sashaying into my office and trying to play me for a sap does sound kind of inviting.

    I am definitely getting this. I've been holding out for the PC edition and by Elly's opinion, it looks like my wait will be worth it.
    Hopefully it'll be better optimised at launch than GTA IV was, on PC.

    I honestly don't think they'll profit from expanding this onto PC, I doubt even the modders will touch it much, and it's not exactly the kind of game you want to play twice. If you haven't played it yet you probably never will, or are in the minority who were hoping for the port.

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