The revival of Rockstar Games and Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire has been met with a warm reception thus far. Last month’s release of a remake for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch was well received by critics and consumers alike, but this month a brand new experience is heading to fans: L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files.
Set in 1940’s Hollywood, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files places the player in the shoes of Cole Phelps, a young detective who soon rises in the ranks. Players will have to solve a number of different cases ranging from homicide to Arson, engaging characters within the world through questioning, intense interrogation and the occasional bout of fisticuffs.
While L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is a recreation of seven cases from the original L.A. Noire, the developers have undertaken a significant makeover in order to make the videogame suitable for virtual reality (VR). To begin with, the entire videogame is now played in first-person opposed to third-person. If that wasn’t enough, more than 500 items within the videogame have been remodelled to allow for closer inspection by the player.
Further to this, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files features an entire area exclusive to this VR edition of the videogame. Phelps’ office is no longer just a menu background, and in instead a fully traversable location, complete with interactive items, costume changes, a record player and new dialogue sequences from Phelps himself.
VRFocus recently got hands-on with the videogame, stating in a preview of L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files: “It’s frequently been suggested that one of the biggest jumps in immersion VR can bring is that of interaction with characters. Being in that space opposed to looking through a window into their world is a huge leap forward in believability, and despite L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files’ occasionally questionable texture quality, the characters featured in the videogame are arguably the most lifelike that have been seen in any interactive experience.”
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will launch exclusively for HTC Vive via Steam on 15th December 2017, priced at £24.99 GBP. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, and other forthcoming VR titles from Rockstar Games.