L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
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Publisher: Rockstar Games
Genres: Simulation, Adventure
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC VIVE™ places you directly in the shoes of Detective Cole Phelps as you solve brutal crimes, plots and conspiracies inspired by real cases from 1947 Los Angeles, one of the most corrupt and violent times in L.A. history.
Featuring seven cases rebuilt specifically for virtual reality, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive adds new layers of immersion and realism to Rockstar Games’ atmospheric crime thriller as you solve select cases from the blockbuster original game, spanning mysteries from the Detective desks of Traffic, Arson, Homicide, and more.
Search for clues by grabbing, inspecting and manipulating objects
Get behind the wheel and drive to your next crime scene
Engage in chases, fistfights and shootouts as you track down suspects
Build your case by making notes or drawing freehand in your detective’s notebook
Interrogate witnesses and use your wits to separate truth from lies in a city where everyone has something to hide
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files Coming December 2017
LA Noire: The VR Case Files Gameplay Teaser (Rockstar) - Vive
As such an atmospheric, exploration-focused game to begin with, it makes sense that LA Noire would fit in well with VR. But Rockstar's done a great job of retooling it to make LA Noire: The VR Case Files feel less like a port and more like something that was always meant to be played this way, and the effort shows. There's not a ton of content in this version relative to the original game and some of the controls feel imprecise when trying to zero in on the part of a crime scene you're trying to investigate, but it has fun with it despite the deadly serious subject matter.
My only real complaint about L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is that I wish it was longer, and that it was available on more platforms. It's not going to magically change your view on Noire as a whole if you already didn't like how the original played out, but it makes an excellent case for VR conversions, and I see a bright future ahead of Rockstar if they can pull this off again.
Space will likely be the issue that prevents users from experiencing L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, but while it isn't a perfectly controlled VR experience, it's impressive that we're seeing a VR game that utilises Room Scale VR in ways that make sense. To actually be part of this crime drama, investigating crime scenes and apprehending criminals, was more enjoyable in VR. Here's hoping the next time we see something like this, it's a dedicated experience.