L.A. Noire out today, more new releases

L.A. Noire (Team Bondi/Rockstar Games) is out today. Tech-Out will have a review soon, but I have to leave the office and actually play it first. A number of co-workers who don’t often play games are familiar with the title, so I’m definitely curious to see if the game lives up to the hype.

(Aside: I was often puzzled by Rockstar’s spelling of “noire,” since the term film noir does not have the “e.” I checked out some comments today on Kotaku and GameSpot and learned “noire” is the feminine spelling and noir is the masculine version. The word is French for black and since “la” is the feminine definite article in French, the title may have a double meaning: “L.A. Noire = “La Noire” = “The Black.”)

Anyway, L.A. Noire is out for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 and is rated M for such reasons as nudity, blood and gore and drug use. I would write that “games are not just for kids anymore,” but if you’re reading this, you probably already know that.

Today’s other releases include:

  • SpongeBob SquigglePants (THQ). Social game featuring Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Rated E and released for Nintendo 3DS. THQ released a previous version of this game for the Nintendo Wii.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (CD Projekt/Atari) Fantasy RPG. Rated M and released for PC. The official web site has some news on fixing some release date technical difficulties.
  • Fable III (Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Games Studios). RPG. Rated M and now released for PC. Tech-Out reviewed the console version in November.
  • Honest Hearts (Obsidian Entertainment/Bethesda Softworks). DLC add-on for Fallout” New Vegas. Available via XBox Live and Steam. Bethesda reports a PlayStation Network release will happen ASAP.

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