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  • Blog Post: Places: The Beautifully Corrupt City Of L.A. (Noire)

    I anticipated L.A. Noire for well over a year before it came out. I read Game Informer’s March 2010 cover story several times through because I was so enamored with the breakthroughs in facial animation technology that would come along with this game. That, and the film noir genre is something... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Achievements And Trophies Of 2011

    Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop on your screen interrupting your game, achievements and trophies have become a (literally) required aspect of all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites from 2011. The achievements... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Period Pieces

    Movies have embraced period pieces since the beginning of the medium – from historical costume dramas to gangster epics, Hollywood has always made good use of a wide variety of eras. While games are beginning to rival film in terms of production value and storytelling, the industry is still largely... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Try To Kill Dan In L.A. Noire

    Joe Juba may have already beaten us to the punch , but Reiner and I couldn't avoid spending some time together in L.A. Noire hunting down our colleague and self-proclaimed "swamper," Dan Ryckert. In this powerful 10-minute episode of Reiner and Phil, behold the drama as I fruitlessly attempt... More
  • Blog Post: Walking Down The Dark Alley Of Detective Games

    In anticipation of L.A. Noire's release next week, we decided to take a look back at some of the gaming mysteries that have enthralled us over the years. Some of the following titles stick strictly to noir standards like dark tones, wordy inner monologues, and dames in distress, while others import... More
  • Blog Post: How Rockstar Put Me Into L.A. Noire

    As Matt Helgeson and I flew out to California last January for our L.A. Noire cover story, he informed me that we'd be visiting a motion capture studio at some point during the trip. I've always enjoyed watching behind-the-scenes featurettes from games and films that demonstrate this process... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated Xbox 360 Games of 2011

    Outside of Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, Microsoft hasn't announced any noteworthy Xbox 360 exclusives for 2011, but that doesn't mean the system is lacking in heavy hitters. While we patiently wait for some new announcements, there are enough cross-platform blockbusters to keep you glued to your... More
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