24 Games until Xmas is our special feature to build up to the end of the year, however that is not all.
Each member of staff was asked to provide their top twenty four games of the year; we have taken this list and will reveal a game each day until December 24, at which point we will unveil our number one game of the year.
There are some fantastic titles on the way and when the final game is revealed, that’s where you come in.
Once the number one game has been revealed we will then create a poll with all 24 games and ask you to vote on your own personal game of the year, this poll will run from December 24 until January 2nd, at which point we will announce the ShopToNews readers Game of The Year 2011.
We hope you are enjoying counting down our best 24 games of the year with us and if you have just joined us then make sure you check out the other games in the list.
Here’s the next…
4 Games until Xmas: L.A. Noire
Ever since the conception of games, most of us have dreamed of being able to play real-life situations, in a film-like atmosphere, where our decisions and intuition ultimately affect the outcome. With L.A. Noire, our prayers were answered; here we’re able to assume the role of a rookie police officer, Cole Phelps, who’s quickly promoted to the rank of detective within the notorious LAPD.
Set in the iconic city of Los Angeles in 1947, you dive in to a world of crime as you climb the ranks within the LAPD. There’s no linear plot line, no main villains and no limits within L.A. Noire, you solves cases on your own watch. The cases themselves are astonishingly realistic, if you ask the wrong question or make the wrong move, the suspect in question can either throw you out of their humble abode, or start to flee the scene – intuition is the key.
In the past there have been plenty of games that have held an almost cinematic atmosphere, so what makes this game so special to get on our list? The answer my friend, is the developers use of the all new MotionScan system. This system is perhaps the games most intriguing feature, where it was used by actors to capture their facial expressions for in-game events. The sheer attention to facial animation in the game is expressed from the onset in L.A. Noire; every emotional facial expression is accounted for: from surprise, to confusion. This opens up a whole new avenue for games aiming for a realistic approach, and we here at Shopto expect to see more of it in the future.
L.A. Noire is without a doubt one of the top games of 2011, and perhaps one of the greatest of all times. Whilst it had much room for improvement, the new elements that it introduced, such as the MotionScan system, will be sure to pave the way for many more realistic games in the future, and ultimately bridge the gap between games, and real-life.
Along with our high appraisal of L.A. Noire, it also received a staggering 89/100 on Metacritic, which solidifies the fact that this game is a must have for any passionate gamer. If you’d like to read more about the game before making up your mind, read our fantastic review of it here!
You can order L.A Noire from our shop, click here for the Xbox 360 version, here for the ps3 version, or here for the pc version!
Do you own L.A Noire? Have you played it or are you considering it? Let us know in the comments field below.