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Cole PhelpsIf you missed out on Rockstar's detective adventure L.A. Noire for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 earlier this year, then here's a chance to rectify that mistake.  Publisher Take-Two Interactive has announced that it's re-releasing the game next month with all of the paid downloadable content included at a $50 price point.  It's L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition!  Here's some of the press release:

Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Team Bondi Pty. Ltd., are proud to announce that L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is coming to the PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 15, 2011 in North America and November 18, 2011 internationally.

Similar to its PC counterpart, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on consoles will feature all of the previously released downloadable content for L.A. Noire, including the "Nicholson Electroplating" Arson case, "Reefer Madness" Vice case, "The Consul's Car" Traffic case, "The Naked City" Vice case , "A Slip of the Tongue" Traffic case, The Badge Pursuit Challenge, and all weapons and outfits released to date.

If you're on the fence about this one and want to know what I think about the game, let me tell you this: I gladly purchased the Season Pass for all of the extra DLC cases without hesitation, and long-time readers know that isn't something that I do lightly or often.  L.A. Noire is one of the most inventive games that I've played this year and it'll take you to some interesting places in ways that other Rockstar games such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption will not.  It requires more overall thinking and patience than shooting and driving like a madman (but there is some of that included, too), and while it's not going to be my pick for overall game of the year, it's a wonderful experience and is highly recommended.   I've been taking my time with it to draw out the experience and fully appreciate it all, and while I haven't completed everything yet, I'm comfortable putting my stamp of approval on the game.  Now that all of the extra material is included in this new edition, there's even more of an incentive for you to check it out.  For more on L.A. Noire, be sure to listen to Episode 52 of Power Button.