It's the end of the year, and you know what that means: awards! Awards for everyone, from everyone! Best graphics, best game featuring Nolan North as a ruggedly handsome scoundrel, worst “arrow in the knee” joke (answer: all of them), etc, etc, etc. Honestly, though, most of the teary eyed, speech-blabbing winners are kind of boring. For example, Portal 2: An undeniably great, but ultimately safe update to a revered franchise. Arkham City: An undeniably great, but ultimately safe update to a revered franchise. Skyrim: An undeniably great, but blah blah blah. You get the point. The following, then, are games didn't land with such a huge splash -- perhaps because they weren't so great, or maybe because they're not even new -- but will almost certainly send out ripples for years to come.
If we were to compile a list of our very favorite things in this world, you'd find precisely two things near the very, very top: PCs and freaking cowboys. Sadly, it appears that – short of our increasingly ill-fated plan for a PC that's powered entirely by revolver duels at dawn – those two culture-defining staples will never cross paths. Red Dead Redemption released in 2010, you see, but gamers still haven't stopped clamoring for a PC version. Unfortunately, Rockstar's currently got its hands full with detectives of both the hard-boiled and 1947 varieties, and something has to give.
Good news, aspiring gumshoes, dicks, and other old timey phrases that have seriously not aged well: LA Noire has cast an eerily realistic smile in our favorite platform's direction. Come November 8, you'll finally be able to take on a virtual life of thrilling detective work – and mid-1900s social issues! You'll also be able to turn random meaningless garbage over reeeeeally slowly.