L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire box art
Systems: PS3, Xbox 360
Expected Release Date : Spring 2011

Rockstar takes on the murder mystery genre in this unique-looking game, which is set in 1947 Los Angeles. The design is heavily influenced by film noir and the game features a classical jazz soundtrack. Players will step into the shoes of a hard-boiled detective who is exposed to the seamy underbelly of L.A., unearthing lies, drugs, and corruption as he solves cases.

L.A. Noire reportedly has a very different feel from Rockstar's other marquee titles, placing its emphasis firmly on dialogue and story progression. Although there are action scenes such as car chases and shootouts, overall it will be a detective game focusing on interviews and searching for evidence. Previewers have commented that the facial expressions on the game's characters are particularly detailed and realistic, and help to draw the player into the story. Check out the full preview here!

Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City box art
Systems: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Expected Release Date : Q3 2011

Gotham City faces a new threat in this sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. The powers that be have sealed off a section of Gotham's slums to act as a kind of prison city, allowing inmates free rein as long as they don't escape the perimeter. Of course, villains such as Two-Face and Hugo Strange have diabolical plans for this new "Arkham City," and it's not long before Batman gets involved. When Two-Face kidnaps and plans to execute Catwoman, Batman must enter Arkham City to save her.

As Batman, the player will have access to all the gadgets found in Arkham Asylum, as well as some new toys such as smoke bombs and a tracer device. This time, Batman must play detective as well as action hero, solving puzzles and saving the day while attempting to avoid becoming embroiled in battles between rival villains. Look here to read our full preview.