Rockstar Games’ upcoming L.A. Noire represents a first for a game developer infamous for featuring protagonists that fall somewhere between anti-hero and out-and-out criminal on the morality scale. Unlike the law-breaking mayhem you wallow in during the Grand Theft Auto series, Bully and Red Dead Redemption, you’ll be playing a straight-as-an-arrow LAPD cop named Cole Phelps in L.A. Noire.
Before you put on your shiny badge later this month when L.A. Noire hits stores for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, here’s a look at some of the best moments from Rockstar Games’ classic back catalog of games starring good ol’ bad guys.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY
Silly and sleazy sums up the way the 1980s are portrayed in GTA: Vice City and nothing encapsulates Rockstar Games’ satiric take on the seedy underbelly of Reagan-era America more than the “G-Spotlight” mission.
Colorfully-clad gangster Tommy Vercetti interrupts a porn shoot to get advice from the director (voiced by Dennis Hopper) who then sends him on a quixotic quest to turn on a giant searchlight for a promotion.
It results in a series of gratuitous airborne jumps over skyscrapers and a final crude visual gag that helps earn the game a Mature rating. Stay classy, Vice City.
Mission: The Big Game
Speaking of the ‘80s, Bully, Rockstar Games’ foray into the world of prep-schools, explores John Hughes-style clashes between the jocks and nerds in hilarious fashion.
In “The Big Game,” your goal is to prank the football team by putting a small explosive device in a ball, super-gluing players to the bench - all while dressed up as the team’s red-colored bull (not to be confused with Red Bull) mascot.
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
Mission: Four Leaf Clover
With a knowing nod to the 1995 gangster movie Heat, in which Robert DeNiro and crew rob a bank in a very similar way, GTAIV’s Niko Bellic and posse execute a $1 million heist at the Bank of Liberty in thrilling fashion.
Guns blaze, a shootout with the cops ensues and the mission ends with a daring escape that leaves you nearly gasping for breath.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION
Red Dead Redemption’s ending sequence is a divisive one for gamers. Some players resent the way that (***SPOILER ALERT***) the game’s main character, former outlaw John Marston is betrayed by the Feds and then killed in a shootout on his ranch.
But there’s something tragically poetic about the epilogue, considering the overall theme that runs through the narrative about the end of the Old Wild West and the beginning of a new docile civilization in America.
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