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Rockstar Releases First L.A. Noire DLC, Explains Why the Rockstar Pass Is Actually Worthwhile

If you plan on buying all the DLC cases, that Rockstar Pass actually does you a solid.

As I've been sternly interrogating and periodically shooting my way through L.A. Noire, I have often wondered when we might start seeing DLC content for the game pop up. For as long as those cases can be, some feel rather fleeting, almost begging you to prolong the investigation just a bit in the hopes of keeping the experience going. Plus, hey, I bought the PS3 version--I want my exclusive bonus case, dammit.

Well, this seems fun!
Well, this seems fun!

I, and other PS3 users will have to wait a bit longer to start downloading all willy-nilly, but for those who are playing the Xbox 360 version of L.A. Noire, Rockstar and Team Bondi today released the first two downloadable cases: "The Naked City." a Vice case, and the traffic case, "A Slip of the Tongue."

Both of these cases can be downloaded piecemeal for 320 Microsoft Bucks ($4), or you could opt to pay for the Rockstar Pass, which as of now goes for $10 (800 Microsoft Points), though will eventually go up to $12 in June. Buying the pass pre-orders all the scheduled downloadable content through mid-July, and will actually save you 50% in total purchase pricing, provided you plan to get them all.

Two more cases are scheduled to hit in June and July. "Nicholson Electroplating Disaster," which those who pre-ordered through Best Buy may already have, will hit on June 21st. "Reefer Madness," which is officially my new favorite case before I've even played it, drops on July 12th.

Additional content available today includes the "Broderick" and "Sharpshooter" suit/gun combos, for $1 and $2 respectively, the "Badge Pursuit" challenge (again, $2) and the Chicago Piano machine gun, which is a free unlock for the Rockstar community.

How many of you armchair gumshoes out there plan to grab all this stuff?

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