Are the discs scratched up? I would contact Gamefly immediately about this. Also, have you heard the issue that people are having with L.A. Noire overheating Xbox 360 systems. I would try another 360 game to make sure your system is still working fine. I hope everything gets fixed soon and that you can play L.A. Noire. Please update on this for us!
As an artist, I enjoy looking at the art books I receive with games. I gotten quite a few from Final Fantasy games and I really enjoy the drawings that are in there from Yoshitaka Amano. I think it's really up to a person's preference if they will enjoy the art book or not. Although, there are some games that people pay lots of money for collectors' editions that only include one art book, a DVD extras behind the scenes, and maybe some kind of avatar download for Xbox Live. This is not worth $70-100 dollars. I would like to see more in game bonuses to be added when you pay that much. Luckily, some companies like GameStop, Best Buy, and even Wal-Mart give people bonuses for purchasing from them.
As far as the game titles and content go, that is up to Nintendo and 3rd party to not release so many kiddy games for their next gen console. However, according to an IGN article, Project Cafe's interior components will include a stronger CPU (with 3 cores and clock speeds past the 3ghz), graphics card (comparable to XFX Radeon HD 4850) , and more RAM added into the system (about 2 gb of DDR3). The staff at IGN built a system that will probably match Nintendo's newest system. After that, they did a comparison between the "project cafe" prototype system and the Xbox 360. As far as I can tell, graphically both systems look the same to me. So, if Nintendo has plans to remove the motion controls, then all that's left is another Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Not that it's bad to have another high definition system with great graphics.
Here is the article if anyone is interested:
I just got one too - you find it by pressing the back button on your controller to get to your satchel. It's a certificate looking item that says war horse. Click on that and then call your horse by pressing up on the directional pad. Hope this helps :)