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"The awesome performances and great facial capture make every interrogation and investigation a riveting affair." -IGN.com
"L.A. Noire is a unique game with a terrific sense of period atmosphere, absorbing investigation mechanics, and a haunting tale with plenty of moments that would be right at home in a classic film noir."- Gamespot.com
Los Angeles, 1947.
Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core.
Using groundbreaking new animation technology that captures every nuance of an actor's facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Search for clues, chase down suspects and interrogate witnesses as you struggle to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide.
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A unique game..GatsuRage | March 23, 2015 | See all GatsuRage's reviews »
Will make this short: The game tries new things that none other game ever tried before.. the interrogation system where you need to actually look at your suspect faces reactions to know if is saying the truth, or is straight up lying.. You will also be able to inspect different areas to find clues that will help you out to make the right calls at the moment of interrogate the suspect.
Everything is well thought out, however the game might be too long, and all these things start to get boring, or rather start feeling like a real chore to get done, so keep that in mind.
In short, this game is not for everyone, but is certainly unique and worth playing.
Side Note: it is NOT a great pc port...
The best detective game!JenzXD | March 21, 2015 | See all JenzXD's reviews »
A better game in this genre is not possible. This game has a good detective story and gameplay. Everything that detectives do in real live is in this game. Look for notes, write them down, and connect to complete it. But if you think it's only stupid decetive stuff, you're wrong. Cole Phelps army times make him dangerous for whole criminal 1950' L.A. Got asked for help by the police and get involved by a whole war between the bad sides of L.A. If you're out for the whole yolo sandbox idea you're wrong. It's pretty seriously and doing stupid things will not give you a better experience. Don't see it as a GTA game, riding with you're over a pavement and killing innconent people.... it's the wrong game then for you. I like this game!
Unrealized potentialvipe_1 | Dec. 15, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
L.A. Noire is a unique, and on the surface, very cool game. In the game you play a late 1940's police officer/detective in the city of Los Angeles. You will investigate crimes, chase criminals through the streets, and interrogate suspects.
From a technical standpoint, L.A. looks good but not spectacular. The motion capture actors are very interesting, but in return the character models/faces are little less detailed than what you may see in other games. The city itself is modeled well and very detailed. Sound is a high point as well.
From a gameplay standpoint, L.A. Noire is perfectly entertaining, and even good in parts, but falls short of the rest of the quality of the game. Cases are very interesting and based on real world crimes, but there is little variance and no real way to completely screw up a case. It's paint by numbers one way or another, no matter how long it takes for you to figure it out. On top of this, the interrogation system is completely frustrating and poorly executed. It's really a guessing game, with ridiculous changes in tone depending on your choices. Also worth mentioning is the fact that my Cole character killed about 50 people by the time the game was over, which was necessary for the story but completely unrealistic.
So, L.A. Noire is a shiny game, with some good elements to recommend. But the gameplay is very weak, and this makes the game either disappointing or nothing more than a casual experience, depending on your point of view.
Lie Detector: The Video Gamemushclone298 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all mushclone298's reviews »
Story: 23/25 Gameplay: 20/25 Graphics: 24/25 Sound: 21/25
Well, you're a cop. That's new for this type of game. The story was pretty awesome with a lot of twists I didn't expect. It also shows pretty well how corrupt the police were at that time and how even the best men can do bad things. The gameplay was rather enjoyable. Running, gunning, following traffic laws until you get bored and decide to just drive on the sidewalk even though there's people there. Good stuff. The main thing that sets this title apart is the interrogations where you have to decide whether or nor people are lying. This is really, really, really awful at times. The graphics are amazing and everything appears to be from the proper time period. The sound is equally as good except I notice some reverberation or muffling with some of the voice acting. Awesome game, get it and its DLC.
Detective story!Obsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
I love detective novels set in the early XXth century. They have certain charm to them. The peoples clothes, the music, overall atmosphere. I love it. If you are like me, don't hesitate for a moment, you will weep while impersonating Cole Phelps in his career as a detective in Los Angeles of late 1940's.
The amazing facial animations are there for a reason too - you have to watch the people you talk to very closely, and listen to what they say, and in what manner they say it. Only if you're a keen observer, a true detective, you can uncover the truth. And even then you can be fooled sometimes. That's the game's magic.
Overall impression - shut up and take my money. I got the game on sale, was pretty fortunate in that, but now that I played it - I would buy it again for full price. It's that good. 100/100 and a night in a jazz club.