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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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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.
Where games can go when AAA take risks.papazdo | Sept. 2, 2014 | See all papazdo's reviews »
Something different and new, Rockstar Games have created another masterpiece again. Combining mystery and action they have somehow added a very interesting narrative over the piece that reminds me very much of 1940 and 50s noire film. Action does not come very often, though when it does, it holds up well and feels like GTA. This is one definitely worth playing if you've ever wanted to be a detective.
Immersive and entertaining.PrimalHunter779 | July 30, 2014 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »
L.A Noire is a game set in Los Angeles after World War II, during the "Golden Age of Hollywood". You play as Cole Phelps, a detective who must work his way through the LAPD, solving cases and making arrests. This is one of the best games I've ever played, and I sincerely congratulate Rockstar on their fine work. Firstly, it should be known that the voicework and character animations in this game are fantastic; without this, the game wouldn't work half as well as it did. The characters move and interact seamlessly, due to the innovative use of motion capture technology. During interviews, the player has to read into facial expressions and determine whether a suspect is lying or telling the truth. Due to the impressive animations on display, you can read every eye twitch, uneasy posture and downward glance. These interview sections are the highlight of the game, and it was genuinely entertaining to complete them using evidence and intuition. The basic game mechanics function just like any other Rockstar game; a large (beautifully made) open world, in this case, the grime and glamour of 1950's Los Angeles. You can roam the city on foot or in a vehicle, resolving street crime cases and responding to pleas for police intervention. During a case, you'll often have to travel around the city to meet suspects and other characters, so you'll easily notice the size and attention to detail put into the open world. Additionally, during a case you have to analyse different pieces of evidence, and you'll quickly learn how to integrate these pieces of evidence into the case. It was truly immersive to act like a proper detective, and fans of old crime shows will be delighted here. Without giving anything away, the story is quite investing, and you'll find yourself truly interested in Cole Phelps' story. I don't want to spoil anything, but Rockstar really knows how to make a decent narrative. The only flaw with this game is the horrible optimisation for PC; the graphics are high quality and very consistent, but the port is not well optimised at all. I can barely maintain an acceptable framerate throughout the game, but I persisted due to the quality of the game content. This may be my own error due to using an AMDD Graphics card. Overall, L.A Noire is a highly worthwhile and entertaining experience. The immersive story and gameplay really held me right to the end, but the poor optimisation is the only thing holding this game back from a 10. Well crafted, and I'd love to see a sequel to this one. 9.5 / 10