I dont hand out 10's to very many games but this one, despite the handful of flaws it has, still deserves it.
For starters, this game is NOT for everyone. If you go into this expecting something like GTA or Saint's Row or Godfather, then you are going to be vastly disappointed. This is a game for people who like to use their brains more than their brawn. And despite what some may try to tell you, it is genuinely difficult at times to tell whether or not a person is lying or telling the truth (which is a good thing). You really do have to look at not only the person's face when you are interviewing them, but listen to the subtle influxes in their voices as well. Which in and of itself is not only a nod and big thumbs up to the faces and facial expressions in this game, but to the voice acting as well. Even Mass Effect doesnt come close to the caliber of either in this game.
The story is very well thought out in my opinion and each case will have most people thinking right up to the end as to what really happened. I personally enjoyed trying to figure out what happened even before the end of the case which added yet another degree of fun to it.
The street cases are a nice break in between all of your investigating are is essentially where "most" of the action comes from. Again, if spending potentially hours on end going over evidence and interviewing suspects and witnesses isnt your thing, then this game is not for you. (And might I add that you shouldnt consider ever being a detective either if thats the case heh.)
The only gripes I have about this game were the cover system, (which when compared next to GoW, nothing even comes close) and a few graphical glitches where at times a person could be speaking, but their face, lips, etc arent moving. Which, doesnt happen often enough for it to really be any concern.
In the end, this is an awesome game worth your time, if your I.Q. is higher than your shoe size and you enjoy a good mental challenge.
Not perfect but I dont think that what they wanted
posted by Huppydog (PORTLAND, OR) May 24, 2011
Member since Mar 2009
If you like CSI but wanted something more and if you like GTA but wanted something less...this is the game for you. No two player, no online, just you and the one thing that will keep us coming back to Rockstar forever...they didn't make this game to recreate CSI. They are up to something strange. They didn't make Red Dead Redemption to recreate another shooter. They didn't make Ping Pong to recreate Pong. What they did was spark a flame of a question that I've had for years. When is someone gonna make a good rodeo game where we can ride bulls? When is someone gonna top CSI and their cheesy crud? When is someone gonna make a good tennis game? And my biggest prediction was that some day some one will make a console and a game that looks just like a real person is walking and talking just like we were controlling a movie. Rockstar has set the bar on all of these things.
They made a ping pong game that is the best ever, they made a cowboy game that keeps us coming back. Now they have made a good cop game that is boring as heck but have created a new genre but they did it for one purpose.
To play L.A. Noire is to see the future of what these folks can do with graphics...period. Forget about shooting, forget about how cars drive, forget about robbing people in an open world. This game is only about proving to us that they can set the bar on creating graphics of the human face that will make us realize that all the muscle reflexes of other games were just the beginning of what they can do. For now, Rockstar is missing the mark on what we want for a complete game. But I'll bet all my dollars to donuts they will be what every one envies in the end just by the bits and pieces they put together by making part of their games something no one could believe could be done.
This game is pretty amazing. Right from the start it pulls you into the story of Cole Phelps' life. The game play is good and the ONLY reason it got a 9 from me is the c r a pp y GTA driving physics and controls. Other than that this game will have you up until the wee hours of the morning playing, bloodshot eyes and all. The story line is quite engaging from the get go and will surprise you with a twist that you may not expect. The graphics are insane and the recreation of Los Angeles in 1947 is spot on. Do yourself a favor and set aside a good 4-6 hour chunk of time to play this game; at least on one occasion.
The game guide will greatly assist you with finding collectibles and help in your interrogations throughout the game.
Don't be deterred by the sub-par reviews you may see. This game is not everyone's cup of tea, so to speak, and is not a run and gun game. It is kind of slow for the most part and will get repetitive. There are some gun battles throughout for a bit of action, otherwise most of it is an investigative style game.
Rockstar hit the mark with this one. Already counting the time until a sequel is released.