I didn't expect much when I found out that this game has no multiplayer or co op, but rockstar did it again. LA Noires single player campaign is solid. This game delivers stunning graphics and new facial animation that will bring in game characters to life like never before.
Just a few of negitives. Car steering is a quirky, when questioning some people it can get tough to read them, can not shoot while driving or roll, and finding clues can be tough.
Playability-9: The gameplay is fun and different. Putting little emphasis on quick switch reflexes and more on patience and perceptiveness. All the shooting mechanics work and driving is easy. Chase scenes are too scripted to feel organic, making the game play like a movie.
World-9: The envioronment is incrediblely detailed and realistic. However the fact that every NPC tells you that you are an honest cop and that that is an oxymoron is distracting and takes away from the game's realism.
Sound-10: The music is terrific, capturing the tone of the game which is dark and disturbing.
Story-8: The story is well told dark and actually sour and has some great characters. Cole Phelps and all of his partners are interesting. The inablity to be able to make certain decisions took away from my abilty to be able to enjoy the game. I wish this game had more of a morality system or at least gave the player the ability to make choices. Sometimes i felt it was more like a movie in that way than it was a game.
Completeness-9.5: Very few bugs i had one crash and characters wouldnt show up sometimes but for how detailed the game is this is an accomplishment
Last words: Wish the game would have more progression in it no reward for doing all the extra stuff this didnt factor into the score because it is an action adventure game and not an rpg but still i think it would have made the game more enjoyable . Plays too much like a movie sometimes only reward for getting further in the game is that you get closer to the end. Other than these gripes the game is high quality and definitely worth playing and buying if dlc is going to be realeased.
posted by R1V3Rr4t09 (FALL RIVER, MA) May 26, 2011
Member since Jun 2010
L.A. Noire was a fantastic game that had a Heavy Rain feel to it's storyline and a GTA feel to it's gameplay. Very well put together graphic and story wised. However some points of the game feel more like a chore than a game. For example, clue magic doesn't seem to work unless you're directly on top of the object which can be confusing due to the third person camera view. And in the last session of the BD killer you're left to decypher clues to find the next location of the killer's tracks. The problem here is that If you haven't found the key locations earlier in the game you are left waiting for your character to murmur where to go next. All flaws set aside this was a well put together game and it gets an 8 in my vote.