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L.A. Noire


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Great Game...For the right people.

posted by deathgeeble (CYPRESS, CA) Jun 6, 2011

Member since Jun 2011

I'd like to say that i enjoyed the game for what it was but it could have been so much more. If your looking for action and are expecting anything along the lines of GTA or Red Dead this is probably not the game for you.

Side Missions get old . You are most likely to go on a call that ends in you killing someone followed by your character standing by a Hurst with a sullen look on his face.

Main story
The main story is great , it will pull you in and is the only reason i was able to make it through whole game. Its main feature involves looking for clues and interviewing people. It is an unique feature but can get repetitive.

Driving in the 1940's
Driving is kind of a hassle. If you want to explore and take in 1947 then you may love it . However only real point of it in this game is to get to the side missions.I let my partner drive every chance i got and am very thankful that they added such a wonderful feature.

How it could have been so much better.

-Larger verity in side missions.

-Not always having to kill almost everything.I think i got to tackle two people in the main story.Games with choices are fun.

- If you could be slightly corrupt. I know this game is based on you being a certain type of character , the good guy ,but it would have opened so many more doors.

-Give an incentive to drive a purpose . Random crime on the street and not a call you can choose to go to. Remember in Red Dead Redemption when would walk out of a bar and three or four guys on horses would be causing a ruckus, you were able to do something about that, there was an interaction there.
You should rent this game but only for the story and its main feature. Do not go into it expecting anymore than that or you will be disappointed .

I had fun with it but am glad i did not go out and buy it.

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A new generation of games.

posted by jt2593 (SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL) Jun 6, 2011

Member since Oct 2010

I have been looking forward to this game since i read the cover issue about it for Game Informer. This game did not disappoint me one bit. I enjoyed feeling like an investigator. linking pieces of evidence that were out of place to murders or even drug trafficing. Though this game follows a formula throughout the whole game and some of the things become repetitive, like chasing down suspects or the car chases(the chases felt slow to me but i will let it slide because of the year the game takes place in) it still had a story and gameplay like no other. But quite a bit of this game is realistic in the sense of how the buildings look and how the cars function. Might I add I was happy to see Rockstar improve the driving for this game it made it that more enjoyable. Over all I must say anyone who has ever had a childhood dream of being a detective, this game is a MUST play for that kid still in you.

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Much More Than I Ever Expected!

posted by LadyGodiva (MISHAWAKA, IN) Jun 6, 2011

Member since Jun 2011

When I received L.A. Noire, it was actually not the top option on my list. I had seen a few ads and thought it looked like a promising game, but in all truth I was anticipating a glorified shooter with a little RPG flair. I put it in my Q not really expecting much. I was slightly disappointed to have not received my top choice, but I figured I should at least give it a try.

After just a little play time I found that I thought before was wrong. I had my hands on a game with a solid RPG backbone and intense and intriguing cases. You are only allowed to draw your gun in situations which require it. In that way, it's nicer than many other games which allow you to go around shooting up everything which crosses your path. It adds an element of reality.

Cole Phelps is a protagonist with ideals, and certainly someone you want to identify with. And through the game you come to see that he is even more than the “perfect” hero which everyone expects. He is flawed in a way that shows the player his humanity.

There are only two reasons that this game is a 9/10 instead of a 10/10. The driving aspect of the game is a little frustrating since the reverse function is the only form of brake any given car has. It’s slightly annoying, but far from a major flaw. Also, an option to customize your gun would be a fun tweak. I understand why the game omits it- for the sake of presenting a story which more closely resembles reality- but I still would enjoy perhaps using my hard-earned rank points to buy a fancy new gun or some nifty bullets. But those two little things aside, L.A. Noire is an excellent game. It's interesting and unique in a way I had thought games had ceased to be. It keeps you guessing until the very end, just like any mystery game worth its salt should. I would definitely recommend it to any RPG, Mystery, or Crime-Drama fan.

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