OK, I just finished the story mode; I wanted to do that before giving my opinion. This game is basically a movie. The plot, the acting, the music, the cars and everything else is amazing. There is a great twist in the story and then ending is very unexpected. Enjoy playing this game and don't rush through the story line It is an awesome game..enjoy.
No corny gumshoe detective here, just a sound game
posted by txdust (SAN ANTONIO, TX) May 21, 2011
Member since May 2011
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
This game could of easily gone so many different ways. You could of been spending most your time ducking mobsters and walking a fine line of god cop and bad cop to bring down an Al Capone like figure. That would a fair expectation to most who have played other Rockstar titles, but they would be wrong. This game was so thought out from start to finish alone in the realm of next gen cop games. A lot of the game at a glance feels like grand theft. An entire city to drive around in this plenty of people to avoid or run over. Plenty of cars to drive, to the mature content and language that would prevent some parents buying this game for their kids. Apart from the fact some comparisons can be made, this game feels fresh and new and stands alone. As the name suggests this game starts off like a 1950's Hollywood noir film(example Who framed roger rabbit is in Noir style). The game creators skipped placing in an over used gum shoe type detective and instead introduces your character as a straight n narrow cop with a past war record he doesn't like talking about. Like Taxi Driver helped push the envelope of what a Noir film could be for a new genration. The same could be said about L.A. Noire for this generation. The style of the story shows respect to the classic 1950's movies, but also updates the style by holding nothing back with the crime scenes providing the player to truly feel the crime scene in an emotional way. This very real feeling is supported by the flawless animation and acting from this game(finding actors you recognize adds a fun scanger hunt aspect). The fact the game seems to effortlessly weave the story into the gameplay leaves little to complain about. My only harp to the game is the controls every once in awhile flubs up on some on foot chases. A camera angle change can be the death to a flawless takedown, which becomes somewhat frustrating. So far that is my only gripe of the game and frankly for the most part the controls work. Worth a buy, or rent.