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.
Based in the late 40s & early 50s L.A. Noire is a detective game, simply. The elements of the game resemble Mafia II.
You play as a patrol officer, named Cole Phelps that moves up into the ranks of Los Angeles Police department. Working inside the growing city of L.A. ... Cole Phelps considers himself in a honest line of work, "Fighting the good fight." Nothing is ever enough for Cole. Adhering to justice with his professional intuition; Officer Cole Phelps climbs the ladder of the Justice Department faster then anyone else.
L.A. Noire plays very subtle and slow but it is fun to play on the "good guys" part in the Rockstar Games' World. The driving elements are very GTA but the story line and mission routine is like Mafia. You have one objective all the time, solve the case... But not to sound so simple--you have the ability to chose the way you conduct yourself in the game and you get to choose how you solve the crime. You can play a "bad cop" and not listen to anyone's story. I've been doing that and its fun... The AI characters get angry when you call them liars. Interviewing people is only part of the game the X's are not considered wrong answers but dead-ended questions. You really have to keep an eye out for when you are looking for clues... The clues help solve the puzzle and will lead you into the correct direction, but some clues are not going to help--so you really have to pay attention to detail.
The graphics are neat, but the game isn't just about the amazing eye candy--its about being a detective. Reading an "ACTORS" motive is kind of hard because they are still acting. But they did a brilliant performance of characterization. The facial motion is superb--you can see every muscle in the face move.
The map is HUGE, larger then GTAIV and Mafia II. There isn't any Multiplayer.
If you like cops and robbers or classic Investigation stories you would love L.A. Noire. It might not be for everyone but it is well crafted in every way.