That is exactly what I was thinking when I was playing this game. The facial animations are some of the best, if not the best, I've ever seen in a game. Strong story, gripping characters and scenes, and beautiful graphics. Of course the whole point of a game though is the gameplay, which is a lot of fun. Being able to interogate a suspect and catch them in a lie, then they get upset and say prove it, then you have the evidence that does prove it. Then watching them convey a different emotion right in front of you like you really broke them is not something you find in most games. All the other gameplay is very strong: the driving, moving on foot, gun play, fighting, etc. It all makes for a terrific experience that, like a lot of people say after they play, is like a breath of fresh air.
I was expecting more of a GTA gameplay. Maybe the circle navigation map with main cases i can do, then maybe other symbols for side cases I can do as well. Possibly giving you more of a choice of being a good or dirty cop. not the case
You see a video of a murder, go gather the most obvious/basic clues, then follow up on them by interviewing people of interest. You do a lot of driving, I have gotten to the point to where I let my partner drive (if you hold triangle your partner will drive you to each location instead of you having to drive, it just simulates and you are at the place much quicker). When interrogation, you can choose whether the person is telling the truth, you have doubts, or they are lying. Very repetitive
It is broken out by cases, which is cool if you want to go back and redo a case. But i see no enjoyment going back and selecting a different option when interrogating to see how the person reacts. The story line is good for the main cases, just hoped for more GTA style of play.
I will probably do a couple more cases then return it, might beat it who knows. I would not buy this game for 60 bucks, I would rent it. I have a feeling if they make a LA Noire 2 it will be much better. Remember the first GTA's, you were a little green circle with arms coming out the side
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Well for starts anyone who has played Heavy Rain will see the similarities between the two, being that you get the option to interrigate witnesses and the better you do at questioning the more they reveal. But that's where the similarites end. LA Noire, is an open world of old school L A, you can take side missions if you want while driving around or stick to the case at hand. I find that each new case is like being able to play a video game version of a mixture of clue, twlight zone and nypd blue. It's very addicting, but beware some cases take a while to go through so make sure you have ample time to video game because it's never really the same if you have to pick it up in the middle after a save, nor will you want to. This game is unlike anything I've ever played and I hope that the network puts out more cases to solve that can be downloaded.