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I'm about half way though the game and have found it incredibly boring. I probably won't finish it. While it is a great looking game, and the voice acting is great, 90% of the game is just listening to people talk and guessing whether they are lying or not. That's not my idea of compelling gameplay.
When there finally is some action, a fistfight, gunfight, or chase they are short and not challenging. One of the street crimes (Jumper) consists of nothing more than climbing a ladder. All the street crimes are pretty lame and seem to be nothing other than an attempt to inject a little (very little) action into what would otherwise be a game composed entirely of cutscenes. The story crimes pretty much solve themselves without requiring too much thought, so you don't really feel like you've accomplished anything when you finish one (unlike portal2 for example).
I loved GTA4 and Red Dead Redemption, so found this a huge disappointment.
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.
This game is awsome. me and my dad play it. your play as a detective in the 1940s and u solve crime. like theres car chases,robberys, murders and alot more. If u think this will be like grand theft auto IV, dont get ur hopes up on this game. u dont just run down streets killing people. you can only pull out ur weapons when there are enimes that u need to kill. O and no stealing cars. But u get to solve mysterys and stuff like that. if u like csi u will probably like this. so if u have a good taste for games u are gunna love this.