gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I was originally on the fence about LA Noire but decided I needed something to hold me over two more weeks until Infamous dropped so I "Q'd" it up. I was quite impressed at the beginning; the new facial animations, the slick look of the city, the voice acting. Then, I realized that it is all about playing the same 1 hour over and over and over and over again. But, I digress.
All this game is is showing up at one murder scene, picking up the really easy clues then driving to the next "POI" and doing the "trying to tell if they are lying" thing. It's cool at the beginning but aside from some reeeeally cardboard shoot-outs, that is all you get.
The side missions are a joke. You get a call, decide whether to take it and if you choose to do so you run to the point on the map. Once there, a 30 second shoot out or chase ensues and it ends. Same thing again and again. Big whoop, you get a few experience points.
The story is cool, I will give it that but this is grand theft auto but without all the action, without the buildings THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO IN. What good is a sweet looking city where there are no doors? I don't want to just drive from point a to point b to talk to one person then back to point a to find I need to go back to point b.
The driving only has over the back of the car or on the front left tire view. No hood camera. You can run into anything with no consequence save a little of your total score for the mission. No gunning down pedestrians, cops chasing you, nothing.
So, yes, this game uses some great technology. Decent voice acting and slick graphics. I need more. I need TO BE ENTERTAINED. LA Noire has these separate qualities but no glue to hold it together. I am a big fan of stealth games, slower paced and not really a fan of grand theft auto. However, I need stuff to do. I need places to investigate, people to talk to whilst out wandering and cool little goodies that are more in-depth than driving to a "?" on the map to unlock a car.
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
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.