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.
Realistic graphics, good mix make this worth a try
posted by tjsmoke (NORTHAMPTON, PA) May 19, 2011
Member since Dec 2008
gamers (98%) found this review helpful
"L.A. Noire" is a bit of a different game from Rockstar. This time your fully on the side of the law, such as it was in 1947 Los Angeles. You step into the shoes of Cole Phelps, war hero, and work your way from beat cop across various desks (Traffic, Homicide, Vice, Arson) as you rise in rank in the LAPD. There's plenty of action, with hand to hand brawling, gunfights, and car chases. In between these action bits you spend time canvassing crime scenes, searching for clues, gathering evidence, and interrogating suspects. The last is especially well done, as Team Bondi used new facial capture technology to bring the cast of characters to life. You need to read faces, then choose between 3 options (Truth, Doubt, or Lie) to make a determination of guilt or innocence. The game makes allowances, as you can guess wrong and still get the right man. Only if you absolutely fail in a mission (Phelps or his partner dies, or you lose a suspect you're pursuing) are you forced to try again. There are 21 main cases to do. While doing these main cases, there are 40 street crimes that you can tackle either during your main game play or later in a free roam mode. In addition, there are plenty of collectibles and sights to see- 13 newspapres, 50 film reels, 95 vehicles, and 30 famous locales are spread throughout the large map. Controls work fine for the most part, though some may require a bit of time to get used to them. The voice acting is top notch, as is the soundtrack. There's an occassional graphical glitch here and there, and sometimes movement is a bit clumsy, but these are minor quibbles. The game's not perfect, but this is a game everyone should at least try. The length will vary from player to player- some may finish in under 15 hours, others may spend longer. There's a neat option to play the game in black and white as well. It may not be for everyone, but give it a try if you're in the mood for something different. Enjoy!