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!
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
The game is slow to start, and through out has a lot of videos. It does help pull you in, and get you into the character, but sometimes the action is so short lived you feel like your watching a video game and not really playing. The thing I love about the game is the GTA feel, and the faces in the game are amazing. It can actually teach you a thing or two about peoples body language and how to read people. Overall I give it a 7 for being fun to play for any mature gamer, but lack of freedom and it being slightly too short. I read another review saying the game is really long, but I beg to differ... I've haven't had the game for 2 days yet and I'm at 40% game completetion. Also re-playability isn't there...like GTA and RDR. It's a new style of gaming for Rockstar, I see them using a lot technology in this game in all future games.
gamers (26%) found this review helpful
Like most others, I've been excited by this title for a while, but after a few hours of gameplay, I'm really disappointed (but am that much more thankful for Gamefly!).
The actual game/face capture are fantastic. You can easily recognize any number of actors you see on TV everyday (i think i counted 5 actors from Mad Men). But, the actual gameplay is quirky to say the least. while trying to manuever, your character can routinely run into a light pole or trashcans and not jump/side step to continue the chase. Instead, you're just stuck.
There's not a quick access to the map (that I've found), so you're contantly hitting the Select button to see the map, then backing out to return to gameplay.
Also, if you fail on some interrogations, you may be directed right back into another session, asking the exact same questions as if you hadn't done it once before.
The driving engine doesn't seem nearly as polished as the GTA games or the Mafia games either. It's just not as fun to drive around and see the sites or jump into side games as you can in other games.
All in all, I'm glad i rented it and didn't buy it!