L.A. Noire is an action-adventure neo-noir crime game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. The game was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 17th, 2011, and saw a Windows release on November 8th, 2011. The story follows former marine turned patrolman turned detective Cole Phelps as he solves various cases in 1947 Los Angeles across four desks.
Graphics-The scenery does bring out the best of Los Angeles with its atmosphere. The character models look decent, but the highlight is the facial expression each character plays out, and the animation for that was well done.
Sound-Sound is vital for this game because certain cues can lead a player to finding a clue regardless of importance or not. While it does make the game easier, it also helps the player find the clues quicker. The voice acting is average at best, but the soundtrack makes the atmosphere livelier.
Gameplay-The gameplay doesn’t revolve around combat (which is well done), but the focus is on putting together the clues and getting information from witnesses and key people in order to solve the crime and bring the criminal to justice. Successful interrogation gives the player points towards ranking up, and rewarding the player with either a new suit or tuition points, which can make interrogation easier. While far and few, there are puzzles to be solved in order to find more clues or further expand the clue’s information. Good judgment is also vital for this game because if you wrongfully accuse a person of something, or give an incorrect response, it will reflect your overall performance and possibly give you a lower grade at the end of the case.
Choice of city-The idea of the game being set in Los Angeles instead of Chicago or New York was a smart move, as having the game set in Chicago or New York would’ve made the game cliché, and makes the game feel really stale if that were to happen.
Overall-LA Noire is an odd, but well done example of how Rockstar can produce a game worthy of Grand Theft Auto standards. If you want a Rockstar game that isn’t Grand Theft Auto, consider LA Noire for your collection.
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