Excerpt: As a game, L.A. Noire—developed by Team Bondi (in collaboration with Rockstar Leeds) and published by Rockstar Games in 2011—is an intriguing combination of the popular Grand Theft Auto series formula and traditional point-and-click adventure game mechanics. While there are plenty of intense shooting, driving, chasing, and fighting sequences throughout the game, the player must also solve logic puzzles, interrogate suspects, and pore over crime scenes.
Excerpt: Charlie Broker referred to L.A. Noire as “the triumphant return of the adventure game,” but is that really a good thing? L.A. Noire is a modernized adventure game set in 1940’s Los Angeles. The narrative is told in three interwoven parts: war hero Cole Phelps’ rise through the LAPD, memory flashes from the Battle of Okinawa, and the behind-the-scenes actions of one of his ex-comrades told through collectible newspapers.
Conclusion: The PC version of L.A. Noire may have some minor flaws but the inclusion of the DLC and just the fact that this game is incredible is enough to justify picking up this package. The problem is with it coming so late in the year and so long after the games console launch it’s hard to recommend this game to anyone other than anyone who hasn’t played the game yet.
Excerpt: For the most part, video games are simply a way to relax and kill time. The good ones will challenge you intellectually, the great ones will stick in your mind forever. But when all is said and done, the vast majority of games end up being tools of procrastination or escapism. Every so often, though, a game will come along that does something so new and interesting, it gives you that same feeling of awe and wonder that you had as a kid when everything was an exciting...
Summary: : L.A. Noire is another excellent product from Rockstar and an excellent first shot for Team Bondi, as it combines the sorts of mechanics we expect from Rockstar titles into a crime drama with adventure game elements that, while not perfect, is immensely enjoyable and well worth playing. The storyline, while populated with unlikable characters and occasionally disjointed narratives, is exceptionally well written and enjoyable to play through.
Excerpt: Team Bondi's detective game, L. A. Noire, is remarkable when it comes to its groundbreaking visuals and character models. However, it's not so impressive when it comes to violence and language.
Pros: Excellent graphics and character animations.
Conclusion: If you collect DVDs, particularly film noirs, then L.A. Noire will make a great addition to your collection. As it is a Rockstar game, it isn’t flimsy on the gameplay and it’s well worth $59.99. But there isn’t as much replayability as in Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto and most players will likely only want to run through it once.
Pros: Investigate crime scenes and interrogate witnesses with core gameplay that recalls classic adventure games. Car chases, shootouts and hunting for collectibles add some variety. The main joy of playing L.A. Noire is watching its epic story unfold.
Excerpt: So I’m putting it out there just in case you’re a bit confused. L.A. Noire is NOT Grand Theft Auto (GTA) in the forties. It is a story driven thriller where players must do whatever’s necessary to solve a spate of murders sweeping across America’s West Coast. This game is way slower than anything you’ve come to expect from a Rockstar game (because technically it isn’t one) and since for once, you’re playing as a lawman, you cannot embark upon random killing sprees...