Summary: If you’re an adventure game fan with a computer good enough to run the game then, yes, even with its flaws, L.A. Noire is worth the money. It’s the most modern and progressive adventure I’ve ever played, and it really needs to be experienced by anyone who considers themselves to be a connoisseur the genre. There are a few action sequences that can get annoying, but those are skippable and don’t pose much of a problem in the long run.
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. Progress is divided into a series of desks as...
Pros: Authentic and outstanding 1940's style and atmosphere, Solid performances and good use of motion capture, Compelling investigation and interrogation mechanics, Memorable noir story, Some great shoot-outs and action sequences that make use of real LA locations
Cons: Early investigations are very limited, Disconnection between cases leads to jarring moments, Some restrictions during pursuits and shoot-outs feel artificial
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: L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com 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.
Excerpt: In this detective crime thriller game, Rockstar Games builds on their existing strengths and technologies for a one player, detective crime thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles. The unique interrogation gameplay, black and white color schemes, and strong narrative place this action game at a high level. L.A. Noire is a gritty, single player detective game set on the infamous streets and in the smoke-filled back rooms of post-war Los Angeles.
Pros: strong narrative, strong acting talent, action sequences, solid complimentary materials, great authenticity, motion capture characters, interrogation scenarios utilizing MotionScan technology, available investigation techniques, no time limts,
Cons: some odd transitions, a few action sequences have unnatural limits, distracting rankings/notices, occasional glitches like partner getting in the way, checkpoint saves instead of any time progress saves
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.
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.
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.