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.
Summary: What awaits Cole Phelps at the next crime scene? Will it be a couple of hopheads who overdosed on morphine and are now on the midnight train to nowhere? Or maybe a young lady whose dreams of Hollywood stardom were chewed up and spit out by the studios and who now lies naked in a park, the victim of a brutal murder? L.A. Noire confronts you with these sad situations and many more.
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
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: 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.
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.