Summary: This game is beautiful. I was skeptical when I saw it on sale for less than $9 with reviews saying the graphics were horrible, but I gave it a try. I downloaded the latest patch and turned all the visual settings to max and it performs great! I can definitely see similarities to GTA-4 and GTA-V, seems like they were trying out some in between ideas with this one. That being said, gameplay is very different.
Summary: This is an excellent game, I just wish the keyboard-based controls were a bit more fine-tuned, and why for-the-love-of-pete can't anyone make a vehicle control system that uses the mouse to steer left/right? The A-D or arrow keys just suck as a substitute for the fluidity of a steering wheel, but a mouse does this by nature. Also, if you have this Complete Edition, you do NOT need to buy the separate DLC bundle, it's already included!
Pros: Pretty compelling story-driven gameplay. Great price when on-sale. Great graphics, realistic but still a bit stylized. Good character animations. Very good voiceovers. Innovative exploration system to locate and examine objects and areas.
Cons: Movement and exploration mechanics can be a bit "klunky" and awkward at times. Vehicle-control is keyboard based, awkward and "GTA"-like, difficult and awkward.
Summary: I never had any launch/run issues. My desktop has Win7 HP with an FX-6300 and an MSI GTX 760 4GB. I also had a GTX 650 before I upgraded to the 760. I have also ran this game on my laptop a little bit. And I mean a little bit. I think I just launched it then went into a free roam session for a few minutes. Anyways, it's running 8.1 with an i7-4710Q and GT 840M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231974&cm_re=asus_840m_i7-_-34-231-974-_-Product).
Pros: L.A. Noire is a pretty good game really. The story is quite good and interesting to follow, especially once you start piecing together the puzzle(s). The map is big and very detailed. One of the things I enjoyed was just driving around and exploring. There is a decent amount of activities to be had, from the main story cases to taking on street crimes (little one to five minute crimes where you have to take down criminals or solve a quick mystery) and finding hidden c...
Cons: The gameplay feels a little hollow. There is often only one button to push to get your character to do a long line of action. For example, running up stairs or taking down a criminal in a fist fight (although I understand the stairs part, trying to hit the exact tight corners while running up after someone would be a nightmare). The driving, while fun, gets to be pretty boring and monotonous. There is a make your partner drive option, which after about six hours in, I...
Summary: Saw the reviews about issues with the game working and thought how hard could it be? I have a brand new gaming rig and my direct x (good tip from another reviewer) was up to date. Wrong. After downloading the game it actually installed fairly smooth. Then the problems started. Start the game and the game gets stuck on the main screen. Nothing happening. Ok. After a few exits and restarts I get the automatic patch download prompt and click yes.
Summary: It looks like installation is really hit or miss for this game download. I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop that I bought last year (April 2011), running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Intel i7-2630QM chipset, 8 GB RAM, 2GB VRAM, DirectX 11, and I couldn't get the game to work. My first download and install, I would launch the game, get a launch menu, and then nothing. I never even got to the level of patching.
Summary: Never got to play it. Between huge download and huge patch and required error fiddling to get patch to patch which led to new set of errors I got fed up. Googling and Amazon customer service no help. My computer specs and abilities just fine. I just couldn't waste any more time on it.....
Summary: I ran into the same errors that everyone else seems to have. Since I had a new machine with a great nVidia video card, lots of RAM and updated drivers, I thought it would run fine. It doesn't even launch. The screen flashed, goes black, flashed again, then I get the Windows 7 generic "LA Noire has stopped responding" and the only option is to close it. No other errors, except some cryptic dll errors in the event log that don't help.
Summary: I've reinstalled the game several times, but still cannot play it. When you try to play the first time, it will attempt to patch the game. The patch always corrupts for me when I try to update the game. I've been trying to get this to work for a few days now, but I'm just going to give up. Get the disc version instead, or buy from Steam. Games run by Windows Live are glitchy more often than not.