L.A. Noire's absorbing investigations and intoxicating sense of style make it an unforgettable journey through the seamy side of the City of Angels.
23 November 2011
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...
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: With Vivid environments and character graphics bringing a new edge to gaming, L.A Noire from Rockstar Games makes another solid contribution to gaming entertainment. Making an amazing game even better by bringing a goodly amount of DLC.
Summary: L.A. Noire has been in development for at least seven years. Not everything's worth waiting for. Some things are. L.A. Noire (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], Xbox 360) Developer: Team Bondi / Rockstar Games Publisher: Rockstar Games To be released: May 17, 2011 MSRP: $59.99 L.A.
Conclusion: L.A. Noire is one of the better games I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and playing in a long time for a console system. It’s a great take on the genre and offers gamers something a little more realistic than blowing away half the city on a rampage like you would in GTA IV (which can be quite fun).
Conclusion: L.A. Noire is a very different game, but that is what Rockstar has come to be famous for; tackling types of games that other companies would avoid. The facial technology is so advanced in this game that its borders on true realism.
Summary: L.A. Noire is the type of game that begs to be played more than once. Much like any good mystery, Rockstar's newest blockbuster offers enough hidden clues and foreshadowing to warrant multiple playthroughs.