Excerpt: LA Noire isn’t like most other video games nor does it pigeonhole itself to a certain genre. Rockstar have created a fresh IP for the industry, question is how does a game of 8 years in the making shape up to be? To begin with I’m sure many of you are aware that this is no GTA, you don’t play as the outlaw nor do you mow down civilians and gun pedestrians with rocket launchers. You play as a good cop determined to restore order to the violent streets of 1940’s LA.
Conclusion: question: What game would Aaron like to play? Answer: This one. Not only does it look and feel like the worlds conjured up in radio shows -- theatre of the mind! -- it also plays as a linear adventure game, with the action sequences largely skippable, including driving from location to location. This is why I like L.A. Noire so much. It's an adventure game rolled into a 1947 cop drama. L.A.
Excerpt: Reefer Madness was originally a propaganda film from the 1930s that tried to paint marijuana usage as the source of all sin and evil in a ridiculous, over-the-top manner. While initially unsuccessful, the film gained notoriety in the 1970s as a comedy, even though that was never the originally intended purpose. The film then spawned a Broadway musical and a film based on the musical, both of which are quite hilarious.
Complex, violent police drama is intended for adult gamers.
Common Sense Media
4 August 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that L.A. Noire is a crime thriller featuring gunfights, nude corpses, and strong language. It is targeted specifically at adult players and is not intended for children. The game’s complex cases force players to unflinchingly investigate some very disturbing crime scenes, absorbing as much as they can from mutilated bodies and other bloody evidence in order to identify and track down criminal suspects.
Excerpt: 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 L.A. locations
Cons: Early investigations are very limited, Disconnection between cases leads to jarring moments, Some restrictions during pursuits and shoot-outs feel artificial
Excerpt: Nicholson Electroplating is the third DLC case for L.A. Noire and the first that wasn't offered as a pre-order bonus through any retailers. It's an Arson Case, accessible from the "Cases" menu on the title screen. Upon launching the case, you find Cole partnered with his arson desk buddy, Herschel Biggs.
Excerpt: If you haven’t seen “Tell Your Children [Reefer Madness]“ the movie, go find it – it’s incredibly funny, educational, and it’s the basis for the brand new L.A. Noire DLC, appropriately titled Reefer Madness .