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.
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 .
Summary: Although L.A. Noire is great on both systems, it's best on the PlayStation 3. With improved performance, better frame rate and an added case, this is certainly the version of the game to get. The strong cast of characters, compelling storyline and ambitious sense of scope makes this one of Rockstar Games' best products yet. Just remember to switch to black and white! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Conclusion: L.A. Noire is a solid game that is highly recommended, but it is also one with some definite flaws. When it breaks from videogame norms - namely the slowly paced investigations and interviews - it is fantastic. It is when it shoehorns in action sequences and other typical "videogame-y" things that it starts to falter.
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: The central mystery of LA Noire is this: am I playing a bloated adventure game or a barren open-world game? While crossing the city yet again or picking up another crumpled cigarette pack that has nothing to do with anything, I can't help but think of Abraham Lincoln's famous comment upon being served a dubious drink: "If this is coffee, please bring me some tea. But if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.