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.
Summary: It is testament to Team Bondi’s skill that they are able to so completely distract from L.A. Noire ’s shortcomings (and the feeling that the open world sections have just been tacked on to extend the experience) thanks to an intriguing story and strong character performances.
Conclusion: LA Noire is a slow, systematic game that takes patience and skill. It is definitely not for everyone. If you played the GTA games specifically to unlock the mini-gun or harrier and go on a rampage, this game isn’t for you. If you’ve ever wanted to try crime fighting in the days before DNA and epithelials, give it a try. Even if none of this appeals to you, at least take the time to look up some video of the facial animation. I continue to be impressed.
Complex, violent police drama is intended for adult gamers.
Common Sense Media
14 June 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.
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. The line is starting to blur between video games and movies and this game is a prime example of the new trend.
Excerpt: L.A. Noire is a game that has intrigued people ever since word of it first leaked out back in 2004. Developed by Team Bondi, an Australian developer created by the former Director of Development for Team Soho (The Getaway), L.A. Noire is a combination of the third person action games that Rockstar Games has become known for with some of the open world elements of Grand Theft Auto/Red Dead Redemption and a heavy emphasis on detective work.
Excerpt: L.A. Noire has one thing going against it... its pedigree. There is a certain level of expectation that comes with simply being a Rockstar title, and although a great deal of it is present here in L.A. Noire, certain aspects have been “de-emphasized.” Yes, this is a sprawling rendition of Los Angeles in 1947 and yes, there is much to see here (many of today’s landmarks were present back then... perhaps a certain house on Franklin Ave? The Figueroa Hotel?
Excerpt: L.A. Noire is back on the streets with the DLC Vice case “ The Naked City “. Based off an old film of the same name, Naked City features a suspicious suicide, and a beautiful young model named Julia Randall, who’s career has been cut short due to an untimely end.