Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    92
    The wannabe detective's definitive version to plump for. [Feb 2012, p.101]
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    92
    I would recommend this game to everyone, without any hesitation. What it does well, it does amazingly well and where it stumbles, it's only ever a minor hiccup.
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    91
    L.A. Noire offers a film-like play experience, with you the male detective lead. You should really want that, because the easy action parts are mostly there as a diversion – detective work is at the core. There's minor flaws like the weak AI, but hobby criminologists surely can live with that.
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    90
    A unique adventure game that borrows many features from mystery and action games, incorporating them seamlessly in the narrative flow, thus creating a truly special game that not everyone will enjoy. And that's because it has its own character, defying contemporary 'fast food' games that are churned out today and because it's reminiscent of endeavors made in another era, where immersion of an ultimate single-player experience was the first and last goal of their creators.
  5. 90
    Ingenious game merges a classic adventure with sandbox action titles, resourcefully. Playability is not always perfect but overall impression is stunning. [Christmas 2011]
  6. Dec 9, 2011
    90
    It's too bad that the company that made L.A. Noire went under before the fully realized PC version came out. The detective playstyle and the 1940's ambience of L.A. Noire are something completely different from what we usually see in games nowadays. At times the interrogations can be a bit frustrating, but that only adds to the overall atmosphere of the game. [Dec 2011]
  7. Dec 8, 2011
    90
    L.A. Noire shows us that not every sandbox game has to be about killing prostitutes. This Complete Edition for the PC shows up a bit late to the party but that doesn't make it any less fun. The interrogations are a lot of fun and you'll feel like a true Sherlock Holmes at times. It's just a shame that the replay value is very low.
  8. Nov 30, 2011
    90
    Rockstars detective adventures is even more entertaining on PC. Not only does it have all the expansions, but also provides far better graphics.
  9. Nov 23, 2011
    90
    L.A. Noire's length can vary significantly, depending on how many street crimes you respond to and how much of your own driving you do, but in any case, the 26 story cases (up from 21 in the original console release) make for a complete and satisfying experience.
  10. Nov 18, 2011
    90
    It's hard to remember anything so avant-garde as L.A. Noire. Team Bondi puts forth some truly amazing gameplay concepts as to what balance between graphic adventures and action games in the future should be.
  11. Nov 13, 2011
    90
    L.A. Noire is one of the greatest titles of this year and the real crime is that up to now PC players couldn't play it.
  12. Nov 13, 2011
    90
    Without a doubt, the best possible version of Team Bondi's last effort, since it includes all the downloadable content released to date. The graphics didn't improve that much, however, and you may experience some annoying problems in running the game on certain configurations.
  13. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition retains the essence of the game by raising its technical level, but it has some obvious differences controlling the character or handling a vehicle. However, the game is much more immersive on its version for PC and this greatly benefits a title with a remarkable story. L.A. Noire is a must for any player... if he did not play it on Xbox630 or PS3.
  14. Nov 10, 2011
    88
    A game which is not for everyone, but will inspire many with its great atmosphere and thrilling story. This PC version has improved visuals but lacks a better optimization. The controls have also been adapted decently, but with room for improvement.
  15. Nov 14, 2011
    87
    LA Noire Complete Edition is an adult experience, supported by the excellent motionscan technology and a great narrative for our media. A good title that deserves a chance, despite its oddities probably due to the original development team, swallowed by debt and afflicted by a not edifying work story.
  16. Nov 10, 2011
    87
    It lacks optimization, both in controls and bug fixing, sometimes with major crashes and incompatibility with common hardware. Even when working, it doesn't seem like there's any reason to be found for the 6 months delay.
  17. Dec 27, 2011
    85
    The PC edition of Team Bondi's groundbreaking adventure game offers 5 additional investigations (previously released for consoles as DLC) and translated to PC very well. [January 2012, p.52]
  18. Nov 15, 2011
    85
    The awesome performances and great facial capture make every interrogation and investigation a riveting affair.
  19. 85
    Rockstar Leeds has done a great job bringing Team Bondi's L.A. Noire to the PC, which is a thoroughly interesting and at times quite addictive crime thriller. It's easy to get wrapped up in a case and wanting to uncover what really happened; sifting through the false smiles of NPCs and rubbing their nose in our superior detective work.
  20. Nov 14, 2011
    81
    Quotation forthcoming.
  21. Dec 24, 2011
    80
    A wonderfully directed «interactive TV series» about the harsh realities of LA police detective's life. [January 2012, p.59]
  22. Nov 23, 2011
    80
    The PC version of L.A. Noire may have some minor flaws but the inclusion of the DLC and just the fact that this game is incredible is enough to justify picking up this package.
  23. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    L.A. Noire is an ambitious and brilliant game, carrying a new vision for the adventure genre. Sadly, it tries too hard to appeal to the mainstream by taking away control of your actions too often.
  24. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    A flawed gem that's very much worth playing. [Jan 2012, p.44]
  25. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. Jan 10, 2012
    63
    A brave attempt at a promising genre, but not hard-boiled enough to earn the traditional $25 a day plus expenses. [Jan 2012, p.120]
  27. Nov 14, 2011
    60
    On paper, it sounds brilliantly inventive. Nail-biting edge-of-your-seat conversation? That's practically unheard of in games. Unfortunately, L.A. Noire drops the ball.
  28. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    We can't knock the ambition of LA Noire, and the MotionSense technology certainly makes game characters look much more realistic without the need to install a rendering server in your home, but the game lacks fun. LA Noire aims to makes you feel like a real-life police office, but real-life police-work is actually quite dull.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 600 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 139
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    5
    After playing this game for five days I am still just giving it a 5 out of 10 due to technical issues. Despite some people claiming its the users fault, the game is simply not optimized for some hardware. Numerous reviews have also commented on the less than acceptable FPS on many systems.I am playing on a Intel Duo core 3ghz, 4gb ram and geforce 560 ti, and even on low it is unplayable. I can run Shogun 2 and Skyrim in full glory, no FPS slowdown whatsoever. There is no reason why LA Noire needs a quad core to run acceptably on low using a mid range system. The fault lies with a shoddy port, not with peoples' systems. If you make a port, do it right, or don't do it at all. Full Review »
  2. Xon
    Nov 20, 2011
    9
    I like games which are interactive novels or movies. L.A. Noire neatly meets this criteria and brilliantly recreates a colourful period of L.A.'s history. I have never seen a game populated by believable characters who inspire compassion in the player. Nor have I seen real faces with real emotions, from the slight twitch of nervousness to red-faced, bulging eyes of fear.

    I didn't pay this game for its challenges or playablity. I want to be immersed in a world and interact with the environment. I want a riveting story that rings true.

    L.A. Noire delivers this and then some. I loved every second of this hard-boiled slice of life. In later years this game will definitely be looked back on as one of the most ground-breaking games of all time. It is the first game that I felt emotionally involved. And it was a riveting experience.
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  3. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    You know what your getting with this package. A fantastic game with all the bells and whistles. Im sure you've seen other reviews of L.A Noire, so il just say what's new in this. It features all of the previously released downloadable content for L.A. Noire, including the â Full Review »