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  • Summary: L.A. Noire is a next generation crime thriller developed by Team Bondi, a new Australian based studio founded by Brendan McNamara, of "The Getaway." L.A Noire is an interactive detective story set in the classic noir period of the late 1940's. It blends action, detection and complex storytelling and draws players into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders. Set in a perfectly recreated Los Angeles before freeways, with a post-war backdrop of corruption, drugs and jazz, L.A. Noire truly blends cinema and gaming. [Rockstar Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Jun 10, 2011
    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!
  2. May 16, 2011
    This is vastly different from the countless first- and third-person shooters and all the "me too" open-world games sitting on store shelves. All the things I've only read about in Dashiell Hammett novels, or seen in film classics like Double Indemnity, have all come to interactive life in L.A. Noire.
  3. May 16, 2011
    L.A. Noire is a revolution in videogaming, both in technological and narrative terms. Its peculiar structure won't make it accessible to everyone though, as the more action oriented players will have to comprehend its sometimes cryptic and episodic structure to fully appreciate the mix. It's still largely recommended to every player out there, since ignoring it would mean losing a fundamental step forward for videogaming as a rich and noble entertainment form.
  4. May 16, 2011
    The content isn't much more graphic than your average TV cop drama (apart from the occasional nudity), but it's heavy subject matter for a game, and Noire plays it surprisingly straight, with very little of the wry humor that characterizes most Rockstar releases.
  5. 90
    L.A. Noire's intriguing character profile, deep interrogation and investigation system, and impeccably detailed facial technology puts this detective thriller in a class of its own.
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    It's hard to shake the feeling that they narrowly missed the lofty mark they've set for themselves. A great game? Sure. An instant classic? Not quite.
  7. May 21, 2011
    Despite how accurate it looks and feels for the time period, it still ends up being little more than a 3D cardboard cut-out most of the time. Also, while the detective aspect is pretty well realized, all of the action sequences I was involved in felt far too planned out, and eliminating any sort of random element from them makes them a little too sterile for my taste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 279
  1. May 17, 2011
    This game is truly amazing. Rockstar and Bondi have completely redefined storytelling in gaming with this masterpiece. True, you don't get to go around killing everyone at your leisure, but that's not what this game is all about. It's about being a detective. And boy, does it ever do it well. Expand
  2. May 28, 2011
    This is my Favourite Game of all time (Mainly because im a big Noir Genre fan) it is full of exciting missions and it is a BIG Game! I love the Story, its classic Noir at it's best! The Gameplay is Fresh and unique and the Graphics are Remarkable. Go out and Buy this Game! Expand
  3. May 17, 2011
    This is a fantastic achievement in gaming today. The visuals, the gameplay, are all spectacular. it's refreshing to have a game that doesn't rely on senseless, inane, childish violence to provide an entertaining experience. I'm guessing most of the negative reviews are coming from butt-hurt fanboys who haven't actually played the game and are disappointed it's not a game relying on killing innocent civilians. How predictable. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2013
    It's a drama, but what makes this game special is the fact of being a cop drama, if someone wishes to play LA Noire with the intention of realizing their story early on will leave disappointed, but those who want to pass the game, meet the world, their graphs, and their fascinating history, have on hand a great game. The player will have the desire to know what happens next, excellent characters, mixed with a great voice acting, makes this game a very special game. The cases that the player has in the game can sometimes be a bit repetitive, but you can always take a break to explore the open world of LA, after World War II. Expand
  5. May 18, 2012
    This was an alright game. I liked the detective work, but never really figured out how to read a persons expression; mostly because I just guessed from my observation. Like most "average" games, it is repetitive, I also found the driving handling a little too loose for my comfort. There is little to no action, if i remember correctly. I would only reccomend this game if your interested in things like CSI the show or stuff like it. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2011
    A mediocre experience. The game is set around a 1940s LA backdrop, putting you in the role of patrol man turned detective Cole Phelps. You play through multiple desks, patrol (a tutorial if you will), traffic, homicide, Vice and Arson with each desk giving you a new partner. All the cases work the same way, you get to the crime scene, have a look around, find evidence then talk to suspects/victims that survive (This is rather rare, almost every case is some variation of murder) then head off to different locations to do it all over again. There are the occasional chase scenes or shoot-outs but in the grand scheme of things they don't last very long.

    One of the massive features that is boasted about for this game is the facial animation, whilst it works well there is only so far it can stretch. The game hints that if someone is moving their eyes, keeping their palms towards themselves etc then they are lying however it is not that simple, people can lie whilst keeping a straight face and people telling the truth have wandering eyes which often caused a lot of frustration. In addition to this some of the animations seem very jagged and not much effort has been put into animating the actors bodies, they feel rather out of place.

    Only after I had finished the storyline did I start to enjoy the game, the free roam modes are great fun letting you do short bursts of action known as street crimes. These range from stopping a bank robbery to chasing down a thief but once again, they only last a few minutes at the most and once you have done them you have to drive over to the next one.

    One of the main things that really annoyed me about this game is the way the interview system works. You ask a question and then get a response, after that response you have 3 options, truth lie or doubt. If you think they are lying but cannot prove it you select doubt, the other 2 are self explanatory, this results in mundane conversations of simply pressing a button every couple of minutes and getting the answer wrong has little to no effect on the rest of the game.

    The few puzzles that are in the game do not take much to work out, the first one is a globe separated into a few sections which need to be turned, just a few wiggles of the analogue stick and it's there, others involve copying a code found on a piece of paper at the crime scene to open a box, the game never pushes your thought, from the second case in homicide it is ridiculously obvious what's happening and I just felt like shouting at my TV in the hopes that they would hear me and realise.

    Overall I wasn't impressed, definitely not worth £37. I got about 20 hours out of this which is ok for a single player only game nowadays however it left a lot to be desired. Poor graphics, ok animation, terrible plot and character development left me wanting a lot more.
  7. May 27, 2011
    L.A. Noire is great...if you have no soul maybe. Red Dead Redemption was OK for the single player feature only (don't even get me started about the multiplayer), but this game is utter garbage. Wow motion captured facial animations? **** They just keep pushing technology in the wrong direction. There's been realer looking faces in video game before. Try Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. It's just an excuse for Rockstar Games to deliver yet another hackneyed turd bucket. But I just wanna play with guns instead of my penis for change!ââ Expand

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