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  • Summary: Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps, an LAPD detective is thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right,Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps, an LAPD detective is thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core. Using groundbreaking new animation technology that captures every nuance of an actor's facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Search for clues, chase down suspects and interrogate witnesses as you struggle to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 29, 2017
    85
    Noire remains a different experience: different in rhythms, in shades, in emotions in dance. Unique, and wonderfully imperfect.
  2. Nov 16, 2017
    80
    L.A. Noire still delivers a solid, compelling experience, improving the original graphics in many ways.​
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    Despite some technical wrinkles, after six years L.A. Noire remains a great game, although we expected better as remastered operation.
  4. Nov 28, 2017
    80
    L.A Noire has remained a great action-adventure game and a strong detective thriller, filled with great cases, investigations and interrogations. The new graphics look better, though the difference is not very significant. The city of angels is alive and vibrant but barely includes any extra content. If you played L.A Noire sometime in the last few years, you would probably want to grab it for a better playthrough. If you haven't played L.A Noire at all, it would be a crime to miss it out.
  5. Jan 28, 2018
    80
    LA Noire remaster hit us out of nowhere and brings a nice high definition version of the game to our consoles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring many fixes with it, nor does it expand on the huge city they’ve built.
  6. L.A Noire's facial expressions are still incredible and the game shows us that not every open world game needs pure action.
  7. 60
    The beating heart of L.A. Noire is its ability to make you feel like a 1940s detective rubbing your nose against the seedy underbelly of a city full of secrets. But those considerable charms can't hide a half-hearted port that comes with a $40 price tag to boot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. Jan 7, 2018
    10
    Totally great. Please do more games like this. Brilliant. I think market needs detective games like this and it will find it's own profitable niche
  2. Vng
    May 19, 2021
    10
    Ein einzigartiges Spiel mit einer Story von der man nicht genug bekommen kann.
  3. Nov 14, 2017
    10
    It's hands down an awesome video game, there's no denying that. However this feels more like a port than a remaster. The game looks prettyIt's hands down an awesome video game, there's no denying that. However this feels more like a port than a remaster. The game looks pretty much identical to when it first launched. Sure it runs in higher resolution at a better frame rate but visually nothing else has changed. If you haven't played it then its a must buy but if you have then please don't waste your money on what is essentially a port. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2020
    8
    L.A. Noire is an amazing dip into the world of mid-20th century LA crime. A satisfying story, interesting gameplay, fresh and innovative forL.A. Noire is an amazing dip into the world of mid-20th century LA crime. A satisfying story, interesting gameplay, fresh and innovative for the time gameplay mechanics and a great setting make this a must-play for fans of the 3rd person open world genre or film noire. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2017
    7
    I'm a huge fan of film noir, particularly movies such as The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard etc. The game harkens back to theI'm a huge fan of film noir, particularly movies such as The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard etc. The game harkens back to the late 1940s Los Angeles era. You can imagine my excitement when the game first came out years ago. I partially completed the PS3 version before my PS3 got the YLOD.

    Anyway, the PS4 version of the game feels MORE of a port than a remaster. There's a few touch ups here and there and they've changed the questioning wording to make it seem more consistent.

    I'll start with the pros:

    - Fantastic storyline. Except GTAV, I don't think I've played a game with an engrossing storyline like this.
    -Free Bonus content. I.e...More suits and more cases. They were previously DLC.
    -The facial animation is very good...albeit slightly dated.
    -The Los Angeles in 1947 has been mostly faithfully recreated. It's fun driving around and seeing the familiar landmarks as they were back then.
    -Great cases, if you're a movie buff like me, you'll be able to pick up on certain references. I'll not spoil them here.

    Now the cons...
    -The Graphics. I was expecting much more out of this game. It's been advertised as a remaster. I think this is deceiving. Although the graphics are good, it's made even more dated on a PS4. The draw distance/pop ins are abysmal. Often when I'm driving and taking in the scenery, I can't help but notice trees and buildings mysteriously popping in as I'm approaching. This makes the game less immersive.
    The facial animation is good...still dated none the less and at times faces can look as if they're melted!
    -The gameplay. The city of Los Angeles is huge. You get to do alot of driving, like in GTAV. But the problem is...the city is dead. Outside of the cases, there's not much to do in the city. There's no interaction at all. No proper side missions. No interaction with the people. The city itself serves as a backdrop for the cases...nothing more.

    At times it feels like an on rails shooter. There's no choice at all. The game is pretty much holding your hand, assisting you as you play, and directing you. You simply cannot lose.

    TLDR;
    Pros: The storyline, The Cases
    Cons: The restrictive gameplay, The dated Graphics which makes it feel like a port.
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  6. Oct 23, 2020
    7
    The setting and style of the game are cool, but the story doesn't really even start up until way too far into the game. 75/100
  7. Jan 29, 2020
    0
    Just wasted about 15 hours playing this game for the save game to corrupt and lose everything. Apparently a common issue. Player beware! WhatJust wasted about 15 hours playing this game for the save game to corrupt and lose everything. Apparently a common issue. Player beware! What a waste of time. Instantly uninstalled this garbage. Expand

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