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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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  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Nov 22, 2017
    100
    Overall, L.A. Noire is a solid release that gives me hope that if gamers support it, we may get some other Rockstar classics in the same vein. Can you image having games like the original Red Dead Redemption or GTAIV on the go?! I can!
  2. Nov 20, 2017
    88
    L.A. Noire for Switch is simply one of the greatest ports for the console seen to date. It retains all the content from the original versions and adjusts it to the functions of the system in an outstanding way. Maybe the graphics pale when compared with the recent remastered editions, but believe us when we say that playing this game on the go is a complete delight.
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    85
    Nintendo Switch offers the best version of this remastered Rockstar gem thanks to the use of the touchpad, which gives a new dimension for the investigation parts. A great game that takes us back in time.
  4. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    Rockstar ports the underrated L.A. Noire over to The Switch and actually adds some interesting new control dynamics to the old title rather than just tossing on some gimmicks. That’s a good thing.
  5. Nov 22, 2017
    80
    If you never played L.A. Noire before is a great time to do it. The Switch version is a well made port from a game that is not perfect but it’s unique in its genre.
  6. Dec 5, 2017
    72
    All in all, L.A. Noire is still an enjoyable story-driven adventure game with an incredible atmosphere. The issues that it had in 2011 are still present, but they're more noticeable today, so it's not as enjoyable as it was back then. It may make more sense for people who skipped it in 2011 to enjoy it in small doses while they're on the go. It is unfortunate that the Switch version is priced higher than the other versions. Players who have access to another platform and aren't interested in a portable gaming experience may be better served by the PC, PS4 or Xbox One version.
  7. Nov 29, 2017
    60
    L.A. Noire isn’t quite an action blockbuster, but more of a serialised crime caper. The slow approach and moments of intrigue are welcome, and ends on an incredibly memorable note. DLC fills out the experience for Phelps fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Nov 14, 2017
    10
    The reason this game gets a 10 is because there is no 9.5, but it's definitely better than a 9. Always been a fantastic game, but this port isThe reason this game gets a 10 is because there is no 9.5, but it's definitely better than a 9. Always been a fantastic game, but this port is immaculate. 1080p docked, full 720p handheld, looks identical to the base PS4/X1 versions, only its portable, it has motion controls, HD Rumble, touchscreen support and new over the shoulder views. Oh, and it's 2 versions in one (killer Switch feature for all games). That's a lot of leverage over the other versions, especially when it's practically identical graphically Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2017
    10
    Es mi primer juego de Rockstar y de verdad me está dejando muy satisfecho, especial para los amantes del género policiaco, para quienes deseenEs mi primer juego de Rockstar y de verdad me está dejando muy satisfecho, especial para los amantes del género policiaco, para quienes deseen un juego para pasarlo poco a poco, que los haga pensar y buscar pistas para resolver pequeñas misiones de crímenes. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2018
    9
    The fact that I am playing the LA Noire remaster on a portable system is mind blowing to me. I bought the game originally when it first cameThe fact that I am playing the LA Noire remaster on a portable system is mind blowing to me. I bought the game originally when it first came out for Xbox 360 and I really enjoyed playing it then. I am having just as much fun now, only I can play it anywhere! I have been consistently impressed by the prowess of the Switch, and LA Noire hasn't let me down. If you are into detective games or novels, this game will be right up your alley. In addition to the main story, there are about 40 side missions that keep the game feeling fresh. They have also added in optional touch controls, but the game does not force you to use them. The story is excellent, and the characters are believable and likable. If you haven't played this game already then it is a no brainer to pick it up, but if you played it when it first came out (like I did) you can still get a lot of enjoyment out of this title. Like Zelda and Mario Odyssey, this is a console quality game on a portable system, and is a blast to play! Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2017
    8
    The game is fun and it is an improvement over the 360 version i played, it looks great in handheld, its docked mode where the age starts toThe game is fun and it is an improvement over the 360 version i played, it looks great in handheld, its docked mode where the age starts to show. if you haven't played this game before then its a good addition to your switch collection. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2018
    8
    I bought this game over a year ago and didn't enjoy it. I had just finished playing GTA 5 and it really disappointed me that GTA 5 wasn't onI bought this game over a year ago and didn't enjoy it. I had just finished playing GTA 5 and it really disappointed me that GTA 5 wasn't on the Switch instead. I sold it without giving it a chance.

    I recently bought it again for £10 ($12-13 or so). I have just completed it. It really is a good game. The story really is good. It didn't really grip me initially but towards the end gets really good. The game play isn't as good as GTA 5 but it is the next best thing on the Switch. The driving isn't too great. The cars feel a bit clunky and heavy, but maybe that is trying to reflect what driving was like back then.
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  6. Mar 16, 2018
    7
    This game is a decent port but with technical issues.
    If is your standard Rockstar game that usually never disappoint with its story and
    This game is a decent port but with technical issues.
    If is your standard Rockstar game that usually never disappoint with its story and gameplay.
    If you are playing the game with the joy cons for your controller it sometimes doesn't feel that great but if you have a normal controller for the switch the controls feel a lot better. So I would suggest playing the game with a controller if you have one.
    In some occasions you will notice that the conversations will be out of sync with the characters and you will experience the odd frame rate drop here and there. If this bothers you I would avoid.
    Overall it is still a decent port and at half the retail price of a normal game personally I think its worth it because I can see past some of the performance flaws since they are not a constant hindrance.
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  7. Dec 7, 2017
    0
    L.A. Noire was a was a very good game last generation that is deserving of a Switch port, but it all falls apart once you see the full onL.A. Noire was a was a very good game last generation that is deserving of a Switch port, but it all falls apart once you see the full on retail price. This is only exacerbated by the fact that you can get the best version on Steam for only $30 with all the DLC (if you wait for a steam sale you can get it for ~$5-10). If you only use consoles, you can get it on Xbox One or PS4 for $40. Why would you pay $10 more for performance issues on the switch due to once again not being properly optimized. At least we know Rockstar is treating the Switch like PC now and not fully optimizing their games on the platform and can plan to avoid them in the future. For a game this old to have performance issues at this price is unacceptable. In before Switch fanboys ignore all of the performance issues and price jumping all over Rockstar's jock because they finally released a mediocre port of an actual good game (Bully and manhunt 2 being the previous ones) on a Nintendo system... Nevermind, too late. Expand

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