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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: 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: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 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
  2. Nov 16, 2017
    10
    یکی از برترین بازی های نسل قبل کنسول ها که با در هم آمیختن فضای قدیمی شهر و وقایع و قتل های زنجیره ای و روند بازپرسی بسیار جذاب یکی از برترینیکی از برترین بازی های نسل قبل کنسول ها که با در هم آمیختن فضای قدیمی شهر و وقایع و قتل های زنجیره ای و روند بازپرسی بسیار جذاب یکی از برترین ها در سبک خودش رو رقم زده است. در نسل هشتم بازسازی بسیار زیبایی را از کمپانی راکستار مشاهده میکنید و همچنین گرافیک فنی و هنری چشم نواز به تمامی افرادی که تاکنون بازی را انجام نداده اند به شدت خرید آن توصیه میشود Expand
  3. 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
  4. Nov 16, 2017
    9
    the game is holding great, having the freedom to play a game of this magnitude anywhere is amazing
    if you haven't played this game definitely
    the game is holding great, having the freedom to play a game of this magnitude anywhere is amazing
    if you haven't played this game definitely pick it up.
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  5. Apr 30, 2018
    8
    Good game. Nice graphics, good soundtrack, nice gameplay. It is however a bit unrefined as all other Rockstar games (never finished a GTA),Good game. Nice graphics, good soundtrack, nice gameplay. It is however a bit unrefined as all other Rockstar games (never finished a GTA), but I finisehed this one. Probably because it doesn't force you to do so many things, and I'm thinking for example in the helicopter missions of older GTAs, which I had to make a friend complete for me in order to proceed. Side missions are a bit underwhelming and I only did a bunch of them. I ignored them mostly and didn't go back for them after finishing the game. But if you're into detective stuff, this game is one of the best. It has a great story, the mechanics are good even if slightly clumsy but it just makes you want to keep playing. it could have been a little bit less repetitive and the overworld could be more interesting. It is just a boring place this L.A.. At times I thought I would rather not have the overworld at all and just get the rest of the game happening, and more of it. There will be a lot of slowdown sometimes on the switch and it takes too much space (14 GB!) even if you buy the cartridge, which is lame and bad for a system that just has 32 GB of internal memory. Nintendo should just have put a 200 GB microSD card bundled with the system... or a built in decent amount of memory obviously. But hey it's Nintendo and they just wanna make money. Expand
  6. 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
  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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