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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: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 16, 2017
    85
    With brilliant voice and face acting, a plethora of interesting characters to amuse and massive amounts of detail, L.A. Noire is a game I enjoyed and will continue to enjoy.
  2. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    Even if visually not completely satisfying, L.A. Noire is still a captivating detective story with great acting. There's no reason to get if if you played the original game, but if you didn't and love narrative experiences, it'll surely be pleasing.
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    L.A. Noire is not the best choice for a HD remaster, but it’s still a charming and intriguing experience.
  4. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    If you enjoyed Cole Phelps’ investigations the first time round, you’ll likely still get a kick out of them six years later. But if you’re new to the game, its flawed systems and dated visuals will likely tarnish the experience for you. It’s a game worth playing for the story and setting, but not for the detective work involved.
  5. Dec 10, 2017
    80
    Despite the years that have passed, L.A Noire still shows that nowadays why linear narrative doesn't have to be confronted to gameplay. A really good entry to the golden age of noir cinema.
  6. Jan 21, 2018
    80
    Technically there are not many changes, but the important core has remained: exciting cases, interesting characters, movie narrative, great atmosphere of the 1940s. L.A. Noire is a game like a few others, and despite some mistakes in a game design, the fun is same as it was six years ago.
  7. Dec 7, 2017
    65
    New version of L.A. Noire does not disappoint but at the same time it does nothing to make me love this really good game some more. This remaster is just fine - nothing more, nothing less. It offers fancy things like HDR and 4K but there's nothing really new, so if you already own L.A. Noire, skip this version.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 16, 2017
    10
    one of the very best games ever. Well thought out, hugely engaging, captivating setting. Just needs a proper sequel now.

    LA Noire gets
    one of the very best games ever. Well thought out, hugely engaging, captivating setting. Just needs a proper sequel now.

    LA Noire gets mixed reviews, but i think many dont understand what it is. Its an interactive movie and a wonderful piece of nostalgia.
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  2. Mar 20, 2018
    9
    This game was awesome.In her a lot of time gameplay,original soundtrack,grate motion capture.She is don.t copy.
  3. Jan 2, 2018
    9
    When L.A. Noire first came out in 2011 I fell in love immediately with it and it offered me a fantastic time, so as you can imagine I was veryWhen L.A. Noire first came out in 2011 I fell in love immediately with it and it offered me a fantastic time, so as you can imagine I was very pleased when the remaster was announced. Thankfully as far as remasters go L.A. Noire is a very good addition and whilst it doesn’t have major changes you can definitely see the improvements that have been made. What makes L.A. Noire stand out is its detective style gameplay and once again it shines through brightly here and at times it can feel more responsive than before. I also noticed that the gun mechanics in the game had seen some improvements, and the more fluid action makes the guns make more of an impact. The biggest change in the game is when you go into interrogation mode and the changes to this mode are very good because it makes interrogating a lot less confusing, which means you don’t get frustrated at all. I did however get a little frustrated when it came to the photo mode and the main reason for that is that it puts too many restrictions on the mode. I was also hoping for some changes to the open world, but unfortunately that didn’t happen and it can still feel lifeless in some places. They have however included more collectibles for you to collect and this definitely gives the game some replay value, which is great because once you start playing you don’t want the fantastic story to end. The presentation side of the game is better than ever. Visually the game has seen some significant improvements and at times can look great. The sound design has also seen some improvements over the original and everything sounds clearer and on point, which is great. At the end of the day if you were a fan of the original L.A. Noire then I fully recommend that you get this version and play it again because in my opinion it definitely does enough to warrant a purchase again. If you’ve never played L.A. Noire before then you’re in for a treat and I recommend that you play this version of the game because things are more crisper here. As far as remasters go it’s a pretty decent affair and once again L.A. Noire gets a massive recommendation from me. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2017
    7
    Before I get to my thoughts I do want to say that for the current price of $39.99 L.A. Noire is totally worth it and if you never got aroundBefore I get to my thoughts I do want to say that for the current price of $39.99 L.A. Noire is totally worth it and if you never got around to playing the original version then I double down on my previous statement. When Noire first came out it was coined for being revolutionary in terms of character movement and body language. From what I remember not a lot was said about how the game played. I think a lot of people (including myself) thought this was a kind of GTA spin off. It especially seemed that way from the screen shots back then. I say back then like it was a long time ago but it wasn't. I just think that between then and now the gaming industry has changed considerably, almost like a growth spurt. Quickly out dating games that were only made months prior. In my opinion pacing is L.A. Noire's biggest problem. Solving cases, and cop chasing sounds like a blast but the solving part can be quite a slog sometimes. Part of solving cases is interrogating suspects. This is where the "revolutionary" movement and body language came in. By looking at a suspects face you are supposed to determine whether they are lying or telling the truth. In the original I think the main 3 options were good cop, doubt, and accuse. They are now good cop, bad cop, and accuse. By looking at the suspects face after asking a question you need to play close attention to not only what the suspect says but body language and face movement after they say anything at all. This is where it falters a little bit I think. Unless i was sitting about a foot away from my T.V I had a really hard time knowing when a suspect was telling the truth or lying, and unless I had the right evidence I would sometimes end up kind of falling the interrogation prompting me to go back to a certain crime scene to search for more clues or evidence. Effectively making into quite a slog. To be quite honest the new version doesn't do a much better job in that aspect. The stories for the most part are really interesting, and it made me want to keep playing despite mistakes I had made. For the most part if it wasn't for that kind of thing happening quite often this game would have a much higher score from me. Normally I would never tell anyone to use a guide on your first play through but in this case I say go for it. It is still worth playing just for the stories inside each case. Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2018
    5
    I haven't played another game with elements of such disparity in quality. The atmosphere is great, with nice colour touches and detailsI haven't played another game with elements of such disparity in quality. The atmosphere is great, with nice colour touches and details everywhere. The characters look and sound authentic. But the rest of the game is not up to par. The most interesting parts involve searching for clues and trying to picture who's the culprit in your head. Then there are the interrogation sequences: a controversial mini game which is half 'Have I understood the person's eyes and motives?' and half 'what does the developer want me to do here?'. It's frequently punishing out of developer laziness, and it becomes frustrating.
    But not so frustrating as the elements that come out of GTA. Look, they're using almost the same engine, so why not throw in LOTS of driving with bad controls and, some half-baked out of character murdering..eeehm... shooting, and a bunch of totally raw on-foot chase scenes? These elements are so bad that they destroy an otherwise interesting game.
    It doesn't help that the Xbox One port is half-baked. It looks as if they changed a few settings and repackaged it at almost full price, without even bothering to lighting up the community servers (so 2 of the ways to use your experience in the game are ALWAYS disabled, making it even harder and more frustrating).
    In the end, after the fourth consecutive woman murdered for totally silly reasons, I got tired of the game and left it half-way.
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  6. Jan 3, 2018
    0
    Especially considering it originally came out in 2011, I was impressed that playing through LA Noire on the Nintendo Switch amazed me all overEspecially considering it originally came out in 2011, I was impressed that playing through LA Noire on the Nintendo Switch amazed me all over again. From the top-quality voice acting and the still-unmatched facial animations to the multi-layered crimes to solve, the parts that really matter work great on the Switch. The old-looking and empty open-world parts in between, not so much.

    Six years later, LA Noire is still a unique game. (Read our original LA Noire review.) There are cops-and-robbers car chases and occasional gunfights, but most of it is a smartly paced, contemplative challenge that keeps you thinking. As a Los Angeles cop working in the 1940s, you’ll be sent to a weird and wonderful array of crime scenes where you find clues, interact with witnesses, and draw conclusions with a limited amount of hand-holding. I never thought I’d find myself interested in the forgery of pink slips until I met the diverse cast of suspects and witnesses involved in a grand theft auto scheme, and using the right pieces of evidence against each of them presented a test of its own. A few of the 21 cases are a little repetitive, but every time I was close to feeling bored, something completely unexpected would happen and draw me back in again.The interrogation system is still my favourite part of solving a crime in LA Noire, and there’s a unique challenge in reading a suspect’s face and determine if they’re lying to you or not. The reason that really works is because of the stellar performances from the actors, which are captured down to every grimace and wrinkle. Watching one of the countless well-realized characters speak with a slightly lopsided mouth or twitch one of their eyebrows for just a moment, combined with a smart script, makes them truly feel like real people. I’m not sure I’ve played another game that does this quite so well.
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