L.A. Noire User Reviews


Great ideas marred by lackluster execution


When LA Noire first came out, it was greeted with thunderous praise – the sort that'd shake even the sturdiest of rafters. Of course, some controversy had arisen like Team Bondi being given little to no credit while Rockstar hogged the glory and Team Bondi subsequently going further down under (note to any aspiring game developers in Australia – move to America, England or Japan if you want to get anywhere in the industry past your first year). But after a while, nobody really cared about it, and why should they? After all, LA Noire was a shallow game that pretended to be mature and sophist...


L.A but with a lot more corpses...

The good:

Character models
Voice acting
Locations and overall look
New approach to these type of games

The bad:

Clunky controls
Side missions
Finding every car (they're all identical!)
The back story isn't fantastic


L.A. Noire is a sandbox game published by Rockstar Games who publish the Grand Theft Auto games, the story is based in the 1940's about a cop (Cole Phelps) who used to be in the marines working his way up through the divisions of the L.A. Police Department. The game at first place has the same sort of layout as GTA but then when you start playing it really is the exact opposite.

The gameplay is a bit slow and clunky, the control layout isn't exactly conventional with the shoulder buttons being the wrong way around (for PS3 at least) so aim and shoot are L2 and R2, running is also R2 but pers...


Forget it, Cole - it's Los Angeles


Los Angeles, 1947. The ‘golden age’ of Hollywood is in full swing, the movie industry selling false dreams to a public still reeling from the Second World War. Corruption and vice runs rife. Patrons of a seedy, local jazz club, clad in fedora hats and pinstripe suits, chat quietly among themselves while the band plays mournfully in the background. A troubled detective sits at the bar, lost in his drink and his thoughts. Welcome to L.A. Noire.

Released in May 2011, L.A. Noire was developed by (now redundant) Sydney-based Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games of Grand Theft Auto and Red ...


Phoenix Wright: Ace Detective?


Talk about a game that's hard to assess fairly - LA Noire is a game that gets a lot wrong and a few things right, but those few things are done so well that it allows me to overlook everything wrong with it. At the end of the day, it's all about perspective, like what do you expect in a game and all that jazz. For me, a game has to live up to what it promises. To quote the description text on Neoseeker's LA Noire page, "LA Noire 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...


Did you steal that game? No, you say? YOU'RE LYING! WHAT MAKES YOU LIE!?


Developer: Team Bondi
Publisher: Rockstar

The idea of a cinematic experience is far from new - in fact, it would date back to 1983 with the release of the Dragon's Lair arcade machine, where players got to watch a cartoon, and every now and again, they had to yank the joystick in the direction that corresponds with what's on screen, lest they meet a gruesome death. However, it wasn't until the new millennium when a game called Shenmue managed to combine a deep storyline with many styles of gameplay, including what ends up becoming a rather annoying feature in most video games known as the qui...


It's like Phoenix Wright without the charm


LA Noire is definitely an interesting specimen. On the surface, it's a story driven sandbox game with elements ripped right out of Phoenix Wright. However, once you take a closer look, you start to notice some things that just don't seem right. Whether it's the fragmented storyline, oftentimes poor gameplay or just the sheer fact that it's a chore and a half to go through, LA Noire may be different, but that doesn't mean that it's good if the execution isn't good.

Ex-lieutenant Cole Phelps, haunted by what he had done in World War 2, becomes a police officer who wants to clean the streets as...

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