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L.A. Noire

Released on 20 May 2011

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (77 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Developed by Team Bondi, L.A. Noire is an interactive detective story set in the classic noir period of the late 1940s. L.A. 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 Los Angeles before freeways, with a post-war backdrop of corruption, drugs and jazz, L.A. Noire will truly blend cinema and gaming.

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.

Storyline:
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.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

  • Solve a variety of cases across the crime desks of: Patrol, Traffic, Homicide, Vice and Arson
  • Search crime scenes for clues, question witnesses and interrogate suspects as you search for the truth in each case
  • Use your wits to analyse suspect's behavior and separate the truth from the lies
  • Experience a stunningly accurate block-by-block recreation of 8sq miles of 1947 Los Angeles
  • Rise up through the ranks of the LAPD from a beat cop to other positions as LAPD detective Cole Phelps
  • Solve brutal crimes, plots and conspiracies inspired by famous crimes from 1947 Los Angeles, one of the most corrupt and violent times in the City of Angels' history
  • Multiple difficulty settings give players of all abilities the chance to step into the shoes of a detective in postwar L.A

customer Reviews

 Average rating (77 reviews)

 L.A. Snore

| | See all hoisin's reviews (8)

A few days into playing it and I'm thoroughly bored. It looks and sounds gorgeous, but the game play is too prescribed, whatever action you take has no consequence to eventual outcomes and it's utterly repetitive.

Red Dead Redemption was far more fun!

What a shame.

 Ground breaking game

| | See all weeman247's reviews (28)

Top 100 PC Reviewer

This game is absolutely stunning in every way. The facial construction of characters is best I have ever seen in a game, their expressions and the mouth moves exactly the way it should when they talk.

Basics of this game are you are a cop and you have to solve crimes. Sounds basic but it's not. You have to search for clues around the crime scenes. You also have to question suspects and witnesses and say whether you think they are telling the truth, lying etc. If you guess wrong you lose points and have to start the questioning again.
I am not sure if this game will appeal to the gun totting COD gamers but I love it.

 Engaging and immersive, plus facial expression technology

| | See all Healy360's reviews (28)

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Rockstar over the years have created some of my favourite games I've ever played, the GTA series, Red Dead and now L.A Noire. For any fan of the mentioned games I recommend to get yourself a copy of this truly fantastic game.

You play the part of Cole Phelps, a decorated war hero FROM WWII and 'new guy' to the L.A.P.D. In an era of corruption and greed, it's up to one man to try his best to right the wrongs. I won't go too much into this story in this review, I'll leave that part to you to enjoy as you play through. Once you start playing you wont be able to put the controller down, the game is so immersive. It has a real 'I want to know what happens next' quality to it which has made me play for 4 hours straight at one point.

The graphics are pretty darn good, not the best I've ever seen in a game, but 1947 L.A is recreated with immaculate detail, and the new system implemented by Team Bondi is genuinely a break though for the games industry and I'm kean to see it implemented into future titles. Facial expressions play a big part in the game, it's a massive step forward in technology and at times the characters look as real as their real life counterparts that play them - you will spot the odd "celebrity" playing a part in there from various tv shows.

The sound design is awesome, the soundtrack is one of the best I've witnessed in a game and works towards really capturing the 1940's era. The sound effects in game are also detailed, and realistic.

Gameplay is fun, I was expecting more shoot outs, and the pace may be a little slow in parts but once it gets going there is plenty on offer. Searching crime scenes is rewarding and the interrogation system is both unique and challenging. Driving is tight, and enjoyable although if you choose to, there is a lot of it. Good thing is, if you don't fancy taking the wheel to every location, you can let your partner drive you, acting like a 'fast travel'.

Overall I say this title is excellent, I've been looking forward to it for some time and it certainly hasn't let me down. There are a few slight negatives but they're easily forgiven. In my experience of past Rockstar games there tends to be slight glitches - and there are slight glitches with this game but not enough to hinder your enjoyment. The facial expression technology is an exciting new instalment which makes this game extremely unique and could easily be in contention for Game Of The Year.

 Boring

| | See all lummy71's reviews (1)

1 star. Is that a bit harsh?
No. I've thought about it and it really isn't.
I just don't understand the high scores for this 'game'. I'm not sure it is a game. It's more like a slightly interactive movie. Just like a movie you don't really have that much control.

It's just...boring.

In one bit, I had to chase this bloke who had a shot gun, so I was looking forward to a bit of gun play. He hid behind a wall, so I took cover too. He popped out and I took aim and shot him in the arm. He flopped down dead, action over. Booo!

Car chase sequence. The cars handle just a bit too well. I'm expecting some over steer from a big old American car, but they corner like they're on rails. This caused me to mount the kerb at high speed. Wouldn't have looked good, me a Police detective, smearing some innocents along the pavement. Fortunately for them, they just bounced off the car like they were made of rubber. Boooo!

That was the good bits.

The rest was the usual:
Wander around looking for clues. Pick things up. Look at them. If it's relevant it goes in the note book. Dull, dull, dull.

Pre-scripted witness/suspect questions and the Truth/Doubt/Lie option following the answer. That gets really boring after the first two Q&A sessions.

If all you want from a game is some nice looking facial effects, then this is the game for you.

I hope this style of game doesn't take off, as I can see this facial effect ruining the quality of games the same way CGI ruined movies.

If you are hungry for some 40's era action, you can buy a copy of L.A. Confidential on DVD from Play for a fiver.
That's a much better deal...all the faces look real too!!!

 l.a snore

| | See all rexyrex360's reviews (17)

ok game is good but o.m.g its the same thing time and time again go to a crime scene look around then spend the next hour asking people if they did it yet the facial expressions are good but come on people gta and red dead were amazing and you could do so much l.a noire would be 50x better if was fully sandboxed and better detecive work .....
imhalf way through the game and its getting to much of the same :(
i will update with overal verdict once complete

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Rating18+ (BBFC)