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L.A. Noire Review

L.A. Noire Review
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Game Name: L.A. Noire
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games
Developer(s): Team Bondi, Rockstar Games
Genre(s): open world, third-person shooter, action-adventure
Release Date: May 2011
ESRB Rating: M

I have been an adventure game addict ever since I picked up my first copy of King’s Quest. You may be asking yourself, what does a 2011 Rockstar game have to do with adventure gaming? Thankfully, more than I thought. Watch my surprise as I cover gameplay, sound, graphics and overall experience of this 1940’s based detective game.

Extended Version:

NOTE: Watch the shorter version here before the extended! 😎

My Not-So-Wordy Overview of LA Noire

Pros:

  • Hired professional on camera actors to play parts with amazing facial recognition
  • Look and Feel
    • Episodic cases
    • Period cars and clothing, hair, music
    • Details, Details, details! (ie – You can hear the rustle of your pantlegs as you walk down stairs)
  • So many different locations, never gets boring
  • Story; it’s like 3 stories blending simultaneously
  • Dialog! Amazing script and story writing
  • To help adventure game players..
    • Aim assist for newbies
    • Turning on siren causes cars to pull over for you
    • Or you can skip driving all together (holding y)
    • “Skip this action sequence, your progress will not be affected”
    • Sounds for clues, doesn’t take away from adventure experience
    • Puzzles are easy but fun, action puzzles more difficult
    • LONG and satisfying game!

Cons:

  • Save points over user controlled saves – causes you to replay a lot
  • Some controls awkward when looking around, searching for clues can’t really fully explore… so much detail but can’t see, it will be better with pc version
  • Can’t accurately tell if people are lying, etc
  • glitches, but they’re cute – your partner walks off randomly , had to reload from beginning of episode, missing pieces of dialog/audio, repeating audio
  • doesn’t let you drive your cool car into next scenes
  • not a lot of re-playability, even with it being a sandbox game

 

Oh, and did I mention.. there are three discs?!