LA Noire

By: Ace Bias
Published by: Rockstar
Developed by: Team Bondi
Number of Players: 1
Release Date: May 17, 2011
MSRP: $59.99
Rated: M for Mature 17+
For: Blood and Gore, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, and Violence.
Also Available On: Xbox 360
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 CASE CLOSED!

Hit the streets of 1947 Los Angeles as Cole Phelps a former WWII marine turned LA police officer. Start your career as a  black and white patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Work your way up the ladder of succes to become a detective. Unravel the truth behind arsen attacks, conspiracies, brutal murders, and chaos corrupting this fast growing metropolis. Search for clues, chase down suspects, and interrogate witnesses in search of the truth. Every case brings to life true detective work and breathtaking action scenes. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying? You decide!

When I first heard of a new Rockstar game coming out I first thought of another run around the city stealing, fighting, shooting, and blowing stuff up type game. LA Noire is very different. Being on the right side of the law as a crime fighter changes the point of view; it’s a whole new adventure. The game immerses you into the story making you aware of every sound and move.  You learn to read body language. I was very impressed with the new facial animation technology; it makes the AI more life-like. The furnishings inside buildings and living areas were very detailed giving the game a more realistic look of a simulator instead of that of an arcade. You were forced to take notice of things.  It was neat to see how people dressed, cars they drove, and how buildings looked like back in the 40’s. Everything is highly detailed from the cars to the peoples shadows on the ground. And all for a reason; to see if you can solve the case.  

The Gameplay is smooth and getting the hang of the controls was easy and was a big plus! Playing the game is almost like taking a step back in time or watching an old gangster movie. The police chase scenes could have been a little better, still trying to figure out if the suspect has a turbo button or something. When you catch up to them in a running chase they accelerate and run ahead. The investigation scenes with questioning suspects is a little difficult. If you’re going to accuse someone of lying make sure you have the evidence to back it up.

The overall graphics are amazing. The city environment seemed real; from the people walking on the streets to the cars pulling to the left when you came blazing down the street in your patrol car. The search for clues in the murder cases is always the same…..look in the suit jacket pocket and you’ll find a paper to unfold….who carries all these papers in their pockets? The coolest thing I saw in the game was the land line call boxes on the side of the road;blue for the police and red for the fire department. Being a detective back then was almost an impossible job. Instincts, a quiet place to think, and patience are defineantly needed to get through this game. Make sure to listen and play close attention to details. Things happen really slow from case to case. It seems like it takes forever to get through a case due to all the inbetween 911 calls you assist, while driving from one destination to the next during  investigations. Historical landmarks are also available that will show up on your map so you get more of a fell of where in the city you are located.

I would rate this game exceptional in it’s overall appearance and overall gameplay. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes suspense and justice.

If you like this game I would recommend the other Rockstar games in there Grand Theft Auto series….Grand Theft Auto Liberty City and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.  Other sandbox type games that were good were the Red Dead Series.


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