Top Tip: to fast travel to any location select it on your map and then hold e until your character gets into a car and then it fades to black. This is very important as LA Noire is approx 8 square miles and it does take some time to drive from one side to the other.
The game is fun, but it has a few issues. As a console port the game is fixed at 30fps. This is due in part to the special technology used to graphically capture actors’ face expressions. The biggest problem that I have with the system is it sometimes sticks me at 25 FPS despite having a GTX 980 and plenty of headroom. Overall, the graphics look pretty good and are satisfactory as long as it keeps running at 30fps.
The gameplay is good too. The cars drive well; the gunplay is fun, I wish there was more of it. The detective questioning can be aggravating. If you challenge a witness’ statement as a lie you must present some evidence to prove it, sometimes there are multiple pieces of evidence that indicate they are lying but choosing the wrong one results in a failed question. When interrogating two suspects you may be forced to charge someone who you don’t think is guilty just because you failed one interrogation. The last issue is that if you suspect someone of being the criminal you cannot actually go after them unless it is scripted in the story.
I have mixed feelings about the plot, they make Phelps do some very uncharacteristic things to progress the story and bring everything together. However, the scams that the local government and business owners put together is interesting and clever.
Overall, I am not much of a fan of detective stories, shows, etc; but this game is fun and if they come out with a second one I will pick it up.