Upplagd: 28 april
L.A. Noire is a game with a storyline where nobody wins, heroes hide a dark past and they must deal with treason, corruption, drugs and murders.
The game offers a change of pace from all the shooter and open world games, granting a story full of interesting cases that go from traffic missions to the Arson department. Stolen cars, murders and fires are some of the missions you have to complete by using your detective skills. Cole Phelps is the main character, a WWII former officer, that according to some of his companions in the war, made some bad decisions during combat, returning from war as a hero he joined the LAPD, and quickly rose through the ranks and became a detective.
Let's start with the Good:
LA Noire is not the typical open world shoot them up and kill all you can game, firsts cases develop in a slow fashion so you can learn the tricks and how to look for clues that should help you solve the missions. Interrogating suspects is essential for the investigation, you have three options everytime you ask questions, you can accept the suspects' answer as the truth, you can doubt his answer or you can choose the lie option, the latest should be supported by evidence, if you fail, suspects won't take you seriously, thus failing partly in your case.
LA Noire is surely one especial game, because is not only different from many other game, but because the whole concept behind makes it original and unique, the system that the devs implemented here is awesome, the characters' motion face system is outstanding, every character feels alive due to this technique and the voice acting is superb.
Another characteristic of this game is the city, though I don't know how the 40's LA looked like, I am pretty sure the city in this game is depicted with justice, it feels alive and street crimes pop up from time to time, acting as a filler they sometimes can be annoying as they can be fun, annoying because you are in the middle of a case and you answer the call and the street crime is happening on the other side of the city, totally interrupting your mission, fortunately you can ignore them.
The different crimes you investigate are great, the intensity of the missions increases as you advance further into the main case, the most notorious cases in my opinion are the homicide ones, gruesome murders that are linked to the infamous Black Dahlia Murder, this is the game's best part, even better than the main corruption case that some important figures of LAPD and housing development are part of and that Cole Phelps must deal with.
Unfortunately, L.A. Noire suffers from the same condition that other modern titles, Consolities.
Yes, the game has horrendous system mechanics, shooting tends to be awkward and unsatisfying, choppy at times, the main protagonist feels stiff and the cover system is not the best, clearly showing consolities effects, of course, the game was rapidly ported to PC, affecting gameplay and apparently graphics, as well as the 30 fps cap that can be bypassed by changing some files settings, unacceptable in my opinion. Continuing with graphics, they feel poorly optmized for PC, some buildings show some muddy textures at times and the city buildings and other places load as you approach, making you feel they really had no time to improve or deadlines were too tight.
The AI is nothing especial, enemies tend to have the same pattern over and over again, not showing any kind of tactics, so in the end is not that hard to kill dozens of them easily, this can change while doing car chasings, which are pretty decent to be fair, here enemies show a better AI and sometimes they can be a pain in the ♥♥♥. Also another thing that was kind of annoying was the fact that you must ask your partner which direction is the correct, was that hard to show some arrows indicating where to go for all the cases?
L.A. Noire, while not being a perfect game, and not being that popular, it offers a unique and interesting storyline with a good perspective of the 40's life in LA, corruption, drugs and murders are the main themes here, it is grim, it is dark, it is L.A. Noire, heroes die, and the bad guys live to tell the story.
Overall, I recommend the game for those who like thriller games, that aim for the investigation and detective side of gaming.