How bout taking a back seat to over the top action gameplay, and immersing yourself in to a story? If you have to have the adrenaline rush that comes from first person shooters and can’t stand story, this game probably isn’t for you. If you like a fabulous story, with incredible graphics and want to immerse yourself into a game, then L.A. Noire is definitely for you.
You play the game as Cole Phelps, a young cop that you will work up the rungs of the detective ladder. You start the game as a patrolman, then upgrade to detective working burglary, homicide and vice before being demoted to the rank of working arson. Each level of detective has cases you work to gain yourself notoriety. The gameplay is very simple, follow the clues. However, much like reality, you must interview witnesses and suspects along the way. Many of the people you talk to don’t tell the truth, and you have to figure that out during the interrogation process. The cases become simpler if you get fortunate enough to get the truth out of people, and that’s not always an easy task. During the interrogation process you have to read the suspects eyes, body language and even mannerisms to get confessions, before you can make formal charges against the character. Read the suspects incorrectly and you will fail to solve the case. The climactic case you must solve, is The Black Dalhia murders.
I’ll go ahead and say this, there is plenty of gore and emotion in his game that hooks you, but they also don’t stray to far from realism. My kids wanted to watch m play this game. Eventually, I had to tell them that they couldn’t . You will examine the deaths of naked women and even (warning) a child. Those kinds of things are tough for kids to comprehend. You will also deal in the worlds of sex, drugs and corruption and that in and of itself makes the game one that should be for mature audiences.
There are game bonuses along the way to help you get the most out of the experience and feed your action needs. Side missions include car chases, bank robberies and dealing with the average street criminal. You also can try to collect as many of the classic cars through out the game as possible as well as choosing to drive to unlock the city landmarks. Those will net you some bonus items you can use throughout he game.
I’d rate this game at about a 9 out of 10 overall. The game itself can be beaten in a weekend so it gets a slight knock for that and the gun control in the game can be slightly aggravating. The ending of the game is slightly anti-climatic but overall, the game is beautiful and intriguing.
I’d recommend this game to anyone. You can even pick up a new copy with the extra missions for 30 bucks at most retailers. It’s worth 30 bucks just for the story. If you always wanted to be a cop/detective in the golden age of crime, gangsters, movie stars and drama, then this game is exactly the fit for you.
from TPHpodNET - April 23, 2012 at 08:30AM