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Thursday, 27th October 2011
Game Review: L.A. NOIRE by Rockstar Games
By Kevin Walton
Rating
9 / 10

"Los Angeles, 1947. Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core". (http://www.rockstargames.com/lanoire/information/)

It's been a long time since I had anything much to say on this blog, but yesterday I finally found myself with the financial resources and the time to head on down to EB Games and purchase myself a copy of Rockstar Games' latest title, L.A. Noire.

I've long been a huge fan of Rockstar Games' work, especially their "Grand Theft Auto" series. Seeing that L.A. Noire was very similar style gameplay as the GTA series, I had to check it out and I have been absolutely amazed by it!

I found the first chapter of gameplay to be quite difficult to comprehend simply because I was so stunned by the incredible animation and facial detail of the in-game characters that I just kept zoning out on what was being said in the narration and so I lost the plot of what was going on; I was utterly awe-struck!

Once I got over the initial shock of just how incredible the visuals of the game were though, I then began to get sucked in by the storyline as well, along with the challence of finding evidence and interogating suspects. It is a highly addictive game and before I knew it, it was 3:30am before I realised I needed to pull myself away and get some sleep!

Rockstar Games have done such an incredible job of recreating a 1947 version of Los Angeles. The people, the clothes, the cars, the buildings and the overall colour treatment are spot on; it all creates a true feeling of being in that era. I also really love the whole "Gumshoe Detective" style of presentation and narration of the game which also contributes very well to the time, mood and atmosphere of the game.

The one thing that I have found to be missing from the game though (which the GTA games have) is the opportunity to free-drive and explore the city and take on side-missions in between chapters; once you solve a case, it takes you straight onto the next case. Sure, you can free-drive and explore all you want during a case, but if you're anything like me, in the back of your mind you feel the nagging need to complete the case you're on and not leave things unfinished.

Overall though, I absolutely love this game and it is worth every cent I spent on it.

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