L.A. Noire Review
Let's jump right into L.A. Noire.
The story is told out through the cases you play on when you reach certain police desks in the game, each police desk has it's own story, each case will be linked in a very specific way. The story is also told through flashbacks of when Cole was in the army, every case you play and the flashbacks are all connected in some way which leads to a very well told story. If you are a story gamer than L.A. Noire will have your interest all the way to the end.
Another thing to note is the character animations, L.A. Noire features a unique motion capture animation style where 32 cameras are set up and capture every little movement the actors and actresses do, remember when I said "acting" rather than voice acting? No one you see in this game is randomized and drawn onto a piece of paper, every character you see is an actual person moving and speaking. It's not a recording of someone it is an actual performance, and every one in L.A. Noire does a terrific job, there is never a dull performance nor is there a hint of bad acting.
L.A. Noire is more of a movie than it is a video game when it comes down to it.
What happens in an interrogation is you must pay attention to the way the character you are questioning speaks, moves and examine his expression, remember these are actors and they are told to give a specific performance, either strong or weak. Both performance strengths could actually throw you off the right direction.
You have three options, either believe the characters statement, doubt his statement to discover there is more to what the character is saying, or claim the character is lying with a clue or evidence you have.
Your most valuable tool in this is your notebook which keeps record of objectives, people questioned, suspects and clues you have found throughout the case.
It is very important for you to get the questions right, if you get even one or two questions wrong it could ruin the rest of the case, you may have missed an important clue that can throw the case of into the wrong direction. It is very tough on players that do not pay attention to what is going around them, which I like. In most games the game will hold your hand to the right direction, making it too easy, so the challenge of getting all the questions right while paying attention to the whole story really helps the game give a more immersive quality to the gameplay.
It's these aspects of the game that add to the immersion factor and makes the experience all the more enjoyable, when you know that just by observing everything around you, you got all the questions in the case right and found all the clues without any help.
It's very realistic in how cases work out and how easily they can be ruined by a player getting a question wrong or missing a piece of evidence. It's very rewarding when a player does get each question right and finds every piece of evidence in a case and is fun all the way to the end.
I do however recommend you play this game in short bursts, either one case every time you put the disc in or at least half-an-hour, the game will seem to drag on if you play the game for an extended period of time.
L.A. Noire gets a 9/10