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L.A. Noire (Xbox 360) review


"I have never seen a game like LA Noire before. When it comes to facial expressions and character development, this game strikes a gold mine of complete astonishment. The developers Team Bondi and Rockstar have done a wonderful job of incorporating real life traits, even a simple smile from protagonist Cole Phelps, will enlighten the gamer. The game is a phenomenon and is a gold buckle on Rockstar’s long plated belt. "



I have never seen a game like LA Noire before. When it comes to facial expressions and character development, this game strikes a gold mine of complete astonishment. The developers Team Bondi and Rockstar have done a wonderful job of incorporating real life traits, even a simple smile from protagonist Cole Phelps, will enlighten the gamer. The game is a phenomenon and is a gold buckle on Rockstar’s long plated belt.

LA Noire is just like a film, the workings of a blockbuster. The whole scenario has been compared to films like LA Confidential, which was a massive hit. And yeah, I agree. It has those elements those effects. The graphics are incomparable I feel, never has a game had this amount of detail. The facial expressions are designed with care and attention, pushed to the limit. This is because of the new Motion Scan system, which places actors faces into the game which I feel is an ingenious invention, something dramatic and subtle at the same time.

The storyline in LA Noire is invigorating and heart pumping. Especially when you have to chase down a crook. Even the car chases make the heart jump, the whole concept of the game enlightens, it pushes all the correct buttons when it comes pleasurable gaming.

You play as ex war hero Cole Phelps, a man on a mission to eradicate the crime that has corrupted LA. His personality is a little dry, but he is a likable character. His past is showcased throughout the game in the form of flashbacks, flashbacks concerning his army days. You get the feeling that he is heavily scarred. You get the niggling feeling that is heart is jolted. It can be an emotional ride for Cole and his mind.

The cases can be short or long, depends on if you are good at solving murders. Even a little drop of blood can be important and can solve many complex cases. There is vast amount of missions to push your head into, there are a colossal amount of car chases and running to be had, Cole is never left to commit to boredom, nor is the gamer. There are plenty of puzzles to be solved and plenty of shootouts.

As Cole grows in stature, he becomes the talking point, a true hero encased in a sweet coating. His skills as a cop are truly incomparable; he seems to gain confidence on every task. He is a true warhorse, among the cop elite. But something goes wrong, and Cole is left to lick his deep wounds, his superiors stamp him out like a cigarette, he is left badge less and humiliated.

LA Noire is something of sheer beauty, the game play is flawless, the energy is searing. The game is connected beautifully without any rips in the yarn. The developers have shunted every ounce of mediocrity; it is a game that is smooth and joyous, a game that can be emotional. Enjoy.





Rating: 10/10

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Community review by Alk31997 (April 13, 2012)

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holdthephone posted April 13, 2012:

I can't help but feel your reviews are going through some rant generator first.

EDIT: Okay, I'll be helpful. Tone yourself down on the flowery adjectives and talk about what the game is actually doing. I have no idea what's going on in this review, other than you REALLY enjoyed the game. I've noticed with all your 9 and 10 scoring reviews that you can't help but lose yourself in a bunch of poetry.
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Alk31997 posted April 14, 2012:

I feel that i have toned down on ''Flowery Adjectives'' in this review. There is no rant involved. I will not post another game review on this site if i keep receiving backlash that i don't deserve. And i am a poet, i have had three poetry books published, my next poetry book War Eyes is under development. So what if like to add a little diversity and poetic vibes to my reviews, i don't think i am doing anything wrong.
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holdthephone posted April 14, 2012:

I apologize for coming off that way, I have nothing against the way you write, it's just as a review for a consumer, I'm saying I honestly felt left out by your style.

You can take it or leave it, ignore it or consider it. Don't stop posting here because of some criticism.

A lot of my stuff is pretty easy to rip into as well, so my opinion isn't worth much.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted April 14, 2012:

I do like your poetic style, and I do say any site would benefit from having a range of writing styles. My only complaint is that I didn't get a good enough feel for what the game is like. I came away wanting more details about the game and its mechanics. What are the shooting scenes like? How's the AI? I know this game is more about narrative than mechanics, but I still think the mechanics do have a place.

Apart from that and some small errors, I enjoyed this review. I like your enthusiastic voice--something that I feel is essential to a high-praise review--and I'd like to see you continue here.
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Alk31997 posted April 14, 2012:

I will continue to post here. I have taken on board what you are saying. I am more used to writing music reviews and poetry, i only started writing games reviews a few months Maybe i am just new the structure. I will add a little more dimension to my reviews, i will describe points better.

I will get a hold of myself, and i will write better, with more precision and depth.

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