Sunday, June 5, 2011

L.A. Noire Review (9/10)

Finally finished the game

Some random statistics from my playthrough:

Total Game Time: 25h 11m 11s
Game Completion: 86.9%
Total Clues Found: 256
Achievements Unlocked: 34/50 (725/1000 gamerscore)

Gameplay: 10/10

The game has you slowly work from traffic cases all the way up to homicide and administrative vice cases, and it doesn't seem boring or tedious along the way. The story to the game is very plot driven, akin to Red Dead Redemption. All the cars, architecture, weapons, advertisements, music, ect are all accurate for the late 1940's, and makes it feel like you're actually in that era.

Graphics: 9/10

The cinematic scenes in the game are phenominal, it's where their motion capture technology really shines. In fact, the graphics were so good that I was able to pick out a couple of actors I've seen in shows before just by their facial mannerisms ( Greg Grunberg, who played the cop in Heroes, and John Noble, who plays Walter Bishop on Fringe). In-game graphics are amazing as well, when you take into fact that the playable area is absolutely massive and requires a lot of memory (the game came in three disks...)

Replay-ability: 7/10

I honestly have no desire to go through and play the game over again. Apart from the achievement/trophy hunters, I don't see many other people wanting to go through the game again. I'm not sure, but there's just something about doing 75% of a case all over again just do one little thing differently for the achievement that doesn't sound appealing to me.

Overall I give it a 9/10. I had fun playing it from start to finish, and it's easily my favorite game that has come out so far this year. If the game seemed at least a little bit interesting to you, I'd say you should pick it up. Since there's no multiplayer, getting the game second-hand or even renting it would be the best bet.

But now I'm out of games... Do you guys know of any interesting games coming out soon I should check out?


  1. I have GOT to get this game

  2. I'm still currently playing this game. Good stuff and I can see why the game may not have much replayability. The next game I'm looking forward to is Deus Ex.

  3. Oooh I wanna play this game so bad!!! Nice review :)