L.A. Noire

A noir detective action adventure game developed by the Australian studio Team Bondi in cooperation with the veterans from Rockstar Games. The game invites you into Los Angeles of the 1940’s, a city filled with corruption and drug dealing organizations. You assume the role of Cole Phelps, an ex-soldier who becomes a police officer after the war. The game lets you experience the key moments of Cole’s career, starting from the traffic police all the way through murder and drugs department. Gameplay is mainly about examining crime scenes in search of clues and evidence, as well as interrogating witnesses and suspects. The game also offers multiple action sequences, including pursuits (either on foot or by car), fist fights, and spectacular shootouts. When it comes to graphics, the most noteworthy feature are the realistic face expressions that allow you to judge the reactions of interogatees. The game overflows with a noir atmosphere characteristic of the 1940’ and 50’ movies.

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Sony PlayStation 3
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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire | PS3

L.A. Noire release date for PS3:

game language:
English

17 May 2011 | Worldwide

20 May 2011 | Europe PAL

17 May 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 BD
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 462 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 433 players' votes.  

Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps, an LAPD detective, is 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 struggle 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.

Using groundbreaking new animation technology that captures every nuance of an actor's facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work, to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Search for clues, chase down suspects and interrogate witnesses as you try to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide.


Microsoft Xbox 360
Game L.A. Noire (X360) Cover
L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire | XBOX 360

L.A. Noire release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

17 May 2011 | Worldwide

20 May 2011 | Europe PAL

17 May 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 3 DVD
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 922 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 490 players' votes.  

Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps, an LAPD detective, is 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 struggle 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.

Using groundbreaking new animation technology that captures every nuance of an actor's facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work, to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Search for clues, chase down suspects and interrogate witnesses as you try to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide.


PC / Windows
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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire | PC

L.A. Noire release date for PC:

game language:
English

08 November 2011 | Worldwide

11 November 2011 | Europe

08 November 2011 | USA

Game mode: single player , size: 2 DVD
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 1284 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 725 players' votes.  

L.A. Noire for PC / Windows is a third-person game created by a debuting studio Team Bondi in cooperation with Rockstar Games. The development was overseen by Brendan McNamara, the script writer to console game The Getaway. L.A. Noire is a combination of a classic detective game and a TPP action game.

Story

The work of the Sydney-based team takes us back in time to Los Angeles of 1974. The city is filled with corruption and drug dealing gangs. The game’s protagonist is a Second World War veteran named Cole Phelps, who, after returning to the United States, becomes a police officer. Interestingly, the game lets you witness the key moments of Cole’s career. He starts working in traffic police, where he solves relatively minor cases. In time, Phelps’s good work is noticed by his superiors, which gets him ranked up and assigned to other departments, like homicide, and vice. It is noteworthy that some of the main cases are interrelated, e.g. by a character of a serial killer whom you are trying to hunt down. At the same time the events from the wartime and Phelps’s former squad members sporadically appear in the background.

Gameplay

Gameplay proper is twofold. First, you get to examine the crime scenes – carefully explore an area in search of important objects and pieces of evidence. Besides, Cole has to skillfully interrogate witnesses and suspects. Interrogations are based on a separate mechanics letting you decide whether you choose to believe the person, express your doubts or even accuse them of lying, provided you can back that with evidence. It is noteworthy that each case may unfold differently, depending on how much material evidence you find, and conduct the interrogations properly.

There are also multiple action sequences. The protagonist often chases suspects (either on foot or by car), engages in fist fights, and spectacular shootouts (there are different models of pistols, shotguns, and machine rifles in the game). For thrill-seekers there are several dozen side missions, in which you have to e.g. take care of bandits that barricaded themselves in a bank.

Technical aspects

L.A. Noire’s most prominent feature, though, is the use of advanced motion capture technology for very realistic face animations. It is noteworthy that this can be used in actual gameplay – you can watch how the people you interrogate react to your questions, in order to determine whether they are lying or telling the truth. The game’s cast includes hundreds of professional actors, among them such stars as Greg Grunberg, or John Noble. Also a vast city of Los Angeles was recreated for the player to roam about freely. Here we should also mention numerous surprises waiting for the biggest explorers, such as hidden cars, film reels or the most famous landmarks of the City of Angels.

In order to saturate L.A. Noire for PC / Windows with specific feel, the authors prepared a fitting soundtrack consisting of a variety of songs, especially jazz. This and other solutions made the Team Bondi’s game resemble crime noir movies from 1940’s and 50’s in terms of atmosphere.

System requirements

Recommended: Quad Core 3.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM (8 GB RAM - Vista/7), graphic card 1536 MB (GeForce GTX 580 or better), 16 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7

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