L.A. Noire (2011)

Video Game  |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 May 2011 (USA)
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You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.

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Detective Rusty Galloway (voice)
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Detective Roy Earle (voice) (as Adam John Harrington)
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Detective Stefan Bekowsky (voice)
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Detective Herschel Biggs (voice)
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Jack Kelso (voice)
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Elsa Lichtmann (voice)
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Leland Monroe (voice)
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Dr. Harlan Fontaine (voice)
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Dr. Malcolm Carruthers, Medical Examiner (voice)
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Captain James Donnelly (voice)
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Officer Gonzalez (voice)
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Captain Lachlan McKelty (voice)
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Lieutenant Archibald Colmyer (voice)
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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. Written by Rockstar Games

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The social security card number of Elizabeth Smart (078-05-1120) shown the Quarter Moon Murders is a nod to the most widely used social security number due to a sample card being inserted into a wallet. In 1938, wallet manufacturer the E. H. Ferree company in Lockport, New York decided to promote its product by showing how a Social Security card would fit into its wallets. A sample card, used for display purposes, was inserted in each wallet. Company Vice President and Treasurer Douglas Patterson thought it would be a clever idea to use the actual SSN of his secretary, Mrs. Hilda Schrader Whitcher. See more »

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The game is set in 1947, yet there are several vehicles in the game that are '48 or '49 models. See more »

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Herschel Biggs: [opening lines]
Herschel Biggs: [narrating] The city on the verge of greatness. A new type of city, based not on the man, but on the automobile. The car, symbol of freedom and vitality. Where every man can own his own home and have room to breathe and not be overlooked by his neighbors. A city where a man's home is his castle. A quarter acre of the dream made possible by the victory. A city of opportunists. A city of dreams where Hollywood will shape the thoughts and desires of the entire planet. A city of ...
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »

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A Truly Mature Game
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't lie. I picked this game up due to the overwhelming hype surrounding it, and the track record of Rockstar. What I didn't expect was an experience as close to playing a movie as I've ever seen. A narrative full of characters that talked and acted like real people, and a hero that is flawed in realistic ways. Team Bondi put a lot of work in getting everything to look and feel as authentic as possible, and it shows. I've played through this twice now, nearly two years apart, and been completely and totally engrossed by the story and the amazing facial motion-capture technique that just adds an extra dimension to the characters you'll come across during it's very long running time.

Some comments have been made about the extended cutscenes and what can be viewed as tedious and repetitive gameplay, but I had no problem with either of these aspects of the game, as the plot completely sucked me in.

Make no mistake about it, this is a very mature tale that features brutal crime scenes, language, and violence, all of which are handled very matter-of-factly. There was never a point where I felt these things were over-the-top, however, but, rather, I felt these aspects added to the realism. Along with this, the whole city of Los Angeles in the 1940's has been lovingly recreated, from the buildings and locations, to the vehicles, fashions, and entertainment of that era.

If I were to pick anything that I had issues with, it was the noticeable lack of side missions or random events. Given the attention to detail that went in to creating the city, I would have thought the development team could have found more creative things to do within it. There are crimes outside of the main narrative that you can respond to that gain you extra "intuition" points to be used during questioning or clue hunting, but not nearly as many or nearly as diverse as there should have been. Also, this is more than likely a game you won't be turning around and playing again immediately after finishing it. It's probably something that's best revisited maybe every year or two.

Overall, I found this to be a stunning and eye-opening look at what games can look and feel like. If this is any indication of what we can expect in the future, I, for one, can't wait to see what's around the corner.


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