You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Phelps (voice)
Rusty Galloway (voice)
Roy Earle / Patrolman Harvey Keller (voice) (as Adam John Harrington also)
Stefan Bekowsky (voice)
Herschel Biggs (voice)
Jack Kelso (voice)
Elsa Lichtmann (voice)
Leland Monroe (voice)
Dr. Harlan Fontaine (voice)
Dr. Malcolm Carruthers (voice)
Capt. James Donnelly (voice)
Capt. Lachlan McKelty (voice)
Capt. Gordon Leary (voice)
Lt. Archibald Colmyer (voice)
Watch Commander Mel Fleischer (voice)


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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17 May 2011 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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The cars/trucks in the game are all licensed and come from real companies (some which are now shut down). These companies include: Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge (Including DeSoto), Nash, Buick, Chrysler, Pontiac, Plymouth, American LaFrance, International, GMC, Caddilac (including LaSalle), Delage, Cord, Hudson, Cisitalia, Lincoln, Kaiser-Frazer, Delahaye, Duesenberg, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Packard, Davis, Stout, Tucker, Voisin, Willys, Talbot-Lago and Studebaker. Three other Road vehcles appear that are undrivable and given no name in-game: A Bus that matches a White 978, a Transport truck that looks very similar to a Mack E and a Bulldozer that matches a International Harvester TD-9. See more »


The game is set in 1947, yet there are movie theaters showing The Lady from Shanghai, which didn't premiere in the US until 1948. See more »


Cole Phelps: What have you got?
Patrolman: Looks like an overdose.
Roy Earle: Get away from him, Phelps. This is my case.
Cole Phelps: Shut your fucking mouth. Since when does a bag man work a case?
Roy Earle: I knew this creep was in on the morphine heist. A victim of his own product.
[Phelps removes his gun and points it at Earle]
Patrolman: Hey, Detective? Can we back it off a notch? This is getting out of hand!
Herschel Biggs: There's a time to talk and a time to shut up. Now is the time to be quiet, son.
Cole Phelps: Courtney Sheldon was a corpsman, Roy. He served his country! He went ...
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My Heart Is A Hobo
Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Bing Crosby
Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP),
Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy Seth Berg
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Feels like you have stepped into Hollywood with a part in a 1940's detective movie.
23 March 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One but cannot help but think that L.A. Noire has been inspired by L.A. Confidential (1997), Chinatown (1974), The Untouchables (1987), and James Ellroy's novel The Black Dahlia. After being in the development hell for seven years, L.A. Noire was released in 2011 and became a massive success. It is definitely worth playing, and if you have the patience to solve challenging puzzles you will enjoy this game. Also, you will learn how to read people during questioning and interrogations as to whether they are telling the truth, doubt them or lying by backing up your claims with evidence.

Set in Los Angeles in 1947, the story centers on LAPD police officer Cole Phelps played by Aaron Stanton (Mad Men), a former US Marine Lieutenant who served in World War II in the pacific. Cole Phelps starts out as a patrol officer and throughout the game you see his career rise in the LAPD through various assignments with Traffic, Homicide, Vice and Arson. Cole Phelps is also assigned various partners throughout the game including Officer Ralph Dunn (Rodney Scott) in patrol, Detective Stefan Bekowsky (Sean McGowan) in Traffic, Detective Rusty Galloway (Michael McGrady, Southland) in Homicide, Detective Roy Earle (Adam John Harrington) in Vice, and Detective Herschel Biggs (Keith Szarabajka, The Dark Knight) in Arson. Cole Phelps manages to catch the eye of Captain James Donnelly (James Connelly) as a rising star in the LAPD and promises to keep a close eye on Phelps. Phelps also finds himself caught up with German lounge singer Elsa Lichtmann (Australian model Erika Heynatz) and butts heads with former US Marine comrade Jack Kelso (Gil McKinney) who is working as claims investigator for California Fire and Life following the death of a former marine Phelps and Kelso served with during World War II.

L.A. Noire is very addictive gaming at its best and you can't help but feel you are being thrust into the world of a post World War II Los Angeles. L.A. Noire reminded me a lot of L.A. Confidential.

I wish there were more games like L.A. Noire however like this game it may take a number of years before a game similar to this will be released. Definitely one of the best games I have played in years.


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