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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Release Date:

17 May 2011 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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Many of the cases of the game are representations of real-life crimes which occurred during 1940s Los Angeles. See more »


The animation for characters entering cars shows that they are putting on 3-point seat belts. Lap style seat belts were not even offered as options in cars until 1949 and 3-point seat belts were patented in 1955; the game takes place in 1947. See more »


Cole Phelps: I'm surprised, you know. I didn't make the husband for it.
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway: Always make the husband. Nine times out of ten it's the closest person to the vic who does the deed. God knows I've wanted to kill some wives in my time.
Cole Phelps: "Lex parsimonae."
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway: What?
Cole Phelps: The law of parsimony. Occam's Razor. The simplest explanation is most likely the correct one.
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway: You know, you could have said that without getting all liturgical.
Cole Phelps: I'll try to dumb things down from now on.
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway: It's appreciated. Try this one. "Rusty's razor."
Cole Phelps: How's that...
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway:
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References Body and Soul (1947) See more »


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Perfect detective game!
2 June 2014 | by (Poland / England) – See all my reviews

For someone that love detective/mystery movies and books this game was a perfect way for entertainment. L.A Noire was created for around seven years, unfortunately I can count the number of games in Noire climate on one hand, there is only one worth playing – of course it's L.A Noire. Therefore it's more like interactive movie with Grant Theft Auto mechanics and some people expect more challenge from games. I personally find all the puzzles and investigations too easy, I was expecting something more challenging. If you like detective movies and books you will love this game too. If you don't like them than you will most likely find this game boring.

If you expect another Grant Theft Auto or Mafia I will have to disappoint you. Rockstar Games made this clear that L.A Noire will not include a lot of shooting. There are side missions; some of them include more fire exchange. Most of the time you will be looking for clues, driving to destined area and interviewing suspects and victims. There are at least 100 different vehicles including bonus vehicles. But what I really like about the game was interrogations and exploration of all the beautiful locations.

For me L.A. Noire is located quite close to the narrative perfection, it's a precursor to the new wave of adventure games along with games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls or Wolf Among Us or The Walking Dead. As result of games like this especially L.A Noire, new games like Murdered: Soul Suspect will be coming out soon. I have to give this game 10/10 because it was something that I was waiting for long time however I'm disappointed that there is lack of information about new Noire game. There is a leaked gameplay of another title from developers, it's called "Whore of the Orient" but it's taking place on the streets of Shanghai and I don't think it's something for me; I never enjoyed Chinese detective movies.

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