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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.


Brendan McNamara


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Staton ... Cole Phelps
Michael McGrady ... Rusty Galloway
Adam J. Harrington ... Roy Earle (as Adam John Harrington)
Sean McGowan ... Stefan Bekowsky
Keith Szarabajka ... Herschel Biggs
Gil McKinney ... Jack Kelso
Erika Heynatz ... Elsa Lichtmann
John Noble ... Leland Monroe
Peter Blomquist ... Dr. Harlan Fontaine
Andy Umberger ... Dr. Malcolm Carruthers
Andrew Connolly ... Capt. James Donnelly
Randy Oglesby ... Capt. Lachlan McKelty
Ned Vaughn ... Capt. Gordon Leary
Steve Rankin ... Lt. Archibald Colmyer
Michael Emanuel ... Watch Commander Mel Fleischer

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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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Did You Know?


One of the levels you play in the game is "Reefer Madness". This also the name of a movie from 1936 about a highly exaggerated tale of the dangers of marijuana addiction. 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 »


Leland Monroe: Can I offer you a drink, boys? Cigar?
Herschel Biggs: Sure, I'll have a Scotch.
Cole Phelps: Biggs!
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Alternate Versions

The questioning options in the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions were changed to "Good Cop", "Bad Cop" and "Accuse" instead of "Truth", "Doubt" and "Lie" from the original. The PS4 and Xbox One versions also got some texture enhancements and new camera modes while on foot. See more »


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Black and Blue
By Fats Waller (as Thomas Waller), Andy Razaf, Harry Brooks
Performed by Frankie Laine
Published by Anne Rachel Music/Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Filmtrax Copyright Holdings, Inc./EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Razaf Music Company/Wixen Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy Universal Music Enterprises
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Great ode to the noir films
31 August 2014 | by milstarSee all my reviews

What can I add that others didn't already. L.A Noire is IMO currently the best detective game ever created. This game can make you feel like true investigator, with occasional chase and "shoot rm up" sequences. It pays homage to the film noirs of 40s. Visually stunning, highely detailed and atmospheric in evoking post WWII Los Angeles. Characters expressions and motions are incredibly and voice actors have done their job superbly. Lots of older (exotic) cars contemporary to the time and some of them you'll need to find to unlock. Storyline is intriguing, emotional and well written. Cole Phelps is one of the best characters that exist in a video game. For this genre ans style, what can you ask for more? The only flaw is: it's very repetitive. But again, it doesn't spoil the overall experience.

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