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


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

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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 shipping manifest for the troop transport lists A.L.I.C.E. (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment) packs as part of the cargo. The ALICE system was not adopted by the U.S. military until 1973. See more »


Roy Earle: What's with that get-up of yours anyway? I should start introducing us as "Detective Earle, and this is my science teacher, Mr. Phelps."
Cole Phelps: Your interest in my appearance is starting to get me worrying.
Roy Earle: Like it or not, we're a dysfunctional couple now. People judge me with you on my arm same way they would a fat broad with a five o'clock shadow.
Cole Phelps: I really hope you're joking, Roy.
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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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A Truly Mature Game
12 March 2013 | by norse76See 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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