L.A Noire Xbox One Review

Jari Välimäki

L.A Noire

It’s been a while since L.A Noire debuted in 2011, fast forward to 2018 and L.A Noire still holds up as a good game.
The game itself has had alot of improvements for its re-release, and the Xbox One X gets the full 4K treatment and HDR.
But there are also gameplay innovations/improvements that I have listed below.

Above you can also check out screenshots from the game in the gallery above.

But if you are not familiar with the story in L.A Noire, here’s a quick recap.

The year is 1947, and you play as Cole Phelps a war hero returning from World War II to patrol the streets of Los Angeles.
Starting out as a street cop, and solving a murder case leading to a promotion for detective within the LAPD.
The game then sees you moving between different LAPD desks such as Traffic / Homicide / Vice / Arson with various
colleagues on the job. Your colleagues are played by such actors as Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady and Adam J. Harrington to name a few.

You can find the full cast at this link. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764429/fullcredits

The cases themself feature murder, conspiracy and scandal for you to work through.
But just incase if you haven’t played the game prior to this re-release I do not want to spoil the story too much,
as you are in for a roller coaster of a ride during your playthrough.

The game progresses by you closing the cases and moving between the various desks on the force.
It’s an estimate of +30 hours to finish all the content the game throws at you this time around.
This is now due to all the prior DLC that released for the 360, is added in here for a solid experience.

There is alot of detective work here to be done, investigating clues / evidence and interrogating suspects
to solve the cases at hand. Each getting more complex the further you progress in the game,
As an example, in the beginning finding out who owns a revolver after finding it means you mark the serial number
and head to the gunshop and see who has purchased the gun in question to gain information. One of the bigger changes
from the original, is that the interrogation options have been changed from Truth/Doubt/Lie
to Good Cop/Bad Cop/Accuse The new naming scheme helps you better understand Cole’s behavior towards a suspect’s testimony
to make a decision.

And as an interesting fact : The cases in the game were inspired by real life events that occured in the 1940’s LA.

Not only is the game gorgeous in 4K and HDR, you can really see the work attention to detail and
the story really holds up all these years later. Besides the superb voice acting from the cast,
the ingame music/sounds also work well still.

In my opinion even if you have played it prior on the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3 system it is worth a revisit.
And if you are a keen achievement hunter, there’s plenty of new Gold Score to nab here for a total of 1500GS

There are some things though which can be called dated mechanics, such as the driving I found very irritating.
And the open world seems a bit lifeless.

After you have finished all the cases there isn’t that much to do in the game, besides collecting all the collectibles
you might have missed, or doing regular police work on the streets (stopping arguments, chasing down suspects).

I mentioned above that the game has had improvements and changes to it’s original title.
Some of the changes that have occured are as follows.

Interrogation System
In a change from the original game, interrogation options have been modified from
the original ‘Truth,’ ‘Doubt’ and ‘Lie’ to ‘Good Cop,’ ‘Bad Cop’ and ‘Accuse’. This
better reflect Phelps’ behavior when a player selects each choice. (this applies to all
new versions of L.A. Noire)

Collectibles / Achievements / Trophies
Eight Novels: Well Read Individual Achievement/Trophy
Twenty Records: You Found My Tune! Achievement/Trophy
Four unlockable Outfits, each with unique special abilities alongside a new
unlockable Patrol Outfit awarded once the Patrol desk is completed

Enhanced realism:
Two cinematic camera angles: a mid-cam ideal for surveying large crime scenes
which allows for 20% wider view, and an over-the-shoulder cam as an additional
player preference option
Two different kinds of palm trees add to the meticulously recreated Los Angeles
landscape, now with different kinds of palm dotting the landscape
Enhanced clue details, with over 700 prop upgrades
Upgraded visuals and textures such as smog layers and god rays
Vehicle details: Cube Map update allows for higher resolution reflections
Chrome detailing now ranges from worn to pristine depending on the
neighborhood. Dirt now shows a range of grime.

Final words

After so many years since it’s release on Xbox 360 and other systems, L.A Noire still holds up as a story.
Be it you are new to the game / or revisiting perhaps, it is a purchase worth it, even if some mechanics feel dated,
the story itself makes up for it.

And let’s face it, Rockstar knows how to do a single player story driven game.

Please see Xbox Live Store for pricing / deals.
Normal price : 39.99 USD / 39.99 EUR / 34.99 GBP

Review copy provided by Publisher.

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