LA Noire by Team Bondi and Rockstar Games is a really interesting take on videogames and film noir style story telling. I have owned LA Noire for quite some but didn’t have a chance to start playing because it required a pretty decent computer to run it on and I always assumed it would take up a lot of time to play this game.
It’s kind of true. La Noire is a big game with lots of interesting cases but they are all cut up into neat little bite sized pieces. I can usually start and finish a case in one evening, sometimes even two and that is really about as much as I want to experience LA Noire at one time, it works out perfectly.
You start out as a small time cop in LA and move up the department to traffic and then murder and then who knows what. I’m only just solving my first gruesome murder case and it’s all very interesting.
Since this is a Rockstar game, it comes as no surprise that La Noire is an open world game. The city is yours, you can drive anywhere you want and even though there isn’t much to do in the city its still very nicely detailed and full of life. So far I quite enjoy driving around and pissing off each of my partners.
I think I accomplished that pretty well. It never gets old for me to hear those guys whine and complain how bad my driving is but I want to see the city form every possible angle
But these were the easy times, the time off with doughnuts and coffee. On duty it’s actually very gritty and serious. People die, accidents happen and cases need solving. There are murders disguised as accidents, thievery, sabotage, bank robberies and everything else.
Most bad guys, be they murderous or petty thieves, they all try to make a run for it. All of them fail in the end.
At times the stakes get really high and things can go wrong really easy. Cole will have to keep his cool and solve each situation to the best of his abilities but everyone makes mistakes.
No matter how bad it gets out there, crime never pays on Cole’s watch.