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L.A. Noire Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Although L.A. Noire is great on both systems, it's best on the PlayStation 3. With improved performance, better frame rate and an added case, this is certainly the version of the game to get. The strong cast of characters, compelling storyline and ambitious sense of scope makes this one of Rockstar Games' best products yet. Just remember to switch to black and white! Rating: 92%
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L.A. Noire is the type of game that begs to be played more than once. Much like any good mystery, Rockstar's newest blockbuster offers enough hidden clues and foreshadowing to warrant multiple playthroughs. After being thoroughly impressed by the Xbox 360 version, I decided to move on to the PlayStation 3. By all accounts this is a superior title, with a more consistent frame rate and fewer graphical problems that plagued that other version of the game. However, rest assured that no matter which system you own, you're going to have a great time with L.A. Noire.

This is the story of Cole Phelps, a World War II veteran who attempts to make a name for himself as a Los Angeles police officer. This is the story of a man working his way up through the ranks, from a street officer to a traffic cop to a homicide detective and beyond. Over the course of 21 individual cases, Cole fights for the truth and learns a few things about himself along the way.

L.A. Noire (PS3)

Cole is not your usual Rockstar Games protagonist. He's not motivated by the darker elements of our society; instead he plays by the rules and investigates each case with the by-the-books gumption you expect from a straight-laced cop in the 1940s. Fans of Dragnet and other similar crime shows will appreciate Cole's no-nonsense approach to solving crimes, something you certainly didn't see much of in Grand Theft Auto IV or Red Dead Redemption.

With the change of protagonist comes a definite shift in tone and pacing. This is not the fast-paced action game that GTA was. Instead we're given a methodical adventure game that rewards players who pay close attention to the smallest of details. Heck, most of the time Cole can't even fire a bullet, let alone unleash the type of hell Niko Bellic was known for. If that's the kind of thing you're looking for, then perhaps you should pick up Mafia II or the upcoming Saints Row game. Everybody else should strap themselves in for a non-traditional graphic adventure game on the grandest of scales.

L.A. Noire (PS3)

L.A. Noire mixes several disparate gameplay mechanics together to create one of the most impressive cop simulators of all time. Often times a case will start with you (and one of your various partners) investigating a crime scene for clues. This is done by you slowly walking around, interacting with items, gathering clues/evidence and then interviewing any witness or person of interest.

Combing the crime scene is a lot more exciting than it sounds, as you can interact with all kinds of objects. Not only can you pick up items, but you will also be able to move them around to expose any clues and even open them up to discover a hidden surprise. A wallet can help identify a body and give you a home address, while an insurance letter may give a person of interest a motive for murder. But be careful, not everything you can investigate is a clue. For every one useful item, there are at least four or five items just taking up space. Even if you end up picking up comb or make-up pouch for no reason, these tiny details help sell this incredibly realistic world.
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