Give 'em a grillin'
You see, the City of Angels is populated by anything but angels. It seems almost everyone has something to hide: the director abusing the starry-eyed teenage hopeful on the casting couch, the philandering husband faking his own death to elope with his lover, the street vendor selling morphine taped to the undersides of popcorn boxes. Everyone's got an angle, and no-one's eager to assist you with your investigations.
Clue at the blue
Interrogation, therefore, is the pulsating heart of gameplay. Logic, intuition and evidence are all required to distinguish fact from fiction - often requiring you to backtrack and question people several times upon discovery of new evidence or leads - but it's the ability to read body language that really steals the show.
While falling short of the visual fidelity of Killzone 3 and Black Ops, the much-vaunted Motion Scan technology imbues facial animations with a range of expression unseen before. You'll need to scrutinise your witness or suspect for any signs of subterfuge, no matter how subtle. A nervous twitch, a chewed lip, or an aversion to your gaze can all cast doubt on statements. Call it right, and they'll spill the beans. Get it wrong, and they'll clam up and the line of inquiry will close.
If you suspect they're lying altogether, you're going to need to back up your assertion with hard evidence. It's here that LA Noire displays the gulf between real life and videogames. The logic is often highly subjective and littered with non-sequiturs, making inductive reasoning impossible. It's not quite Monkey Island logic, but even after amassing overwhelming evidence, choosing which to use to disprove a lie can be a frustrating guessing game.
Next page: Help is always round the corner
Meh, Just install to HDD, problem solved.
At least 360 users get to choose whether or not to install stuff.
Shoo Sony Employee.
Way too many spoilers for the cases on page 2 of this review. OK so they're not exactly hard to work out, but still...
Repetitive plots is all one plot. 3 disk is not a problem
The repetitiveness is because you are arresting people who seem to be involved with murers when actually you find out someone is doing them all... Or at least seemed that way playing it. I didnt find it repetitive, i found it quite interesting.
It's a good game, this. Very different but you get quite into it. But the saving points do my head in. Why can't I just save where I bloody want to?! Grrr....
As for 3 disks on Xbox - I don't find that being an issue. Leaves more room for graphics. but on both consoles the graphics are quite cartoony.
The facial movements are quite good, though.
Have to agree
Got both consoles, normally prefer Xbox. Apparently the PS3 version is one disc, whereas the Xbox is 3. On that alone I'd vote for the PS3 version.