Help is always round the corner
Luckily, it's not a game breaking flaw. The game is cleverly crafted to ensure you'll always get your man. And any experience points lost through incorrect questioning can be made up by completing one of the many Street Crime side-quests. Nonetheless, its a shame that LA Noire's central mechanic doesn't work as well as you'd hope.
You've been tangoed
There's also an issue of repetition. Nowhere more so than during the Black Dhalia homicide case, where plot devices are repeated all too frequently. A bloodied wheel brace and rope turning up in every suspect's house feels contrived, as does the ubiquitous book of matches leading to a new bar to investigate. But your eventual move onto the vice and arson desks brings a welcome change in theme and tone during the game's latter stages.
LA Noire's narrative deserves special praise. The equal of GTA and Red Dead, its plot and script are grounded in the hardboiled fiction. Despite being being pure pulp, there's not an ounce of schlock to be seen. And, thanks to excellent characterisation – and a cast comprised of a veritable who's who of American TV – the excellent dialogue and voice acting sustain interest throughout.
Putt the weapon down
LA Noire is a seminal videogame, but by no means a perfect one. Look beyond the astonishing Motion Scan technology and superlative narrative and the game can feel like an interactive movie in the vein of an old Cinemaware game or, worse, FMV CD-Rom. But even though it's debatable exactly how much influence and freedom you have along its heavily scripted path, the experience remains beguiling and memorable. ®
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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.