L.A. Noire has its flaws, some of which are considerable rage inducing, but overall I liked what they tried to do with it and I enjoyed my time playing.
Now I really want to see some other better managed studio take the best bits from it and make a new game.
A nice deal on an absolutely horrible port. Avoid at all costs.
For that price, it's an okay deal. But there are a few flaws that made me abandon the game half way through. First of all, it's a tad repetitive, always the same, examine the vicinity, talk to them, but because it's a video game, you can't really tell who's lying, who's hiding something, and the dialog is constricted to what the game allow you to talk about (plus sometimes you need mention completely abscise things to go anywhere, can't figure out on your own).
Despite the beautifully modeled Downtown LA, you can't go to SanMo, no sea (that's a bummer), but it really feels LA like, so much that it's weird that the 101 and I-5 aren't there.
But the way the game's been made, too many things can go wrong, when in reality, it wouldn't have. The pursuits suck, you can't subdue the crooks any other way than pumping them full of lead, the traffic is horrible (people are unpredictable when you have the siren on), the cars physical model is atrocious (nowhere near Mafia II), there are plenty of bugs (for instance when your partner gets stuck), when it's obvious the suspects are going to make a run for it, you can't tell your partner to go around the back so that you scare them, and your partner clears their sinuses with hot lead if they try to run...
This game is full of poorly executed great ideas, tries to make a lot of instinct stuff, but in the end, nothing.
I bought it from the XBL for $19.99 game+DLC (three cases and a couple suits)... I still haven't finished the game, not sure I ever will. But $5 or $20, it's not such a difference, and the game still isn't worth it, even if it was free, at least for me, I play games for entertainment and fun, and, on that account, it's of fail in my book (even if it was free).
How's the performance on it? Does it require pretty high end hardware to play smoothly? I know they list the requirements but I almost never go by that because they are usually biased low to encourage sales.
@episcopo: The physical engine is still very bad, it's nowhere near Mafia II (which in comparable in terms of cars and era). I'm focused on the car part a lot because, well, I'm a car guy, but it really sucks because cars have way too much grip for those ballon tires, the brakes are way too good, suspension's pretty good to for the leaf springs they're supposed to have...
But if you don't really care about cars it won't be a bummer. Just tediousness of examining crime scenes until you found every clue (sometimes you're locked until you can find everything, because you need clues to unlock new dialog line to progress). Plus if you're not in a police car, you don't get radio calls, and therefore visiting places that are supposed to be visited (because it's logical) is useless. For instance, when there's a murder, it's obvious you need to check with the coroner what happened, but I couldn't get in because I didn't get a previous call because I snatched a Chrysler Town and Country (not the mini van we know today)... so I missed a hell of a lot.
Also, sometimes if you don't do things in a particular order, you're screwed, and have to start over.
But there are some really interesting ideas, like modeling every single characters after relatively well known actors (I can think of the fat guy in Alias and Heroes, the one that can read minds), you'll always find a familiar face.
And the possibility to tell people they're lying about something or pushing them to give you more... that's nice too.
But your partner is always useless. But when it's obvious something's going to go wrong, or going to happen, you can NEVER be proactive (OMG! I used that word!). But you always have to shoot your way through. But it's linear. But... Well, you get it, if there's another sale, take something that's gonna last longer, and be less frustrating and more fun.
I bought Trials Evolution for $14.99, I've already played it much more, had a hell of a lot more fun with it, and it's multiplayer (unlike LA Noire). Small games can last longer and be much more fun than big ones (although, there's no story or anything, really not the same kind of game).