L.A. Noire a story best left untold

Posted by rame (27 posts) -

I admit I was caught up in the hype another release from Rockstar, the harbingers of cool. I even enjoyed playing  L.A. Noire, then I realized something... I wasn't really playing the game, the game was playing me. How could this be you ask? Well I found myself through the first half of the game excited by the concept of being a detective finding clues and reading facial expressions. My major gripe with all this was that it all became pretty rote. After the umpteenth case in which I study a character's facial expressions, went through my case notes, walking aimlessly and pounding on the A button (I'm playing on Xbox) in search of clues and driving half way across town to stop a burglary not because the gunfights or car chases are exciting, but because i had to build up my ranking so I can gain intuition. I mean why in the hell does no one cover the back door? After the 3rd suspect decides to run isn't clear a tactic needs to change? Maybe my partner should take the back door and I go through the front. Okay sorry I'm starting to rant, but you get my point.
 
Yes, somewhere down the line this game became boring a virtual snooze fest. Though well acted i just became bored by the story I know longer cared about the character Cole Phelps and his moral high ground. I shuddered at the ideal of sitting through another interrogation and having to breakdown a piece of a conversation into three parts (Truth, Doubt, Lie).  Half the time I was fairly confused by what Cole said after I choose the "right answer" during  these sequences, the routine seemed pretty hollow.   

At this point  I'm not sure my actions had any real effect on the game (almost all the major events are scripted), I commend the effort by Team Bondi, but in practice this game falls short. I'm currently on the Arson Desk and so I know I'm close to ending the game I just can't bring myself to care enough to finish.
#1 Posted by rame (27 posts) -

I admit I was caught up in the hype another release from Rockstar, the harbingers of cool. I even enjoyed playing  L.A. Noire, then I realized something... I wasn't really playing the game, the game was playing me. How could this be you ask? Well I found myself through the first half of the game excited by the concept of being a detective finding clues and reading facial expressions. My major gripe with all this was that it all became pretty rote. After the umpteenth case in which I study a character's facial expressions, went through my case notes, walking aimlessly and pounding on the A button (I'm playing on Xbox) in search of clues and driving half way across town to stop a burglary not because the gunfights or car chases are exciting, but because i had to build up my ranking so I can gain intuition. I mean why in the hell does no one cover the back door? After the 3rd suspect decides to run isn't clear a tactic needs to change? Maybe my partner should take the back door and I go through the front. Okay sorry I'm starting to rant, but you get my point.
 
Yes, somewhere down the line this game became boring a virtual snooze fest. Though well acted i just became bored by the story I know longer cared about the character Cole Phelps and his moral high ground. I shuddered at the ideal of sitting through another interrogation and having to breakdown a piece of a conversation into three parts (Truth, Doubt, Lie).  Half the time I was fairly confused by what Cole said after I choose the "right answer" during  these sequences, the routine seemed pretty hollow.   

At this point  I'm not sure my actions had any real effect on the game (almost all the major events are scripted), I commend the effort by Team Bondi, but in practice this game falls short. I'm currently on the Arson Desk and so I know I'm close to ending the game I just can't bring myself to care enough to finish.
#2 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Let the smoothing sound of Mr. Samuel L. Jackson enlighten you.
  

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