By chan05 27 Comments
I finished LA Noire in about one week, meaning i was very involved and wanted to see how the story turns out as fast as possible. But at the end while having really enjoyed LA Noire im kind of stuck with the feeling that i played this game wrong. Let's be more precise: I totally played this game horribly wrong!
I started out playing my first cases, already noticing that this game is kind of hard. Performing the right choice between "Lie, Doubt, Truth" isn't that easy at all. What happened is that i got 4 or 5 star ratings in traffic but not later than in homicide my ratings went down to 2 or 3 star ratings. But since i felt the strong need to get all these bad guys, and sometimes i just didn't although i knew that a certain person was guilty, i started to quit the game to the menus, hit continue and tried another choice of answers until i got most cases with a 5 star rating.
That's why the core gameplay, the interrogations, lost there appeal, since i knew that i just couldnt live without having the "best" solution There was just no excitement anymore. I basically just finished the game to see what would be the conclusion to the story line.I feel guilty for that. It's totally the wrong way to play this game! But i feel that games trained me on trying to be perfect. In shooters your enter a room and the only way to progress the story is you shooting all the other guys. There is no story progression for "losers", just the fast reload button. Similiar in racing games there is no price for beeing last place. Maybe you get some money, but you only unlock the next races by winning the ones before (there are exceptions).
LA Noire takes another route, the storys continues, no matter how bad you performed in an interrogation. Somehow this felt so unnatural to me, although it totally is much more natural than the gameplay in other games, that i just couldn't stand f***** it all up. My strange attitude towards games took away from LA Noire what made it special. I feel bad for it, but in the end it's what most games told me: it's about performing good not bad. Just that LA Noire isn't a game about doing it all right. If they just would have left away the star ratings...