26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Amazing idea but slightly missed the mark
, 25 May 2011
This review is from: L.A. Noire (PS3) (Video Game)
Not too much to add to the various reviews already on here - Graphics are great, interrogations etc are a refreshing change for a game, but...
I can't help thinking that they've missed the mark with the game being so narrow. The map is huge, and the city wonderfully detailed in the way that made Rockstar famous, but after 8 or so hours gameplay, I've not really been drawn into the environment in the way that GTA did. Why go to all that effort to focus gameplay somewhere else?
The cases individually are interesting and challenging, but become repetitive, a little predictable and tend to be wrapped up a little too quickly. I also get the impression that I have no real bearing on the solving of the case - however inept my 'detecting' I always solve it in the end!
I would have preferred a less rigid style of gameplay, making more use of the environment. In fact, what I wanted was GTA set in the 1940's with a police officer as the central character.
What I got is a fun interactive detective movie, well polished and engaging. But disappointingly, this is a frustrating glimpse of what GTA set in the 1940's with a police officer as the central character could have been! So near... yet so far...
I suspect that this may be why there are quite a few mixed reviews on here.
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