Ok, Iím really liking this game but I have some problems with it, some big ones that almost makes the game unplayable but I love the aesthetic and the setting too much to leave it.
First, I like to talk about how awesome the game is, I picked up on a Steam sale for the half of price and this was one of the game that I really wanted to play when it was released, after the usual months that Rockstar waited for the release I got it and happily started. It was pretty awesome, starting as a cop and getting promoted was really good, the narrative was awesome, the acting was flawless, the way that the gun is fired was top notch, the driving was Rockstar finest, even with the GTA 4 hard driving, this wasnít bugging me at all, actually I really liked GTA 4 driving style. Everything was really, really good.
The first case, being a cop with a partner that didnít care too much about being better at his job was a perfect start to show how the game would be. After the firsts cases to show how the game works, Cole got a promotion on Traffic, and now that the game game really starts. After this part the game is a rollercoaster about trafficking, assassinations and drugs putting thieves and crooked cops on the subject. Being a fan of Law and Order and any TV police show this game was my dream to play it.
But, nothing is perfect, and for that matter was only great, unfortunately only great. I encountered my first problem about it as soon I start playing it, I was getting a huge lag and stuttering problem. After playing two hours in a unplayable game I decided to look on the interwebz a solution about my problem.
After some research I found a site that shows how to fixes some problems, and noticed how many problems the game had, and I was lucky to have just this one. I find out that I needed to deactivate anything that could make my game slow, so I deactivated my random stuff on the workplace and put every spec to a minimum choosing ďperformanceĒ over ďqualityĒ and tried out even that my PC can run the recommended specs. Still stuttering and lagging.
Ok, Iím going to go again to that site and find another solution, after a half hour I find it a command line to put In the game to deactivate a part of the useless processing that the game was doing. Booted up the game, subscribed to Rockstar Social Club and was ready to play my game.
This whole process I made with the game shouldnít be obligatory, when I pay for something I donít need to fix it myself, It supposed to be installed and played like any other game. And in these days PC gaming is having that kind of problem more and more often, Companies releasing unfinished games and patching it over days later. Of course that this isnít PC gaming only problem, a lot of people hates over the fact that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won so much GOTYís (including our own Dtoid Community Choice) being a broken game on the PS3.
LA Noire shouldn't be the case, the game was released months after the console, the game should've been a great port just like Sonic Generations was and the other ports that was released this year. My obvious guess is that LA Noire was ported just to calm PC players, since GTA 4 was not that good of a port, and Red Dead Redemption didn't even got released for the PC, it is normal for them to make a game just to ease the PC players by saying that they still remember that part of gaming. But they failed horribly.
But I am being too harsh on it, this game is really good and is worth playing, but if they didn't wanted to release on the PC they shouldn't released.
The game itself makes me complain a little for the way it meant to be played. For a Rockstar game, it is too restricted for everything, the game makes you go on the way they want you to go, find the clues that they want you to find and walk the way they want you to walk. The game always start by going to the crime scene, finding clues, talking to people and finding the guy who did it, of course that it meant to be played like that because they want you to follow the story, the Ascension and The Fall of Cole Phelps, how a normal cop is getting promoted and facing a job as a detective how in the same time he needs to fight it's inner demons about the past and fighting the greedy police force being a honest and well thought person. But sometimes looks like the game is playing by yourself.
(Spoilers ahead, but I will make it less "spoilery" for you guys)
There's a part that you need to go to a certain place to find a letter and then you need to decipher by looking the places that you find throughout the game, after you go to the place you received another part of the letter telling to go to the another place. This part is pretty good but it lacks in one thing, after a while the game itself shows where you need to go. This part makes you the bystander while Cole thinks where he needs to go and you, the player, just makes him go there. The game gives you the chance for yourself to look where you need to go, but only works if you travel trough the city, a thing that the game doesn't tell you to do. And I think that would be better if they unlocked all the places that you need to go, but doesn't tell where is next one, this could make the player happy by thinking that it is smart by deciphering the letter.
(Spoiler time is over, is safe to go out now)
LA Noire is a awesome game, but it's too afraid to let the player do what he is meant to do, play the game. While Heavy Rain tells a history by putting you in the middle doing a lot of a timely pressing of the button, LA noire makes you play the game like any Rockstar sandbox, but lacking the optional and secondary things that normal sandbox games let it. A example of that its GTA 4 that has innumerous side missions to do, relationships that you can do, random persons that you can meet throughout the city and random missions that you can make, while L.A. Noire only have the Streets of LA that you respond to police calls to win experience. The Streets of LA is a wonderful part of the game, just because of the different missions you make, but it isn't enough for a sandbox game.
That's basically all the things that I don't like on LA Noire, but the game is so good that this doesn't bother me so much that makes doesn't want to play the game, and for this the game for me is one of the best of the year, but unfortunately It can't be said that it is a actual game. read