REVIEW : L. A. Noire (PS4/ PS4 Pro)
The 2011 Detective thriller L.A. Noire gets a remaster from Rockstar for PS4, XBOX one and Switch, with fresh coat of paint adding better visuals and fluid gameplay to this already beautiful game. City is crime ridden but it still has amazing vistas and superbly lit city at night thanks to Neon Lights.
LA Noire’s MotionScan mocap technology is amazing and stands the test of time, interrogation scenes are still as intense as they were is 2011. Thanks to updated clothing textures and overall graphics, the intensity of face are matched by surrounding and clothing now, whereas previously it felt apart from faces, the world has no detail.
The New Lighting engine does amazing work here and brings the world to life. Sunlight now creeps through blinds and cracks providing more dramatic effect during interrogation. L.A. Noire looks amazing at night thanks to the new light system, Lights reflect of the asphalt now and faces glow at night.
During the daytime you may notice some disappointing texture but only when you are pixel peeping. The cars look amazing but we wish the world could keep up with it. Textures flicker at a distance and pedestrians do lack detail.
Gameplay on the other hand is still stellar. Gunplay is punchy and quite smooth and very easy to control via controller but the shootouts are few and far between and detective duties take the center stage.
First fights are so much fun; it is always enjoyable to rough up suspects. The Car Mechanics and Steering have been tuned up resulting in car chases being more engaging and enjoyable affairs. The tailing missions are most boring though.
The quitter moments of searching for clues and nailing an interrogation still take the cake. Try to find lead by scoping the area while you are partner continues the banter is so intense, it’s the best.
Questioning witness and suspects is the main quest of L.A. Noire and the scenes are as emotionally griping as they were before. Good Cop, Bad Cop and Accuse replace The Truth, Doubt, and Lie options and they more fitting as they describe Cole’s Action. The colorful suspects you meet during the interrogation take the spotlight here. They always have something behind their story; there is more to it than it meets the eye.
All this makes L.A. Noire a very engaging game.
All the Pre Order bonus and DLCs from 2011 have made it to the games campaign in a seamless manner. L.A. Noire depiction of ugly side of police is the best in any form of entertainment and the voice acting and the way scenes act out is second to none.