So here I am, police officer Cole Phelps, rising star of the LAPD, recently promoted to dectective, and veteran of WWII. You start out LA Noire with a tutorial case so you can learn the ropes of gathering evidence, pursuing suspects, handling your weapons, and interrogation. The first thing you notice when you play LA Noire is the amazing facial capture technology that they employ. You can actually see emotions, and easily recognize actual Hollywood actors who as used not only to voice characters you encounter but also are recreated as the character themselves with the new technology.
LA Noire isn't like most sandbox games like GTA or Mafia 2. You aren't rewarded for causing mayhem across the sprawling backdrop of LA, you can't pull your gun at any moment and go on a killing spree. You are a cop and cops play by the rules and don't run down pedestrians for the fun of it. So even with a huge playground to wander around in this is very much a linear adventure telling the story of Cole Phelps as he rises the ranks and moves on to more and more important cases.
So far I've been having a grand ol time in this "blast from the past" detective story. Oddly enough, even though there is a lack of action and gunplay, I find myself more engrossed in not getting tricked or lied to by a suspect or witness. It's really more of a thinking game than a shooting game. It angers me to no end when I get duped by a suspect or accuse them of lying without proper evidence to back my claims up. I feel as though I failed as a cop. I actually started a case over that involved a 15 year old girl getting abused because I pushed her too hard and I felt like a complete asshole.
This is an intriguing game so far and I'm very much into it's atmosphere and it's way of story telling. Watching videos of someone else playing doesn't do this game justice. You have to make your own justice on the mean streets of LA to really understand the beauty of this diamond in the rough.