L.A. Noire - Switch

Also known as: L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire (Switch)
Also for: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Team Bondi Soft. Co.: Take 2
Publishers: Rockstar (GB)
Released: 14 Nov 2017 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC 18
Features: Handheld Mode, TV Mode, Tabletop Mode


Rockstar Games, notable for Grand Theft Auto and the more recent Red Dead Redemption, takes a step into the film noire detective genre of the 1940s made famous by films such as LA Confidential and books such as The Black Dahlia.

While LA Noire retains the adult-only themes and violence of GTA, its main character detective Cole Phelps (played by Aaron Staton from TV hit Mad Men) fights for the law rather than against it. He walks the mean streets of Los Angeles in 1947 having joined the LAPD in order to absolve himself from the things he did or was forced to do as a US GI in World War II.

Featuring a fully-realised LA from the period, the game sees Phelps and various partners carrying out investigative roles assigned to him in various departments of the LAPD. The player must use their wit, intelligence and given Rockstar Bondi studios ground-breaking facial motion caption and animation work their ability to recognise a liar from a truth teller to solve a variety of unspeakable crimes.

Using a massive array of characters each of which is meticulously animated with professional voice acting - LA Noire also has classic Rockstar Games touches with car driving (and of course chases), gun fights, brawling, strictly adult themes and a deep plot to work through.

Additionally, clue solving gets more difficult as the game progresses, meaning that the online Ask the Community elements come into play.

This Switch version comes complete with all the DLC released for the original game, plus support for Switch-specific features including a Joy-Con mode with movement controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.