Sessler's Soapbox: LA Noire Got it Right, You Got it Wrong

Posted: May 24, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: LA Noire Got it Right, You Got it Wrong
Adam discusses the finer points of LA Noire and the gaming public's reaction to it.

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  • poopdog_ofdefeat

    I actually thought LA Noire was too fast paced for me. The game progresses from case to case without any real down time. I understand the open world setting gives the player a since of place but when a game touts its usage of expressions and human interactions why doesn't it delve deeper into the relationships Phelps has with his partners, off duty, or his non-existent family. I think Rockstar really missed any opportunity to make Phelps' character more fleshed out and not make him look like such an a**hole. BTW, I'm only half way through the game so if there's any misinformation I'm sorry.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 6:41 PM
  • beetle

    i think it is a great game. i just didnt like it. what is making me mad is everybody acts like im stupid and im not on some super level of gamer status cause i dont like it. i did not think i was getting gta when i got it. i just dont understand what the big deal is. the graphics that everybody loves so much is only good in cut scenes and the face of the main characters. whats the point of being very close to live action but not. they could of filmed all the cut scenes live action and saved alot of time and money. the only expectation i had was that the game would be like alan wake (one deep main story) in a open world with alot of side missions. if you like it GREAT. i just feel like i wasted my money.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 6:32 PM
  • Fusion13

    Great soapbox

    Posted: May 24, 2011 6:13 PM
  • Ejsponge61

    I think I know who Adam was talking about when he talked about going through divorce while reviewing a game.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:51 PM
  • Ramastic

    Not entirely sure on how to edit, just correcting mistakes on my last post...

    "You guys went through all the trouble just to tlel us that were stupid for having our own opinions on certain video games"
    And reasons "I do NOT like L.A Noire".

    Did not mean to hit the post button so soon.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:49 PM
  • Ramastic

    X-play, so basically what you're saying is we're all stupid and our opinion doesn't matter. We have to like a game just because you like it? You guys went through all of the trouble just to tell us that we're stupid for having our own opinions on like liking certain video games. Very nice X-play, you guys just lost a fan.

    And No Kardon, I knew from the start this wouldn't be a GTA game ever since I first heard about it. Reasons for me liking L.A Noire is it's repetitiveness, certain aspects of gameplay, and the ending. I do not appreciate; not even from "god almighty" x-play, being told my opinions are strait up wrong and basically calling us all idiots for having opinions.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:47 PM
  • DarthHerter

    i want a Gotham City Noire.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:46 PM
  • DarthHerter

    adam you don't like thor, who cares. people don't agree with you review, who cares. they think the game is too short for a rockstar game. who cares. if you don't like something then just don't like. i understand why people complain about the length of the game based on past rockstar games, because they went beyond 20 hours. so in a way for a rockstar game its not short but but no long for rockstar standards. as for thor it was pretty good for what it was and i enjoyed it. but in no way will i say i hate it because of the way he flies. So i guess you do like superman movies because he flew the same way as all superheroes.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:45 PM
  • Malapropism

    i actually didn't like l.a. noire, but it was specifically because of how the game does feel like an interactive movie, while i like the concept of an interactive movie, my problem comes from the fact that you're basically doing the same thing over and over when you do have control over the character, i mean in real life, a detective's life really must be this monotonous, get up for work, get a case, drive, interrogate, take notes, but the point of movies and video games is to entertain us, which is why in video games and movies the sole protagonist takes on 100 guys with one revolver, acceptable breaks from reality are needed in entertainment, it's when they break our willing suspension of disbelief is when it becomes just too much for us to handle, and i think that's where this game's main problem is, people wanted to shoot 100 people in a row with a 6 chamber revolver, my other problem with the game is that everyone lies, why can't there be at least one person who is constantly telling the truth? the closest you get is, truth, doubt, doubt, lie, also another thing that particularly rubs me in the wrong fashion is when you intentionally try to run people over, or just hit random stuff like hotdog carts, people jump out of the way in a form that reminds me of crazy taxi, that game from like 1998, and i hate how no one comes after you if you just run people over, i think everyone has been playing this game wrong, it's not a game where you try to solve crimes, it's a game where you try to run people over!

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:45 PM
  • spooty89

    Overall, I found the game to be enjoyable. There were a bunch of really great innovations applied (detective work, facial animation, noire styling) that I was able to appreciate as I played through. However, the one major complaint I have is that, about 3/4 through the game, the story becomes utterly unsatisfying. I don't want to mention anything in case people haven't reached the part I'm talking about. You'll know it when it happens; Cole makes a stupid decision that I cannot make any sense out of and, after that, the story continually bounces back and forth between brilliant and idiotic. Still, I'm hoping to see a sequel in the not too distant future as there is a wonderful foundation to build a game franchise upon.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:43 PM
  • theantigzus

    I love my battlefield!!! :D LA Noire=GOTY

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:42 PM
  • TD_ThA_MoNsTa

    A great soapbox, and I totally agree with your opinion Adam, though I can't speak about Thor because I haven't seen it.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 5:31 PM
  • TrainWreckChap

    "When is Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out?" = Stupid question.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:57 PM
  • Kardon47

    The way I see it all the negative/stupid comments you are talking about come from people who saw the Rockstar logo on the box or in a commercial and expected to it to be GTA or Red Dead set in 1940s LA. When they played or saw that the game wasn't like either one of those games they became upset.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:54 PM
  • cukymonsta

    Well said. I was just discussing with my friend about the amount of respect I have for your opinions whether I agree with them or not, just because of how much thought and intellect you put it them. The feedback episodes where I disagree with what you had to say, often times provide more interesting conversations. As far as L.A. Noire goes, I feel that I absolutely enjoy the game, however I can not play it more than a case in a half at time. Most of my friends think it's because I don't enjoy the game as much as I think I do, but i believe it's because I haven't had to put this much focus in a game before, including the portal series.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:39 PM
  • Electric_larry

    lol opinions can be wrong huh?

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:29 PM
  • doctor_boogie

    If the game is that great, why aren't you playing it instead of whatever you were doing here, Adam? I got more out of the title of this than out of your diatribe. As you said, "Move along."

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:23 PM
  • link01

    God I appreciate these SOAP boxes and am seriously inspired to do something like this one day. Honestly, it's degrading on how stamps place a growing medium at unformed standards and expectations. I couldn't agree more with the examples that you were placing. The same factor goes into Heavy Rain with Gameplay versus experience feature ( although this is the obvious arguement ). That being said, it is quite ridiculous that people are demanding 20+ worth of a masterpiece, most of which only occupy an average of 10 - 15 hours without an online relient component. To me, this sounds a little spoiled.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:14 PM
  • BobitoZ

    I read all of the hardboiled detective fiction; I even took a class about it in college. I collect 40s and 50s stuff.

    Frankly I've been feeling burnt by game developers. I really love portal 2. But after beating the single player in less than a day I was disappointed that I spent 60$

    I know that I would love this game and I'm sure it's a masterpiece. But it boils down to numbers. And I don't want to get burnt again.

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:13 PM
  • 360dash

    The first few missions I played in LA Noire made me think I was playing the game of the year but then I started to think otherwise. I found myself getting a little annoyed at interrogations, finding clues could be a drag, the music was good but didn't fit scenes, etc.

    I took a short break from LA Noire to watch other people play and then found the game extremely immersive. When I went back on went through my "negative" experience again. I value this game as more of a film then a game.

    Just my opinion, does anyone else agree?

    Posted: May 24, 2011 4:07 PM