At the price of just a few dollars L.A. Noire gamers can see what this spring's gently-paced acclaimed detective adventure would have been like if it was more of an action game.
A new downloadable arson case, Nicholson Electroplating, presents L.A. Noire at its action extreme.
I played the case this weekend in advance of its official release. It took me about 80 minutes, complete with all clues found, one bungled interrogation restarted and almost all of the driving handled by my partner, Herschel Biggs. That length felt right for a case that started with a massive explosion and followed with a gunfight, included a car chase and, in general, more action than any other case in Team Bondi and Rockstar's game.
The Nicholson Electroplating case involves a massive explosion at an industrial plant. It winds its way, as last week's trailer for Nicholson Electroplating showed, into the real-life realm of the famously bizarre captain of industry Howard Hughes and, more specifically, his notorious jumbo plane, the "Spruce Goose." As Phelps chases leads and bad guys, even the game's evidence-based clues prove to be more "video game"-y than what was typical in L.A. Noire. A handful of clues involve solving small puzzles—nothing too hard, but they do involve more than just peering at the label on clothing or reading the writing on the back of a photo.