What Made L.A. Noire So Great

I gazed into the future, saw L.A. Noire’s Switch release and other remasters coming and did an entire playthrough of the game on Kotaku’s Twitch channel. Here’s a collection of writings inspired by that playthrough.

First, I looked at the early missions and noted how the game, while offering an intriguing and gorgeous world, has some difficulty in the opening missions:


After that, I moved to Homicide Desk and discovered some of the game’s most exciting moments as well as a gritty, well-realized police procedural:

Last, I took a look at the game’s controversial ending and concluded that there was no other way for a tale of vice and corruption to end. Years later, L.A. Noire’s finale have some of the most bitter yet thematically strong moments in a narrative game:


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Heather Alexandra

Staff writer and critic at Kotaku.