I gazed into the future, saw L.A. Noire‘s Switch release and other remasters coming, and did an entire playthrough of the game. 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:
Last week, we started playing L.A. Noire on Kotaku's Twitch channel. It's a 2011 detective game with a lot of cases to solve. Recently, we finished the cases for the traffic detective desk. It's a good introduction to the game that also has a few problems.Read more
After that, I moved to the Homicide Desk and discovered some of the game’s most exciting moments as well as a gritty, well-realised police procedural:
Last month, we started streaming L.A. Noire on Kotaku's Twitch channel. While the start of the game has some problems, its homicide investigations take a darker turn, adding nuance and moral ambiguity to the tale of LAPD detective Cole Phelps.Read more
Lastly, 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 still has some of the most bitter yet thematically strong moments in a narrative game:
I've been playing through L.A. Noire for the last month and a half on Kotaku's Twitch channel. This weekend we finished the game. The conclusion is bittersweet but there was no other way for a tale of crime and corruption to end. Controversial in its day, L.A Noire's ending is perfect when viewed in retrospect.Read more