|Not many games have been made like L.A. Noire in the past - Which is one of the biggest reasons why playing this game is such a trip. By having a first look at the game, you will get a feel of a good blend of GTA style gameplay with some elements of the CSI games.
Starting with the core element of the game - It's the case-solving. You need to investigate crime scenes and other areas of interests - Searching for clues that affect the interrogations with people of interest. This ultimately affects your case rating which is done on the basis of 5 stars. And getting a 5 star/Valorous rating is something that feels rewarding.
The animation in the game is commendable, using motion-scanning technology - The game developers have really shown their hard work since the emotions the game characters carry can get you into the game. By blending this into interrogations - You get more than just simple NPC conversations you may have had in hundreds of RPG games.
L.A. Noire also has also captured the essence of 1940's LA in it's environment. It's a pleasant change for a gamer like me who has played hundreds of other games (With the exception of The Godfather series) where you just drive and shoot around in modern-day cities.
The game's plot is also powerful enough for you to feel the connection with the game. Unless you aren't a big fan of the genre - You will be in Cole Phelps' shoes (And I don't mean technically). The nature of your partner's will also affect your real-life mood. For example, if you get a corrupt cop as a partner, you will want to shoot him on every instance he is with you. And this proves the great efforts put by each and every individual behind this game. And after you have completed the main story/cases, you still have 40 street crimes to take care of, which rids you of that "Oh the game ended!" feel.
Speaking of the game's soundtrack - It blends completely in the 40's, even if they're recorded at present. I am not a big fan of the genre, but I did enjoy listening to it as I played through the game.
And after all this - the reason why I haven't given the game a perfect rating is because of the performance issues. Even after playing the game on low settings, you get lags even on a decent mid-ranged system. This maybe because of a less than perfect port or maybe due to the graphical enhancements Team Bondi/Rockstar speaks of when the released L.A. Noire on the PC. Still, if you are able to play the game smoothly (Almost?), you will fall in love with this game!