Story - 91%
Graphics - 75%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 69%
Replayability - 98%
Throwing back into Rockstar 1940’s LA, but this time, in the age of 4K.
If you ever played LA Noire on its original release you will know that visually, Rockstar did not put the outmost effort into this game. However, they have definitely improved on the visual aesthetics of this game by miles. From the animations to the actual color and contrast of the world, they have stepped up and rendered a beautifully remastered version and given us the closest thing to the perfect remaster as possible. The animations are less glitch and are by far a lot smoother in rendering. The 40s tone is still prevalent in the actual tone of the scenery but with brighter and more in-depth colour added.
Something that does bother most people, is the lack of new content in a rerelease of the game. Well, this isn’t going to excite you but LA Noire has no new content and has basically just been bumped up visually to run on the new gen consoles and PCs. The game itself has some new rendering effects, but expect nothing to change from the older version. I had also noticed that the facial capture in talking characters had not changed but I had just put that to the technology used at the time during the making of the game. The rendering engine has been onto max for colour, sound, music and voice.
Los Angeles. The city of Angels. A city with a story. In this 3rd person action, detective game you play as an LAPD officer (Cole Phelps) new in town and looking to make a name for yourself. You are a rigid officer who takes on prisoners, leaves no nose unbloodied and suspect everyone of being a criminal. The story is beautiful and your rise in the LAPD is perfectly matched with problems that come with power. This is probably one of my favourite Rockstar stories, besides Bully. The game never gives too much away but also keeps you intrigued to go catch the next bad guys, knowing there is a tie in somewhere along the line.
I would definitely say that this has been a successful remaster. The game is still the same old same old, however, it stills keeps you intrigued because you forget just how amazing catching the bad guys is. The cost of this remaster though? R599. Worth it? Hmmm Definitely… Still one of my Rockstar favourites!
Reviewed on: Playstation 4, PlayStation 3
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Age Rating: 18v
Publisher/Developer: Team Bondi, Rockstar North, Virtuos, Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar New England
Estimated RRP: R599
Release Date: 14 November 2017
- Perfect Remaster
- Great Story
- Game-play and Controls still Rigid