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First lets get this out of the way, LA Noire is not a Mafia 2 clone. That's like saying LA Confidential is a clone of Goodfellas, it just isn't. Now to the review.
The story of LA Noire is Cole Phelps fresh from WWII joins the LAPD. After solving some cases with positive results, Cole starts to become a poster child for the department. Throughout the game Cole will be promoted to various desks: traffic, vice, arson and homicide. The game also intersects with real events like the Black Dahlia murder and a few other things you will need to find out for yourself. It is really hard to go into more detail about the story without spoiling the cases, but I will say this at the end of Homicide I basically said WTF. In a good way. For me my favorite desk ,in order from great to ok, were Homicide, Arson, Traffic, and then Vice.
The gameplay involves the player arriving at a crime scene where you will then look for clues. If you don't feel like driving and seeing the beautiful city then don't worry you can get your partner to drive for you. Once you find clues you can then get leads on suspects. Of course though the big part is interviewing people. When interview someone you will be given three choices to decide upon Truth, Doubt, and Lie. If you choose Lie then you must have evidence to back up your accusation. In the game you also earn points called "Intuition Points" these help you find clues or when interviewing someone, allow you to back out of a question or see what percentage of players in the community have picked Truth, Doubt, or Lie. Interviewing witnesses and suspects isn't the only thing you will be doing though. There are also shootouts and car chases through the city of LA. There are also other cases the come in on the radio that the player can choose to take or ignore. It has no negative effect on the game if you don't take them since they are just optional. Also while LA Noire is open world, it's a linear open world.
The graphics are simply beautiful. The city of LA is really amazing. It seems to have been perfectly remade. I'm sure the one part everyone want to hear about though is the faces. They are also amazing which is good since you need to look at faces to tell if someone is lying of not. Is every face perfect? Well yes and no. I never saw anything wrong with people I was interviewing but there were maybe two incidents where a face looked really weird and something was wrong. It could have just a bug or glitch so I don't know if everyone else will have the same problem. Speaking of bugs and glitches, there are a few, nothing that is absolutely horrible and will ruin gameplay, but just some minor ones that are more funny then anything.