Zero Punctuation: L.A. Noire

-Dragmire-

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It is kind of hard to keep motivation in a case that will move on regardless of your decisions.
 

direw0lf

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great review. I personally love the story of the game and find myself not wanting to stop in the middle of a case :)
 

Kitsume

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Interesting review of this I do believe its funny. I would like to try this game even if the ending is very very absurd using a flamethrower. -Imagines that- Hmm actually sounds kinda fun.
 

ChildofGallifrey

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I hate to be 'that guy', but Noire is the feminine form of the work, Noir being the masculine (he brought it up in the credit comments).
 

Jonci

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There are many times, watching these videos, that I like the joke but don't get how Yahtzee found some issue or decided something was bad. But the glasses comment on the early mission is exactly the same thing I thought.

Your character clearly states that the glasses had been repaired on home. The wife says they are new. I go "Gotcha! LIAR!" and the character starts accusing her of being at the crime scene! I'm sitting there going "Whoh whoh whoh! I'm just working the glasses angle man! Why are you calling her the murderer?!"
 

Yahtzee Croshaw

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Well, I can honestly say I knew all the jokes he was gonna make before I pressed play, mostly because I had already made most of them myself. But he said them in a vaguely british and or australian accent, so they're funnier now!
 

RavenDrake

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-Dragmire- said:
It is kind of hard to keep motivation in a case that will move on regardless of your decisions.
Agreed... while I understand it, it would be nice to see the game take that sort of thing into account as you move forward and let your abilities in the puzzle/detective side guide your final ending...

Ie: If you do really well with those aspects, you'll get better information giving you a different finale than someone who wings the interviews but aces the shootouts.

Preferably something less flamethrower-y.
 

Yahtzee Croshaw

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I kind of expected this. The crime scene analysis always tends to be an interesting balance between what you can let the player analyze and making sure they don't waste hours looking at the wrong thing.

The notion that the case seems to go on with or without me is a big discouragement point, though. Pity, because Noire seems for the most part a very positive step but it would have been nice if it had taken a few more.
 

jakefongloo

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One thing i found myself thinking on was during the interviews if I get like 4 questions in and fuck up the fifth one, or worse get every question wrong, it had to have been the most disappointing feeling I've ever felt. In games like red dead and fallout and a whole truck load of other games, I have the option to save before I piss away 1000 bucks at a gambling table. In Noire it auto saves before you go into the house so not only do you have to go through the unskippable talking and banter beforehand but you also lose out on the experience you would get for getting the interrogation right the first time.

I don't know if that's bad or good.
 

Ilikemilkshake

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Best review in ages, worth the wait.
Also i think that Noire having an e on the end was because La is male, and so the e goes on the end of the word to make it male too. Otherwise it would be L.E. Noir... but unfortunatly its not Los Engeles so L.E. wouldnt make sense
 

Yahtzee Croshaw

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After I saw "Brink" last week I knew it'll be L.A. Noire this one... but you're going to do Witcher 2 next week... right... right? It's not going to be some special E3 episode again? Or you're going to do both, amirite?
 

IDTheftVictim

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I had a feeling that interogation system was going to have that exact same problem, what's wrong with just telling the player what his own character is going to say exactly?
 

Hal10k

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Quite frankly, I think a car mounted on top of another car would be the greatest form of transportation ever concieved by man.