First L.A. Noire review pops up online earlier than expected

Friday, 13th May 2011 03:05 GMT By Jessica Citizen

With the worldwide release of L.A. Noire less than a week away, gamers are waiting with bated breath to see if Rockstar Games’ new crime thriller can live up to the hype. Wait no longer, a UK paper has gone ahead and published its review of the game a little ahead of schedule.

L.A. Noire

All eyes are on The Guardian, which posted the games review online at 00:06BST. It’s believed to be the first online review of L.A. Noire, which is due out on May 17th in the U.S., and May 20th everywhere else.

Whether it was an accident or not is yet to be seen – could it just be a clever marketing plan to raise interest in the game and in the paper? The review itself is glowing, gives the game five-out-of-five, and is full of the anticipated hype regarding MotionScan and “interactive films”, just the sort of thing you’d probably like to be “leaked” to the public a week before release.

An excerpt:
“In the past, games with such overwhelming ambitions have floundered on odd, usually peripheral, aspects that jarred – such as unrealistic animation (and especially facial animation), clunky dialogue, poor virtual camerawork or facile characterisation. LA Noire is the first game to lack any such element which naggingly reminds you that you’re playing a video game, rather than strolling through a film or TV series.”

The review itself is relatively spoiler-free, but if you’re being cautious, it’s probably best to avoid the article – and perhaps the rest of the internet until you get your chance to step into Cole Phelps’ shoes next week on PS3 or Xbox 360.

(Thanks, barchetta and the News forum!)



  1. SaintRasmus

    Nice PR/Hype work from Rockstar. ;)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    #1: Yeah, pretty much. Someone got paid to write an ad, there.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. frostquake

    NUKE #3 It is a SPAM BOT

    Wife is looking forward to this one as she reads Murder Mysteries and Crime Novels all the time! I really hope it lives up to the HypeMonster! Also I am having a problem with the HEADS..they just don’t look right on the bodies for some reason!!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    “LA Noire is the first game to lack any such element which naggingly reminds you that you’re playing a video game, rather than strolling through a film or TV series.””

    Yes, that’s what games should strive to be, TV and film series.


    They should aspire to be games, and employ mechanics that make games unique, and carve out their own niche, away from TV and Film.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. CptKurk

    I reckon the very concept of “strolling” through a film or TV series implies that game mechanics have been employed, which you can’t really say about an actual film unless you consider “pause” or “fast forward” game mechanics. Besides, imposing dogma on what games should or shouldn’t be probably isn’t too conducive to innovation.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. tenthousandgothsonacid

    It’s vanished already, looks like it was a cock up ahead of Monday’s embargo (5 pm bst).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    What was the score, then? Did they like it?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. RockTwist

    5 Stars, very positive review.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk


    #9 4 years ago
  10. Ge0force

    This game is on my wish list for a looong time! Bring it on!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. LeslieLu

    I’ll write a review, just send me the game!!!

    #11 4 years ago

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