As I remember, that was all excited about the game La Noire when it came out in 2011. I've always liked strong detective story, laced with the stunning Noir style of 40-ies, memorable characters, vintage cars, and fatal women. And in this game all of the above was in excess. Since then six years have passed, and today I would really like to tell our readers about the updated version of this great game, released for the hybrid console . And you know what that means? Now you can play it anywhere and anytime without any restrictions.
Game: L. A. Noire
the Platform: Switch Nintendo, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
the Genre: Action-Adventure
the release date: November 14, 2017
the Developer: Team Bondi
the Publisher: Rockstar Games
L. A. Noire became the first and last game Australian Studio Team Bondi and the "dream project" Studio founder Brendan McNamara. In the past he used to run one of the internal studios Sony called Team Soho. But when the Japanese decided to close unprofitable internal departments McNamara was left without a job and founded his own company to develop games. So was born the idea of a detective adventure game in which players will find themselves in the shoes of a real detective of the late 40s. the Concept of liking the producers of Rockstar Games, which has allocated funds for the implementation of the project in life. It would seem that everything is fine, but the game development is constantly accompanied by loud scandals and lasted for seven long years.
In the Studio Team Bondi was dominated by the eerie chaos. People worked in slave-like conditions for 12 hours a day, but in the end the names of more than 100 developers didn't even make the final credits of the game. McNamara was constantly forced his employees to alter certain aspects of the project that only further prolonged the development process and hated the producers of Rockstar. L. A. Noire was born in agony, and when after seven years of development, it went on sale, publisher Rockstar has decided not to have anything to do with the Australian Studio. The next project of Team Bondi was supposed to be a game Whore of the Orient, but she was not destined to be born. The Studio is mired in multi-million dollar debt, so Brendan McNamara had no choice but to close the company. For some time he had cherished the dream to go back to developing its next game, but quickly realized that without money and the support of Rockstar it's not going to work. Well, with the history of the game we kind of figured. It's time to talk about her modern reprint. Let me remind you that the updated version was released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and today I will tell you about the last of the three listed.
In terms of plot, L. A. Noire remained unchanged. The main character is a war veteran Cole Phelps, who returns home and finds a job as a patrol in normal police station Los Angeles. He was diligently doing his job, what impresses the boss and quickly rises through the ranks. He was transferred first in transport and then in Department on investigation of murders. He clicks the complicated case like peanuts, so very quickly climbs to the top of the police hierarchy in the Vice. And here Phelps opens dark side of the law: corruption, numerous breaches and other horrors of the justice system. We see how it changes the person who has more authority and power. Changing his attitude to life, to family, to work. And watch for these changes are incredibly interesting: whether Phelps to stay true to yourself, or darkness will eventually consume him completely?
The Game is extremely slow. It anywhere you are not driving, not forced to run headlong forward, giving time for thoughtful completion. Only in rare cases you will have to chase suspects through the streets of Los Angeles, Yes, Lenno and infirm to shoot at the bandits, providing you with armed resistance. To move from point "A" to point "B" airport service vehicle. Given that the model of management of transport in the game, to put it mildly, so-so, you can ask to sit behind the wheel of his partner, and while he drives you to a crime scene or home to the suspect, to go to the kitchen and brew yourself a Cup of tea. Honestly, I like this approach to the gameplay: not in a hurry, enjoy really exciting plot, vivid characters, imbued with the atmosphere of the late 40's. just a fairy Tale!
Here we must make a small digression. Specifically for game development Brendan McNamara founded another company – Depth Analysis involved digitizing facial expressions of the actors and transfer it to the CG graphics. In fact, L. A. Noire has made a small revolution in terms of improving the realism of facial animation of the characters using the technology of MotionScan. Although animation is not quite correct to call. We are dealing with the transfer of real facial expressions in the game by using an array of 32 video cameras installed around the actor. The only drawback of the technology was that the body movements were captured separately from the entity, which has sometimes led to unnatural dissonance when you bring them together. Plus, the technology at the time was very expensive, and considering that L. A. Noire was filmed more than 20 hours of conversations is inflated already fabulous game budget to $ 50 million.
An Important part of the game is to communicate with witnesses and suspects in crimes people. I have already told you about the high-precision capture of facial expressions of actors are during interrogations, this technology appears before us in all its splendor. You literally feel when something hides from you, and when telling the truth, due to almost imperceptible movements of the facial muscles. In the original game we have carefully heard the evidence, compared them with the available evidence and information gathered, and then drew a conclusion: does a person speak the truth, lying to us or he is guilty of "balls deep". The updated version of L. A. Noire this model of interaction with the NPC has undergone some changes. Instead of "truth," "doubt" and "charges" the player can choose between "good COP" "bad COP" and a "charge". From the names it becomes clear that in the first case, detective Phelps says with a polite character, in the second, trying to push him, and the third, of course, pokes his nose into irrefutable evidence pointing to his involvement in the crime. Not to say that the gameplay for this has changed, but freshened up – without a doubt.
As for the search for and study of evidence, from my point of view, this is one of the greatest strengths of the game. The protagonist carefully examining crime scenes, because you can not miss a single detail (from the number you found evidence depends on the outcome rating of completed case). Optionally discarded at the murder scene the subject will be useful to you, nevertheless it all the same should pay attention. Just in case. Fiddle with, to see from all sides. You never know what he can to help in the investigation. A minor spot of blood could lead you to the trail of the killer, the weapons you can find out the name of its owner, and the usual box of matches might lead you into a completely new location. In addition, detectives are actively using police files to find out the addresses of the institutions and the suspects, so try not to lose public telephones out of sight.
The Version of the game for the console of Nintendo is not only possible to take with you anywhere. She actively uses a number of other features of the platform. For example, its precision vibration Rumble HD, able to convey a sense opened a car engine and many other events on the events screen through tactile effects. For the first time a player is offered to use touch controls. While exploring for clues and questioning suspects, you'll be able to select options with the touch of your fingers to the screen. Can be controlled using the movements controllers Joy-Con, but to me it's too unusual. However, the traditional management model you will not deprive. And a pleasant discovery for me was the fact that Switch-version of the game includes absolutely all investigations, even those which at one time was distributed in bonuses for pre-ordering or buying special editions of the game.
Visually the game looks quite nice even today. Sometimes I inadvertently catch myself thinking: how do the developers get a picture of the tiny Nintendo console Switch. No, of course, there's the impressive 4K resolution, as is the case with the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, X Pro, but the Japanese console trying to keep up with more powerful counterparts, and gives a picture, allowing you to fully enjoy the atmosphere of the game. Significantly loses the portable version of the game is that in the lighting plan. Sometimes it is really limp. The rest of the image extremely happy, even despite its venerable age of the project. You definitely have to impress the artists of Team Bondi, which in every detail was recreated on the screen in Los Angeles in 1947. This truly Titanic work causes admiration. Separately want to mention the excellent soundtrack written by composers Andrew and Simon Hale. In the legendary Abbey Road studios two talented musicians in collaboration with woody Jackson (the author of the music for the game Red Dead Redemption) has recorded an absolutely gorgeous jazz tracks, further enveloping you in a Noir atmosphere.the
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