Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What L.A. Noire Gets Wrong

Via G4, here's a video of a real-life Los Angeles detective explaining just how incompetent Cole Phelps' detective work is.

Not really. It's actually a series of interesting observations comparing real-life police work and its game version, as well as some insight into the inner workings of the LAPD. It's worth six minutes of your time.



Usually, this kind of deconstruction makes me roll my eyes. I get that the science in Fallout 3 doesn't quite add up and that the Templars in Assassin's Creed aren't historically accurate! Sometimes you have to make concessions for the sake of gameplay and fun.

In this case, Detective Bauchmann acknowledges that certain changes are necessary. Having Cole Phelps sit through an entire trial explaining why he got his fingerprints all over every piece of evidence would be realistic but extremely boring!

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See my review of L.A. Noire.

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