Review: L.A. Noire remastered

Last year L.A. Noire remastered arrived much to the joy of many – 6 years after the original came out. You are once back in the pants and hat of detective Cole Phelps, solving crimes of varying degrees, chasing suspects on foot and in car, and asking questions.

The remaster has been made well. Not much has changed from the original other than what I presume is resolution, textures and some anti aliasing. One thing I noticed which has been bugging me – you could walk to your hat and pick it up in the original – in the remaster this detail seems to have been removed.

You can read the original review right here, which will cover the story and gameplay elements.

The differences in the upgraded version feels minor, barely something you would notice – if you didn’t compare the versions side by side. When you do, they are quite obvious. Especially the angled lines and round edges is very easy to note has been improved upon, which is the anti aliasing part of video games.

One thing that annoyed the hell out of me when playing the Nintendo Switch version was the joy cons not having an analogue trigger. The triggers on the joy cons are simple clicky buttons, so I will assume by this fact, the Switch is not good for racing games – especially if the case of my testing for this game will be same for all games on the Switch.

I bought a converter thumb drive so I could test with one of my controllers – in this case, a PS4 controller. Game didn’t know I now played with analogue triggers, it was a simple on/off point on the triggers. I can’t say for sure if I got a pro controller for the console that the same thing would happen. Asking players of other platforms, the game on other platform does support trigger adjustment.

The original had truth, lie and doubt for choices at the end of interrogations, while the new remaster changed it to good cop, bad cop and accuse – and while this was highly praised as being more accurate and easy to understand, I do not agree. Do I trust the person? Truth. Do I think they lie to me? (and do I have some evidence to throw in their face?) Lie. Something in between or if they make a weird face, they are probably holding something back and I’m in doubt. This sentiment doesn’t hold up with the new, modern reaction choices.

The by far best thing about the game getting a remaster, it takes all the missions, including the the previously Playstation 3 and PC exclusive mission “The Consul’s Car” and let all players of all platforms experience all the missions that was ever made for the game.

It has been really fantastic to have a full game with me on the go. Solving cases, and reliving the sunny days in Los Angeles in the 1950s was awesome when the game released, and it is just as good now.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.

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