Shamus To The Stars achievement in L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)

Shamus To The Stars

Complete all story cases with a five star rating.

Shamus To The Stars+0.7
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How to unlock the Shamus To The Stars achievement

  • SashamorningSashamorning2,349,339
    21 May 2011 22 May 2011 09 Jan 2013
    171 18 27
    I suggest you play as much of this without a guide as you can without ruining the story.

    That being said, this guide is absolutely incredible and highly recommended:

    (Edit: The original guide disappeared. is usually a great go-to place for guides though, and this guide is as good as the original one that I posted.)

    I found that I could miss one clue or one conversation topic and still get 5 stars. On one case I missed one of each and only got 4 stars, and had to replay that case. Also, let your partner drive *everywhere* (hold Y when you get to a car instead of just pressing Y to get into the car) so that you minimize property damage. I found that property damage caused during chases seemed to not penalize you quite so much.

    As far as I know, dying or failing specific parts of a mission do not affect the 5-star rating. It appears that the 5-star rating is primarily based on your detective work rather than surviving, with penalties for property damage. Let your partner do all the driving and you can avoid mishaps in traffic. (I also found that I wasn't penalized, if at all, for accidents during high-speed chases. I have no idea what the threshold for losing a star for property damage is.)

    You do not need to get 5 stars on your first run through. You can go back and replay the cases in which you got a lower score.


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    Draco719Dead link :(
    Posted by Draco719 on 21 Mar 12 at 02:04
    SashamorningYikes! That was a great guide. I changed the link to the one on Wikia usually has great guides for big games, like Mass Effect and Skyrim, but when I first posted this solution the Wikia guide wasn't as good as the other one.
    Posted by Sashamorning on 21 Mar 12 at 03:42
    FELDGESCHREIgreat game,but stupid dlcs...
    but that linked guide is by far one of the best i´ve ever seen!!
    Posted by FELDGESCHREI on 23 May 12 at 22:41
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  • IveABrownThumbIveABrownThumb258,625
    27 May 2011 24 May 2011 08 Jul 2011
    52 17 9
    You will actually get shamus to the stars achievement at the end of the polite invitation case, but i did add the last case name to list and the video so for those that wanted to finish that level. And The Naked City is dlc so that doesnt count towards achievement,but nevertheless you might aswell five star it.

    You should make sure you enjoy the game story first and just play it properly first and then go back and redo the cases to get 5 stars on any you didnt during the first play through. but these are by far the best videos on youtube to show you how to 5 star your cases as the video doesnt contain any spoilers like other videos do. The videos basically tell you the clues, locations and interviews and dont contain any cut scenes or game videos.

    Also, as well as that you do also need to try to cause as little possible damage to your car and to the city as possible as it does have an affect on your rating for your case.

    The cases you need to receive 5 stars on are as follows -

    Traffic desk cases :
    1. The Driver’s Seat
    2. A Marriage Made In Heaven
    3. The Fallen Idol

    Homicide desk cases :
    1. The Red Lipstick Murder
    2. The Golden Butterfly
    3. The Silk Stocking Murder
    4. The White Shoe Slaying
    5. The Studio Secretary Murder
    6. The Quarter Moon Murders

    Vice desk cases:
    1. The Black Caesar
    2. The Set Up
    3. The Naked City
    4. Manifest Destiny

    Arson desk cases :
    1. The Gas Man
    2.A Walk In Elysian Fields
    3. House of Sticks
    4. A Polite Invitation
    5. A Different Kind of War

    When usng videos please check to make sure what order your questions are in as your questions might be in a different order depending which order you found the clues.

    Credit of video goes to TWTHEREDDRAGON on youtube who made the videos
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    Barad 007BTW you cannot get stars on the last case in arson (a different kind of war) at least it doesn't count towards the achievement as I got mine after finishing polite invitation.
    Posted by Barad 007 on 11 Aug 11 at 20:19
    BegFourMercyI second what Shockwave says. My achievement popped after A Polite Invitation.
    Posted by BegFourMercy on 04 Sep 11 at 09:25
    LizardKingv666Good guide and good videos. Thx for that!
    Posted by LizardKingv666 on 19 Oct 11 at 06:21
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    35 11 4
    This list helped me top off my last case:

    All you need are the key pieces of evidence (which are then listed in your notebook) and the correct response to each interview question. (And don't rack up damages.) It's all in the guide above. You'll see how you did on the wrap-up after each case. Videos are overkill here.

    You can return to cases (or find your ratings) by exiting out of your main game and going to "Cases" from the title screen.
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    DLC shouldn't count, but I don't have DLC cases yet. Let us know what you find!
    Posted on 20 May 11 at 21:06
    Predalien90When I completed it, the "Story Cases Completed" didn't go up, so I assume its not a "Story Case".
    Posted by Predalien90 on 21 May 11 at 16:48
    BeacDLC cases do not count. Just the regular story cases. Provided you have gotten all your five stars on previous cases this will unlock either before or upon completion of "A Polite Invitation" - Don't freak if it doesn't, just drop back to the Main Menu and pick the sub-5* section from the Cases menu. Had to do that with one case of mine and it popped with no trouble.
    Posted by Beac on 24 May 11 at 04:58
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