TA Playlist for March 2019 is Live with L.A. Noire

By Mark Delaney, 22 days ago
It's now March 1st which means two things: we're nearly a quarter of the way through 2019 (scary) and it's time to kick off our next TA Playlist month (fun). Grab your badge, your gun, and your nicest fedora and time travel with us to the City of Angels in Team Bondi's L.A. Noire.

Phelps examines the body of a hit and run victim at the crime scene.

L.A. Noire tells the story of Cole Phelps, a beat cop who works his way up to various detective desks in the Los Angeles police department following World War II. The game was praised at the time for its unrivaled facial scan technology which played directly into the game's central mechanic of reading witness and suspect body language to gauge their honesty during investigations.

L.A. Noire first released in 2011 to great reviews, with an average score of 89 on Metacritic and a user rating on TA of 4.3 out of 5 stars. It has since been ported to current generation consoles at which time reviews indicated a cooling off from the game, as the port now sits at a 77 on the review aggregator.

The base game is an estimated 25-30 hours for the full achievement completion, while the port, which includes all DLC cases in its list, will take approximately 35-40 hours. There is also a Japanese regional variant for those wanting to chase the stackable achievement list, and as always, all versions of the game count toward your TA Playlist badge. We have complete walkthroughs up for the original game thanks to BraverLeonheart and the Xbox One port which was altered for the slightly different approach by LuckyConquerer2.

Join us in the discussion threads, post clips of your failed interrogations, and seek or provide achievement help in the TA Playlist Hub.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is the host of the community game club TA Playlist. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his family. He almost never writes in the third person.