Friday, June 17, 2011

L.A. Noire: "The Consul's Car" and "The Naked City" DLC

            Hopefully you’ve already read my L.A. Noire review before you start reading this.  If not, this is not a review of the game.  Here, I’m going to be looking at two of the DLC cases, and whether they’re worth it or not.
            The first is The Consul’s Car, a (currently) PS3-exclusive case.  If you buy a new PS3 version of the game, you will be getting this case.  In this Traffic desk case, you investigate a car that has been abandoned.  No big deal, except it belongs to the Argentinian consul.  It’s…really not much to talk about.  I mentioned that the Traffic desk felt like filler in the full game, and this is just filler to the filler.  It’s an acceptable case, and it ends on a really cool moment, but it doesn’t add much overall besides more investigating.  I also missed picking up an important story beat in my investigation, yet the game gave it to me anyways at the end of the case.  That just felt silly.  If you’re on the fence about whether to get the 360 or PS3 version, don’t let this be the deciding factor.  It’s ultimately forgettable.
            The Naked City, on the other hand, is the game at its finest.  It’s an additional Vice case that starts with finding a woman who’s OD’d on morphine, an easy suicide, but the coroner thinks otherwise.  From there, it’s filled with plenty of locations and interesting people to investigate and a story that gets more complex the more it unfolds.  I honestly have no idea why they left The Set-Up in this game but took this case out for DLC.  It’s high quality writing, non-investigating segments that flow with the plot, and the sense that something simple turns into something big.  If you love the game, this is a must-have.

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