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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Phelps (voice)
Rusty Galloway (voice)
Roy Earle (voice) (as Adam John Harrington)
Stefan Bekowsky (voice)
Herschel Biggs (voice)
Jack Kelso (voice)
Elsa Lichtmann (voice)
Leland Monroe (voice)
Dr. Harlan Fontaine (voice)
Dr. Malcolm Carruthers (voice)
Capt. James Donnelly (voice)
Capt. Lachlan McKelty (voice)
Capt. Gordon Leary (voice)
Lt. Archibald Colmyer (voice)
Watch Commander Mel Fleischer (voice)


Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core. Written by Rockstar Games

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17 May 2011 (USA)  »


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$26,000,000 (estimated)
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A remaster for L.A. Noire was announced on September 7th, 2017. There will be three differing versions of this remaster. One version is for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This version will feature a resolution bump to 1080p, or 4K on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, and an array of technical and graphical enhancements in order to create an even more realistic depiction of 1947 Los Angeles. All previously released additional content is also included, as well as new suits and collectibles unique to this remaster. A second version is being specifically crafted for the Nintendo Switch. This version will feature new controls and mechanics that take advantage of the Switch's Joycons, new camera options, and touch screen features while playing in portable mode. All previously released additional content, as well as the new suits and collectibles, will also be included in the Switch version. Finally the third version is for the HTC Vive VR headset. This version will feature 7 of the game's cases that have been completely remade to accommodate for playing on a VR headset. All three versions of this L.A. Noire remaster are planned to be released on November 14th, 2017. It's being speculated that this remaster is being used to gage interest for a L.A. Noire sequel. See more »


The U.S. Navy sailor in The White Shoe Slaying is said to have the rank of "Able Seaman." This is a rank in Royal Australian Navy (the game was developed in Australia). Based on his sleeve insignia, his rate is actually a Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class. See more »


Cole Phelps: What were you doing to the body, Ferdinand?
John Ferdinand Jamison: Are you sure you wont be upset?
Cole Phelps: Try me, Ferdinand.
John Ferdinand Jamison: I was kissing her...
[Galloway swiftly punches Ferdinand in the face]
John Ferdinand Jamison: It's not against the law! There's no law against it.
L.A.P.D Homicide Desk Detective Rusty Galloway: Shut up and take your beating like a man.
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References Nightmare Alley (1947) See more »


Pistol Packin' Mama
By Al Dexter
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Published by Universal Songs of Polygram
International, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy Music & Memories/Universal Music
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Feels like you have stepped into Hollywood with a part in a 1940's detective movie.
23 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

One but cannot help but think that L.A. Noire has been inspired by L.A. Confidential (1997), Chinatown (1974), The Untouchables (1987), and James Ellroy's novel The Black Dahlia. After being in the development hell for seven years, L.A. Noire was released in 2011 and became a massive success. It is definitely worth playing, and if you have the patience to solve challenging puzzles you will enjoy this game. Also, you will learn how to read people during questioning and interrogations as to whether they are telling the truth, doubt them or lying by backing up your claims with evidence.

Set in Los Angeles in 1947, the story centers on LAPD police officer Cole Phelps played by Aaron Stanton (Mad Men), a former US Marine Lieutenant who served in World War II in the pacific. Cole Phelps starts out as a patrol officer and throughout the game you see his career rise in the LAPD through various assignments with Traffic, Homicide, Vice and Arson. Cole Phelps is also assigned various partners throughout the game including Officer Ralph Dunn (Rodney Scott) in patrol, Detective Stefan Bekowsky (Sean McGowan) in Traffic, Detective Rusty Galloway (Michael McGrady, Southland) in Homicide, Detective Roy Earle (Adam John Harrington) in Vice, and Detective Herschel Biggs (Keith Szarabajka, The Dark Knight) in Arson. Cole Phelps manages to catch the eye of Captain James Donnelly (James Connelly) as a rising star in the LAPD and promises to keep a close eye on Phelps. Phelps also finds himself caught up with German lounge singer Elsa Lichtmann (Australian model Erika Heynatz) and butts heads with former US Marine comrade Jack Kelso (Gil McKinney) who is working as claims investigator for California Fire and Life following the death of a former marine Phelps and Kelso served with during World War II.

L.A. Noire is very addictive gaming at its best and you can't help but feel you are being thrust into the world of a post World War II Los Angeles. L.A. Noire reminded me a lot of L.A. Confidential.

I wish there were more games like L.A. Noire however like this game it may take a number of years before a game similar to this will be released. Definitely one of the best games I have played in years.


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