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5 Games Like L.A. Noire

Updated on September 25, 2014
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L.A. Noire - A Mystery, Crime Thriller

L.A. Noire is an action-adventure video game developed by Team Bondi. Players are immersed into the world of crime investigation, taking the role of a Los Angeles Police Department officer and solving a series of cases. The game is a commercial success, selling over 5 million copies worldwide as of February 2012.

L.A. Noire has received critical acclaim for its in-depth gameplay and revolutionary facial animation technology. 32 cameras surround the characters, effectively capturing their facial expressions from every angle. This is a crucial part of the gameplay as the reactions of the characters are one of the factors in determining whether they are telling the truth or not.

Are you looking for games like L.A. Noire that will unleash the inner detective in you? Here are some games with amazing storylines and thrilling gameplay mechanics.

Heavy Rain

One of the best action games like L.A. Noire

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Heavy Rain is an interactive drama action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream exclusively for the PS3. The game has been widely praised for its terrific gameplay mechanics and captivating storyline. It has won several Game of the Year Awards and sold over 2 million units worldwide.

The ultimate objective of the game is to unlock the mystery behind the Origami killer's identity, a serial killer who drowns his victims during extended periods of rainfall. You interact with the environment by clicking on highlighted objects. A number of options are presented upon clicking, and you must choose carefully which action to take. Your actions and decisions affect the storyline, thus opening the possibility of having different conclusions to the game.

Heavy Rain is one of the greatest action-adventure games ever. The story is utterly absorbing, and the gameplay is simple yet thrilling and scintillating.

Broken Sword

A third-person game like L.A. Noire

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Broken Sword is a popular title in the point-and-click adventure genre. The franchise consists of four games, with a fifth set for release this 2013 with the title Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse. The first game of the series has received the most praises and awards, but all the games have had generally positive reviews.

George Stobbart and Nicole "Nico" Collard are the main protagonists of Broken Sword. The game is played from the third person perspective. You are presented with a point-and-click interface, which you use to interact with the environment. You need to solve puzzles in order to progress through the game. This usually requires collecting items and combining them or giving them to NPCs. There is also a possibility of your character dying. When this happens, you return to your last save point.

Broken Sword is a must play game for adventure game fans. It is always included in various Top Adventure Games lists, and has left a lasting legacy in the gaming industry.

Indigo Prophecy

A highly-acclaimed interactive drama game like L.A. Noire

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Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) is an interactive drama action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream. The developers prefer to call the game as the first truly interactive film. Many motion captured animations are present in the game as well as split screen cameras, giving you different views of your character.

This paranormal thriller revolves around a series of murders in New York City; ordinary people become possessed and kill strangers in public. Your goal is to uncover the mystery behind this terrible crime and put an end to it. What's interesting about Indigo Prophecy is that events are largely time-based instead of being player-initiated that's usually seen in most games. The game makes full use of your gamepad, as you need to execute different combinations in order to complete certain tasks.

Indigo Prophecy is an amazing game with a very good story line. It has set the standards for other games that aspire to create a cinematic gameplay.

The Walking Dead

One of the most popular games like L.A. Noire

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The Walking Dead is a graphic adventure game developed by Telltale Games for iOS, OS X, Microsoft Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360. It immerses players into the fictional world that sees an onslaught of zombies. The game has won over 80 Game of the Year awards, a solid proof of how great this game truly is.

Most graphic adventure games place great emphasis on puzzle solving, but The Walking Dead focuses more on story and character development. There are quick time events and a lot of dialogue between characters. Your conversations and actions in the game affect the flow of the story. Your choices from one episode carries over to the next, allowing you to essentially create your own story.

Over 17 million episodes have been purchased worldwide. This combined with the numerous awards and praises this game has received are enough to show that this game is truly well worth playing.

Blade Runner

A classic game like L.A. Noire

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If you don't mind playing classic games, then you might want to check out Blade Runner. This timeless classic is one of the best adventure games ever. It may not have the awesome graphics of today's games, but its storyline and gameplay can still compete among the new titles. The game is also considered by some as the first real time 3D adventure game.

In this game, you take on the role of Ryan McCoy, the Blade Runner. Your goal is to hunt down a group of bioengineered beings in Los Angeles. The gameplay consists of puzzle solving, but puts more emphasis on detective work. In order to progress through the storyline, you need to solve puzzles by finding evidences and interviewing suspects. While investigating a crime scene, you need to pay careful attention to photographs, unusual markings, and suspicious items. These give you clues that will help you solve the cases and move on to the next puzzle.

Blade Runner is an old game, but its story and gameplay still make it highly enjoyable even by today's standards. There are also multiple endings to the game, giving the game high replay value.

Which game like L.A. Noire will you play next?

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      TheRaptorClaw 3 years ago from United States

      I watched my buddy play L.A. Noire and it was really fun when we tried to figure out if they were lying or not. As for a game that would probably be next is The Walking Dead. My buddy is a HUGE fan of the series and i'm sure he will make me watch him play through the game.

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      Caleb Melvern 3 years ago from Philippines

      The Walking Dead is a great choice! I'm sure you would have a lot fun playing it!

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      Love the Hub idea, my vote goes to Indigo Prophecy. It's the only thing that has come close for me.

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      camboguy 21 months ago

      The early Police Quest Games were the closest to LA Noire. Part IV has quite decent graphics and an interesting story set in early 90s L.A. . Sadly often overlooked.

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      FixControl 16 months ago

      Blade Runner is great but underrated quest with great story and atmosphere.

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      ilikemilk 12 months ago

      Wow I don't think any of these games are like LA Noire. I have played part of Heavy Rain, but my PS3 disc drive crapped out on me a year after I bought it so didn't get more than an hour into it.

      If you are looking for investigation-type games I guess the above fits, but as for similar game structure try Bully.

      Bully and LA Noir are my favorite Rockstar games (and definitely in my Top5 all time), but they (Rockstar games) are all similar in structure.

      Red Dead Redemption I bought but I can't handle the western accent so I haven't been playing it, but it is also know as a really good game (too).

      Also, Walking Dead and Heavy Rain are very similar in style, but I think Walking Dead is much more stressful(more pressure on your decisions)... And it has zombies.

      ***MY two cents (because all the "Games like LA Noire" lists I have seen don't have games like LA Noire in my eyes)***

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