A new gameplay trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of L.A. Noire shows off some improvements made to Rockstar’s 2011 neo-noir crime solving game. Perhaps the most notable change featured in the trailer is the change from the “truth/doubt/lie” interrogation options to “good cop/bad cop/accuse”.
If you didn’t get a chance to play L.A. Noire the first time around, it follows Cole Phelps as he moves up the ranks of the LAPD in 1947 Los Angeles. One of the key gameplay mechanics has players interrogate crime suspects and determine if they are telling the truth or lying, or you may doubt their claims entirely. The problem was that the ‘doubt’ function was perhaps mislabeled in the original release of the game. One would interpret ‘doubt’ to fall somewhere between ‘truth’ and ‘lie’, but instead Phelps would go ballistic on suspects and call them names. It led to some pretty hilarious sequences, like this one.
The remaster will re-label the ‘doubt’ reaction as ‘accuse’, which seems much more fitting. When faced with interrogation sequences, players had to take caution when choosing their response as it was unclear how Phelps would react.
Beyond these changes, it will be interesting to see what other improvements are made to the game. Despite these flaws, it’s a fun game with some really stellar facial animations that hold up well today.
The L.A. Noire remaster releases November 14 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s priced at $39.99 for PS4 and Xbox One, and $49.99 for Switch.