When L.A. Noire debuted on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, it wowed gamers with its atmospheric recreation of late 40’s Los Angeles, mature storytelling, and incredible facial animation – which owes greatly to MotionScan technology and a cast of recognizable film and TV actors. The 2017 rerelease adds 4K HDR support for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, as well as a number of visual improvements, and all downloadable content from The Complete Edition. The Switch port, on the other hand, is a fun anomaly that plays to the system’s strengths – with surprising results.
With the Joy-Cons detached, motion controls let you control the camera, rotate objects during investigations, aim your weapon or brawl with your fists during combat. HD Rumble is also put to good use, giving just the right amount of haptic feedback to hint at nearby clues and areas of interest. The game also takes advantage of the Switch’s touchscreen, where it’s possible to direct Phelps’ movements, flip through the case notes, and tap on the desired interrogation options, which are now accurately labeled as Good Cop, Bad Cop, and Accuse. Other than minor slowdowns in busier scenes, the fact that we’re able to have the full L.A. Noire experience on the Switch is a remarkable feat in itself.
CONCLUSION Everything you love and loathe about L.A. Noire is present and accounted for.