L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
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Just because you have the technology to do something doesn’t mean you actually should. The cold hard fact is that I love L. A. Noire far too much to accept the odd quirks created as a result of a forced first-person camera, confined play areas, and frequent truncation of the investigations.
Despite its troublesome controls and lack of polish, L.A. Noire The VR Case files is a must-have title for those who have had the opportunity to play the original title.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
LA Noire: The VR Case Files is a great sample of some of the best missions from Rockstar's cinematic period piece but it comes at a cost. While it excels in being the best at traditional VR gameplay like gunplay and driving, it fails at what makes LA Noire original and unique. It turns the intimate detective experience that was previously filled with "Aha!" moments into one of frustrating grunting and annoyance due to stubborn mechanics and some poor tracking.
L. A. Noire VR Case Files is a new and exciting way to experience once again the work of PI Cole Phelps.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Overall, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is far from a perfect game, but as a virtual reality title I found it to be an ambitious as well as a good first virtual reality title for Rockstar Games. Sure, the game has flaws, but I feel that Rockstar Games has set the bar high for not just facial animations in VR games but in AAA games as a whole and I hope that whatever AAA developer/publisher decides to bring their IPs into VR carefully examines this game. If you own an HTC Vive plus a high-end PC, this is a title you should consider adding to your VR library.
La Noire : The VR Cases takes back eight cases of the original game and adapts them to a virtual reality handling. The result is surprisingly very realistic : the player is able to interact with many items, and the boring driving phases are now thrilling to play. The examination sequences are also so much better, even if they kept a few minor flaws form the original. Wherever you play the original game or not, The VR Cases is a must-try for the equipped players.
Review in French | Read full review
Finding clues can be a bit of a treasure hunt at times, but I never minded as the world was so beautifully brought to life.
While selecting individual cases from the full game leaves the player with a disjointed and incomplete story, enough of the 1940's ambiance and the rough and tumble crime fighting of that era is included to offer up a compelling preview of what will hopefully become LA Noire 2: VR. There is some work to do on some of the mechanics, most notably the way in which weapons are handled, but this weakness is easily offset by the compelling, immersive world and some of the action sequences that occur in it.
How enjoyable you find L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will partly depend on whether you’ve played the original game or not. Without a connecting narrative thread, the individual cases included in the VR version can seem random, and there are even a few odd references to the Black Dahlia case that will confuse newcomers although not enough to ruin the experience.