Back when LA Noire came out in 2011, it took the gaming world by storm with its episodic mission structure, facial animation technology and unique gameplay. While the game had DLC, no sequel or similar game has been released that makes use of the formula found in LA Noire. Here is a list of 5 games I’d like done using the LA Noire structure for next-gen consoles.
5. Law and Order / CSI / Criminal Minds
I’m serious. Law and Order. Remember back when there were Law and Order and CSI games? Most if not all of them were point and click PC games that never made you feel like you were playing a character from the show. LA Noire, as a whole, gave you the feeling like you were playing and sometimes even watching a detective program, especially with its mission structure. This would be perfect for any of the above primetime TV shows.
I’m giving Dexter its own spot after the other TV shows because of the potential to either cash in on the under appreciated novels or a potential prequel/tie-in to the program. While a game would be hard to place within the TV show’s time line, after Season 2 but prior to season 3 may be appropriate with some fill-in-the-blanks needed. It would also probably be the best-selling LA Noire-like game due to its popularity and potential for interesting gameplay mechanics.
Take LA Noire, add in some paranormal elements, and you have yourself something almost as good as chocolate covered bacon on top of a naked cheerleader. Need I say more?
2. A more mature “Ace Attorney” game
A big part of LA Noire was determining if someone was lying and asking the proper questions. While the premise for such a game would definetely have a small market, if done right, even as a downloadable game, it may be worth checking out and could get a cult following.
1. LA Noire 2
While LA Noire had a very mediocre ending, a sequel with a change of setting and characters may be Rockstar’s best bet. While I doubt Rockstar make a game based on anything else on the list, a sequel to the first game with improved gameplay and graphics has a lot of potential and honestly, who doesn’t want more LA Noire?