The similarities are obvious.

Both games are published by Rockstar, both took at least five years to develop and produce (nearly seven years in the case of L.A. Noire ), both are dragging down very similar review scores, both came out in May (okay, maybe that's not so relevant), and both adopt an open-world setting. Granted, the free-roaming aspect in this year's Team Bondi effort isn't a major focal point, as it was in RDR and GTA, but it's definitely there. The control is certainly similar, at any rate.

But given the…well, let's say more "intellectual" foundation of L.A. Noire , does it have any hope of reaching the lofty sales plateaus set by 2010's Red Dead Redemption ? The GTA of the Wild West? RDR started fast by selling a good half-million copies in the first few days, and then went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. According to various reports, they needed to sell at least 4 million just to break even…well, they did that. But is the budget for L.A. Noire just as high and if so, will 4 or 5 million be possible? Based on the critical reception and early gamer interest, it does seem to be headed in that direction.

Even so, the fact remains that this is not GTA or RDR. It's similar structurally but in terms of core goals and priorities, L.A. Noire is a world apart. I just keep thinking it won't cater to the casual gamer quite as much as the other two franchises, although it's hard to miss the advertising. Plus, those who are interested in "watching a movie" might be more inclined to give it a try.  …can you imagine if Rockstar could do this every year? You know they want to. If L.A. Noire hits, they'll have two consecutive years without a GTA where one of their games burned up the charts. Not bad.

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Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Any rockstar game that releases will be popular.
Anybody played Yakuza? no.
Anybody played GTA or Red Dead Redemption? Yes Yes Yes!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Uh-oh……Kiryu, don't go off, please.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

LMAO

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

k ben ,i will not say anything to that guy,will stay calm.haha.


Last edited by Kiryu on 5/18/2011 12:44:52 PM

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

It's funny because he has an avatar of Yakuza

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

No Jdog, it's funny because of his history here.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

I still need to try Yakuza…but I love Rockstar games.

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

Well besides the history its still kind of funny he has the Yakuza avatar and getting told that his franchise sucks. It's kind of like if somebody started talking badly about wrestling in a reply to me, idk it's funny but I also get the history deal

ColonelKain
ColonelKain
9 years ago

I brought Yakuza 4 when the outage occured my first impressions were. Brutal, Funny, Weird. I like how it's all in Japanese, there's also alot to keep you occupied in the City. Go on YouTube and look up 'Yakuza 4 First Revelation'. It's hillarious and sad at the same time.
Question Kiryu: Is there four characters you get to play as? I see one of the trophies is get to Level 20 with all characters, just how big is the story line? Thanks


Last edited by ColonelKain on 5/18/2011 3:59:11 PM

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

yo Kiryu you'll be happy to hear your not the only yakuza fan here anymore. i love yakuza franchise! yakuza 2 is in my top 10 favorite games of all time! & its probably my favorite story in a game ever

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Yeah Yakuza 2 had the best of combat,story and best finishing moves in all the Yakuza Series.
But i still like Yakuza 1 (Japanese)Story is the best Stories in all video games.

@ColonelKain
Yakuza 4 has 4 characters to play with and they all have different fighting styles.The city starts to open up,u can go underground,through alleys,harbour etc
Story is long,I always play the yakuza games by completing the side missions also chapter by chapter,It took me 15 hours to complete the story and all side missions of the first character Akiyama,so imagine,main story + side missions+many places to visit+hostess clubs to visit+Tournaments+casino+games etc will give a huge amount of Playtime and it's all awesome.
$60 is too cheap for this game.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

seriously i was a awe of yakuza 2 story. its oscar worthy!

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Hope they make a PS3 HD collection

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

yes!!! yes!! yes!! that would be amazing. don't think it'll happen though 🙁 usually only the big blockbuster franchises get HD remakes

ColonelKain
ColonelKain
9 years ago

Thanks for the info Kiryu 🙂


Last edited by ColonelKain on 5/19/2011 7:58:59 PM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I don't think it will be as popular. It will sell well, no doubt. But it's not as accessible for younger people as RDR is. I feel like with how serious it is, it will cater to a lesser audience. But we'll see maybe I'm underestimating the majority of consumers.

Edit: considering it has R* name on it, people will assume it'll be like GTA and that could equal sales. Anything R* touches seems to be gold so, I shouldn't doubt it's potential selling power. But will most gamers like it after a purchase, Especially when speaking of a younger crowd?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/18/2011 11:13:38 AM

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

This ^

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
9 years ago

I think the targeted audience (most of us) will push this game to great sales. If this sales this will just give the mature audience more titles like this, and heavy rain etc. We buy the most games btw.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I agree. I never said it wouldn't sell well. It will indeed be a popular title and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting this type of game. All I'm saying is it doesnt reach out to a broad audience like RDR did. But maybe it will reach out to those who didn't like RDR and so I could be completely wrong. We will see. Regardless it's worthy of all the sales it receives, and you are correct!

Not sure what your meaning Crusade in your comment, so I can't really respond to you!


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/18/2011 2:09:22 PM

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I'd say yes. The casual gamer might think he's buying a GTA-type game. Besides, think more people like police detective movies/SVU than the Wild West/cowboys.


Last edited by jimmyhandsome on 5/18/2011 11:16:54 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I hope the game does well. I'm not into most of anything rockstar, including something like LA Noire, but I like their presence in the market, in that thier efforts seem to serve the other hemisphere of gaming interests.
CoDs and Battlefields dominate one side, and games from Rockstar at least attempt to balance out the other side.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 5/18/2011 11:20:08 AM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I'm glad to see all the positive reviews, it has allayed some of my fears and concerns, but I am still waiting to read the psx review before I decide how quick to buy.

I don't think I could afford it right away, but if psx gives it the thumbs up maybe I can find a good deal on it before long.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Guess there's a couple people who don't want me to play LA Noire. lol

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

It's not that they don't want to play you should regardless of reviews it a great game you should definitely check it out and if you can't afford it right now then there is always the alternative which is to rent it.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 5/19/2011 7:01:44 PM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Not sure, but I am already convinced (without playing it even) that it's going to be better experience for me.

The only one complaint I have is that I read that LA Noire could have been a 6 disc (DVD) game on the 360.

Makes me wonder what we might have missed.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Considering how content driven Rockstar's games are, I'm sure capacity is a major issue when considering dvd.
I think it would be advantageous for Sony to really rally behind rockstar and have them load their blu rays with extra content and missions to really illustrate the difference in space.

But even then, 3 DVDs vs 1 bd-rom does paint a pretty good picture as it is.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
9 years ago

Yeah it will all be dlc smh.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

At least there's no issue of that with AGENT.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

That issue of 3 to 6 actually speaks more to them optimizing compression techniques than loss in content between platforms, which is great to hear.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

SmokeyPSD,

Got a link to that info??????

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

SmokeyPSD –

From what I read, there actually was that much material to the story of LA Noire.

It isn't hard to believe that MS wouldn't want a 6 disc game shipped on their console to the PS3's one disc.

Jalex
Jalex
9 years ago

The sales will definitely be high, based on all the publicity, good word of mouth, and great reviews. But the fact that 'L.A. Noire' is not just taking the 'Grand Theft Auto' formula and planting it in another setting, as well as the fact that it is indeed more linear and story-driven, will undoubtedly hold it back from reaching 'Redemption's 8-million mark.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i doubt it will be as popular. it's got some good early buzz after release, but nowhere near what rdr did. i'm just thrilled the ps3 version is superior according to the lens of truth. finally, r* delivered on the ps3. about time. got sick of their gimped resolutions and framerates on the ps3.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

You sir, get a thumbs up.

AshT
AshT
9 years ago

I hope it will be as popular as RDR

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

After playing for 4-5 hours I already know this is one of my favorites of the year. I haven't been this engrossed in a video game story since Heavy Rain or RDR. I'm spreadin the word: L.A. Noire is GREAT!!! =^.^=

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

TRUTH

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

I like to facial expressions in LA Noire but I doubt the game will sell well. It really only appeals to those 'intellectual' gamers

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

When you figure most gamers are about 30 I don't know where you get your idea.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Let me correct you it probably won't sell well on the 360 side as games like this that are more story driven often don't look at Alan Wake for example, let's say theoretically speaking if Heavy Rain or L.A. Noire was a 360 exclusive then it would they would the same outcome as Alan Wake game.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Got to wait a whole entire day & 1/2 untill i can pick this up.
Should sell reasonably well,judging from the success of heavy rain on ps3 & the fact that it is a r* published multiplat game.
I predict 5-6 million.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Don't like either of them from a design and concept point of view.

I do acknowledge their great quality though.

These two games are just too far out and set around themes I'm not really into at all.

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

Same here, incoming barrage of thumb downs

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i'm not the biggest fan of the time period to be honest. a more modern take on crime solving would've been more interesting to me. ypu know good ol detective work combined wiith modern forensics.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

I love the thumbs down without any real voice behind them.

It's like those people who are afraid to say it to your face.


Last edited by Scarecrow on 5/18/2011 1:36:58 PM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

thumbs down don't phase me a bit. all i really said i was not a fan of the time period, but obviously some feel differently. i don't like westerns either. did that stop me from playing rdr? nope. will my dislike of the time period stop me from playing la noire? no.

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

Was I right about the thumb downs or what? Lol

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I hear ya scarecrow, I could understand the thumbs down if you said the game was trash or something, but to thumb you down for having different taste.

I'm glad we vary, I don't want to live in a world where we all like the same things.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Can we thumb you down for having bad taste?

LazyVigilante
LazyVigilante
9 years ago

Glad you said that…thought I was the only one that doesn't like either of em….a relief 🙂