OXM UK L.A Noire Review sneaks its way online [UPDATED]


One of the first L.A Noire Reviews is finally upon us.

[UPDATE] OXM editor Jon Hicks confirmed the  review  is “It’s a rather silly hoax”. He went on to  say “Our review will be going live on OXM.co.uk early next week, and printed in our E3 special edition on-sale 10th June. ” So  there you have it.

A lucky Gamefaqs user has gotten his hands on the newest issue of OXM UK which features a review for L.A Noire. Receiving a perfect 10/10 L.A Noire is set to be one of the top games this year. Check out the details from the review below.

+Very meaty, very lengthy (took them about 30 hours to finish the main story, and took them around 40ish to complete everything)

+Very cinematic, takes many cues from LA Confidential they said. Also according to the reviewer “A game that bridges cinema and the gaming universe.”

+Motion Scan is the highlight for them, and the feeling of actually being a detective. They said no game comes close to the experience that they had with L.A Noire.

+Great Narrative. In there opinion they said it has the dramatic, and cinematic storytelling of Heavy Rain, with the complexity of Metal Gear Solid, mixed with the length of Red Dead Redemption (but longer).

+Excellent pacing. At first you start somewhat slow, but you quickly rise within the ranks. Once you finish the 30 hour epic you become attatched with the world, the characters, the cases. Not many games have done that for him (said the reviewer).

-Gameplay is a bit clunky. If your fan of Red Dead, or GTA IV then the gameplay of LA Noire won’t feel out of place. That said, they were hoping for some advancement in this aspect.

Overall Score: 10/10

Closing comments;

“If you were expecting L.A Noire to be a reskinned GTA then you will be left severely disappointed. Many times we hear, “Who will be gaming’s Citizen Kane?”. Personally, I don’t have the gall to say L.A Noire is that type of game. But it is a game that will revolutionize the gaming industry as we know it. Never in my 20 year history of gaming have I encountered a game with as much finesse, intelligence, and attention to detail as L.A Noire, and for that I applaud L.A Noire. A game which has the nerve to do so much, in an industry where a seldom few are.”

Sounds like Rockstar games has another hit on their hands. L.A Noire is set to release May 17th in the United States and May 20th in the UK for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Posted on May 12, 2011, in News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. You’ve given a review score on 10/10 and then faulted the gameplay.
    How can it be a perfect game, with the highest score possible, when you hope for improvement?

    • Chris Carlson

      I haven’t given a review score yet because I don’t own the game. However, the only fault was the “clunky” gameplay which was in RDR and GTAIV. Maybe the reviewer doesn’t think the gameplay is actually clunky, but implying it as a possible fault due to the fact some people think it’s clunky. I don’t find the gameplay in RDR or GTAIV clunky at all, so based of this review, the game has no faults for me.

      There will never be a perfect game, so scoring a game a 10 doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It means the game is very high quality with little faults and provides one of the best gaming experiences one can obtain.

      • Actually, “perfect” games do exist and always have. I owned plenty “perfect” games back in the day, either on my Spectrum or Amiga, plenty on the SNES. For a game to be perfect doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have flaws, all’s it means is whatever it sets out to do it does with aplomb. Sadly L.A Noire appears to falter in this aspect, oh well, instead of a “perfect” game we still get a great game.

      • Chris Carlson

        You just said in your comment below:

        “It’s true. As @Luje points out how can a game which lists faults be then awarded a “perfect” score?”

        Then you reply to me and say you have played plenty of “perfect” games. Those games you played have faults, every game does.

        You also contradict yourself with a comment you just made.

        “For a game to be perfect doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have flaws”

        OXM scored this as some would say a “perfect” game with a 10/10. Which you said how can a game be awarded a perfect score while listing faults. Then say a perfect game doesn’t mean it doesn’t have faults.

        So which is it?

  2. It’s true. As @Luje points out how can a game which lists faults be then awarded a “perfect” score? I also saw The Guardian review which stated the same issues, that the shooting mechanic actually feels WORSE than that of GTAIV’s. Quite a worry considering I always found the shooting mechanic in GTAIV highly flawed. This all being said I will more than likely pick this game up, the pros sound enough to warrant such a purchase.

    • Chris Carlson

      Read my comment above. A 10 doesn’t mean the game is perfect. If a 10 meant the game was perfect, no game would ever receive such score. Making the rating scale from 1-10 useless as a game would never receive a score set on that scale. A 10/10 means best of the best, high quality, one of the best gaming experiences a player can have. Every single game ever made, and in the making will have faults. Developers are only human. Humans make mistakes. Which is why you will never play a game with no faults.

  3. This “OXM review” has been confirmed as fake now by OXM themselves – http://www.computerandvideogames.com/301224/la-noire-review-from-oxm-is-yet-to-come-fake-exists/

  4. DarthDiggler

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