L. A. Noire

“Make no assumptions until you’ve seen the evidence.” —Rusty Galloway

For years, I’ve been playing a lot of games which have great storylines. Most of them are in the form of RPG or adventure games. Lately, I’ve been playing some mystery games. Well, most of mystery games doesn’t have engaging plot, so I tend to abandon them. However, an intriguing title have captured my attention with it’s engaging plot, namely:

L. A. Noire

L. A. Noire

It’s a 1-year old game already, so OK, it’s a bit rusty. Well, yeah, it’s unusual for me to review a game. L. A. Noire is a crime-detective game. Think of GTA games, however rather than playing as a cold-blood mercenary/hitman, you play as a detective. The game is like a combination of both GTA and Ace Attorney. You play as a cop, Cole Phelps, who had just recently promoted to be a detective. In L. A. Noire, you can free roam the city and save the day from daily crimes such as robbery, theft, murder attempts, etc.

However, you’re tied in a grand case which is related from one case to another, interrogating each witnesses you found, finding the crime evidences, finding the culprit of each case, and ultimately bring them to justice. Phelps ascends through the rank from being a traffic, homicide, to vice detective. It’s a game where doing interrogation at it’s best, deciding whether the witness/suspect is lying or telling the truth, and most of the decision comes from judging the facial reaction of each person.

Investigation

First thing first as a detective is examining the crime scene, right. That way, you can collect a lot of potential evidences which build up your case. Not every evidence is decisive, but some evidence can give you clear picture which is lie and which is truth. In this game, there’s a sequence of disgusting murder case which I found it’s a bit offensive material. FYI, when doing investigation, Phelps doesn’t use any glove when he holds the evidence. What kind of attitude is that!? Has he got no sense?

Examining corpse's belonging without gloves? Sure...

Examining corpse’s belonging without gloves? Sure…

How interrogation works?

Interrogation is only available for available P.O.I (Person of Interest). Not every P.O.I. will be available for inquiry. Before doing the inquiry, first collect all of the evidence scattered in the current location. Sometimes a new question will only appear after you got the evidence.

When you do the inquiry, you’ll face the witness to state their testimony against the case. For question they answer, you’ll be faced with three options:

  • Truth, if you feel that the witness is telling the truth
  • Doubts, if you feel like there’s missing link in the testimony or you feel like he/she’s lying but you don’t have the decisive evidence
  • Lie, if you feel like the testimony makes no sense and you have the evidence incriminating the lies. You have to backup your accusation with evidence, or else you’ll lose a potential information.
List of question to be asked to the witness/suspect

List of question to be asked to the witness/suspect

Only one answer is true and for each right answer you take, you’ll be presented with 5 exp and sometimes extra informations which leads the investigation smoother. To answer, you should thoroughly read their lines and watch their facial expression carefully.

Here are some screenshots about how the facial expression express their “truth” in their testimony.

A truth testimony from a witness

A truth testimony from a witness

A full of doubt testimony

A full of doubt testimony

Sometimes, a liar can hide his expression well

Sometimes, a liar can hide his expression well

Culprit discovered: Arrest, Subdue, or Kill?

Not every suspect is guilty, but when the culprit is found, sometimes he/she will resist arrest and going to the extreme path: take up arms and begin a shootout, or trying to escape on foot or with car. For the former, you’ll enter a shootout mode, where you must kill every enemy on your path. Always aim for a headshot to reduce ammo expense. For the latter, you’ll do a freerunning chase between you and the culprit. If on foot, sometimes he/she will take a hostage and you have to kill him in one shot, headshot or the hostage dies.

Suspect hold a hostage? Give him a bullet straight to his head

Suspect hold a hostage? Give him a bullet straight to his head

The Verdict

L. A. Noire is an interesting game. You won’t find the game as action as the GTA series, but you’ll feel like playing an old crime drama. For most of the part, this game is not for fun, but for those who likes to think and enjoy the story.

Farewell, Parking Space

Have you ever wondered what if a college reduced their number of parking lot when a lot of people doesn’t even get the space to park their car? It’s happening in my college.

I study in Bandung Institute of Technology or we called ITB. Being the most prominent engineering college in Indonesia, it has a very big flaw: small. It only has three parking lot, managed by ISS Secure Parking:

  1. Civil engineering parking lot (civil parking lot)
  2. Fine arts parking lot (SR parking lot)
  3. Northern parking lot, reserved only for bikes

For two and a half years, I’ve been parking my car in civil parking lot. I’ve already know most of the employees and I enjoy talking with them. I’ve become quite well known among the employees since I am their regular customer. I can valet my car if I don’t get any parking space, and they’re just happy to do that. We’ve already built mutual trust.

Civil parking lot is the biggest parking lot in ITB, but even it merely can handled about 80 cars inside. SR parking lot can only handle about 30 cars. The current condition is about 250 cars are parked outside the campus, because SR parking lot and civil parking lot can’t contain them. That’s the bitter truth. All I knew that a lot of students has already make request to expand ITB’s parking lot since it’s insufficient for students, but all in vain.

However, from December 22nd, 2012 and onwards, the management has decided to close the northern parking lot and make the civil parking lot only for bikes. WTF. I usually park my car in civil parking lot and they know close it from cars!? I don’t know where to park my car anymore. I can’t park my car in SR parking lot because it’s always full. I never get the chance to park there, save for some rare occasion.

A friend of mine just telling me: “You must live with it.” What the….? But it’s the truth, I guess. Well, all I can say now is:

“Farewell, civil parking lot, I’ll be missing you so much.”

Driving Type

I know I should be studying for tomorrow’s exam, but well, sometimes urge to write can’t be stopped.

Dad keeps telling me that I drive too fast. I don’t think I do. However, sometimes I understand that each person has their own standards. Well, I am a family driver, so it’s my priority to keep my passenger feel safe and comfortable. But I too like to maintain my speed standard.

Some of my colleagues driving type (notes, it’s a car):

  1. DPG: he’s a bit daring, sometimes like to show that he can drive fast. But it seems it can do nicely.
  2. LFK: he’s not that daring, but he’s a sudden braker. I felt a bit dizzy when he drove.
  3. HMA: she’s a bit considerate, but I heard that she’s feared by many people since driving too fast.
  4. RA: he’s okay, it’s comfortable when riding his car. I guess he’s a family driver type.
  5. IAA: he’s okay, but kinda reckless in highway.
  6. AAS: I’m terribly scared that he’ll hit something. Very reckless and daring, he likes to rush anytime he can.
  7. SD: he’s a fine driver.

I guess this list will be updated anytime… Sorry if anyone feel judged by myself, but I guess it can be a method to correct our driving method. Cheers…