Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – L.A. Noire – The Naked City

Here’s the thing about DLC for games that I thought were meh. I’m not willing to pay for it because I already paid for the game and there’s no way in hell that I’m going to buy more of something that I didn’t like, but if it already comes with the game then I might as well play it. As I’ve said before, I had the complete edition of L.A. Noire because I waited so long to play it and it came with all the DLC. Keep reading to see what I thought of the second piece of DLC for this game.

The Naked City revolves around the tragic demise of a model. Found dead floating in her own bathtub, it looks like a common Hollywood suicide. That would be way too easy for this game though and the case would basically be over, so it has to be something more. It just has to be. Living the life of a model, Julia Randall had it all. So if she didn’t off herself, then what killed her? It’s up to Cole and a sidekick to determine what killed Randall and solve the case of The Naked City.

Unlike the first DLC, I really didn’t care all that much for this one. It felt like more of a cliché case then anything. An up and coming model dies, her maid finds her and it’s the usual suspects. Was it some jealous lover? Was it the copious amounts of drugs she was consuming? Or was it that she was just so miserable with her life that she killed herself? Like I said, a cliché story all wrapped up in a nice package for Cole to solve. Since I enjoyed the first DLC so much in a game that I didn’t even like, I expected this DLC to be the same but sadly it wasn’t.

The playability is the same as the game and the first DLC. Cole’s movements are awkward and clunky at times but at least there are no bugs or glitches with this DLC. Once again if you have this DLC installed before you start playing the main game, then it’ll work itself right into the story and you’ll hardly be able to tell that it’s a story that’s not within the main game. The first time I played through this game I seriously had no idea I was playing through the DLC along with the story until I looked at the trophies.

The graphics for this game, I’ve called them the saving grace of this game for me, are as always beautiful. For me, the graphics were the one thing that this game did right and I stand by it when I say that they still hold up today. It’s just one of those games that will always be known for the amazing graphics.

There are of course trophies for this DLC, none of them real easy to get except for the one when you solve the case. There are a total of 5 trophies for this DLC and it’s close to impossible to get them your first playthrough, unless you’re following a walkthrough, but why would you do that? Seriously experience the game first and then clean up the trophies later. It took me multiple playthroughs to get one damn trophy and it was a complete pain in the ass, but at least I got it.

Shocker, this game has no multiplayer. A rare gem these days.

Overall I give this DLC a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Plays into the main campaign well enough so it doesn’t look like an added on case. (although…that could be considered a bad thing since if it plays that well into the game why wasn’t it just included?)
+ Same beautiful graphics as the rest of the game.

What’s Not So Great:
A cliché story that wasn’t all that impressive.
Awkward and clunky movements from the main game follow into this DLC.

Although I wasn’t a fan of this DLC compared to the first DLC, it’s probably just a me thing. I guess with this game I should have expected a cliché type story but I just don’t think it was needed. Anyway, if you’re not a fan of this game you’ll probably not want to play this DLC and if you are a fan of this game you’ll want to play to continue the story. It’s basically a toss up on whether or not you want to play. Maybe you have the complete edition like I did and you won’t even realize you’re playing the DLC.

Another L.A. Noire DLC for next week’s Throwback Thursday. With a total of 4 DLC’s for this game I’ll let you know what I thought about the third DLC, Nicholson Electroplating. Was it an enjoyable experience like the first DLC? Or another let down like the second? You’ll have to come back next week to find out.


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