This was one of the most wanted games of the summer, and I was proud to stand in line on the launch date to receive my copy along with the 2 bonus cases, although I came home and went straight to bed.
To play this game you have to have ALOT of patience, and by alot I mean you can't rush into anything. If you want to make a good score on the case you have to really search, and pay CLOSE attention to the people you are interviewing, and interrogating, it's hard to assume one thing when there is another correct answer.
The game starts off with Cole Phelps, and ex-marine that served in the Okinawa campaign, and a receiver of the Silver Star. After the war Cole Phelps was discharged and starting working for the LAPD. Cole Phelps seemed like a typical honest, and hardworking man with no worries, working his way up in the LAPD. Everybody knew Cole Phelps because he was darn good at what he does, but during the game with all the flashbacks of the war, Cole Phelps was still in shame for sending order to kill some Japanese civilians in a cave that was converted into a hospital for wounded, and still living in guilt he does some things to cope with his guilt, some things you didn't see coming.When Phelps was demoted to Arson, this is where things got really interesting. A big secret is found out and more corrupt people will unfold, and most of all and ending that is so heart-felt, it will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Cole had different partners in each division of Traffic, Homicide, Vice, and Arson, and for one in particular I wish I could of slapped the taste out his mouth:
his name is Roy Earle.... don't he just look like you wanna slap him and his mama? He was a dirty cop, who talked to me like I was his bitch. I was hoping at some point in the game after work hours Cole would give him the smackdown, but instead, sometimes I would drive off without him and make him run to catch up with me.. heh, heh how bout them apples.
Well enough with the loser with the two-toned suit, Let's talk about the game. First off the graphics were E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T.....T-E! Everything from the sky to hell was so crisp, and the characters movements and facial expressions were so believable you would think your talking to someone in front of you.
The controls were mostly like Mafia, the running, shooting, taking cover, get in the car, get out the car, etc. etc.
The cases consisted of real life situations, murder, theft, drug-dealing, and chasing... It's not fun if your not chasing someone *sarcasm* (I hated chasing people). The kinds of cases you deal with the most are the ones linked to the "Black Dahlia" (so many women were killed in gruesome ways), and illegal morphine distribution (that was some deadly s***).
The way to correctly solve a case is to make sure to find all the clues and don't accuse anyone of anything they didn't do, but sometimes it's tricky, you would think they were guilty but they aren't, and it just causes the case to get harder. You can get a little help from the community which will tell you how most people answered (for some answers you can't trust the community), and erasing one answer . When suspects are brought to the interrogation room, make sure to make the boss happy or your score will flop... (although there were times I felt I knew I had the right person but he just wanted to bitch anyways).
Some extra activities you can do in the game are collecting cars of course (some of them were SWEET!), collecting films (I couldn't find any at all) and answering optional police calls which could help you gain experience. Not very much to do but it can keep you busy.
I will end this review saying that this is one of the best games I played all summer and I would give it a 9 out of 10 rating. I didn't give it a 10 because:
1. there was a point where I was replaying cases and didn't know I wasn't suppose to save over my "continued game" therefore I had to start all over and I was not happy.
2. I felt they could of made the girls look different. I swear every girl had the same face and red lipstick, just a different hairstyle
3. I felt like I got cheated out of a couple cases, even when I looked up the answer online... Not cool.