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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.


Brendan McNamara


Brendan McNamara, Daniel McMahon (additional writing) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Staton ... Cole Phelps
Michael McGrady ... Rusty Galloway
Adam J. Harrington ... Roy Earle (as Adam John Harrington)
Sean McGowan ... Stefan Bekowsky
Keith Szarabajka ... Herschel Biggs
Gil McKinney ... Jack Kelso
Erika Heynatz ... Elsa Lichtmann
John Noble ... Leland Monroe
Peter Blomquist ... Dr. Harlan Fontaine
Andy Umberger ... Dr. Malcolm Carruthers
Andrew Connolly ... Capt. James Donnelly
Randy Oglesby ... Capt. Lachlan McKelty
Ned Vaughn ... Capt. Gordon Leary
Steve Rankin ... Lt. Archibald Colmyer
Michael Emanuel ... Watch Commander Mel Fleischer

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Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what's right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core. Written by Rockstar Games

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Over the radio sometimes, you can hear Evelyn Knight's "A Little Bird Told Me", but the song was not released until 2 years after the game setting. See more »


In the flashbacks, Jack Kelso is seen addressing his fellow Marines as "soldiers," which is something a US Marine would never ever do. See more »


Rusty Galloway: You're the new face of the department, Phelps - the modern cop who tries to understand why the perp does what he does. Me, I just drop the hammer down on the lowlifes. You crunch a roach under your heel, you don't worry about what it's feeling, you just grind it into the pavement.
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Alternate Versions

The questioning options in the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions were changed to "Good Cop", "Bad Cop" and "Accuse" instead of "Truth", "Doubt" and "Lie" from the original. The PS4 and Xbox One versions also got some texture enhancements and new camera modes while on foot. See more »


References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »


Move It On Over
By Hank Williams
Performed by Hank Williams
Published by Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music. (BMI)
Courtesy Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises
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Perfect detective game!
2 June 2014 | by adamski-16-365647See all my reviews

For someone that love detective/mystery movies and books this game was a perfect way for entertainment. L.A Noire was created for around seven years, unfortunately I can count the number of games in Noire climate on one hand, there is only one worth playing – of course it's L.A Noire. Therefore it's more like interactive movie with Grant Theft Auto mechanics and some people expect more challenge from games. I personally find all the puzzles and investigations too easy, I was expecting something more challenging. If you like detective movies and books you will love this game too. If you don't like them than you will most likely find this game boring.

If you expect another Grant Theft Auto or Mafia I will have to disappoint you. Rockstar Games made this clear that L.A Noire will not include a lot of shooting. There are side missions; some of them include more fire exchange. Most of the time you will be looking for clues, driving to destined area and interviewing suspects and victims. There are at least 100 different vehicles including bonus vehicles. But what I really like about the game was interrogations and exploration of all the beautiful locations.

For me L.A. Noire is located quite close to the narrative perfection, it's a precursor to the new wave of adventure games along with games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls or Wolf Among Us or The Walking Dead. As result of games like this especially L.A Noire, new games like Murdered: Soul Suspect will be coming out soon. I have to give this game 10/10 because it was something that I was waiting for long time however I'm disappointed that there is lack of information about new Noire game. There is a leaked gameplay of another title from developers, it's called "Whore of the Orient" but it's taking place on the streets of Shanghai and I don't think it's something for me; I never enjoyed Chinese detective movies.

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