L.A. Noire cuts down on pointless gunfights and focuses on the level of detail a good detective has to achieve to crack cases effectively. The game has a really good mechanic of rewarding you when things go well, and giving you more tricky action sequences when investigations aren't going very well.
RockStar's latest advances the art of the video game to the point where reading the facial expressions and body language of the Non-Player Characters (NPCs) is the key to solving the crimes. How cool is that? If you like film noir, or even just mysteries, this is the game for you. Endless hours of whodunit set in an accurate depiction of 1947 inc. the cars, buildings, fashions and billboards.
Graphics are excellent, controls are very easy to use, the music is great, facial expressions are dead on, and the story is amazing. The interrogations can be hit or miss though, there are many videos (as the game is largely story based), and the auto-save only feature whenever the game does in fact decide to save can be frustrating. Overall, I enjoyed the game.