The year 2017 has been pretty solid for fans of L.A. Noire. After the game received remasters for all current gen consoles, it now also has a VR game. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is a very good game that checks all of the right boxes. It is evident Rockstar Games are certainly on the right track in this regard. The game is available on the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR for the price of $29.99.
L.A Noire: The VR Case Files is a Blast
Fans of the regular game will immediately take a liking to The VR Case Files. It seems this crime-solving type of gameplay lends itself perfectly to VR. Although the non-VR game is more than excellent in its way as well, there is something about questioning suspects and making notes in VR that just clicks. Moving around in this game – which is a big part of the experience – is done through smooth locomotion, which only makes the overall experience even better.
Although you can move around using the “walking” and “teleportation” methods as well, smooth locomotion works best in our opinion. Especially when it comes to the gunfights, you want something that feels as snappy as it should. As one would expect from L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, you travel to various locations to question witnesses and potential suspects. Your judgment of a character’s information is as vital to this VR game as it is to the non-VR version.
Granted, the interrogation aspect some people dislike in the current remasters of the game are also present in The VR Case Files. This type of continuity is a smart decision by Rockstar Games, though. Interrogating witnesses and suspects requires a different approach from person to person, and it all translates very well into VR. Rockstar Games also sued the same visual engine for the game in VR, which is a bit of a letdown. However, it works just fine, you just shouldn’t expect anything better than the current remastered games.
In the end, a game like L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will only work if everything looks and feels believable. Rockstar Games nailed it perfectly in this regard, and they made their game one of the most immersive games to date. This game raises the bar for future VR games by several levels, and we can only hope other developers find a way to meet these new standards. The game is worth every penny you pay for it and more.
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